Book of Jobs is basically a story circumscribing the Argument of grace vs Law .
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
In book of Jobs,
God talks meets with the Sons of Gods(angel), and the Devil. You will notice that God asks the devil where do you come from twice, devil answers two and from I walk the Earth. Angels live in heaven, he was asked twice to reiterate that God and the devil are not buddies. We see then God boasts to the Devil
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Remember God his righteous, how much more does he values his own words.
I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your loving kindness and for your truth: for you have magnified your word above all your name.
God has esteemed his word above his name , God could just take his words back, when the devil challenged Gods word. So we see God removes the protection from him , the devil attacks him.
First his the devil kills his family, every thing and everyone he holds dear, Its very interesting as much as moving what he says!
21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
See its very interesting because , It was the time of the Law. The laws is basically do good but get good , do bad get bad.
Although he didn’t hold God accountable for this great tragedy, because did he didn’t deserve this , God himself told that he’s a blameless and upright man.
According to Self justification by Law, God seemed unjust
But according to Grace God was just
As we see that Job is saying naked I came from my mothers womb, naked I shall return here. Job believed in the grace of God , not in the his righteousness. When God gave him everything he didn’t deserve , and it appears God took it away; It is simply just taking away the the free undeserving gift in the first place.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
We see in the above verses, Job believed in Grace. Although Job was short sighted at the end of the story, We see God restoring and blessing him even more than before. He failed to see it as the test. But of course he still stands strong because of his deep rooted faith in the Grace of God.
We will go into the details in the next post, learn quotes allot into the argument of living righteous by self effort vs living in grace of God in the next post
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