Jan. 22. Job Summarizes His Defense

Job 29:1-31:40

We were introduced to Job at the beginning of this account as a man who was “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” As time unfolded, upon losing his children, earthly possessions and health, he was confronted by three friends who instead of comforting him accused him of being a wicked person receiving just rewards for his sins.

Job reflected upon the life that he had once enjoyed. He remembered that God was responsible for his prosperity as He had watched over him in his prominence in his community. Young, old and nobles alike respected his presence and counsel. Great men are a blessing to the poor and downtrodden as well as those of their own economic and social levels. Those also were attributes of the righteous Job. No one could ask nor expect a better life than he was enjoying. He expected his life to continue unchanged until death. We should always expect the unexpected to happen and be able to adjust to whatever changes may occur. “So I dwelt as a king in the army…”

BUT (a mighty word with only three letters) the unexpected did happen to Job. As he turned from reflecting upon what had been before, he observed that instead of being respected and honored by the elite of his day, even the sons of outcasts were taunting and ridiculing him. The same people with whom he had shown compassion had in turn begun to look upon him with disdain. His mind was in turmoil and his body was weakened by the sores that covered it. Neither day nor night brought relief from his pain and suffering. Job directly addressed God, who seemingly had ignored his cries. He reminded Him of his compassion for the troubled and poor and that in his own despair, instead of compassion, he had only seen evil.

Job enumerated a long list of offences that were prevalent among the wicked and stated that if he had been guilty of any of them, he would be willing to receive judgment for those offences. He was confident that he was free of all of those sins and that God who sees and knows all would vindicate him. With those statements, he ended his defense against the charges of his friends.