Evening Readings: Job 31:13-40 & Matt 5:33-48 [July 12]

Job 31:13-40

Job basically defends himself.  He appears to think through every possible situation where he could have sinned and brought forth his humiliation. These are the last comments from Job.  The Lord is yet to speak.

Here are some of Job’s defenses:

  • If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves
  • If I have kept the poor from their desire
  • If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
  • If I have seen the needy had no covering,
  • If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan,
  • If I have put my confidence in gold,
  • If I have called fine gold my trust
  • If I have gloated because my wealth was great
  • Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy
  • Have I exulted when evil befell my enemy?

Matthew 5:33-48

Jesus continues with His teachings of His Law of Faith.  The difference between His Law and the Law of Moses is that Jesus’ teaching reflects the personal characteristics of the Lord and the Law of Moses the characteristics of man.

In other words Jesus teaches His disciples to act as the Lord does toward man made in His image.  This is why it appears Jesus is contradicting the Law of Moses.  When we follow the Law of Christ we act as the Lord does towards man.  This is possible only when a man is born again of the Spirit of God and has received the Holy Spirit.

Jesus addresses three items:

  • Oaths
  • Revenge
  • Enemies

Jesus’ new prescriptions:

  • Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
  • Turn your other cheek.
  • Pray for your enemies.

If you do take these actions you will be God like in your actions toward your fellow man.

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