Shabbat shalom! Today’s reading is pretty dark and dreary, and Job feels like he cannot make his case before the court of heaven (Job 9:32). No human understands him, and even though he knows YHVH sees right into his heart, YHVH is not going to explain what He is doing.
Job has looked into his own heart, deeply searching it, and he cannot find a sin for which he deserves the trials he is experiencing. But he does admit that no one can stand before YHVH and admit to being totally innocent, at every moment of every day of every year of one’s life. This matches what Paul quotes from the prophets, that there is none righteous, no, not one.
As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
While Job makes the case that even though his life was characterized by righteousness, the fact remains that YHVH does not have eyes of flesh or see as a man sees (Job 10:4). In the spirit realm, He goes by us, yet we do not see Him. He moves past us, yet we do not perceive Him (Job 9:11). He is the Creator of the stars, who walks on the water, who does wonders without number (Job 9:5-10).
And He marks those who sin (Job 10:14). He can see all.
“YHVH is in His holy temple,
YHVH’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.
YHVH tests the righteous…
For YHVH is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright” (Psalm 11:4-5, 7).
Christine Miller wrote a very good post on the testing that YHVH does for each of us:
“He beholds us, and we behold Him, if we are upright. If we do what is right as He does what is right, and love what is right as He loves what is right, then His face we shall see. In order to know whether that is so or not, the LORD tests the sons of men. A lot of people talk a good talk, but do they walk a good walk? Testing reveals what is true. (This is a universal principle, and is why repeatable experimentation is the bedrock of science, and cross examination of witnesses is the bedrock of the courtroom.)
“A test is not necessarily a set of bad circumstances. It is merely a situation where one must choose to believe or speak or do what is right. What we choose is what we love. And likewise, we love what we choose, regardless of what we or others tell ourselves about it. That is inescapable human nature.”
But when we are taking a test, the room is usually quiet. We must make our choices regardless of the circumstances.
What I’m seeing today is that test-taking feels like a very alone process. But Job knew YHVH saw Him, and while the test was a miserable process, there was the smallest comfort in knowing that the Teacher could see, and that righteous judgment would eventually come.
“In YHVH I put my trust” (Psalm 11:1).
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