Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Job Chapter 27
Metaphysically Interpreting Job 27:1-6
27:1And Job again took up his parable, and said, 27:2As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul: 27:3(For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); 27:4Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit. 27:5Far be it from me that I should justify you: Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me. 27:6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
July 6, 1947: Job 27:1-5
What is often pointed out as an outstanding example of suffering on the part of the righteous? Jesus Christ, "one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin," suffered death on the cross, and various doctrines have been advanced to account for it. It is said that He was made "perfect through sufferings"; that "him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf," and so on.
How did Jesus Christ handle the problem of suffering? He did not dwell on the cause but showed what is to be gained through sufferings. "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." He then healed the man born blind. In the parable of the two houses, one built on the rock and the other on the sand, the one standing firm and the other collapsing under the same storm, we see that the way to view misfortune is not to question why it comes but to build well the bulwark of our inner resources and be prepared to stand fast.
Is conscious integrity a defense against suffering? It is; but the subtle tincture of self-righteousness, when it is present, vitiates it and robs it of its power. "(For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit."
Are deceitful words and unrighteous speech to be avoided at the expense of tactfulness? They are to be avoided at whatever cost. However love in the heart makes tactfulness possible under all circumstances. It is possible to speak the truth without giving offense.
Is forethought essential to tactful speech? It is; and so are consideration of others and the habit of thinking constructively.
Transcribed by Tom Schulte on 9-14-2013