Job 9:2 (CSB)
2 Yes, I know what you’ve said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?
Job 9:2-13 – This section is, in general, another description of God’s supremacy. Job 9:2b provides a glimpse of where Job is though: the “righteous” man who is not being treated by God as Job and his friends would expect (which happens to be the disagreement between Job and his friends!). There is a theme of detachment though in this section from Job, presumably due to his feeling of being abandoned by God.
Job 9:6 – Job seems to be describing earthquakes, which are under the control of God.
Job 9:7 – Job is possibly attributing the day/night cycle to God? Or certainly eclipses, or other conditions that might block out the light from celestial bodies.
Job 9:11-13 – Job’s description of the power of God turns sour here, as he conveys his detachment from God, and what he sees as some sort of capricious punishment by God.
Job 9:14-15 – This is an interesting thought. The idea that Job ultimately conveys is that there is no greater standard, above God, that God must somehow adhere to, for Job to appeal to. In other words, even though Job may be innocent, and what God has brought upon him may seem to Job (and us) as unfair, there is no argument against the one who is absolutely sovereign and is the very definition of what is “right”. Job revisits the idea in Job 9:19-20.
Job 9:16 – This verse seems to be Job’s frustration speaking, as we know that God does in fact pay attention and is intimately involved with us. In fact, despite the horrific ordeal Job has had to endure, he continues to draw breath, and even dwell upon the mighty God, thus proving the gracious sustaining power and mercy of God that even the most ardent unbeliever enjoys as well.
Job 9:21 – Job states his blamelessness before God., harkening back to what we, the reader, know was said by God in Job 1.
Job 9:22-24 – Job continues to cast God in an unfavorable light here, certainly the result of his despair. This is a dangerous place to be, and there is a definite tension knowing the dire place Job is treading.
Job 9:25-31 – Job turns to lament the brevity of life, and the futility of it. There is obviously an exaggeration in some of this, tainted by his current state, as we know from Job 1 that Job had experienced plenty of “good”. Nonetheless, he finds himself feeling abandoned and hopeless currently, and conveys this to his friends (and also to God?).
Job 9:32-33 – Again Job notes that God stands above the law, he is the law, and there is no other standard he can be held to.
Job 9:33 – Could this be a sort of foreshadowing of the mediator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Job 10:1-2 – Job now turns his attention to God, addressing him directly. This odd sort of “prayer”, I think, is a great, if not extreme, example of what we should do when we are questioning God, and feeling abandoned by him… we come to him, address him, plead with him.
Job 10:2-7 – Job essentially addresses what he sees as God’s unfair punishment upon him, and sort of asking rhetorical questions that imply God’s behavior is like that of a mere man (possibly a jab at his friends and their inability to discern Job’s honesty).
Job 10:8-12 – We see here that Job has not lost sight of who God truly is, as he confirms the creator status of God, and the implied relational aspect between God and his creatures, characterized by the term “faithful love”.
Job 10:13-17 – This section is not Job returning to a negative view of God. It is just the opposite: it Job’s affirmation that God is a good God, intolerant of sin! Further, Job admits that none are truly, completely, righteous before God. This is not a concession to the accusations of his friends though: both Job and the reader are aware of his status before God, despite his humanity.
Job 10:18-22 – Job’s response concludes with Job issuing another wish for death. It is noteworthy that just because we may have an understanding of who God is, and his nature, that does not mean things will be great and pleasurable. If nothing else, Job shows us that there are no guarantees that the righteous will be happy and content at all times.
Lord, thank you for being the sovereign God! I pray that even in our darkest times we would claim your glory and perfection. We can bring to case against you, because you are the standard, the judge and jury. Help us to honor you and bring you glory in all things we do and say, at all times, good and bad. Amen.