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Blessing not Judgment

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Blessing, not Judgment

Blessing, not Judgment

Job 24:21-25
“They wrong the barren, childless woman,
and do no good to the widow.
22
Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23
He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his eyes are upon their ways.
24
They are exalted a little while, and then are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like the heads of grain.
25
If it is not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”

The Story: Not only does God not judge the wicked, Job reminds his friends; He even blesses them. They live, they prosper (at other people’s expense), and then they die. God keeps them alive and gives them security. They flourish for a while, then they’re gone. This is the way it is, friends. And if it’s not this way, show me where I’m wrong. We might well ask, Well, OK, why does God do this? Job seems to know that you can’t expect to get an answer to that question. It’s a mystery the answer to which resides only in God. Yet, as we shall see, Job is not listening to himself, because he will end up violating the very premise he is invoking here against his friends.

The Structure: Sin can have a powerful blinding effect on us. Job’s friends could not see that they were sinning against him, because they’d made up their minds what the problem was en route to “comfort” him. They weren’t the sort to wait around for facts, you see. And Job, slipping now into real sin, is blind to his own foolish assumption: that God owes him an explanation. Wow. Gotta watch out for sin.

What does it mean to you to know that sin has this kind of blinding power?

Job

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