An Even Balance
Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity. Job 31:6 (KJV)
I have always been intrigued with the revelation of the Christ of God that some of the early Old Testament believers had. It was Job that said, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:” (Job 19:25)
Our verse today gives us a look at how deep this revelation was embedded in his heart. He knew by the Spirit that his own righteousness was not enough to tip the scale in his favor. You see, the righteousness of God is the balanced scale.
Job asked the Lord to be weighed in an “even” balance. This word, even, is the Hebrew, צ ד ק tsedeq, which means, besides righteousness, the righteousness of the Davidic king, Messiah, Jesus the Christ. This righteous scale, or balance, is known as an attribute of God as covenant-keeping in redemption.
Beloved, you and I live in the day in which the Davidic King, Messiah, Jesus the Christ of God has been revealed to us and indwells us. He is known by born-again believers as no Old Testament believer ever could know Him. We are most blessed as we allow the finished work of Christ to be our righteousness through faith.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
How can this be? Speaking to and of Abraham, it is written: “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” Romans 4:5).
Job understood that his righteousness was by faith in his coming Messiah, Jesus the Christ of God, not his own works.
He said, that “God may know, י ד ע yada’” may touch upon and reveal so all will know mine integrity, ת מ ה tummah. He knew that he would be justified by faith in his eternal Redeemer who would surely stand upon the earth at the latter day.
May we have such assurance in this day in which we live. Selah!
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