40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 8, 2019, 6:02 AM

Lent 2019 Day 29 Job 31


Much like Jesus does in the Sermon on the Mount, Job extends the definition of sin. Job 31 will be the closing remarks by Job, who has been trying to defend himself against his friends who have all said that Job has sinned. By Nazarene stanard, sin is defined as "Any known transgression against a known will of God."  By definition, a transgression is An Act of doing something. By our very definition of sin, we can get away with thinking, but not actually doing

To Job, adultery was more than just cheating on his wife. Job says, "I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman?
" Verse nine implies that his heart was not even inticed by another woman. In fact lust was something on the inside that nobody could prove against job, because nobody knew what he was thinking except God. Yet Job was so confident that he had never lusted after a woman that he prayed a curse upon himself and his wife, if he had. 

Sometimes we turn a blind eye to those in needs, because if we don't see it, then we don't have to help. Job admits that his heart was blessed when he blessed the poor. Job did not give into greed. 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." No greed in Job's life. He neither rejoiced over his wealth nor put his trust in gold.

Job did not secretly bow down to idols, nor was his heart inticed away to worship something other than God. Job's purity extended to his love for his enemies. Job says in verses 29-30, "If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, Or lifted myself up when evil found him (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for a curse on his soul);

All of these our sins without action. Job describes them like Adam hiding his transgressions from God. "If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom," In his closing remarks, Job understood that he was not being judged by men who see only the outward actions, Job was going to be judged by a God who sees the heart. Would we have that kind of confidence standing before God? Or have we like Adam, tried to hide our transgression hoping God wont see? 

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