My Errors

Then Job answered and said: “How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words? These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me? And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
Job 19:1-4
My Errors
In frustration Job answers his friend with sarcasm.  “And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.” In other words, what is it to you? My sins are mine and I alone will answer for them.  We often feel this way when confronted with the Law.  We get defensive while trying to hide the fact that we are in fact convicted of our sins.  We get fed up and conclude its no one else’s business.  I will face the consequences of my errors not you, so leave me alone. But like Job we are mistaken when we think this way, because the truth is, that when faith is given our eyes are open to the reality that our errors, that is our sins, don’t remain with us.  Those sins were taken from us and placed on another.  In our Baptism, Christ righteousness was given to us in exchange for our sins.  And those sins were taken to the cross by Jesus. There they died with Him. So now in repentance our errors are forgiven, and we are washed clean. We are led through this valley of the shadow of death to come out the other side whole and alive. How do we know this? “‘Sir, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’” (Revelation 7:14).
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