Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, February 2, 2024
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

The Lessons Of Job, part 9
Keep your integrity.

Finally, beginning in chapter 26, Job has the chance to respond to his friends.  In doing so, he addresses his integrity.  Job 27:5b I will not set aside my integrity! 6a I will maintain my righteousness, and not let it go.  What is integrity anyway?  It is the capacity to tell the truth in every circumstance, even in difficult times.
Immediately, Job makes a declaration that caught my attention.  Job 27:7  May my enemy be like the wicked, my enemy like the unrighteous.  The only way Job’s enemy could be like the wicked or unrighteous is if he, himself, is on the side of righteousness.  Doesn’t this describe us all?  We want to be standing with God, so that all our enemies are wicked and unrighteous, just like His enemies.

If Job were a man who sinned (as we all do), how then does he maintain his integrity?  He does so by not compounding the problem with a hard heart.  He is quick to repent and endure with silence when confronted with difficulty.  Let’s back up near the beginning of the story.  Job’s wife was not particularly supportive.  Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? Curse God and die!”  But he responds honestly to her… Job 2:10 He said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Should we accept the good from God and not accept the bad?” Through all this Job did not sin with his lips.

In the final chapter of his personal defense, Job “throws down the gauntlet.”  https://www.history.com/news/what-does-it-mean-to-throw-down-the-gauntlet  He does this by making many “if-then” statements.  The form of his many statements goes like this… “If I have done (and here he mentions many types of evil of which he has been accused), then may this or that calamity be done to me.”  In short, Job is testifying to his own innocence.

As with every biblical teaching, we must ask ourselves, “What is God revealing about Himself to me at this time?”  First, God puts a premium on His people telling the truth.  Throughout Scripture, liars are counted as sinners.  Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and faithless and detestable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars—their lot is in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Secondly, be quick to repent… 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  Receive comfort in the fact that God has reserved judgment, so that we are not condemned.  1Corinthians 4:5 Therefore do not judge anything before the time—wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the things hidden in darkness and also make clear the motives of the hearts. Then the praise for each one will come from God.

Finally, be prepared for this… Yeshua is coming, cast your troth with Him.  Ensure your enemies are His enemies.  Psalm 98:8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together— 9 before Adonai, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with fairness.  Shalom shalom.

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