Job Chapter 18 brought us several odd comments from Job’s friend, Bildad. Bildad proved what NOT to look for in a friend. Chapter 19 brings us more from Job himself.
“If it is true that I have gone astray, my error remains my concern alone.” – Job 19:4
Job is telling his friends that his relationship with God is his alone to worry about. He’s basically telling his friends to mind their own business regarding this torturous Job/God conflict. This is a verse evangelical Christians need to pay more attention to. If you believe in God, that’s fine, but don’t push your beliefs on others. Don’t tell others they are going to Hell. Spend more time on your relationship with God and less time on what others do or do not do with God.
“Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.” – Job 19:7
Job has stated this several times in different words. God is proving to be an unjust God. Why would we worship an unjust God? If God is going to punish us for no reason, why worship Him? Job worshipped God and look what he received? God is sending the message that worshipping Him devoutly is not good enough. Nothing is good enough for this unjust God. Job goes on for several verses on the wrongs God has done to him.
“I summon my servant, but he does not answer…” – Job 19:16
This is easily explained. God killed (okay, Satan killed, by with the permission of God) all of Job’s servants. That might explain why they don’t answer. 🙂
“All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me.” – Job 19:19
If killing Job’s children, servants, and livestock wasn’t enough, God has also turned Job’s friends against him. Job is simply trying to understand why God is doing this to him and God’s response is to further punish Job by taking love and compassion away from Job’s friends.
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.” – Job 19:25-27
What evidence does Job have to support this claim? None that I can see. Thus far God has refused to answer any of Job’s questions. God has refused to show his face to Job. Given this, the evidence Job has is that of no Redeemer. Even if this Redeemer is real, who wants an afterlife with Him? If God is willing to cause this pain and suffering while Job lives, what’s to stop God from causing the same, if not more intense, pain and suffering for all of time? Job can say what he wishes, but without evidence his words are empty and meaningless. Job ignores what is directly looking him in the face. Job ignores the evil, unjust God punishing him.
We’re far from done with the book of Job, but I cannot understand how Christians find beauty in the words of Job. Applying a minimal bit of critical thinking shows that the book of Job is the exact opposite of beauty. It’s a disgusting story of how evil God can be to prove a petty point.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 20: Zophar