Job 10 – 13:19
Due to a terrible connection, this is going out late again. I was hoping to avoid posting on the Sabbath, but I feel this should go out as it is God’s plan that people read his word.
I stopped at verse 19 because that is where Job finishes his reply to his friends and begins his prayer.
Yesterday ended with Job wanting a trial with God, and he continues in chapter 10 wanting a to plead his case with God.
Zophar seems to go the same way as his friends, seemingly blaming Job’s pride for his predicament. He exalts God and finds Job’s words mocking.
Job then takes his focus off God and turns it onto the accusations from his friends. He points out that all that they have been saying about God he already knows. He knows the greatness of God, the fairness of God, the power of God and the Knowledge of God. He feels they are mocking him, and still feels blameless, and not without cause, since that is exactly what God said about Job in chapter 1. He then turns their judgments on them (in chapter 13), saying that God would judge them for their words, for speaking in His place. One can’t help but thinking of Matthew 7:1 and the whole “judge not” thing, and how our judgements will turn against us.
What really fascinates me here is how Job implies that they will be judged for trying to defend God. I’m not sure that it’s defending God that is the problem, he lists being deceitful and speaking wickedly on God’s behalf. He also addresses contending for God with partiality. The problem with the first two is simple, but the partiality thing seems problematic, why would there be a problem with showing partiality to God? Does God indeed have a problem with us arguing for Him in a manner that shows partiality? I’d be interested in any ideas here, and will look for more clues as we go on.
What do you think of today’s texts? What interesting insights did you find in them?
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