Thursday, January 26, 2012

God on Trial

Job constantly returns to the idea that his predicament is to be regarded as a lawsuit between himself and God: he demands that God should state the grounds of his complaint (10:2), rebukes his friends for thinking that God's case needs the support of their dishonest arguments (13:6-8), laments that he cannot meet God face to face and settle with him out of court (23:3-6), takes a solemn oath of innocence (31:5-40), and finally insists that his accuser ought to have put the indictment in writing (31:35). In an ancient court of law the primary aim of a litigant was not to convvince judge and jury, but to convince the adversary, so that he would withdraw his own case and acknowledge defeat by placing a finger on his lips; and this Job does when God's voice has questioned him out of the whirlwind.

Just had to share that quote from Caird. God is always good, no matter how things look.

From one perspective the cross was a public execution. From another perspective it was a travesty of justice. God saw it as a victorious sacrifice, planned all along to deliver us from sin and Satan. We meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Don't bother putting God on trial. He's already been executed and vindicated. All who follow him will be too. 

Caird, George B. The Language and Imagery of the Bible. Duckworth Publishing, 1988.