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Why Does Judgment Tarry

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Why Does Judgment Tarry?

Why Does Judgment Tarry?

Job 22:1
“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his days?

The Story: Let’s put Job’s comment into the whole context of this situation. Job’s friends have been insisting that the judgment of God was upon him because of some sin he had not admitted. Job strongly disagreed, and, in fact, argued quite the contrary. It’s clear, he insisted, that wicked people are not always judged, as his friends insisted. In fact, very often wicked men enjoy many blessings and go through life quite without trouble. In this chapter, before the final, exasperated word of his interlocutors, Job offers a summary refutation of their claims and silences their argument before turning to appeal his own case before the Lord. Why, Job asks, does God not bring judgment upon those who clearly deserve it? Conversely, why do those who do know the Lord not see the full coming of His promised day? These are mysteries, and Job does not intend to answer them. He only wants to remind his friends of what they apparently have forgotten, and to establish a platform on which to stand before God and argue his case

The Structure: Job is about to offer his peroration, and in this ramp-up to it he hopes to take the last breeze out of his friends’ sails. Bildad’s response in the next chapter demonstrates both that he and his friends have exhausted their arguments and are as perplexed as Job about the situation.

What do you understand by the word, “mystery”? Should there be a place for mystery in our practice of Christian faith? In what ways? What is the role of mystery in our relationship with God?


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The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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