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Job 22-24


 A Devotional Journey                                                  
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson 
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            Trying to deal with Job’s arguments (which do make a lot of sense), Eliphaz argues that the real issue is not a man’s goodness anyway.  Since everything belongs to God in the first place, man’s goodness adds nothing to what He already has therefore God can be indifferent to it.  On the other hand, God is aroused to punishment by man’s wickedness – apparently because it diminishes in some way the Creation which belongs to Him.
            Job is accused of responsibility for social injustice, and the miserable condition of many people around them (i.e., widows and orphans, the needy, etc.).  The one evidence of his guilt is the wretched condition into which he has fallen.  This is circular reasoning:  what is observed is explained by what is alleged, which proved by what is observed!
            While Eliphaz’s advice in 22:21-30, sounds reasonable, in it he assumes that Job 1) is a wicked man; and 2) very interested in the return of his possession and wealth.  The thought that Job’s primary concern might be his honor or sense of personal integrity seems to escape Eliphaz (and the others) entirely.
            Job’s position has progressed:  he wants a chance to make his case before God.  Before (9:14-20), he was not sure he could even put his position into words; now he is certain that given an audience before God, he would be acquitted on all counts.
After a detailed and moving description of the plight many people face, Job returns to assertion of unfair treatment:   he is no more deserving of the circumstances he faces than the victims of crimes are deserving of those they must go through (24:13-17),
            In a final statement, Job agrees that God does eventually punish the wicked; however, he wishes the righteous might always be on hand to see it happen.
            Did you know that God is blessed by the faithfulness of His people?  Is your life a blessing to God?
            Unfairness is a constant companion of all human beings.  When we see it, we sometimes have the opportunity to make things right again; when we experience it, we usually do not.  What we need to remember is that fairness is irrelevant in a world of self-centeredness and sin dominate and where our own acceptance by God depends not on His justice, but His mercy!
            From the Christian perspective there is nothing that could be done to you that would be as bad as what we have already done to God.  The Good News is:  He loves us anyway!  Keep that in mind today, no matter what you face, and share it with someone else along the way!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010