Job 24

Justice

Who wants justice?

I think this chapter implies that those who follow after God want justice.

1 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?
Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?

God is a God of Justice.

But we are not God and do not know when the time of judgement will come.  Until then, we see what Job sees.

People cheat each other.

2 There are those who move boundary stones;
they pasture flocks they have stolen.

The poor are taken advantage of and oppressed.

4 They thrust the needy from the path
and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked;
they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.

What we do know, is that this is temporary, because God is a God of Justice.

24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like heads of grain.

Until then, I believe that we are called to help those that are oppressed and being taken advantage of.  If we are God’s children and we claim to want to be intimate with God, we should seek justice.  We aren’t called to judge, because that is for God to do, but we are here to help.  And as we help, we become more intimate with God.

 

4 Responses so far.

  1. A says:

    Job often says he is in the right and blameless and therefore does not repent of any sins he may have committed. How do you feel about people who claim to have no sins to confess or repent? Do you feel Job is holding himself too highly? How would we ever know we are “in the right” or “blameless?”

    • snlcatalystgroup says:

      I think that’s a tough one.
      I can relate to Job’s friends, because I wouldn’t believe someone who claims to have never sinned.
      I believe Job is righteous, because God said so in this book…so I don’t think he’s holding himself too highly.

      As far as ourselves…be humble. Try to seek the truth, but if many trusted friends say I’m wrong, I’ll probably accept it. But know in the end, that it’s ok not to be perfect, because we are made righteous in Christ, and that is where our hope is.

  2. cookieMONster says:

    It’d be interesting, if we did not know the end or the beginning of the book of Job, would we still have supported Job’s actions and words?

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