Torn With Wrath

He has torn me in his wrath and hated me; he has gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me. Men have gaped at me with their mouth; they have struck me insolently on the cheek; they mass themselves together against me.
Job 16:9-10
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Torn With Wrath
The whole world seems to be aligned against Job, or at least that is how he feels. In many ways Job and his suffering is a foreshadowing of Christ and His suffering.  Though Job is a sinner and Christ is not, they both suffer from the sins of others.  They both feel abandoned.  They both suffer enormously from the attacks of the devil. Job response here, in his suffering and anguish, is to lash out at God.  Yet in Christ’s tournament He prays, “not my will, but Yours be done.” This is why we needed a Savior.  We, in our sinful nature, could never fully understand nor conform to God’s will.  We constantly want to interject our own morality or our own justice into the situation.  We cannot stand to suffer any ill, even when it is our fault.  And when things don’t go our way, we lash out at God.  Yet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, does not. He suffers the indignation of those who supposed to be better than Him.  He absorbs the blows of those who mock His truth.  Jesus is literally torn with the wrath of the Roman whip. Yet He silently walks towards His execution not in outrage but in sympathy.  Hanging from the cross and dying in agony Christ does not lash out at those who have placed Him there, instead He prays for them, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).  Our Advocate pleads our case until His last breath, and even now, continues to intercede on our behalf to the Father. And for this it is our duty to pray, praise and give thanks.  
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