Job 19:21-22 21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!22 Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?
Earlier this month I blogged about this same chapter. It is about Job and his so-called friends. In the first blog I wrote about the first question in Chapter 19 he asked these friends. This is the second question Job asked his friends. He asks why his friends are persecuting him like God is…..
At first glance when reading this my mind begins to race….no no no this has got to be wrong …I don’t like it when the bible seems to put God in a bad light… it makes me want to skip those parts of the bible…my feeeeeeeeeelings get all bothered but upon further examination that is not what is happening here. Job knows the sovereignty of God. He knows that nothing happens but by Gods say so. The enemy has to have permission or grounds and since God is a loving God, we know that all things work together for good to those who love Him. Ok so that being said let’s get to what I really see happening here.
Jobs friends are persecuting him! HIS “FRIENDS” under whatever disguise of so-called helping are digging into him with their claws and persecuting him. They did not have truth and true discernment about the situation. See God said about Job :
Job 1:8 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
God said that Job was blameless and upright. Job had done NO WRONG!!
Now here is what Job’s friends said about him and to him. They accuse him of Pride as they thought Job was accusing God of unjustly punishing him for Job said earlier in this chapter that God has surrounded him with His net and had stuck him. They twisted his words on him. Job was firm in his knowing that he had a clean heart that he did nothing to bring this trial upon himself. Over and over his friends accuse and say to him :
If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary?…(Job 4:2)
How long will you speak these things, And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind? (Job 8:2)
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be vindicated? Should your empty talk make men hold their peace? And when you mock, should no one rebuke you? (Job 11:2-3)
Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good? (Job 15:2-3)
“How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.(Job 18:2)
All this they said to Job and finally in Chapter 19:2 Job says : How long will you torment my soul, and break me in pieces with your words?
They could not see what God saw. They did not know what Job knew. Yet they persisted and were bent on chewing him until he gave in …because they in there arrogant pious pride KNEW they were RIGHT!!! What they accused Job of they were doing themselves…PROUD BOASTERS of their SO CALLED great UNDERSTANDING and KNOWLEDGE.
We are to comfort the weary, uplift the fallen, encourage the downtrodden…becareful when you rebuke that you have TRUTH to stand on..and are not just blowing wind.