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My ears had heard of You but now My eyes have seen You

My ears had heard of You but now My eyes have seen You

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Published by Joannes Simin
...when the theology of 'sowing and reaping principle' is not applicable in passing Judgement...
...when the theology of 'sowing and reaping principle' is not applicable in passing Judgement...

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"My ears had heard of You (Yahweh) but now my eyes have seen You” 
(Job 42: 5).
ByJonas Mannaseh Simin Kabungon Friday, 12 October 2012 at 17:03 ·
Faith in God does not promise us sufferings’ proof lives even
though we are obedient unto God 
.However, besides human imperfectionswhich risk us particular losses, it is also understood that evil persons alwayscause the righteous ones to suffer losses. Conventional theology was not
relevant in vindicating Job‘s cause because the root cause, in fact, lies from
cosmic conflicts between God and the Adversary in the spiritual realms. So, weare not called to jump into quick & harsh judgment based on the Law of sowingand reaping towards our fellow men in sufferings like what had been done byBildad, Eliphaz and Zophar unto Job, lest we may end up as folly in the sightof the Almighty God. King Solomon said that the men who fear God will avoidall extremes. (Ecclesiastes 7: 18 b)Job's three friends whom Job called as 'miserable comforters' passed ontheir accusations against Job based on their theological understandings. Andtheir 'very own' theological assessments in regard of Job's sufferings were asbelow:-1
st
Theologian:
Eliphaz
 
1. He believed in the
orthodox theology 
of 
sowing
and
reaping
(Proverbs 11:18; Proverbs 22:8; Galatians 6:7). Men easily stick to this paradigmin judging fellow human beings on earth. This principle is the mostcommonly used on earth.2. He believed that suffering is
the lot of mankind 
(5:7) and exhorted Job toappeal unto God (Job 5: 8). Eliphaz claimed himself to have
observed 
 more things on earth compared to Job. Thus, he knew truth based onthe interpretation called
observation
.3. Eliphaz believed that sufferings were the
instruments of divinedisciplining
(Job 5: 17-
18) ―
blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do notdespise the discipline of the Almighty 
.‖
 
 
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4.
The blessings upon descendants signified God‘s favor and thus he
exhorted Job, whose children were recently wiped out in the incident of falling roof caused by turbulence, to apply the theology which heclaimed based upon their
careful examination of truth
. (Job 5: 27)5.
―What do you know that we do not know…? ―The gray haired and agedare on our side …‖ said Eliphaz. …Listen to me ..; let me tell you what
 I have seen... (Job15:9, 10 &17). Eliphaz boasted his
better understanding
 which he claimed to be
finely tested and practical compared to Job‘s
views of divine Justice because he (Eliphaz) reasoned that he was
moreknowledgeable and experienced 
.2
nd
Theologian:
Bildad
 
 
1. Bildad shared the same orthodox theology of 
sowing
and
reaping
asbelieved by Eliphaz (Proverbs 11: 18; Proverbs 22:8; Galatians 6:7).2. Based on his tested wisdom --
handed down by those former generations
 (Job 8: 8), Bildad exhorted Job to admit his over self righteous attitude.(Job 8: 4, 13, 30)3.
Bildad wronged Job‘s attitude of being a self righteous and advised him
to repent of his impurity and unrighteousness.4.
Bildad viewed Job‘s suffering to be related with
Job’s ignorance of God 
.
―Such is the destiny of all who forget God...‖ Job 8: 13
 3
rd
Theologian:
Zophar
 
 
1. Zophar told Job about his views & understanding of 
Wisdom
. He said
that wisdom has two sides (Job 11: 6). ―
God has forgotten some of your sins
…‖
 
echoed Zophar‘s assessment of Job‘s sufferin
g which had
manifested as God‘s late collection of bills.
 2.
Zophar insisted that Job‘s talks were nothing but nonsense (idle talk).
 3.
Zophar questioned Job‘s
inability to grasp God’s wisdom and God’s
mysteries
.4.
Zophar‘s exhortations: ―…you devote your heart to Him‖; ―…put awayyour sins in your hand…‖; ―…allow no evil to dwell in your tent...‖
(Job 11: 13-14)
 
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Job’s Answers
1. Man born of woman is of 
 few days and full of trouble
(Job 14: 1)2. That
no pure from the impure
(Job 14: 4)3. 16Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.17My offences will be sealed up in the bag; you will cover my sin (Job14: 16-17).
Job knew the secret of being at peace with Yahweh through the
rite of expiation
. Job‘s phrases ‗
God wouldn’t keep track of my sin’ 
and
the covering of sin’ 
, were only possible to be uttered due to Job‘s
religious observance through the
'rite'
which was the customarypractice of Job.4. God understands the way to it (wisdom) and he alone know where itdwells , for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything underheavens (Job 28: 23,24).
The fear of the Lord - that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding
 
(Job 28: 28; Proverb 1:17). Job‘s
definition of 
Wisdom is not based on life‘s experiences but simply
 fearing
‖ God. King Solomon shared this Wisdom by saying, ―
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom
‖ (Proverbs 1:7).
 5.
God denied me Justice (Job 27: 2). Job says, ―I am innocent but Goddenied me Justice―(Job 34: 5). Job was confidence in his integrity.
 6.
Job anticipating God‘s answer (Job 31: 35)
 7.
Job‘s final admittance of God‘s supremacy in all things. ―I know that
you can do all things and no plans of yours can be thwarted (Job 42: 2)8. The blessings of the
rite of expiation
was not the way of escaping from
sufferings rather than the way to be ―
at peace
‖ with God. Job was the
contemporary of the patriarchs since he acted as the priest for hishousehold. In contrast, in Mosaic times, the priesthood was only from
the tribe of the Levi. Obviously, Job observed the ―
rite of expiation
a.k.a. 'burnt offering' which had been traditionally handed down fromhis ancestor, the survivor of deluge, Noah. Noah who learned burnt
offering‘s rites from his father and forefathers and he (Noah) became the
sole father of burnt offering after the deluge whereas Abraham wasconsidered the father of faith. Moses was the father of Torah. Elijah wasthe father of the prophet and in Jesus the Son of God is the fulfillmentof all of them.

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