Eliphaz: Third Discourse
Eliphaz lists the deeds and the end of the wicked, and then accuses Job of sin. Job responds by saying that he well knows the deeds and the end of the wicked, and has therefore kept himself from sin.
Eliphaz asks: What is a man that God is mindful of him? He then goes on to accuse Job of wickedness and encourages him to repent.
Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? 22:3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect? 22:4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
One form of wickedness to to fail to help the needy. Eliphaz accuses Job of caring nothing for the poor while respecting the great.
22:5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? 22:6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. 22:7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
Job is accused of respecting the mighty and rejecting th epoor.
22:8 But as for the mighty man, he had [possesses] the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. 22:9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms [strength of the orphans] of the fatherless have been broken.
Respecters of persons shall be corrected by God.
22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee; 22:11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
How can sin be hid from the awesome God?
22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 22:13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
Eliphaz reminds Job of the pre flood world, and how the wicked were blessed until God destroyed them with the great flood.
22:15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 22:16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: 22:17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me [Eliphaz].
The righteous are glad that wickedness is destroyed; for the sorrows that wickedness brings are also destroyed.
22:19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
The wicked will be consumed in the fire, but the righteous shall remain
22:20 Whereas our substance [of the righteous] is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him [repent and reconcile with God], and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. 22:24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. 22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows [our baptismal marriage vow to obey all that comes out of the mouth of our Husband, Jesus Christ] .
22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is [also a] lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
The innocent [of breaking any of God’s commandments] shall be delivered; even if they are standing alone as an island of godliness in a sea of wickedness.
22:30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
Like all godly people Job complains of the false judgment of men and longs for the righteous judgment of God.
Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said, 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him [God] ! that I might come even to his seat! 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job seeks understanding of his condition and its cause from God.
23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Job declares that God would strengthen him to understand and would judge him righteously so that he will be delivered from the wicked.
23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
Job is repentant and wants God to reveal to him his faults and to explain how he may be reconciled to God.
23:7 There the righteous might dispute [reason] with him [God]; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge [from those that judge me falsely].
Job seeks God and deliverance.
23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
Job knows that God knows; that Job has not sinned, and that God is TESTING him and refining him. Job has been absolutely faithful and loyal to God in spite of all his TESTING.
23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
God is able to do whatever God wills, and God performs his will towards men.
23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
Men should fear the greatness and power of God.
23:15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
God softens the hardness of men’s hearts through his mighty deeds, bringing men to sincere repentance so that God may give the gift of a soft teachable heart trough his Spirit, by which God may write all of his commandments on a heart of flesh and not of stone.
23:16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
Because God allowed Job to live through these dark days, and afflicted Job with this dark sorrow; Job’s heart has cleaved to his God even more.
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
Since God knows all things, why do men seek to hide sin?
Job 24:1 Why, seeing times [events] are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? [walk in his light]
The deeds of the wicked are seen by God; and their end in God’s righteous judgment is sure destruction. I know this, says Job [even as we also know it]; therefore I have not sinned before God.
24:2 Some remove the landmarks [like modern Judah Hos 5:10]; they violently take away flocks, and feed [eat them] up thereof. 24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they [the wicked] forth to their work; rising betimes for [to seek out] a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. 24:6 They reap every one his corn [grain] in the field: and they gather the vintage [advantages] of the wicked.
24:7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. 24:8 They [the poor, victims of the wicked] are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
24:9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast [take away the sustenance of the widow and the fatherless] , and take a pledge of the poor. 24:10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [of grain, food] from the hungry; 24:11 Which [the poor] make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and [have it taken from them] suffer thirst.
24:12 [Innocent]Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light [law of God] ; they know not the ways [of God] thereof, nor abide in the paths [of God] thereof.
24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and [goes out into] in the night is as a thief. 24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
24:16 In the dark they dig through [burgle] houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light [God].
The wicked fear the exposure of the light, therefore they seek to keep all their doings secret and are furious when their evil deeds are exposed.
24:17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
There is nothing hidden to God and he will ultimately expose all the wicked with all their unrepentant sins. In his own good time God will judge and repay the wicked for all their evil deeds.
24:18 He [God] is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
24:20 The womb shall forget [the unrepentant wicked shall ultimately be forgotten by their own mothers] him; the worm [maggot] shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
24:21 He [the wicked] evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
24:22 He draweth [deceives and entices] also the mighty with his [evil] power: he [the wicked] riseth up, and no man is sure of life [all fear for their possessions and lives].
Even though the wicked live prosperous and safe for a time, the eyes of God are upon him, watching and judging him.
24:23 Though it be given him [the wicked] to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his [God’s] eyes are upon their ways [the deeds of the wicked] .
24:24 They [the wicked] are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn [grain, the wicked are cut off from the harvest into God’s gift or eternal life].
