What was Job sin before the Lord in the bible

Do any of Job’s statements constitute sin?

The retribution principle is the central theme of the book of Job. This is the belief that God rewards good people and punishes bad people here on Earth. A person’s upright character can be inferred from the fact that he or she enjoys good fortune. Hard times are evidence of sin in a person’s life. Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? – Eliphaz, Job 4:7. The question remains, “Where have the upright been destroyed?”

The vast majority of Job’s audience holds this view. This is why Job’s three friends all advise him to repent in the hopes that God will have mercy on him.

When Job is asked by Bildad what he should do, he responds, “But if you will seek God diligently and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your side and return you to your prosperous status” (Job 8:5-7). Because of how successful you’ll become in the future, your humble beginnings will look like nothing.

Zophar says something similar in Job 11:13-19: “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you throw away the iniquity that is in your hand, and if you let no evil to live in your tent, then, blameless, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.” It won’t be long before your trouble is a distant memory, like water under the bridge. There will be more light in life than at midday, and the night will feel as fresh as the morning. You will feel protected because you know that things will get better, and you will survey your surroundings with confidence. Nobody will bother you while you sleep, and many of people will try to win your approval.

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Nevertheless, Job insists to his pals that he is innocent because he knows that he has not done anything wrong. Not that Job feels he is blameless or faultless, but rather to refute the idea that he must have committed some terrible sin (which he has successfully disguised) to deserve such a punishment from God. Job was “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned wickedness,” as stated in the prologue. No one is perfect, but it doesn’t mean they don’t strive to live an honest and upright life in order to earn God’s approval.

Surprisingly, Job never doubts the justice of the notion of vengeance but instead insists on reiterating it. He believes he knows how the world should function, but he cannot fathom why God is punishing him in this way. He first loses all hope and wonders why he was even born (Job 3). Then he starts to question God’s fairness and intelligence. He thinks God is breaking the rules. Friends of Job interpret this as an assault on God’s integrity: How much longer will you speak such things?” asks Bildad to Job in Job 8:2-3 (ESV). It seems like your words are blowing like a gale. Is God the author of injustice? Does God twist truth?

In chapter 23, Job claims he could convince God of his innocence if only he could make his case to the Almighty.

Job and his friends continue to argue with one another. Some claim that a righteous man would be immune to such hardships since God is just. Job claims to be morally upright but still cannot understand why bad things have happened to him. He has had his entire life turned upside down. Nonetheless, the idea that God is not limited by these “laws” of punishment is not challenged.

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Job reiterates his belief in karma in chapter 27 and accuses God of not giving him justice (verse 2). Even if he is uncertain and discouraged, he does not swear at God (as his wife suggests he should in Job 2:9). His devotion to God is unwavering. It’s only that he thinks there must be a mistake and that if he could make his case directly to God, everything would be set straight. Unfortunately, God does not appear to be present (see Job 23).

When a fourth friend named Elihu finally has a chance to speak, he does. He doesn’t propose a solution, but rather scolds Job’s three friends for accusing Job of guilt when they have no proof. The accusation that God is unfair is another point of criticism.

This time, God actually addresses Job. Instead of explaining how God runs the world, He effectively tells Job that he has no idea what he’s talking about. “Who is he who obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” God questions Job in Job 38:2-4. Bear down like a man, for I shall interrogate you, and you must answer. Can you tell me where you were when I lay the groundwork for planet Earth? Explain it to me if you’re still confused. Chapter 41 is dedicated to further exploration of this line of inquiry.

Job acknowledges that he is limited in his understanding of God’s ways in Job 42:1-6.

“Job then addressed God, saying, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be defeated.

You inquired, “Who is this that hides my schemes from me?”

The things I spoke about were too amazing for me to comprehend, and I realize that now.

To which I reply, “Listen now and I will talk; I will ask you, and you shall answer me.”

I’d heard about you, but now I can see you for myself. Therefore, I have turned my back on myself and am repenting in ashes.

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It’s clear that Job now believes he sinned when he answered God’s question.

After Job’s first round of suffering, the book of Job concludes with the line, “In all this, Job did not offend by charging God with wrongdoing.” This is not an overall assessment of Job based on the contents of the book, but rather a judgment on his first reaction. Later on, Job began to question God’s goodness and justice. Some people could consider this a sin. What Job did could be viewed by some as similar to the Psalms’ expressions of sorrow. Despite this, God never chastises Job (apart from the interrogation in chapters 38–41). However, God does rebuke Job’s three friends: “since you have not spoken honestly about me as my servant Job has” (Job 42:7).

The most likely passage in which Job speaks the truth is Job 42:1-6, in which Job recognizes that he cannot fathom God’s ways. Each of the three buddies is convinced that they have a firm grasp on God. God then tells Job to pray and offer sacrifices for his friends, promising to pardon them if he does. Indeed, Job’s integrity has been proven here (Job 42:8–9).

God does not provide an explanation for suffering, but rather asserts that He cannot be “boxed in” by a system of rules. While it’s true that the wicked sometimes succeed and the good sometimes suffer, life generally favors the former. In the end, this dilemma won’t be answered until everyone is judged by God based on the truth in the next life (Romans 2:16). But “retribution thinking,” like that of Job and his friends, is alive and well today, especially in the teachings of the prosperity gospel.

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