sermonette: Was Job Really Self-Righteous?

Clyde Finklea
Given 08-Aug-15; Sermon #1280s; 21 minutes

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Clyde Finklea, recounting the harsh appraisal of Job in too many commentaries calling him "a classic example of self-righteousness," and "horribly self-righteous," asserts that the Scriptures clearly vindicate Job from that charge. Self-righteousness is defined as being smugly proud of one's own opinion and intolerant of others. This kind of self-righteousness, described as filthy rags in the Scriptures, applied to the Pharisees, but not to Job. What Job repented of in dust and ashes, symbolic of our lowly mortal state, was his total misunderstanding of the magnitude and greatness of God's power—something that all of us fail to comprehend as well. The false accusations against Job by his 'friends' were displeasing to God, requiring a sacrifice to atone for their foolish utterances. Our behavior must be more aligned with Job's than the self-righteous Pharisee who smugly looked down on others.

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Blameless Despise Exalting self Exodus 22:9 I Corinthians 6:9 God gave Job back double God will prune to produce more fruit Isaiah 64:6; 65:2-5 Job as blameless and righteous Job 1; 2; 42 John 15 Luke 18:9-14 Puffed up Pure Rejected Repent seeing I am but dust and ashes Spoken what I did not understand Vinedressers Without a cause


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