Job insists that this is the truth. He answers his friend by saying that he knows that this is the truth and that knowing this, Job has been faithful to God and not done wickedly.
24:25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
Bildad’s Third Discourse
Bildad continues his argument that Job has sinned, by asking Job if he can resist God.
Job 25-28 is about the wisdom and power of God.
Job 25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 25:2 Dominion and fear are with him [God], he [God] maketh peace in his high places.
25:3 Is there any number of his [any limit to God’s strength?] armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 25:5 Behold even to [God commands] the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
25:6 How much less man, that is a worm [maggot] ? and the son of man, which is a worm [maggot]?
Job agrees that God is mighty and asks: Can you help a man against God? Can any man resist God? And Job speaks of the might and wisdom of God; insisting that he would not sin against God.
Job 26:1 But Job answered and said, 26:2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength? 26:3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? 26:4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee? 26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
26:6 Hell is naked before him [God] , and destruction hath no [place to hide] covering. 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent [does not collapse from the sky by the weight of the water] under them.
God hides the place of his throne from men.
26:9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
God has made the dry land to rise above the waters.
26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
The heavenly bodies are maintained by God’s power and shake at God’s Word.
26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
God has made the dry land to divide the sea; shall he not humble the proud commandments breakers who lean to the pathetic wisdom of mortal man.
26:12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
God created the heavens and all that lives on the earth.
26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
We have heard only a tiny part of the greatness of God; who can understand God’s wisdom and might?
26:14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
Job continues to exalt God even as he suffers; demonstrating his loyalty is not predicated on blessings, but is absolute during both blessings and sorrows.
Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable [teaching], and said, 27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
27:3 All the while [as long as I live]my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
27:5 God forbid that I should justify you [by agreeing that God has been unjust, or that I have sinned against him] : till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
27:7 Let mine enemy be [adversary [who is really Satan] be destroyed] as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
Job will not be a hypocrite, by refusing to do what he has taught others to do.
27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained [much] , when God taketh away his soul [life]? 27:9 Will God hear his
cry when trouble cometh upon him? 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God? 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
Every wise man knows that the wicked shall be destroyed. Job has taught this and now his friends try to teach Job what they had previously learned from him.
27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain? 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
More on the end of the wicked
27:14 If his [unrepentant] children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
27:15 Those that remain of [the wicked] him shall be buried in death: and his [their] widows shall not weep [the end of their oppression].
Ultimately the just shall inherit the earth and the unrepentant wicked shall inherit destruction.
27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not [enjoy his riches] be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not [dies].
Fears come up against the wicked like the continual lapping of the waves; and he has his sleep disturbed in the night.
27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
The wicked would flee from God and the repentant righteous shall reject the evil doer.
27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
The Greatness of God
God has created the earth and all its wealth and beauty. This chapter is about the great power and wisdom of God: Why should mankind, especially called out people; be tempted to compromise with any part of God’s Words of wisdom and life?
Job 28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 28:3 He [God] setteth an end to darkness [at the dawn; and enlightens the ignorant] , and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
Even the waters are controlled by God, so that God may take them away if he so wills.
28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot [foot peddle powered irrigation] : they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
Job knows that the center of the earth is a fire; the ancients knew far more than some think.
28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
Precious stones are hidden in the earth, all made by God.
28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
God knows even the most secret things.
28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: 28:8 The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
God has the wisdom and power to resurface the earth if he so desires.
28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 28:11 He bindeth the floods [God sets the seas and bodies of water to their places] from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
God is full of wisdom, but there is no godly wisdom in man. Man NEEDS the spiritual wisdom of God.
28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
Godly wisdom cannot be purchased for money; it must be acquired by learning, assimilating, submitting to and living by every Word of God
28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close [hidden] from the fowls of the air. 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears [but we know it not].
True wisdom is of God and begins with R E S P E C T for God and diligently learning and living by every Word of God.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Job 28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 28:24 For he [God] looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
God created all things by his wisdom
28:26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil [by obeying God] is understanding.
Job Continues His Story
Job rehearses the story of his life, his prosperity and his trials
Job 29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 29:3 When [God smiled and blessed me] his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret [wisdom of the Word of God] of God was upon my tabernacle [life]; 29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves [were humble and respectful before me]: and the aged arose [in respect for me], and stood up.
Job recounts that even the rulers respected the wisdom of God’s Word which was given to him for his zealous faithfulness.
29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
Those who saw and heard Job and his teachings, blessed him for the deliverance that God’s Word brings.
29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 29:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
Those who were delivered by the Word of God as taught by Job, blessed him; and the poor and widows rejoiced in his help as he applied God’s Word in his decisions.
29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
God’s commandments are righteousness and love; and Job put them on like a garment
29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
The commandments of God give sight [wisdom] to the [spiritually] blind and strength to the spiritually weak.
29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
God is a Father to the poor in spirit who exalt him and do his will, and Job by doing the Father’s will was like a father to his people.
Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Job delivered the poor and was like a father to them, searching out the true justice of any cause as a godly judge.
29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
The commandments of God are wisdom and deliver men out of the mouth of destruction [deliver from the grave].
29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Job believed that he would never suffer any ill because he was faithful and righteous before God; not understanding that God also TESTS and purges the faithful so that they may bear even more fruit.
29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest [own home surrounded by my children at a old age], and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
Job was rich and full of Godly wisdom because of his faithfulness to God. Wisdom brought him wealth and the respect of all around him.
Job was strong like a well watered tree.
29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow [strength] was renewed in my hand. 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence [did not interrupt] at my counsel. 29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
Men did not believe that Job would be in error, and men looked up to his appearing.
29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
Job was a mighty man and leader of the people.
29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
Job’s TEST of Suffering
I was old and respected for wisdom, now because of my trial the foolish young men despise me.
Job 30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
What profit is there in the physical strength of servants, when I am facing death in this manner?
30:2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
Foolish young men who were in deep poverty because of their foolishness, now condemn Job who was wise because of his calamities.
30:3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 30:4 Who cut up mallows [swamp greens] by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat. 30:5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) 30:6 To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. 30:7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 30:8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
Job is despised by even these sons of Belial, who now spit in Job’s face and say that he who taught godliness is a hypocrite and sinner.
30:9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. 30:10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
Because God has afflicted him and loosed his blessings from Job; the wicked foolish loosed off their self restraints and poured out abuse towards Job.
30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 30:12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away [seek to cause me to stumble in my loyalty to God] my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
When the faithful are TESTED and suffer, they are mocked by the wicked; who call the zealous fools and say: ”What is the profit in serving God?” The wicked, lax and lukewarm, attack the zealous for God and his commandments when they are in their trials. They are motivated by Satan to add mockery to the pain and so entice people to say “There is no profit in zeal for God” and to turn away from God.
30:13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 30:14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters [as from a broken dam]: in the desolation [of the righteous, they add to sorrows] they rolled themselves upon me.
Job is afraid for his fears have come upon him.
30:15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. 30:16 And now my soul [my life] is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me. 30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
Job’s body is swollen.
30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat. 30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
Job begs for mercy and it is delayed.
30:20 I cry unto thee [God], and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it [be blown about in thoughts] , and dissolvest my substance.
Unto all men death is appointed
30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
Job not knowing of the plan of salvation [revealed by Christ] considers this physical life to be all there is.
30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
Job had a concern for the afflicted and now seeks God’s concern for his affliction.
30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Job sorrows night and day, and suffered abdominal distress in his agony of spirit.
30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me. 30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
Job says that he is a wonderer over the land with wild beasts, and has lost his home and wealth.
30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. 30:30 My skin is black [sunburned and dried out] upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
30:31 My harp [songs of joy] also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
A list of sins and their consequences; each of which has its spiritual application.
Job covenanted with a wife and was faithful to her; this is analogous of our marriage covenant with Jesus Christ our espoused Husband.
Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
The end of covenant breakers; who break their marriage covenant with Christ to keep all his commandments and to do all that he requires; is destruction. While the righteous will be lifted up to the marriage feast and eternal life in unity with Christ and God the Father.
31:2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 31:4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.
If we depart from God and the enthusiastically learning, internalizing and living by every Word of God; we are under a curse for our spiritual adultery and idolatry, as well as the specific sins involved.
31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine [the lust of my] eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; 31:8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman [false teacher, false doctrine; Babylon the great religious whore], or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; 31:10 Then let my wife grind [serve] unto another, and let others bow down [lie] upon her.
Adultery is a great sin; and the spiritual adultery of departing from the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ to follow and obey strange teachings of a strange god IS spiritual adultery.
31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
If we are not just with others, God will not hold us guiltless; for all persons are equal before him.
31:13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; 31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
31:16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 31:17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought [my neighbour] up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)
If the wealthy, or the better off, do not help the needy; it is a great evil. And if the spiritually blessed do not feed the poor in spirit, with the solid meat of God’s Word; it is a great sin.
You elders must give an account for the spiritual health of God’s flocks entrusted to your care. If they are lacking in spiritual growth, you will be judged for that.
31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 31:22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
Fear God and feed his sheep with the Word of God! Do not be like the Laodicean shepherds of Ezekiel 34 who feed themselves and not the sheep; or who feed the sheep only enough to keep them almost alive, and give them polluted spiritual food and water in place of the pure Word of God.
31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
Never trust in transitory physical riches in place of the riches of the spirit and eternal life!
Never say “I am righteous, for I am rich in money and followers”! For that is spiritual idolatry!
Compromising with God’s Word to gain more followers and income, is spiritual adultery; lusting after these things instead of obedience to our espoused Husband!
