Of Specks and Planks


Last week I took a bit of a hiatus from this series due to a death in my extended family. I shared the tiniest fraction of Job's grief. So we're back in the saddle this week, looking at Job 13.


We are still (indirectly) discussing wisdom. In particular, Job tells Zophar he would be wise to shut up. Well then. I agree with Job because his "friends" accused him of things that just weren't true. They made assumptions. And wrong ones at that.


I want to zoom in on the statement in Job 13:9.




"Would it go well if he examined you?" ~ Job 13:9 CSB


Job was pointedly asking Zophar (and frankly, I believe, Eliphaz and Bildad too) if God were to examine or judge him, how would he fare. Since I've read Job before, I know how all three fared under God's judgement. I'll let you in on a secret....not good! Zophar was so busy judging Job and calling him a sinner in need of humiliation he never thought about what would happen if he was the one in the hot seat.


It reminds me of Mathew 7:1-5, in particular verse 5.


"Hyprocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." ~Matthew 7:5 NKJV


The beginning of this chapter Jesus is talking about not judging because we will be judged. He goes on to ask why you're looking at the speck in your brother's eye when there is a plank sticking out of yours. Why are you telling your brother you'll remove his speck when that big plank is in your eye? And then He says verse 5 and I swear he's talking straight to Zophar. Oh and us too. We are quick to judge and criticize others. We point out their flaws and mistakes and pass out judgement like candy. And, like Zophar, we'll do it without all the facts. Ahem. All the while we'd crawl under a rock if anyone knew of our flaws, mistakes and sins.


Let's not be the ones out here criticizing others on the regular. How about we pray for others instead of judging. Even better, let's ask God to help us to be better people, to be more Christlike. We'll be more humble if and when the situation calls for us to help another.

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