The Defense Rests
Unwavering • 30-May-2021
Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs continued through the book of Job in the Unwavering series. Job lived under the law of the Old Testament. If he had broken any of those laws, as his friends had suggested earlier, then he would believe his suffering was justified. But he knew himself to be innocent, and as if he was a defendant standing trial, he presented his position in closing remarks to God. In Job’s final defense, he delivered nine points to illustrate his innocence:
1. No Lust (31:1-4)
2. No lies (31:5-8)
3. No Adultery (31:9-12)
4. Fair and Compassionate (31:13-15)
5. Generous (31:16-23)
6. Trusts God, Not Riches (31:24-28)
7. Loved His Enemies (31:29-30)
8. Hospitable (31:31-32)
9. Protected the Land (31:38-40)
Job knew his defense, but he couldn’t know the totality of God – his nature, his love, or his perspective. Job’s defense was one of ticking off specifics of his obedience, goodness, and righteousness. But he wouldn’t hear from God until stopped defending, stopped talking, and stopped promoting himself. God will answer. God does answer. But God wouldn’t speak while Job was still talking.
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