16
Sep
11

Job’s Humble Reply – Part 1

Much has been told about the story of Job in the Bible – usually centering around the actions of Job himself.  I have decided to take a little different approach this time through and look for examples of poor advice, specifically from Job’s “friends” – Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  And, where appropriate, I am including snippets of Job’s continuing humble response to his friends.

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After Bildad finishes giving Job his unhelpful advice, Job could have responded in many different ways.  He chooses a response that demonstrates his ongoing humility before God.

Then Job replied:  “Indeed, I know that this is true.
   But how can a mortal be righteous before God?
Though one wished to dispute with him,
   he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
   Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?”   — Job 9:1-4

Job has a rare grasp of the difference between God and man.  And he realizes that no mortal man, no matter how blameless he considers himself, has a right to stand before God and claim purity.  There is simply too much of a gulf between us and the God of the universe.  Though we are created in His image, we cannot compare to His glory and holiness.  There is a vast difference between us – so much, that we cannot fathom the breadth of the division.

And it is this realization that leads me to better understand my need for Jesus Christ, and the grace that he offers.  There is simply no way to earn it.

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