The Root of the Matter

If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’ and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’ be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.
Job 19:28–29
The Root of the Matter
Coming down from his beautiful confession of the faith in the previous chapters, Job is now trust back into the reality of his situation.  He still has to deal with those who would argue that only bad things happen to wicked people.  Job warns his friends that if they continue this course of thinking it is them who need to fear God and His wrath. We can be too easily blinded by our own arrogance and self-righteousness that we assume that as long as I am not as bad as that person over there, I will be fine.  We can always find someone we feel is a worse sinner than we are. St. Paul set us straight when he says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). None of us is so blameless as to not deserve God’s wrath, yet we have been saved from it by His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For without Christ’s redemptive work on the cross we would be lost. Yet God did send His Son to die for us, thereby reconciling us to Himself.  We need not fear a God of retribution and wrath on account of our sins, for those sins have been paid for in full, washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
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