40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 18, 2019, 6:46 AM

Lent 2019 Day 11, Job Chapter 13


Job chapter 13:3 says: 

NKJV, "But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God."

NIV, "But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God."

NASB, "But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God." 

The Israel Bible, "Indeed, I would speak to the Almighty; I insist on arguing with Hashem." 

NLT, "As for me, I would speak directly to the Almighty. I want to argue my case with God himself." 

The reason that I used a few different versions is to show how most bibles translate that word in the english. To argue seems to be a more powerful word than reason. And when you add that Job desires, insists, and wants to argue with God, it makes him sound like a  like a rebellious teenager.  

Maybe arguing is the best word. Remember, what do you do if you percieve that someone is not listening to you? You speak louder. Is Job beginning his conversation with God by Yelling at Him? He is not cursing God, but he could definitely be raising his voice. Is that okay? What is funny, is that argue is not even the most powerful translation of the original Hebrew word.

The Original word is used 59 times and 23 times it is translated reprove. 12 times the word is translated rebuke. The same word is used in verse 10, "Will it be well when He searches you out? Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man? He will surely rebuke you If you secretly show partiality." Is Job rebuking God? Is that okay? 

Throughout the remainder of Job chapter 13, it is clear to see that Job is still very afraid of God, but listen to the words Job tells his friends in verses 14-16, "Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands? Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.

Job knows that He is putting his life on the line by talking to God the way that he is. But Job TRUSTS God and Job believes that God will be his SALVATION. I'm starting to like the word REASON all the more now, because the original word is only translated REASON 2 times. 

The other time that word is translated REASON is Isaiah 1:18, "“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Either way the conversation Job is having with God is getting interesting, because Job is being honest about how he feels. 



Comments

03-18-2019 at 7:57 PM
Kathy Dora
I always told my boys I would never stop loving them. I might not like what they do but would always love them and my love is a drop compared to Gods love. So to think of God listening close enough to hear THE REAL problem and loving me through it gives me a reassurance this world can’t give!!
03-18-2019 at 8:03 AM
Kami Segers
I love my children and grandchildren even when they’re angry and lashing out. I may not like the way they’re behaving, but if I listen closely enough to their case, I’ll hear the real problem and love them through it. How much more does God love us when we are completely honest with our emotions. He loves us far more than we deserve!
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