Job 23 – 24

Overview

Job ignored Eliphaz’s accusation of his mistreating the misfortune, which is not true. He is tired of debating with his friends. He wanted to find God and state his case before God (v23:3) instead.

Job believes that when and if he can present his case to God, he would be delivered forever (23:7). This shows that Job believes he is sinless, and since God is righteous, God will surely deliver him.

When Job suddenly voiced out one of the most important lessons in this book in verse 10. [But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.]

God complement Job as [blameless and upright, a mon who fears God and shun evil] (1:8;2:3). However Job was not perfect. Job was good, but God desired even more from Job. God allows Job went through these sufferings so that Job can be purified even more, just like gold is purified in furnace to get became pure gold. God desires not only to justify us, but to glorify us (Rom 8:30).

God eternal purpose is for all his redeemed people to be conformed to the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 8:29).

However, in the midst of suffering, Job is terrified before God (v23:15). Job afraid that the worst has not came yet, he said [He carries out His decree against me, and many such plans He still has in store] (23:14).

In the time of suffering, I felt that the best comfort I have are the promises of God in His words. [My grace is sufficient for your, for My power is made perfect in weakness] (2 Cor 12:9).

And then in Chapter 24, Job talked about the injustice in this world. The wicked men did injustice to the poor (24:2-4, 13-17). The poor lived a difficult life (24:5-12). But God charges no one with wrongdoing (v24:12).

If we look at today’s society, it surely look like the condition never changed from Job’s time. How should we look at these issues?

But then Job concluded that these wicked men will eventually receive the punishment they deserved (24:18-25). [For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.] (v24:24).

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