Journeying with Job Part 3 of 3

Here is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! When God finally speaks, and our questions are answered! Mostly.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Gird up your loins I will question you, and you declare to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified?”

Job 40:6-7 NRSV

Clearly, God is not happy that Job has constantly been doubting, complaining, and “justifying” himself vehemently. Here He begins to show His sovereignty and holiness in a very longwinded speech that may just render you speechless. God really gets the last word.

If God is angry at Job, He is furious at Job’s three friends. He tells them to make a sacrifice for their sin, and asks Job to pray for them. What an ironic twist! Job, considered public enemy #1, is going to pray for his friends! What a blow to Eliphaz and his posse! I guess God is always finding new ways to humble us. Maybe if we look close enough we can find some humor in it.

So I guess that I probably over-emphasized the things that Job’s friends were actually right about in my last post.

It is important to note that God didn’t mention anything about Elihu. I wonder if that means that He agreed with Elihu. It’s interesting because it seems that Elihu talks about a lot of the same things as the other three. There is a distinction, but it’s subtle. It seems that Elihu is not quite as presumptuous, placing specific blame on Job. Rather, he seems to talk in more general terms about God’s justice and splendor.

Well, I hope that interpretation was right.

Moving on to the very end, where Job has been restored. When the suffering ends in Chapter 42, this is how Job is treated:

Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed sympathy and comforted him for all the evil the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.”
-Job 42:11

So there we see Job getting some good treatment, finally. Instead of condemning him, his friends are now comforting him, showing love to him.That’s how you treat someone who is going through a lot of pain. Sure, we should probably try to lead them away from sin when we can, but sympathy is probably the most important thing. Sympathy speaks for itself. When we show sympathy, it means we are actually thinking about someone other than ourselves.

Here are 3 very important things from the book of Job:
1 God is sovereign. Who are we to question HIm?
2 Comfort others in their affliction
3 Suffering is not always punishment

 

 

 

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