31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; 31:25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
To read horoscopes and trust in the heavenly bodies or to trust in the false traditions of men which are contrary to the Word of God, is also spiritual adultery and idolatry. To believe such false gods and false doctrines is to deny the Eternal!
31:26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; 31:27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: 31:28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
It is a sin to curse even the wicked; we are to pray for them, that they will sincerely repent and overcome the evil.
31:29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: 31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
No man could say that Job did not care for them. Job satisfied them all and no man could say otherwise.
31:31 If the men of my tabernacle [tent, household, life] said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
Job had fed the needy and housed the stranger
31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
Job did not try to hide any transgression as Adam tried to hide.
31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
Job feared God and not what man can do.
31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door? 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. 31:36 Surely I would take it [the book of accusations] upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. 31:37 I would declare unto him [the accusing adversary] the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money [by stealing] , or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley [in my own fields] .
The words of Job are ended.
The book now gets to the root and foundation of Job’s problem, which is exactly the same as the problem in today’s assemblies: Laodicean lukewarmness produced by: SELF JUSTIFICATION.
Up to this point Job’s three friends had been falsely accusing Job of sin without presenting any specific proofs, and Job had been responding by justifying himself. Job had indeed not sinned, yet he had been self justifying over his condition; and his belief that a righteous God could not afflict the righteous, made Job’s self justifying complaints come very close to accusing God of wrongful conduct in afflicting him.
Until now I have tried to avoid any mention of Job as being self righteous, because many people simply say that Job was self righteous, close the book, and avoid the many other instructional details of the book. I wanted to focus on the many other aspects of Job, and said that the book was not about self righteousness only. This is because Job is NOT a one subject book as we have come to see.
During the course of the discussion between Job and his friends, very many important points had been covered about the power and glory of God; the end of the wicked; the various duties of man and various sins; and the questions of why the innocent suffer in this life.
These four men had not understood the issue, which is that the Creator can do what he wants with his creation and that we are all possessions of our Creator, and that our Creator does as he pleases for the purpose of perfecting his creation.
Jesus Christ was perfect and yet he learned through the things that he suffered. One of the most important lessons learned was how to empathize and understand the sufferings of the people under Satan’s yoke, so that Christ could be the best possible Intercessor between man and God.
Even so, the righteous who are called out of sin, must also be TESTED and afflicted for the same reasons; as we are called out to become the priest-hood of our High Priest, Jesus Christ.
Job’s friends wrongfully accused him of sin, because Job was afflicted; and Job not understanding what was happening, came very close to accusing God of wrongdoing, by justifying himself against the affliction of God.
Brethren, very, very, soon now, most of today’s called out will be in great tribulation and only a few faithfully zealous will be spared for another kind of trial.
Job is written for us, the spiritually called out, to teach us that all of us NEED to return to our God and focus on him, and not on ourselves or on physical things.
This is perhaps the greatest lesson of Job: That physical riches are deceitful, and that compared to God; there is NOT ONE RIGHTEOUS. We can only try to put on the righteousness of God through learning, internalizing and living by every Word of God, being totally faithful to our espoused Husband, Jesus Christ, no matter what our circumstances good or bad.
Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job [without cause].
Elihu had sat back and listened to the arguments before coming forward with his own comments.
32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no [correct] answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. 32:6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
A good understanding of spiritual things is a gift of God, to whoever God decides to give it; godly wisdom in not exclusive to the aged, or to the mighty of the world.
32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged [always have good judgment] understand judgment.
Elihu then gives his own opinion: he days that the truth was hidden from them all, lest they should think that wisdom was from man and not a gift from God; and that they might think that they had figured this out for themselves.
32:10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. 32:11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. 32:12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words: 32:13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Elihu will not speak like the other three
32:14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
Thereupon the men were quiet and listened to Elihu
32:15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. 32:16 When I had waited, (for [for them to hear Elihu] they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;) 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
Elihu is bursting with the wisdom of God at the ignorance of these four men.
32:18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 32:19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
Elihu refuses to flatter these four great men and insists on speaking the truth. How rare and precious a thing are the true words of the wise, spoken with courage.
Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
These four were more righteous than today’s Ekklesia, which clings to false traditions and rejects knowledge, to idolize man and organizations.
32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. 32:21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
Elihu addresses his comments to Job
Job 33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words. 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
Elihu says, “instead of ridiculing or rejecting my words; give me an answer if you can”.
33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Elihu stands in God’s place to speak with Job as a kind of intercessor who is made of flesh. A man who prepares the way for Job to face God.
33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay. 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
Elihu rehearses some of Job’s own words
33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. 33:10 Behold, he [God] findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Elihu hits the point square in his response. Who is Job (or any man) to demand an account of God)?
33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Though God speaks, yet it is not in man to understand [without repentance and the spirit of understanding from God]
33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth [directs their ways] their instruction, 33:17 That he may [convert man from sin] withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
God gives life and saves man from destruction
33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
God afflicts whom he wills for his own purposes, which may include instruction and the perfecting of his people, as well as for sin.
