Job was willing to suffer, if he had sinned

Job Bible Background

07.05.2016 – Old Testament: Job 31.24–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 31–32 on July 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Job’s friends accused him of having sinned, and they believed that explained his suffering. However, he insisted that he had not sinned, and to make his point, he listed various potential sins for which he would willingly suffer, the point being that he had not committed these sins. In the passage below he brought up the possibility of making a god out of wealth and other forms of idolatry,

“If I have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;
If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gained much;
If I have observed the sun when it shines,
Or the moon moving in brightness,
So that my heart has been secretly enticed,
And my mouth has kissed my hand;
This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,
For I would have denied God who is above.”
(Job 31.24–28) 

Those are courageous statements, for Job had to know in his heart that he had never committed those sins. His courage increased when he acknowledged that if he had committed such sins, he would deserve judgment.

Questions:

  • What do you think of your sin?
  • Do you find yourself sinning less as the years pass?

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