Job 20-23, Psalm 140
By this time in the book, it’s easy to start getting angry with Job’s friends, because they don’t get it, their arguments are wrong, and their responses for the most part are devoid of compassion or mercy. Whenever I read through the Gospels, many , if not most of the people who listened to Jesus’ teaching, failed to choose to follow Him, despite the fact that this was God Himself with all of the true wisdom, mercy and grace speaking, it amazes me. After one of His teachings, in John 6:65, Jesus said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” The account goes on to say in verse 66, that, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” Job’s friends are arguing from the point of their own reasoning, and they can’t see beyond it. The are holding onto it tenaciously and will not let go for they will not humble themselves and consider another point of view. Since they have not personally witnessed Job’s wickedness they move onto making things up. In Job 20:19, Zophar insinuates that Job mistreated the poor. In Job 22:6-9, Eliphaz accuses Job of a host of wrongdoing including bribery, taking what was not his, even mistreating widows and orphans.
We live in a world where people hold onto their philosophies the same way. The world is not very objective but is very subjective. I am a Pro-Life Obstetrician, which is a fairly rare thing to be. Many are amazed that all obstetricians are not pro-life since we actually get to see God’s creation first hand all the time. Unfortunately, just as the news is biased so are the medical journals. The editors of the big journals that we read (In Ob/Gyn they are referred to as the Green and Gray journal) are vehemently pro-choice. They will only print articles that further the pro-choice cause. If a well written article presented a negative view of abortion was sent in, it would be rejected by the editors, and be published in an obscure journal which no one has the time or desire to read. This is human reasoning. It is biased and can not see any alternative to how it views right and wrong. Ben Stein put together a documentary illustrating the same thing in Universities concerning Creation vs. Evolution, called “Expelled:No Intelligence Allowed”. The book Judges concludes in Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Without the concept of absolute truth, which we know as the Bible, society then and now falls into moral relativism, where we allow human reasoning to dictate what is right and wrong. This is what we see in Job’s friends who continue to hold onto their decision that the righteous prosper and the wicked are punished, despite an abundance of example which shows the contrary.
As we continue to hold on to the Word of God and present it to a world which chooses to ignore it, we should not get angry but remember that unless the Spirit of God works on the hearer’s heart, no matter how clear our presentation of the Gospel message might be, many will choose to reject it. This should never deter us, for though God doesn’t really need us, he chooses to accomplish His will through us. Though many chose to walk away from Jesus, when Jesus asked the remaining disciples in John 6:67-68, “Do you also want to go away? But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” So, we know that we believe in the One who has the words of eternal life, therefore may we stay steadfast in our outreach to the unsaved world that surrounds us, unwavering, despite the tenacity to which they hold onto their human reasoning.
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