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Wrestling with God’s justice!

Scripture reading for May 21st: Job 8-10

When you talk with unbelievers, one of their main accusations against God is the injustice that is in the world.  How can a loving God allow suffering of innocent people?  If God is all powerful, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?  If He is indeed just, does this mean that all suffering people suffer because God is punishing them?   These are not new questions, they were also discussed in the time of Job!

Job’s friend  Bildad the Shuhite told Job that his words claiming innocence were like a blustering wind!   He said when Job’s children sinned, God merely gave them their due!  (Job 8:2-4)  God gave people what they deserved and he pointed Job to past generations and what they had experienced.  (Job 8:8-9)  He encouraged Job to plead with God for mercy and told him that God could restore him if he were really pure and upright. (Job 8:5-6)

Job answered his friend with a question: ” How can any mortal  man be righteous before God?”  (Job 9:2)  Job understood the great gap between him and God.  He felt the need for a mediator, one who could arbitrate for him with this great God.  (Job 9:32-35)  Job spoke plainly to God about his need to understand what he had done wrong.  (Job 10:2)  He was not sure if he was guilty.  Even if he was innocent, Job was hurting so much that he felt shame!  (Job 10:15)

Suffering often forces us to ask the hard questions about our own life.  Job truly wanted to know if he was guilty of sin.  Job grappled with his mortality and God’s great power and knowledge.  He tried to understand the justice of God in a situation that felt unfair.  His friend Bildad had tried to help him see an aspect of God’s justice, but without clear understanding of his sin this did not help.

God answered Job’s inner desire!  We now have a mediator who will stand before God on our behalf!  Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man!  He is a man like us and understands our suffering and weakness and is able to help us when we suffer!  God is just and merciful to each of us through His own Son, Jesus Christ!  (1st Timothy 2:5-6)

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Is God Just?

Scripture reading for May 21st: Job 8-10

When you talk with unbelievers, one complaint against God is the injustice that is in the world.  How can a loving God allow such suffering of innocent people?  If God is all powerful, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?  If He is indeed just, does this mean that all people suffer because God is punishing them?  These questions were discussed in the time of Job over 4000 years ago!

Bildad the Shuhite spoke next.  He told Job that when his children sinned, God merely gave them over to the penalty of their sin!  (Job 8:2-4)  He was sure that God gave people what they deserved and he pointed Job to past generations and what they had experienced.  (Job 8:8-9)  He did encourage Job to plead with God for mercy and told him that God could restore him if he were really pure and upright. (Job 8:5-6)

Job answered his friend with a question: ” How can any mortal  man be righteous before God?”  (Job 9:2)  Job had some insight into God’s greatness, holiness and omniscience.  He understood the great gap between him and God.  He felt the need for a mediator, one who could arbitrate for him with this great God.  (Job 9:32-35)  Job spoke plainly to God about his need to understand what he had done wrong.  (Job 10:2)  He hurt so much that he wished he could have died before birth and  he asked for a reprieve before death comes!  (Job 10:20)

Suffering encourages us to ask the hard questions about our own life.  Job truly wanted to know if he was guilty of sin and if so, what sin?  Job grappled with his mortality and God’s great power and knowledge.  He tried to understand the justice of God in a situation that felt unfair.  We know that God said that Job was blameless! (Job 1:8)  This had to make this trial hard to understand.

Another thing to note is God’s answer to Job’s prayer for a mediator.  We now have a mediator who will stand before God on our behalf!  Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man!  He is a man like us and understands our suffering and weakness and is able to help us when we suffer and are tempted!  God is just and merciful to each of us through His own Son, Jesus Christ!  (1st Timothy 2:5-6)

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Figure It Out!

