Job: 6:1-13 Job’s Complaint – Part I.

Job wishes that if he is indeed suffering because of some personal and particular sins, that these would be exposed – ie., weighed in the balance, only to be surely out of balance in guilt against him (1-3). “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;” and in this case then his “words have been rash.” (3) For in this case it would be right for him to cry out for his need. Job alludes to other creatures for examples – such as the wild donkey, or a domestic ox not crying out if fed (5), and not satisfied with tasteless food without salt to bring out any flavour – for this is no better (6). Taste buds were given by God so that we could discern what to eat and not eat, and enjoy (7). 

This is why he is crying out, because he cannot see how the tasteless events and condition of what has come upon him are seeing a good purpose or hope – therefore death would be better. Here Paul said the same thing – only he finally also realized what that purpose was – to live is Christ ie., the promised Messiah, and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). Job: “this would be my comfort” [10a), who was there at creation and gave God’s word to Adam and those who followed (Cf. Heb. 1:1-4), like Job and all who followed (8-10). Just look at 10bc – he would gladly “exult in pain…for (he had) not denied the words of the Holy One – that there is but one God, and that He is holy. 

He rightly confesses that he does not have the strength to endure if he cannot see some purpose in it (11-13). This is also why the Westminster fathers were right when they wrote that man’s chief end or aim is to totally enjoy and glorify God forever. Job and his friends, and all who follow, must understand that suffering is not always as a result of some personal or particular individual or corporate sin, as the word of faith name-it-and-claim-it heretics proclaim. Everything – good or adverse, is all to his glory – including the reprobate as objects of his wrath. It is my opinion that vv. 14ff will carry forward this line of reasoning.

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