Spoke 18 - Tzaddi - Righteous Job
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,
and escheweth evil?
Job 1:8 (Spoke 18, Cycle 1)
Saint Job the Righteous is how the Greek Orthodox Church
memorializes this patient believer
who was used of God in such a mighty way.
He is one of the few declared righteous by God Himself in
the text of Scripture, as it is written:
The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against
me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff
of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these
three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their
righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
What illustrious colleagues! Noah - the first man declared
righteous by God and chosen as the progenitor of the race after the Flood and Daniel who was tested
in the Lion's Den! Oh that God would give us all hearts
to stand in the company of such saints!
The fundamental theme of the Book of Job is the question "Why do the righteous suffer?" This
integrates perfectly with the fundamental Tzaddi KeyWord
צדיק (Tzaddik), which also appears in the first Tzaddi verse of
the great alphabetic Psalm 119:
- AV Psalm 119:137 TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
As a quick glance at the sidebar shows, the theme of Righteousness dominates nearly every aspect of
Spoke 18 and associated Inner Cycles. Truly, this is one of the most obvious aspects
of God's great work.
It is equally obvious that Job was given the title of "The Righteous" because of God's
own declaration in the text of Scripture. No one would suggest that this was done by the early Fathers
of the Church in an attempt to integrate the Canon with the Hebrew Alphabet! Yet here now we behold
its perfect integration! And this is where the
glory of God shines so brightly. The truth is plain to see for all who desire Truth! As it
has been and always will be, the Truth of God is here now available for all who would have it. All who refuse
God are therefore guilty and
without excuse. There is therefore but one message - Repent and believe the Gospel!
Update March 28, 2006:
I just discovered that one of the other saints delcared to be righteous also forms a KeyLink between
Matthew and 1 John, and the KeyLink is based on the Alphabetic KeyWord Tzaddik!
This is discussed in the article called Righteous Abel.