Job 11 Commentary
Should this kind of loose talk be permitted? Zophar feels Job has gone too far. It is now his turn to put sense in Job.
But wait a minute. Has Job actually said that his beliefs are flawless and that he is pure in God’s sight? Or are these thoughts simply a fabrication of Zophar out of Job’s speeches? The latter is more probable.
Verse 6 is difficult to understand especially from the New International Version Bible. But other Bible translations seem to suggest that Job’s punishment is actually less than what his ‘many’ sins deserve. Job may not be as sinful as Zophar portrays him to be, but the saint knows very well that his life may not be as clean as he wants to believe.
Many saints know their freedom is on account of another man’s innocence. This is the righteousness that the scripture projects and actually wishes for all humanity. Through the man Jesus Christ, righteousness can be had for free.
Zophar’s suggestion that Job devotes his heart to the LORD and puts away the sin from his hand is a good sermon. But as we all know, it is not for mortals to stay away from evil and to stay free of fault. Zophar is asking Job to do the impossible. We are however happy that the LORD has made the impossible possible through the man Jesus Christ. He is the only one who managed to do what Zophar is talking about here.
Zophar’s theology is only as good as it projects the righteousness that only the Son could achieve. The theology is however faulty as a complete thought. Zophar’s world concerns itself with righteousness and its perceived rewards. In Zophar’s world, the sinless Son we have talked about would be the most blessed of men. As the great prophet Isaiah predicted, the Servant who actually doubles as the Son, had all the troubles possible. He would not definitely fit Zophar’s description of righteousness.
Regardless, wasn’t the Son the most blessed of men? Isn’t the born-again man the most blessed of men? Isn’t Zophar’s theology just about right when one considers the blessedness of the saint regardless of the world’s perceptions? Isn’t Job still the loved, blue-eyed boy of the Creator God, though Job’s world didn’t know it?
Job is yet to say it. But let the saint hear it:
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Can the saint be more blessed than this?
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