33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. 33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
God sends his servants to teach the gospel of warning and repentance, that men might be saved.
33:23 If there be a messenger with him [God], an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his [God’s] uprightness: 33:24 Then he [God is merciful to the repentant] is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit [grave]: I [God] have found a ransom.
The repentant who have learned from their correction will ultimately raised up to life eternal.
33:25 His [the repentant] flesh shall be fresher [he shall be forgiven and made purer and more innocent than a child] than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he [God] will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
The repentant will be delivered from the grave into eternal life
33:27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; 33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit [grave], and his life shall see the light.
33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit [grave], to be enlightened with the light of the living.
Elihu speaks on and dares to say that he will teach wisdom to Job
33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak. 33:32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. 33:33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
Job 34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said, 34:2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 34:3 For the ear [should well consider] trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
34:4 Let us choose to us [godly] judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good. 34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my [just] judgment.
34:6 Should I lie against my [what is right] right? my wound is incurable without [with unrepentant] transgression.
Elihu declares Job’s friends to be evil
34:7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? 34:8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
Job listened to the words of his friends, debating with them; and they do not listen to the Word of God. Job, by justifying himself and not seeking out the advantage in God’s correction; came to the conclusion that while he will obey God, there is no profit in such obedience.
34:9 For he [Job] hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
Elihu justifies GOD! while Job justified himself!
34:10 Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
God is Creator and has power over all flesh,to do as God wills
34:13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world? 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
How could God be Creator and Ruler if he was not just?
34:16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
34:17 Shall even he that hateth [justice and the right] right govern? and wilt thou condemn him [God] that is [the most] most just? 34:18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? 34:19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
If God judged man justly we would all perish
34:20 In a moment shall they [the wicked] die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
Nothing can be hidden from God
34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
God will not judge and condemn unequally; for then men could argue that God is unfair
34:23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. 34:24 He shall break in pieces [unrepentant both great and low] mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. 34:25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them [wickednes] in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Hear you churches; Those who begin to tolerate sin and compromise with God’s Word will be afflicted by God; because they have no zeal for righteousness.
34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; 34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
God is mighty; who can change his will?
34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
It is good to repent before God
34:31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 34:32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
34:33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34:34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. 34:36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end [his repentance] because of his answers for wicked men.
34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
These are very profound words. Job had not sinned in any sense before this trial and TEST; and during his affliction he had refused to sin against God for his trials.
What then was Job’s sin?
Job continually justified himself instead of acknowledging that God has the right to perfect his creation in the manner that God deems best.
By justifying himself, Job was implying that God was unjust.
When we are afflicted, we are to go to God and say “Thank you Father for this trial. Please show me if I have done wrong, and reveal to me the lesson that I need to learn. HELP me to learn from this experience and to stop doing any sin, and HELP me to be a better person in future because of the experience. Make this trial a learning, growing and perfecting experience for me, and help me to become more like you.”
Job’s sin was personal pride and an insistence that he was sinless and perfect before God; therefore while he did not directly attack God; he WAS blaming God in a round about way.
Job was rebellious in that he was refusing correction, and thereby accusing God of injustice!
Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Why does God chastise his children? That we might learn to be like HIM!
12:10 For they [our parents] verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he [God] for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down [in the affliction of correction], and the feeble knees [by repentance]; 12:13 And make straight [understand God’s ways to walk in] paths for your feet, lest that which is lame [spiritually deficient] be turned out [go astray from God’s commandments] of the way; but let it rather be healed [by bowing to God’s correcting and being spiritually healed].
God is a loving Father who corrects us according to his will, for the purpose of perfecting us his children.
This lesson on the evil of self justification before God, is a very profound lesson for the Ekklesia today. Self Justification is the sin of Laodicea, who are zealous for their own idea of what is right, instead of for what Almighty God says is right! Who think they know it all and that they are justified for all they do, before God (Rev 3:16).
Self justification is the foundation of [sin] rebellion against God.
Today’s leaders know the scriptures, yet they justify themselves by saying that their organization allows or teaches this or that; and they will not accept that they could be mistaken; they utterly reject knowledge and understanding from God; and justify that rejection by their traditions.
God has this to say to the shepherds of this generation:
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
They claim to be godly like Job; and they justify themselves, like Job. Instead of going to the Word of God; they go to some man, tradition or organization to justify themselves.
They self justify and they reject the Word of God [even whole sections of Books like Nehemiah], which is the foundation of knowledge, for their own traditions.
Job DID obey God; but his self justification in the face of God’s correction proved that he was more about what HE THOUGHT was right, than about what God commanded.
Today’s church groups DO go through the motions of paying lip-service to and making a pretense of obeying God; but our self justification in the face of God’s Word proves that we are more about what WE THINK is right, than about what God commands.
