Eliphaz speaks in this chapter telling Job that his sins are not caring for the poor, taking advantage of the weak, sending the widow away empty and crushing orphan’s resources. These characteristics would seem clearly to us to be sinful. Eliphaz tells Job that he should treasure God above all things and if he did that, God would hear and end Job’s suffering.
Job maintains his innocence. At this point it might be more of a matter of pride than actual conviction of sinless behavior. He at this point expresses a fear of the Lord. This fear seems to be from no longer trusting the Lord. Job seems to be saying that God is fickle and therefore not to be trusted.
Job asks why God doesn’t punish the really wicked. Job calls for a day of judgement to occur. He wants everyone who has sinned to be called to account, instead of watching others prosper while he suffers.
This passage makes me think of the phrase “misery loves company.” Job does not like the feeling of being singled out to suffer. He wants others, those that really deserve in his mind to be punished, to suffer as well.
Jesus is accused of sinning because he allows his disciples to pick grain and eat it on the Sabbath day. His response is one that points out their hypocrisy. It is permissible to do that which is good, even and especially on the Sabbath. Jesus makes a point that you would save your livestock on the Sabbath, how much more important should another human being be?
It is so easy to judge another’s behavior, and ignore our own sinfulness. Jesus points out that things that bring life will be held in higher regard than things that take or prevent life.
My name is Cardelia Howell-Diamond and I pastor a congregation in Alabama. I'm a clergymama, with a clergymama! I have three lovely littles and an amazing clergyman husband. I love life in the church, even when I don't! I knit, crochet, read, write and sew, though none of these as often as I'd like.