Reading through the Bible together
Job continues from chapter 12. Taking note of human sciences, Job says that he has seen the results of this kind of thinking (v. 1). He is as updated with human philosophy, science, technological developments, as his friends are (v. 2). It is not with humans that Job wishes to dialogue but to reason with God (v. 3). Conversely, his friends are breathing lies (v. 4). When one cuts out God’s revelation knowledge and speaks about God is such absolute terms, one creates a lie.
Job wishes that his friends would be silent (v. 5) for they lack full “biblical” understanding. Job is concerned that they are speaking nonsense to him and he asks: “Will you speak unjustly to God and to Him would you speak deceitfully?” (v. 7). He wants to know from his friends that if they could have part in an investigative judgment whether they would question God (v. 8). If God does the investigation, will it be good for them? (v. 9). Will He not rebuke you? (v. 10). In the investigative judgment would not God’s majesty terrify them and fear fall upon them? (v. 11). Their glory is but ash and clay (v. 12).
Job asks his friends to hold their peace so he can speak regardless of the outcome (v. 13). He is not willing to hold his tongue even if this means taking his life in his hands (v. 14). Job says that even “if God will kill me, I will trust Him and prove my ways to His face” (v. 15). Job is not uncertain about God and His relationship to him and his own relationship to God. “He is salvation to me” (v. 16). Job wants his friends to pay attention to what he has to say (v. 17). “Behold,” says Job, “I know that I will be vindicated” (v. 18).
He asks the Lord not to do two things to him: Not to take His hands from him; (b) not to let the truth about God make him afraid (vv. 20, 21). God is keeping Job in His hands and has surrounded him with truth. These two situations should always remain the same for us. Let us talk with God (v. 22). “Call and I will answer or I speak and You answer.”
Question: In the investigative judgment [begun in 1844] how many sins do I have recorded? Let me know my transgression (v. 23). Why do You hide Your face from me and think that I am Your enemy? (v. 24). Job knows that God does not waste His time on dry trees (v. 25). The books in heaven have recorded Job’s sins and Job is wondering whether he is now inheriting the sins of his boyhood (v. 26). If God would do that, it would be like tying up a man’s legs so he couldn’t walk (v. 27). There is no life in man, he decays and becomes like a moth-eaten garment (v. 28).
The beauty of Job’s faith shines through, and for us living in the period of the Investigative Judgment, we also ask that You reveal to us our transgressions while there is still time. Amen
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea