Job: A Contrast

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A Contrast

The biggest error we can make here is to try to justify Job’s reaction. You might be asking, “Who could blame Job for feeling like that?” Be careful, though. Jesus is our example, not Job.

I suppose, humanly speaking, we can understand Job’s complaint. On the other hand, “humanly speaking” we cannot blame Jeremiah for all of his complaints either. Yet, God told him to be careful of what he said and to repent.

It has been said that by nature we fear suffering more than sinning and it seems to be true that we will do anything at times to avoid suffering. Using the “human nature” line is just an excuse. I remember giving a talk one time and making the statement that “if you try to excuse your carnal behavior by telling me you are ‘just human,’ I’ll slap the carnality out of your head.”

Look at Jesus. He had a calm and steadfast acceptance of everything that was required of him, even things that were painful. In every step, he was obedient “even to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Jesus was led to the judgment hall and there were men gathered around him, just like Job’s three friends. They were religious men who figured they knew God and considered themselves to be fit to instruct.

Jesus was charged with blasphemy by those who should have been his friends, and condemned as a sinner and a deceiver, just like Job. Unlike Job, Jesus never answered a word. “When He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”

Even on the Cross, when in his deep anguish, Jesus cried to the Father, “You don’t answer me,” adding immediately, “but you are holy” as He rested on the immutability of His Father’s character of love and faithfulness.

Then we hear Job say, “You don’t answer me . . . You’ve turned on me ruthlessly” and then fainted under the hand of God!

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