"Behold, My Witness is in Heaven" . . . Job 16-18
Job finds the enmity of both God and man insufferable. God is working against him without cause. Job then takes up a second great idea: if a man, after death, can know nothing of God's doings, can he induce God to vindicate him in his lifetime? He appeals to God to consider his innocence and to curb the animosity of his friends. Bildad asks Job whether the plan upon which the universe is governed is to be made over for him? If evil comes upon a man, it is his own doing. The heritage of the godless is annihilation.
In his reply to Eliphaz, Job reaches the very center of his sorrows--the theme of his rejected innocence. The enmity of both God and man is insufferable. Job is driven back to the conclusion that if a man is to know of his vindication it must come in his lifetime. How, then, can he demonstrate to God his innocence more pointedly than he has already done?
Job is no skeptic by preference; he cannot endure to think that God will overlook an upright man. Justice must be in store for him. Not only his own innocence but also God's justice must be vindicated. Can he, then, gain any hint of the approach of God's vindication? Can he possibly know when it is coming and be ready for it?
In a persistent attempt to return to the heights of faith, he exclaims:
16:19 Behold, my Witness is in heaven,
And He that vouches for me is on high!
Who is this "Witness" to whom Job appeals? The question is one of the great controversial issues connected with the Book of Job. We can appraise it today with more assurance than