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Job 24:13-17
“There are those who rebel against the light,
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
The murderer rises before it is light,
that he may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight,
saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
In the dark they dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.”

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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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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