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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Job and Moses had similar experiences. Both had princely positions and lost a lot.  Moses had to flee from Egypt and Job because of the Great Controversy between God and Satan lost all he had.

 

We may rightly ask why Job’s friends talked to him as if they were in a court setting? That is the court style of talking that both Moses and Job were familiar with. Imagine if you were a multiply millionaire’s close friend, you would not be left homeless on the streets.  However, if you were talking to a homeless person or to a millionaire you would need to use two different styles of approaches.

 

In this chapter it is Job’s turn to speak.  He said that on this particular day his speech is bitter. “My hand is heavy upon my sigh” [my silence as I groan] (v. 2).  Silence here is indicated with a man sitting with his left hand on his mouth. Yet Job feels a need for an opportunity to speak to God “before His seat” in the court of law in Heaven—an Investigative Judgment so to speak. “I will set my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments” (vv. 3-4). Job knows His maker so well, that he knows what God would answer him and he would understand what God would say to him (v. 5).

 

Will God be like the friends of Job to judge with power, or use coercion as they did? (v. 6). Job implies, No.  “Uprightness will be proven and I will be saved unto eternity forever from [the executive judgment or the second death]” (v. 7). Job knows that earthly courts, whether north, south, east or west, are of no avail to help the one who is in Christ who is appearing as our Advocate in Heavenly courts. Why? “He knows the steps that are with me; He has tested me that I will emerge like gold” (vv. 9-10). The faith of Job, like that of Moses, is framed, underlined, and highlighted in this chapter and is the center piece of the whole book of Job. 

 

 Job lists his uprightness and faith-keeping activities in his worship of God (vv. 11-12). He has kept God’s commandments; statues and revelations long before Moses received the Ten Commandments at Sinai. What Moses received was not new but a reiteration of what was understood before. “God is unique [three Persons, yet one God] and whatever He desires He will do” (v. 13). In the Investigative Judgment, Christ will “complete my statue [what is due me, my sentence], for many things are with Him.” When Job thinks about coming into the presence of God and standing before Him, his heart is weak and he is terrified.  But because of the certainty about Christ’s actions on his behalf in the Investigative Judgment to come, and because of that knowledge, Job rejoices that he has not been cut off (vv. 14-17).

 

 

Dear God,

Moses and Job knew that God is the one testing us and that they will emerge like gold. Lead us not into temptation and let us also emerge as gold.  Amen.

 

Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea