Friday, February 25, 2011

Job Did Not Sin

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God...In all this Job did not sin with his lips...Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.  Job 1:22, 2:10, 2:13

I'm guessing that when most of us experience great tragedy or trouble, we all sin in some way.  But, here's an account of a man who did not sin, either in action or word.  But Job was extremely undone.  He sat in a pile of ashes at least a week.  I'm guessing he didn't to much of anything productive sitting there.  He was in great pain and it was great enough for everybody to notice.

But he did not sin.  Isn't it interesting that a picture of somebody paralyzed by life's tragedies is said to have not sinned?  I'm wondering what kind of counseling Job would have received if he lived today.  Would it have been the same?  Would he have been rebuked?  Maybe this story would have been the same no matter when in history it occurred.


  1. Job didn't sin, but he was completely honest and cursed the day he was born.

    We could learn a lot from Job on how to open up and be human as we deal with real life in a dark and cursed world.

    We must be on the same wave-length because I have a post brewing in my head about Job, his wife, who was also completely honest, and may very well have sinned with her mouth, and Job's comforters who go to great lengths trying to make sense out of what didn't make sense and obviously did sin with their mouths since Job had to offer sacrifices in the end. (But strangely, not for his wife???)

    Sorry. I told you something was brewing inside me over this.

  2. A ten year old boy stood and read this scripture in our organic fellowship last Sunday. One year ago this boy, along with his 4 brothers and sisters had their relationship to their mother and father terminated by the State of CA. Their home was so evil.... something Job never experienced. He and all of his 4 siblings are now adopted in a loving Christian home that gathers with us in 100% intergenerational dynamic. The joy on this boys face is brilliant as he read this scripture, knowing his life had been in the torment of Satan for 10 years, but now was free, learning the truth that set him free.