There are even those who dare to declare “We do not keep the commandments because we must, we keep them because we want to.” Such an attitude makes them the sovereign deciders and God subject to their whims.
God revealed this problem to Job through this trial; not to abuse Job, but to save him! For this self justifying attitude will always lead to sin, as we do what we think is right; instead of living by every every Word of God (Mat 4:4).
Brethren, this state of self justifying and rebelling against God by justifying what WE THINK is right, instead of faithful, zealous obedience and submission to God; will lead to our correction, just like the correction of Job!
This is EXACTLY the state of the major COG Groups and most of the brethren today, who do whatever the organization teaches, [and “the church” does what they think is right by their false traditions, and NOT what God commands] instead of whatever ALMIGHTY GOD commands!
I tell you the truth: Our own tribulation is waiting at the door, and we shall all suffer as Job did unless we sincerely repent and turn to a genuine zeal to live by every Word of God
Job’s trials are analogous of the soon coming great tribulation, when those in the faith who have the same problem of being just in their own eyes shall be corrected as was Job.
Job 35:1 Elihu spake moreover, and said, 35:2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s? 35:3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I [repent and be] be cleansed from my sin? 35:4 I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
If we sin do we damage God? If we are righteous does that give anything to God? Who are we to think that we can teach God anything? It is HE who teaches US; Not we who teach HIM!
35:5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
35:6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? 35:7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
Our good or evil only affects other humans
35:8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man. 35:9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Wicked men do not acknowledge God and his Word
35:10 But none [of the unrepentant wicked] saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; 35:11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? 35:12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Trust in God for he judges all men and he will have no patience for self justification.
35:13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. 35:14 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
Job trusted in his wealth as an indication of his own righteousness and did not truly trust in God who gave and took away these physical things. Sound familiar? Today’s called out put their trust in numbers and income as a [false] measure of their righteousness; therefore God will take away the riches in which we trust to turn us back to him!
35:15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he [Job and friends do not understand] knoweth it not in great extremity: 35:16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
The Unpardonable Sin Explained
Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said, 36:2 Suffer [be patient and permit me to speak] me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf. 36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar [from God’s inspiration], and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
36:4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge [God] is with thee [teaching Job through affliction].
God is fair and just
36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom. 36:6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
The righteous who learn and live by every Word of God will be resurrected and set as kings on their thrones.
36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are [will be] exalted.
If the righteous are afflicted it is for their good, to perfect them and train them for future glory
36:8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; 36:9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. 36:10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
36:11 If they obey and serve him, they shall [in eternity] spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures [for the things of God are a pleasure to the faithful]. 36:12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
Those who tolerate false doctrine and sin for the sake of organizational “unity” will be destroyed along with all those who compromise with or break any part of the Word of God.
The hypocrites who place burdens on others that they will not bear themselves, and who sin or do not practice what they teach, shall be destroyed.
36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath : they cry not when he bindeth them. [upon themselves] 36:14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
God delivers the poor in spirit and feeds them; opening his ears to their cries
36:15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
God would have delivered Job, except that Job fell into wickedness, justifying himself against God
36:16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. 36:17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
The Unpardonable Sin
Job is warned that he is about to be destroyed by God for justifying himself against God; just like today’s called out groups are facing destruction for justifying themselves against God and his Word to remain faithful to their idols of men, traditions and organizations.
Brethren, today’s called out Ekklesia are in grave danger of the unpardonable sin! Which sin IS self justification against God and a refusal to repent! If we refuse to repent, justifying ourselves against God; there is no more sacrifice for our sins! Why? Because we WILL NOT REPENT.
The great tribulation correction is all that remains to SAVE US from damnation for our self justification and refusal to repent and our rejection of zeal for God’s Word for OUR OWN traditions, organizations and men!
It is not for nothing that Jesus Christ WARNED US that he will spew us out of his body!
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Brethren, Jesus Christ was getting angry with Job’s self justification, and God IS ANGRY with today’s called out for the same sin! Self justification brings a REFUSAL to REPENT because we are just in our own eyes!
That is the great sin that required God’s correction to save Job spiritually, and it is the great sin which requires God’s correction for the various organizations of today’s Ekklesia, who will be rejected by God the Father and Jesus Christ and correction in the affliction of great tribulation.
Job 36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
Will Christ esteem us when we justify ourselves against HIM?
36:19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. 36:20 Desire not the night [do not seek our own affliction by justifying ourselves against God], when people are cut off in their place.
Choose repentance and humility before God and his Word, and flee from all self justification and iniquity.
36:21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
Remember that God is to be our Teacher; What is man that he presumes to know better than the Word of God? STOP calling the Sabbath Holy and then routinely polluting it!
Stop exalting loyalty to men, false traditions, or organization as if being loyal to them was loyalty to God! Stop committing spiritual adultery with our own little tin gods; above the Word of the Almighty!
