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Lawbreakers Abounding

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Lawbreakers Abounding

Lawbreakers Abounding

Job 24:2-4
“Some move landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they take the widow’s ox for a pledge.
They thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth all hide themselves.”

The Story: Lawbreakers abound, Job insisted. We hear stories about them every day. Thieves, cattle rustlers, bullies, swindlers, people who scorn the poor and think more highly of themselves than they ought. Sin and law-breaking are part of the human condition, yet the judgment of God tarries. Or perhaps Job’s friends want to say that all these victims of the sinfulness of others are under the judgment of God? Job seems to be implying: Would you condemn those who are the victims of injustice as somehow having fallen under the judgment of God? Would you say of the innocent, the orphan, the widow, and the poor that they are harboring guilt, and that this is why wickedness occurs to them? I didn’t think so.

The Structure: Sometimes, when people are making ridiculous arguments, it’s necessary to lead them to see the logical implications, bordering on absurdity, to which their position leads. As with Job’s friends, such an approach can often leave them with nothing left to say.

Do you see any absurdities in the worldviews of your unbelieving friends or co-workers? How might you help them see these as well?


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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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