To Become Nothing

For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid.
Job 6:21
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To Become Nothing
Schadenfreude is pleasure or amusement in response to the misfortunes, pain, humiliation, or mistakes of other people. Job’s friends reveal themselves in this way, as they have and will continue to blame Job for all his suffering.  Yet Job does not let this go unnoticed.  He calls them out as men whose word have become nothing because they are empty and hollow.  They look to Job and his present state and are afraid.  Still Job does not give into their way of thinking.  He does not turn on God.  He continues to place his hope and trust in his loving Father.  In this way Job is a shadow of Jesus, who in His humility “emptied himself” (Philippians 2:7) to become nothing in the sight of man.  He set aside His divine attributes for a time enduring the affliction caused by life lived in a fallen and broken world.  And like Job Christ suffered unspeakable suffering and pain, all which the devil and the world could muster, and still drank from the cup of God’s wrath, praying, “not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).  And He did it all so you could have reconciliation with the Father.  Jesus became nothing “by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
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