Journey of Justice Part #5

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Pastor Posts
Job 29:12-17

12 because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

Thoughts on Job 29:

How did Job defend himself from the accusations of his companions? He spoke of the justice he sought for the oppressed. Again, we see a common list of those God considers oppressed and in need of justice. These people are: the poor, the fatherless, the widow, the blind and the lame. Job not only sought after justice for the needy that he knew, he sought justice for “him whom I did not know.” Job claims that he put on righteousness and wore justice as a robe. Righteousness and justice were two words that so embodied Job that they were as tangible as the clothes that he wore.

We also see from this passage the close association between righteousness and justice. The more we study Scripture, the more we find that these two words are interconnected. It is impossible to be righteous without being just.

Written by Pastor Dave Bertolini

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