Week 3 – Lessons from Job Cont’d
Day 2: Job’s Reasoning (part 1): Job 31:23
“For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.”
The reason for Job’s commitment to meeting these needs seems to be two-fold. Here we see from Job’s description of things that it was because he feared the Lord. In fact, he said that destruction from God was a terror to him. That’s a mighty strong dose of fear. Consider some of the following admonitions from the Lord regarding the fatherless, the poor, the needy and the stranger:
“Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows and your children fatherless.” Exodus 22:22-24
“Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge.” Deuteronomy 24:17
“Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.” Deuteronomy 27:19
God is very serious about this matter. It only stands to reason that we should also be very serious about it. In fact, at the end of Deuteronomy 27:19, the people were to, in essence, enter into an agreement with God concerning this command. He said, “If you pervert the judgment of the stranger the fatherless and the widow, you will be cursed.” They said, “Ok, we agree.” Sadly, few today see the importance with which the Lord looks upon this issue.
Do you believe that God would really send this sort of judgment on people who did not carry out this command?
How does your position on that question affect your approach to ministry?
If we don’t actually believe something, we aren’t likely to act on it. What we do is the worked out picture of what we believe. If we believe that God will bless us for caring for the fatherless and will curse us for afflicting them, then we will behave accordingly. If we don’t…well, we will end up in a heap of trouble…Don’t end up in a heap of trouble…Take God at His Word!
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