Journey of Justice Part #6

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Pastor Posts
Job 31:13-28

13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
when they brought a complaint against me,
14 what then shall I do when God rises up?
When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?

16 “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17 or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18 (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow),
19 if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
or the needy without covering,
20 if his body has not blessed me,
and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
because I saw my help in the gate,
22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23 For I was in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his majesty.

24 “If I have made gold my trust
or called fine gold my confidence,
25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
or because my hand had found much,
26 if I have looked at the sun when it shone,
or the moon moving in splendor,
27 and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand,
28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
for I would have been false to God above.

Thoughts on Job 31:

How can you tell if you authentically believe in God? Talk is cheap. We lie so easily in today’s world. Many of us have lied to ourselves about what we believe in. We have lied to ourselves about what we trust. Many who claim belief in the God of the universe have nothing to back up their words.

In this passage, Job walks through a list of things that determine his worthiness. Job’s self-declared consequences, if he acted unjustly, are harsh. If he acted unjustly he states his arm should be ripped out of its socket. If he has not acted justly he states that he should be punished by judges. Job realizes that living justly is vitally important, not only to him, but to God.

In verse 15, Job reveals why justice is so important. “Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?” Whether someone is rich or poor, sophisticated or uncouth, educated or dumb as a brick, we all are created by God in His image. The same God who put me together in the womb put someone less fortunate together as well. Therefore, to treat this other person unjustly is to treat the creation of God with contempt. It would be, as Job says in verse 28, to “have been false to God above.” How we relate to the poorest of the poor shows what we believe about God. As John says, “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20-21).

Written by Pastor Dave


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