Job 13: I desire to speak to God.

But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God. You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!  Job 13:3, 4

Job knows the truisms his friends have uttered. But they have used those truisms to unjustly smear Job’s character and lied to flatter God.  If only Job could fact God in court, he would be vindicated.  Job asks only for 2 things:  that God will stop tormenting him and that he have a chance to defend himself.

I desire to speak to God (13:3).  An old argument states that if God is both good and all powerful then when something bad or unfair happens, we must either doubt the goodness of God or His sovereignty.  But Job isn’t willing to abandon his belief in God.  Instead he wants to challenge God to explain his suffering.  Crying out “Why” is far better than saying, “Because I do not understand, I will not believe.”

3  But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.

Showing God partiality (13:6-12).  Job’s friends have no evidence he has committed any sin, yet they call him a sinner!  OT Law is clear that only eyewitness testimony can be accepted in court.  Therefore Job’s friends “speak wickedly” on God’s behalf!

15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely[1] defend my ways to his face. 16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him!

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