The Least of These – Job 25-31

It is interesting to note that Job in the middle of the most difficult circumstances one could every image takes time to reminisce about the God honoring deeds he has done. This could be looked at as an attempt at self justification and laying blame on God for his calamity, but I do not believe this is the case. He goes on to talk about how he loved doing these things because he loved people. I believe he would do the same thing even in the midst of his own personal life tragedy.

Job becomes an amazing Biblical example of Matthew 25:31-46:

31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45″He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46″Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Even though Matthew was written hundreds of years after the time of Job, Job lived it our anyway. Job knew that it was his job as person of means to help those less fortunate than he. Job understood he was to love all people regardless if they were well connected or unknown, rich or poor, young or old. It is even more amazing that Job believed he made the right choices even after he had lost everything. It would have been easy for him to have a “screw the world” attitude. Instead, Job had an “I still love the world” attitude. Job knew he had done the righteous thing and wanted to continue to be righteous regardless of his own life situation. Job refused to abandon God or man.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for putting people such as Job into this world. It is amazing to think there are people who can truly be selfless and caring even in the face of extreme tragedy and pain. Lord, please help me to be one of these people. Help me live out Matthew 31-46 regardless of my own particular life situation. Help me see every person as someone you view as valuable. Thank you for viewing me as valuable. I love you. Amen.

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