Scripture reading for May 21st: Job 8-10

Job’s dilemma of suffering the loss of his family, property, and health in such a short time caused much pondering of heart and brought his friends to sit with him.  Job had been the greatest man of the East!  (Job 1:3)  He now was a sad and broken man suffering terribly.  He maintained his innocence of known sin and his trust in God throughout this ordeal.  He had many questions and no real answers!  His friends were sincerely trying to help, but their frame of reference was past experience (Eliphaz) and now in today’s reading, logic.

Bildad the Shuhite had been listening to Job and Eliphaz discuss his plight.  Bildad rebuked Job and began by citing God’s justice.  He flatly stated that Job’s children got what they deserved when they were killed by the mighty wind.  God punished them for their sins because God is always just!  It was just logical when looked at in this way.  Bildad encouraged Job to plead with the Almighty if he was pure and upright and God would restore him.  The implication was that he was not really pure, but needed God’s mercy himself if he was to be restored.

Job responded to Bildad with some agreement.  He knew that although he was unaware of known sin, he still carried shame before God.  He knew of God’s greatness and his insignificance in comparison.  Job tells of the greatness of God and how easily God could crush him because of His strength.  If it was His justice, Job felt he would also be in trouble.  (Job 9:19)  Job longed for a mediator who could bridge the gap between man and God.  Someone who could “lay his hand on both of us.”  (Job 9:33-35)  Someone who could remove God’s rod of wrath from Job would enable him to speak without fear.

This deep inner longing of Job is in the heart of every man.  We long for a way to bridge the gap between our small world of sin and suffering and the great world of God and his strength and justice.  We know we are guilty and suffer here on this earth because our disobedience.  We know that punishment awaits us later because of God’s justice.  We also know that we are eternal beings because eternity is in our heart.  Without help, we struggle to figure it out!

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Is God Just?

Scripture reading for May 21st: Job 8-10

When you talk with unbelievers, one of the main accusations against God and this idea of a supreme being is the injustice that is in the world.  How can a loving God allow such suffering of innocent people?  If God is all powerful, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?  If He is indeed just, does this mean that all suffering people are suffering because God is punishing them?  This is hard to discern.  For many, these questions keep them from knowing God and embracing Him by faith!  These are not new questions asked only in our age, however.  They were also discussed in the time of Job!

The next friend of Job to speak was Bildad the Shuhite.  He told Job that his words were like a blustering wind!   He told Job that when his children sinned, God merely gave them over to the penalty of their sin!  (Job 8:2-4)  He was sure that God gave people what they deserved and he pointed Job to past generations and what they had experienced.  (Job 8:8-9)  He did encourage Job to plead with God for mercy and told him that God could restore him if he were really pure and upright. (Job 8:5-6)

Job answers his friend with a question: ” How can any mortal  man be righteous before God?”  (Job 9:2)  Job seems to understand God’s greatness, holiness and omniscience.  He also seems to understand the great gap between him and God.  He feels the need for a mediator, one who could arbitrate for him with this great God.  (Job 9:32-35)  Job speaks plainly to God about his need to understand what he has done wrong.  (Job 10:2)  He is not sure if he is guilty.  Even if he is innocent, Job is hurting so much that he feels shame!  (Job 10:15)  He hurts so bad that he wishes he could have died before birth.  He asks for a reprieve before he does die!  (Job 10:20)

Suffering encourages us to ask the hard questions about our own life.  Job truly wanted to know if he was guilty of sin and if so, what was that sin?  Job grappled with his mortality and God’s great power and knowledge.  He tried to understand the justice of God in a situation that felt unfair.  His own friend Bildad had tried to help him see an aspect of God’s justice, but it was not feeling right in Job’s spirit.  Job did not know what sin was causing this suffering.  We know that God said that Job was blameless! (Job 1:8)

Another thing to take note of is God’s answer to Job’s prayer for a mediator.  We now have a mediator who will stand before God on our behalf!  Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man!  He is a man like us and understands our suffering and weakness and is able to help us when we suffer and are tempted!  God is just and very compassionate and merciful to each of us through His own Son, Jesus Christ!  (1st Timothy 2:5-6)

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