I admit, I haven’t read Job in years because when I read it years ago, I didn’t get much out of it, other than to not question Yahweh. At the time, I couldn’t see where Job sinned because the bible, after all, said he was a righteous man. The general consensus was that Yahweh punished as He pleased for no apparent reason. I believe that the righteous will suffer with the wicked in some cases but that’s another topic. But I don’t think that Job suffered without reason. After reading Job years later, I see things very differently.
I think Job’s sin was pride and I’ll explain why…
In Job 29:7-25, he recalls many things of which he took delight:
- Young men, old men, and nobles respected him. (vs 8-10)
- Anyone with an ear to hear and eyes to see blessed him. (vs 11)
- He delivered the poor and the orphan. (vs 12)
- The dying men blessed him. (vs 13)
- Gave joy to widow’s hearts. (vs 13)
- He clothed himself in righteousness and justice and likened it to a robe and a crown. (vs 14)
- He was the eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. (vs 15)
- He helped the needy and resolved problems. (vs 16)
- He freed people from the jaws of unrighteousness. (vs 17)
- He will die in the comfort of his own home. (vs 18)
- He has determined that he will live a very long life. (vs 18)
- He will continue to bear good fruit. (vs 19)
- His glory and strength will always be with him. (vs 20)
- People sought his advice and counsel. (vs 21)
- They hung on every word of his and compared it to dew and rain. (vs 22,23)
- They never darkened the light of his countenance. (vs 24)
- He chose their way and sits as chief. (vs 25)
- He compares himself to a king and describes himself as a comforter. (vs 25)
What an impressive resume! He speaks very highly of himself. It is these things that he planned to petition Yahweh with in his defense. Did you notice that a lot of the language Job uses, Yeshua used of Himself throughout scripture? To me, these statements of Job are brimming with pride and arrogance. He has magnified himself when he should be magnifying Yahweh.
Elihu speaks: “…magnify His work.” Job 36:24
Let’s look at few verses to see what Yahweh takes issues with.
Job clothed himself in righteousness and justice and likened it to a robe and a crown. (Job 29:14)
Yahweh says: “Come on, deck yourself with magesty and dignity, robe yourself in glory and spendor.” (Job 40:10) (Of course Yahweh was being facetious)
Job says he freed people from the jaws of unrighteousness. (Job 29:17)
Elihu says: “He (Yahweh) gives justice to the poor.” (Job 36:6)
Elihu says: “He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous.” (Job 36:7)
Job says his glory and strength will always be with him. (Job 29:20)
Yahweh says: “Do you have an arm like God’s?” (Job 40:9) and
Elihu says: “God is exalted in his strength.” (Job 36:22)
It seems that we have two witnesses against Job; Yahweh and Elihu.
The following is what really stood out for me:
Job says: “…my words were like drops of dew on them. They waited for me as if for rain, as if for spring rain, with their mouths open wide.” (Job 29: 22,23)
Yahweh counters with: “Does the rain have a father? Who is the faither of dewdrops?” (Job 38:28)
Check and Mate!
Job said: “Any ear that heard me blessed me, and eye that saw me gave witness to me…” (Job 29:11)
Job later says: “I had heard about you with my ears, but now my eye sees you; therefore I detest myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5,6)
Good for Job! He saw the error of his ways.
There are many other verses throughout scripture that could be used to humble Job and ourselves. These are just a few verses within Job that when compared, reveal his sins.
Words to Live By
Here’s something to keep in mind when you think Yahweh is dealing with you unfairly.
“So listen to me, you men with sense! Far be it from God to do anything wicked! For he pays people back for what they do and sees that each gets what his conduct deserves. It is certain that God does nothing wicked; Shaddai will not pervert justice.” (Job 34:10-12)