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Scripture Out of Context

Posted by GreenSlugg Muse on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Under: Critical Thinking
"Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you." Job 22:21

I just saw the 700 Club use this verse to encourage it's viewers. Of all the books in the Bible, Job is the one book that we have to be the most careful of with regards to the context.

In the context of this verse, we are seeing a speech from one of Job's foolish friends, and the concept taught here was later rebuked by God Himself.

Job's foolish, but well-meaning friend, was telling Job that he was obviously in sin. After all Job was suffering, and that suffering obviously must be due to some secret sin that Job had committed.

The reality that the Book of Job taught most emphatically is that the affairs of God are far above the affairs of men. Suffering happens to both the godly and the ungodly. No greater illustration of this can be found than that of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

God the Father poured out His wrath on God the Son, Jesus Christ.

We also read in the Bible that God sends rain on both the just and the unjust. The irony of the passage that I've always noticed is that rain can be good or bad, depending on the context. A farmer welcomes healthy rain, while someone out for a walk may prefer for the rain to hold off.

While I respect much of what the 700 Club does, from the very very rare times when I watch their show, this level of carelessness in quoting the Bible is not good, and I would encourage them to be more careful in the future.

In : Critical Thinking