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What Did You Say Job

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What Did You Say, Job?

Job 21:22-26
“Will any teach God knowledge,
seeing that he judges those who are on high?
23 One dies in his full vigor,
being wholly at ease and secure,
24 his pails full of milk
and the marrow of his bones moist.
25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having tasted of prosperity.
26 They lie down alike in the dust,
and the worms cover them.”

The Story: Job’s point in verses 23-26 is that death is the great leveler. Just because someone dies, he says, doesn’t mean he was under the judgment of God. Rich men die. Poor men die. We all die! So what’s your point? But it’s verse 22 that interests me: Job accuses his friends of trying to teach God something – how His Law should be applied. As in the verses 14-16, Job suggests that his friends are putting themselves in the place of God, twisting the truth of God to suit their purposes and insisting, as it were, that they know better than God how to make sense of Job’s suffering. But Job should be listening to his own question. For in demanding that God come and give him an explanation for his suffering, is he not also guilty of trying to “teach God knowledge” – to tell God how to do His job, so to speak?

The Structure: We transgress against God when, in our teaching or living, we go beyond what He has been pleased to reveal to us (1 Cor. 4:6). God’s Word is sufficient for us (2 Tim. 3:15-17). When we imply that we know more than what God has revealed, or when we demand more that He has been pleased to reveal, we presume on the Lord. And this is not a good place to be.

What would you suggest for church leaders, Bible study teachers, and the like, to help them keep from “going beyond” what God has revealed concerning His truth and will?

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The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations from our online store.

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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