Blameless and Upright

  1. Job is described by God Himself as “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.”
  2. What a wonderful way to be known to God.
  3. Blameless is our state before God in Christ Jesus. It means no fault can be found in us. He is able to present us blameless before God because of His blood, and He lives to make intercession for us to save us to the uttermost. (I’m referencing Jude 1:24 and Hebrews 7:25.)
  4. We achieve blamelessness through Christ by believing in Christ’s salvation. Jesus came to take away the sins of the world. Through faith we believe that Jesus’ death paid our sin debt, and we believe that our body of sinful flesh is crucified with Christ and we’re raised to new life in Christ by the Spirit dwelling in us. Our old life was a slave to sin. Our new life is a slave to God and righteousness.
  5. Job is upright, chooses to do what is right.
  6. We’re told he turns from evil. That’s just another way of saying he chooses to do what’s right. And why? Because he fears the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We must fear the Lord if we’re going to know and make the right choices.
  7. Job, in our story today, is making intercession for his children. He’s concerned they have sinned and is trying to atone for their sins by making offerings to God. In that way, he’s trying to keep them safe. He won’t be able to.
  8. Job isn’t just blameless and upright, but he’s described as the greatest of all. That means he’s the wealthiest. He has ten children, seven sons, and thousands of animals and very many servants.
  9. He was great in the eyes of God and man.
  10. It reminds me of how Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.
  11. In that way, we can see Jesus in the Job story. Let’s hold that thought as we continue on in his story.