This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
About producing someone Clean out of someone Unclean
as commandeered by Christians from Job 14:4 in support of
inherited sin and depravity as a legacy from Adam.
On Sunday the 13th of March 2005 a fine public discourse was given at a JW Kingdom Hall in Melbourne, Australia with the general theme of violence – how Jehovah and His people should view it and its future.
During this discourse Job 19:7 was quoted to supposedly show how upset Job was about violence even in his day: 7 Look! I keep crying out, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer; I keep crying for help, but there is no justice. Alas, Job was here accusing God of using violence against him and not listening to his pleas, as the context depicted below clearly testifies.
Job even accused Jehovah of being unclean, since He, Job, is thought to be unclean ‑Father like Son.
It is quite interesting to discover how self-righteous Job actually was. A fair amount of what Job said consisted of a long tirade of complaints against Jehovah. Chapters 29-31 are particularly indicative of this.
With righteousness I clothed myself 29:14; and My noble bearing 30:15b; are just a couple of snippets of the tone of Job's distorted view of himself.
Still, Jehovah kindly acknowledged the despair that gave rise to these false accusations and assured Job that he had not sinned. Since there was no law covering these matters, neither was there any transgression, if indeed they could be viewed as such.
(Romans 4:15) In reality the Law produces wrath, but where there is no law,
neither is there any transgression.
So Job in his haste to justify himself and not knowing what lay behind all these terrible things that were happening to him, blamed Jehovah for all the heavy blows he was experiencing. Early in the drama the inspired word says:
(Job 1:22) In all this Job did not sin or ascribe anything improper to God.
(Job 2:10) . In all this Job did not sin with his lips. . . .
But then came the accusations.
Since all this occurred while the tribe of Jacob Israel were still in Egypt, there was yet no law.
This law later acquainted the people Israel with the beautiful principle that someone could sin by mistake, as part of Jehovah's exquisite standards of Justice:
(Numbers 15:27) 27 “‘And if any soul should sin by mistake, then he must present a female goat in its first year for a sin offering. . .
In Job's case however the sin was not under law. Nonetheless Job did sin by mistake and out of ignorance, which required acknowledgment and a repentant heart. Nothing sacrificially however was required of him. Still, Job had to be reproved, because Jehovah was keenly aware of the terrible accusations Job made against Him:
(Job 40:1-2) 1 And Jehovah proceeded to answer Job and say: 2 “Should there be any contending of a faultfinder with the Almighty? Let the reprover of God himself answer it.”
(Job 40:6-8) 6 And Jehovah went on to answer Job out of the windstorm and say: 7
“Gird up your loins, please, like an able-bodied man; I shall question you, and you
8 Really, will you invalidate my justice? Will you pronounce me wicked in order that you may be in the right?
Jehovah humbled Job in no uncertain manner, so that Job sincerely repented for what he self-justifyingly accused Jehovah of:
(Job 40:3-5) 3 And Job went on to answer Jehovah and say: 4 “Look! I have become of little account. What shall I reply to you? My hand I have put over my mouth. 5 Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; And twice, and I will add nothing.”
(Job 42:1-6) 1 And Job proceeded to answer Jehovah and say: 2 “I have come to know that you are able to do all things, And there is no idea that is unattainable for you. 3 ‘Who is this that is obscuring counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I talked, but I was not understanding Things too wonderful for me, which I do not know. 4 ‘Hear, please, and I myself shall speak. I shall question you, and you inform me.’ 5 In hearsay I have heard about you, But now my own eye does see you. 6 That is why I make a retraction, And I do repent in dust and ashes.”
No need for law here. As the psalmist says, a repentant attitude, a humble spirit and a willingness to make amends are already considered a sacrifice by Jehovah:
The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit; A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)
Job certainly suffered as probably only a few people ever do. He had no idea why and since he was a good God-fearing person, it not only puzzled him greatly, but he made the mistake to blame the one he loved –his heavenly father Jehovah.
Alas, the end of it was better than the beginning.
All was restored to Job and he has the assurance of seeing his first set of ten children again after their resurrection.