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19 If I speak of strength [koach], lo, he is strong ['ammiyts]:
and if of judgment [mishpat], who shall set [ya`ad] me a time to plead?
it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can
summon Him? NASB
The overall questions are, 'Who can
argue with God? Who can compete? How and in what manner would such a contest
occur? Who would oversee the outcome?'
Job continues with his analysis of such
a contest. He knows his own place, the
place of inferior man, and Job certainly has no illusions concerning Gods
position in all of creation.
For who is like Me, and who will summon
Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?' NASB
Who will call God into court? Who will stand before God to argue their
case? Who will represent man in mans case against God?
Man lives in the sinful category of
creation. God lives in the perfection
category. Between the two, neither can
cross over into the other. God will not
lower His own standards of perfection, and man doesn't have the means on his
own, of rising to Gods level.
Furthermore, there is no other person or
creature who can either represent man, or stand in mans shoes in a contest
between man and God.
Satan has tried. That is the very reason we even have this
history for humanity. And, Satan is a
real creature. How then can anything
invented out of imagination, how can anything that is not real, how can
anything which does not even exist, then stand up against God?
So as for all of the idols, all of the
religions, all of the invented deities, all of the reasoned philosophies, all
of the interpretations of life, its beginnings and its destiny, how then can
any of these stand against God?
Job points out here, that if the matter
comes down to pure power, then God wins hands down. God created all of the angels out nothing, in
an instant. God created all of the universe
out nothing, in an instant. God restored
the earth step by step and point by point, in six days and then rested. All that He needed to do for human history,
had been accomplished and in His rest, history now unfolds before us all.
Satan works hard. Satan walks back and forth in the earth,
between heaven and earth, wherever he goes, to do the things he needs to
do. Meanwhile God rests.
Man walks back and forth in the earth,
hustles day in and day out, tries this plan and that plan to do whatever it is
he wants to accomplish for himself. Meanwhile God rests.
In power, there is no contest. God wins.
In law then, what is the contest? Again, justice is on Gods side. God is
perfect righteousness. Righteousness if
the state of perfection. Justice is the cleansing
routine, the washing process, the action of cleaning up unrighteousness.
Satan and man walk back and forth in the
earth, inventing philosophies, religions, theories, laws, regulations,
regulations for the regulations, interpretations for the regulations,
exceptions for the interpretations, modifications to their previously invented
beliefs, adjustments to their modifications, exceptions to their adjustments,
categories for the privileged and categories for the not so privileged.
Gods doctrine has existed since eternity
past. God rests. God has no further work to accomplish until
man as well as Satan, have run through and used up, all of their options and
alternatives for life.
Who among the tainted, who among the
flawed, who among the indicted, who among the guilty can argue against justice?
And the answer to all of these questions
is, 'no one.'
God has set His plan in motion. His plan has all of the necessary ingredients
of provision for humanity. Provision
both for the believer and for the unbeliever.
Provision both for the positive and for the indifferent.
We should not ask for things, which are
clearly outside of the plan design. 'God
please turn these rocks into gold for me.'
'No, get a job.'
We should not try to impose our will on
history and defining history, as the news media, as various tyrants through out
history, as distorted do-gooder thinking, try to do.
We should not try to reinvent the norms
and standards of society, replacing sound principles with alternative life
Gods plan is sound. Gods plan is truth. Anything else is a lie and will end up in
total failure, disruption of society, and misery for many.
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