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In Case You Missed It -- Job 31, Psalm 120

Job’s final speech ends with a defense of his righteousness in a number of areas. There would be no “#metoo” campaign if more men related to women like Job, a man who refused to lust (Job 31:1). Job ensures his servants receive their rights (Job 31:13) while his poor neighbors receive mercy in the form of bread and clothing (Job 31:16-20). Job trusts in God and refuses to hope in possessions (Job 31:24), or to make special petitions for blessings from creation (Job 31:26-28). Long before Jesus says to love enemies (Matthew 5:43-48), Job loves his opponents (Job 31:28-29). Job didn’t need the author of the Book of Hebrews to encourage appropriate hospitality (Job 31:31-33) in hopes of accidentally showing kindness to angels (Hebrews 13:2).

Job gives his powerful last defense and then declares that he looks forward to an opportunity to stand before the Almighty in His courtroom and make the same defense. In short, Job believes he has done nothing wrong and wants to see God in order to plead his case (Job 31:35-37). Shortly enough Job will get his wish. Before he does, he will have to listen to a new accuser. Let’s see if any new accusations shed light on what Job has done to deserve all of this.

Jeremiah Vaught