The Story: Job is using “light” here in two senses, one spiritual and moral, the other physical. There are people who have committed themselves to defying God and His truth. They rebel against whatever revelation from Him they might know. As a result, they do not know the way of truth (v. 13). And there are those who practice their nefarious deeds under the protection of darkness, lest they should be seen: thieves, murderers, and adulterers (vv. 14-16). They live in the darkness, physically and spiritually. And still they continue, because God’s judgment does not fall upon them in this life.
The Structure: You can see that the thrust of Job’s response is to humiliate his friends and unravel their specious argument. God does not judge the wickedest of people, yet Job’s friends insist He is judging Job. Are they saying Job, their friend, is worse than all these wicked people? With “friends” like that…Meditate on verse 15. Do you think those who are in rebellion today believe that no one – not even God – will see them in their wickedness? What does this suggest about the Church’s responsibility in speaking out against sin?
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