STOP exalting ourselves and not exalting our Mighty Savior to live by every Word of God!
36:22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him? 36:23 Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity? 36:24 Remember that thou [should] magnify his work, which men behold. 36:25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
God is great, He is Mighty, He is Wise! Who is man to justify himself before his Maker?
36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
See how these things of nature were understood thousands of years ago? Ancient man was NOT ignorant man!
36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise [the thunder] of his tabernacle [clouds]? 36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
By the rain from God the people are fed with the produce of the earth.
36:31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
36:32 With clouds he covereth [can hide the light] the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt. 36:33 The noise [thunder comes of the clouds] thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also [are fed by the watering of the grass] concerning the vapour.
The Might and Wisdom of GOD!
NEVER justify ourselves; tremble before our God and his Word: HEAR HIM and KEEP His wise Word!
Job 37:1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. 37:2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 37:3 He directeth it [His Word] under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
From the cloud and the lightening God roars and thunders his voice; HEAR YE HIM!
37:4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay [delay his words] them when his voice is heard.
The Might and Wisdom of GOD!
37:5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
37:6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 37:7 He sealeth up the hand of every man [gives understanding of physical things]; that all men may know his work.
God has programmed the behavior of the brute beasts
37:8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. 37:9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north [in the northern hemisphere].
37:10 By the breath of God [moist wind in the cold] frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened [contained].
God established the weather
37:11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 37:12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
God uses the weather, either for correction or for a good blessing
37:13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
Job is exhorted to listen to the wondrous works of God and to stop justifying himself against God. today’s church groups should also see these words and LISTEN and repent of justifying themselves against God! Lest they undergo the exact same correction Job did, the latter day beloved of God falling into the furnace of great tribulation so that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be saved.
What is our sin you ask? We reject godly knowledge to exalt our own ways and false traditions making the Word of God of no effect.
Brethren, besides being a book of great wisdom and instruction: what happened to Job is an allegory of today’s Ekklesia. We have a certain appearance and we pay lip service to godliness; but we justify ourselves and our own self righteousness above the Word of God: and justifying ourselves we refuse to sincerely repent and give up our own false ways for the truth of the Word of God the Almighty!
Like Job we shall be afflicted until we learn to stop justifying ourselves and sincerely repent of our own ways to embrace and live by EVERY WORD of ALMIGHTY GOD!
Oh, how God truly loves his people, his obstinate children; who think they know better than him! Because he loves us so very much, we are set for a good spanking to save us from ourselves.
Revelation 3: 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Understand the greatness and wisdom of God and sincerely repent of justifying ourselves against God!
Job 37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
37:15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 37:16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? 37:17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?
37:18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 37:19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness [our ignorance compared to God’s wisdom].
37:20 Shall it be told him [God] that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up [man is nothing compared to the wisdom of God].
God’s throne is in the heights of the North. The north wind is analogous of God’s word chasing away the clouds of spiritual darkness.
37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them [chases the clouds away] . 37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north [the north wind clearing the clouds]: with God is terrible majesty.
37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict [unjustly].
37:24 [Righteous] Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of [in their own minds, against his wisdom] heart.
The conclusion of the book is a powerful lesson in humility and sincere repentance before God.
It spells out the situation in the Ekklesia today, who are filled with love for God; but who have been led astray into thinking that they are right before God; even when they do what is right in their own eyes contrary to God’s Word.
We have gone astray from zeal for the practical application of God’s Word, and are justifying ourselves as being righteous and godly; justifying ourselves by equating ourselves and our groups with godliness, as Job justified himself against God
We, like Job, NEED to STOP equating loyalty to our fase traditions, leaders and organizations as loyalty to God!
WE MUST STOP doing what we think is right; and WE MUST START exalting God and doing what HE SAYS IS RIGHT IN HIS WORD.
If we truly loved God; we would be DOING what God says is right; NOT what we decide for ourselves is good and right!
God Humbles Job
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind [storm cloud], and said,
38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
God demands of Job if he was present at creation as God was; and if Job knows how to create the earth? God mentions the angels as being there but not Job.
38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?
God asks Job if he knows that God separated the land from the sea on the first day. Implying the question: Could Job do that?
38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors [caused the dry land to eise out of the sea], when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors [set boundries between the waters and the land], 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
God asks Job if he has set the earth in rotation and created day and night; and set the limits of the lives of men?
38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring [dawn] to know his place; 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 38:14 It is turned [rotates] as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
The light of truth is withheld from the wicked and their strength will be broken.
38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
God asks: Does Job know what is under the sea? or doe man know the secret of death and eternal life? Can Job raise the dead?
38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
What is light and darkness? Did man make them? Have you lived from the beginning of all things?
38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
Did man create ice, hail and frost?
38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Did man create rivers, rain, lightening or thunder?
