Job 13 … Consider Him, Our Vindication

“Behold now, I have prepared my case;
I know that I will be vindicated,”
(13:18).

Vindication: “the act of vindicating: to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to afford justification for; justify.”

Job is confident; he will be vindicated; he will be cleared and justified. And his confidence was clearly illustrated in the preceding verses.

“Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
16 “This also will be my salvation,
For a godless man may not come before His presence.
17 “Listen carefully to my speech,
And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 “Behold now, I have prepared my case;
I know that I will be vindicated,”
(13:15-18).

How was Job so convinced? Job knew in Whom he had placed his faith; and it was not in his own works or strength. Job knew, so much so, that even if God were to take his life, his hope would not be taken.

Job was not claiming godliness in and of himself; he knew his Vindication could never come from himself, “For a godless man may not come before His presence.”

Job was claiming that no matter what, his trust was in God and God alone. And while his friends judged him through the circumstances that appeared to be bringing judgment on sin, Job knew. Job knew, that while his understanding of what was going on was shaky, his faith was not.

“Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him,”
(13:15).

And Job was tired of laying his case out before these men. While his life was currently filled with unknowns, Job had no doubt that his Vindication would never be found in the worthless wisdom of man (13:3-6).

And Job would not place his trust or hope in the skewed perceptions of man (13:7-9)

So, in faith, Job made his appeal to the only One able to Vindicate; and boldly asked God to remove His terrifying wrath and to restore their broken fellowship.

20 “Only two things do not do to me,
Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 Remove Your hand from me,
And let not the dread of You terrify me.
22 “Then call, and I will answer;
Or let me speak, then reply to me,
(13:20-22).

And in Job’s two requests, we see Him, Our Vindication. Jesus Who gave Himself for our sins, as our substitute, took the full brunt of the wrath of Holy God upon Himself and thereby removed it from us, that our fellowship with our Holy Creator would be restored.

Consider Him, Our Vindication

  • Jesus, Our Vindication Who gave Himself for our sins.
    • Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (Galatians 1:3-4).
  • Jesus, Our Vindication Who took the wrath of God as the propitiation for our sins.
    • …Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world, (1 John 2:2).
      • Propitiation: “2434. ἱλασμός hilasmós; gen. hilasmoú, masc. noun from hiláskomai (2433), to propitiate, expiate. Propitiation. It is the means of putting away sin and establishing righteousness. God is never presented as changing His mind toward the sinner or the sin that estranged the sinner from Him. Man is never said to be able to appease God with any of his offerings…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
  • Jesus, Our Vindication Who restored our fellowship with God.
    • Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God, (Romans 5:1-2).

How do we respond to Him, Our Vindication?

Every one of us is guilty. Every one of us is in need of His Vindication for our justification. And justification by faith is not a New Testament idea.

Then he [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness, (Genesis 15:6).

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away,
(Isaiah 64:6).

“Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith,”
(Habakkuk 2:4).

God has not changed; but He has so graciously and mercifully provided His provision for Vindication through faith in Jesus Christ.

Have we placed our faith in Jesus Christ, Our Vindication for salvation?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

His gift of eternal life received through faith rescues us from His wrath, but it does not exempt us from the adversity and suffering of this life.

May we truly learn and be strengthened in our faith from Job’s story. God is always at work on behalf of His children. When we don’t have the full picture and we don’t understand, may we never trust our own understanding or strength; let us ask Him to strengthen our character, our hope and our love for Him as we live by faith in Him, Our Vindication

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us, (Romans 5:3-5).

Oh, that we would so grow in our faith, that no matter the opinions or skewed perceptions of others, we would put our faith in Him and Him alone. The day is coming when we will be fully Vindicated for all eternity. What a blessing it would be to be able to look back on our lives, like Paul, having kept our faith in Him, Our Vindication, as we daily looked forward to our restored fellowship with Him in heaven for all of eternity.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing, (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

And if we would learn to live always looking for His appearing, He will be faithful to grow us in our faith in Him, Our Vindication, to be able to say, like Job, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.”

Let’s Grow Together!

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