Thursday, April 08, 2010

I'm Righteous! I'm Righteous! Therefore I'm Saved!

A bit earlier today I was reading in the book of Job. As you know, Job was blessed in many ways by God, then Satan challenged God that Job was only a righteous man because God blessed him, and that he would turn from God if God took away his blessings, and God allowed Satan to take away God's blessings from Job as a test of Job.

During the resulting suffering that Job underwent, four friends came along, and three of them tried to convince Job that he had done something wrong. Job kept claiming that he hadn't done anything wrong, but that God was doing wrong by him.

Eventually the fourth friend, Elihu, spoke up, and said that the first three, although older and presumably wiser, were not wise, and he spoke his peace.

Finally, God Himself spoke, and castigated Job for thinking he was oh-so-righteous and knew better than God did, but that Job was right, he hadn't done anything wrong to deserve the suffering. God also forced the first three friends to apologize (via sacrifice), saying He was angry with the three friends. But He spoke nothing of the fourth friend who spoke last, which is interesting, because of what was said about the fourth friend just before he began his speech:
HCSB Job 32:2 Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justified himself rather than God.
Job did everything right, but what got him into trouble with God (or at least Elihu) is that Job justified himself by his right-doing, rather than giving the credit to God.

Genesis 6:22 says that "Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him", but that's not what saved him and his family. Instead, "By his faith Noah ... received the righteousness that comes by faith" (Heb 11:7 NLT).

Don't trust in your own right-ness. Instead, have faith that the right-ness of Yahshua is given to you by God's grace, and then do the right thing.


Linda said...

Why do you prefer the Holman translations?

Chyntt said...

It's not so much that I prefer the Holman Christian Standard Bible, as I find it acceptably good.

It's as readable as the NIV, but seems to me to be a bit more literal.

But I also like the NIV, NASB, NRSV, WEB, ESV, The Message, NKJV, etc. Just depends on what emphasis I'm looking for: literalness, readability, familiarity, etc.

Overall, in my estimation the HCSB is a pretty good compromise for general quotation work.

Linda said...

I don't think you leave your computer if the time on your post is correct! I have a difficult time swaying between several. I don't want to be looking for my answer. I am not saying you are but in my own personal studying. l