40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 6, 2019, 6:53 AM

Lent 2019 Day 28 Job Chapter 30

 InJob 30:2-8, Job describes the lowest of people, "Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me? Their vigor has perished. They are gaunt from want and famine, Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste, Who pluck mallow by the bushes, And broom tree roots for their food. They were driven out from among men, They shouted at them as at a thief. They had to live in the clefts of the valleys, In caves of the earth and the rocks. Among the bushes they brayed, Under the nettles they nestled. They were sons of fools, Yes, sons of vile men; They were scourged from the land."

Yet these are the ones that MOCK Job. They laugh at Job, they taunt him with song and the spit in his face. Job does not have the strength to defend himself and when he cries out in the assembly he receives no  response. Verse 31 closes the chapter truly describing a broken man, "My harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the voice of those who weep.

How would we respond to such abuse? How would we respond if we saw such abuse on others? The part that stood out to me, was they did not hesitate to spit in his face. As soon as I read that, my heart went directly to Jesus before the Sanhedrin in Matthew 26:67-68, "Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”" Jesus had the power to defend himself, and yet as Isaiah 53:7 says, "He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,So He opened not His mouth.

As we get closer to Easter, we pray that God would make us more like Jesus, but I don't think anyone wants to be like this part. We are quick to defend ourselves, especially when we feel that we have been unfairly treated. I truly believe that Jesus went through all that he went through, so that he can understand the pain we feel when we are MOCKED and ABUSED. Thank You Jesus for the CROSS, and the JOURNEY you took to get there. 

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