Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high.
My first experience of a courtroom was a visit my Civics class took to the county courthouse during my eighth grade year.
We sat in, for about 15 minutes or so, on a trial underway.
What made this kind of special and unique was that it was a murder trial! Here we were, about 15 or 20 eighth graders listening to a lawyer defending his client who had been accused of murder!
Since then I’ve visited courtrooms several more times. One of them was as a member of our jury.
Again, it was impressed upon me that if you are on trial you want someone to defend you who knows what they are doing.
But you also want someone who has a vested interest in defending you.
Most of the time, at least it seems this way to me, a defender’s only interest in a client is as just that, a client. Their only vested interest is in getting paid. Or that and getting a pretty good checkmark on their resume – a victory in the case!
Job feels like he’s being unfairly accused and punished. His “friends” have come along to try to convince him that this is not the way the world works. If someone suffers, it must be for a reason. And that reason is that you’ve done something wrong!
But Job hasn’t done anything wrong. At least not to the extent that he should be punished by losing all his wealth, his health, and all ten of his children!
And Job is correct in this. Of course, we know the reason Job is going through all this. Job and his “friends” do not.
Here’s the lesson in this for us: Job doesn’t know why he’s suffering but he’s not going to give up on God. He still fears (believes in) God. Even though Job believes that God is responsible (after all, God is “almighty” and in control of all things) he doesn’t turn his back on God, he doesn’t “curse God and die.”
This is what Satan is trying to get Job to do. If Satan can successfully pull this off with an upright and steadfast man like Job, then he can do this to the rest of us as well!
But Job doesn’t give in! Job continues to cry out to God. Job continues to be adamant to his “friends” that he is innocent.
Job even goes so far as to say that while God is the one who allows this evil to befall him, he will still call on God to defend him from, well, God!
“…my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor” (Job 16:20-21).
Job may not be aware of specifically who he’s talking about, but from our side of history we can see that Job is talking about the Son of Man: Jesus Christ!
When we face trials, suffering, pain, and even death, we have someone who will defend us. Someone who has an intimate and deep interest in us!
That someone is Jesus Christ. He not only defends us from death, he destroys death with his own death.
And he rose from the dead in order to prove that death no longer has dominion on him and those whom he calls brothers and sisters!
We rejoice, O Father, that your Son intercedes for us. Hear our plea, amen.
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