Tag: Condemn God to justify self?
Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42
Before Job could be restored, he also needed correction and further instruction about spiritual warfare. God continued His questioning of Job, who was now under conviction of being unworthy to say any more. (Job 40:4-5) The first question was: “Would you discredit my justice?” The next related to the first: “Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?” (Job 40:8)
Curiously, God then began to direct Job’s attention to two of the most fierce animals. Behemoth was a fierce land animal that is perhaps the hippopotamus or elephant. Leviathan was a fierce water creature that is perhaps the crocodile or fire-breathing dragon. These two animals brought fear to the hearts of men because of their power and ability to dominate. But at the end, God stated that there was nothing on earth that was these creatures’ equal–a creature without fear. He was king of all that are proud! Could it be that God was teaching Job about Satan and his downfall, pride?
Job repented and came to a new understanding of God’s greatness and trustworthiness. God instructed the friends to offer sacrifice and have Job pray for them to avert judgment. Elihu was not mentioned and we are not told why. After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job to his former prosperity and gave him double all that he had lost. (Job 42:10) Job had seven more sons and three daughters. This is the same as before and implies that he would see his others in heaven!
We won’t always have all the answers and we must be careful when trying to help those going through trial or affliction. We don’t want to become like Job’s comforters! We can be thankful that God is merciful and answers prayer. We can also rest assured that God will work everything for good to those who love Him and keep the faith!
“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11