38:24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 38:25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
What man designed and created the nature of water? Making the vapor, the rain, the frost and ice, or the dew?
38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can man control the stars and bodies of the heavens like God?
38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Can man command the rain?
38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?
Who created man and gave him understanding?
38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Who set the instincts of the beasts?
38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
Who set in motion the systems of reproduction? It takes BOTH a female and a male to reproduce; it is impossible for that system to evolve: Was it created by man; or by God to show his authorship of creation?
Job 39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? 39:2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows [heaviness of pregnancy]. 39:4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn [grain and grass]; they go forth, and return not unto them [their parents].
Who has made the wild creatures?
39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? 39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Can man make the Oryx to serve him?
39:9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 39:11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
Did you make the beautiful birds, or do you save the ostrich? The ostrich scorns others yet she is foolish.
39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear; 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. 39:18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
Did man create the horse in his strength; and his courage in battle?
39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? 39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. 39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 39:24 He swalloweth [covers the ground with speed] the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Has man created the birds of prey?
39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
God Corrects Job
God now gets personal with Job and asks: what is man to justify himself before God?
Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job responds to God. Acknowledging his fault in justifying himself against God.
40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
In his discussions with his friends Job has answered them once and the second time; now he cannot answer God.
40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
God now corrects Job for justifying himself.
40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Job cannot extricate himself out of his affliction, to raise himself up from the grave in glory; why then does he presume to justify himself against God?
40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Job set yourself to correct all wickedness and to abase all the proud. This is also a reference to Job’s pride and how God is humbling him.
40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
If Job is equal with God; then Job can justify and save himself
40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
40:15 Behold now behemoth [possibly the elephant] , which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: [only] he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose [trunk] pierceth through snares.
Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do [it] no more. 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
How then can a man justify himself against God?
41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 41:11 Who [can stop God] hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
The man that is God’s equal will be accepted as such by God; but what man is God’s equal?
41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Who can overcome the leviathan [a type of Satan the dragon]? He has a very large mouth filled with very many strong teeth and his body is protected by strong scales. He rests in masses close together.
41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face [his mouth is large] ? his teeth are terrible round about. 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
41:18 By his neesings [sneezing, snorting] a light doth shine [the water is disturbed] , and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
His expelling of air in the water appears as steam, and the bubbles in the water reflecting light appear fiery.
41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke [mist, steam], as out of a seething pot or caldron. 41:21 His breath [is like hot smoldering] kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
By his great strength he takes what he wants.
41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of [his breaking forth] breakings they purify themselves [seek their gods].
41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 41:32 He maketh a [wake of water] path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without [has no fear of anything] fear.
This animal is the king of the proud
41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
Job repents and admits to speaking things that he did not understand.
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Oh, that God would grant to all of us such sincere repentance.
42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
God then reprimands Job’s three friends for speaking wrongly about God to Job, in not understanding that Job’s problem was self justification against God. Job had refused to sin against God in his affliction and yet he was accused of sin by his friends.
In fact Job had no sin until be was afflicted and began to justify himself against God, not understanding that God afflicts the righteous to complete their training as priests of the Most High.
The point of the sufferings of Job and Christ (as well as those of the saints) was to make them/us fit priests for mankind before God.
Notice that Christ was made a perfect high priest by that which He suffered and not by His sinless life. (Heb 2:10, Heb 5:8) From God’s perspective it is important for a high priest to be both merciful and faithful (Heb 2:17-18).
The implications of Job’s, our and Christ’s sufferings, should also be obvious to all of the called of God throughout the ages. We are to become a “royal priesthood” (I Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:10). We are to endure to the end of our physical lives. (Matt. 10:22) We are to suffer many afflictions from which God promises deliverance and ultimately great and abundant blessings. (Psalm 34:17-19)
Job wasn’t being “punished” for any wrong. Job was being perfected for a very high office. God and Satan were not using Job as the object of some capricious argument over virtue,
God was using Satan (who for all his brilliance, never did get it, with either Job or Christ) that he was being used as a tool for the perfecting of God’s perfect holy priesthood (and still won’t get it at the resurrection of all the saints to become the sons of righteousness to replace Satan and his demonic horde ruling the earth!).
42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Job did not sin, except that he justified himself. When Job understood his folly he IMMEDIATELY REPENTED.
The situation is not the same today for today’s called out are not nearly as righteous as Job was. Job was righteous and in his affliction began to sin by justifying himself; today we have strayed very far from God and are full of the sin of idolizing men above any zeal to live by every Word of God.
Righteous Job justified himself because he WAS righteous and could not see that God the Creator had the right to afflict his creation to perfect us.
We who are wicked, justify ourselves in exalting men, corporate entities and past false traditions; above the Word of God! Truly we are nowhere near as righteous as Job was, and we the sinful still try to justify ourselves in all our idolatries and sin!
Brethren, when we justify ourselves we deem ourselves righteous in our own eyes and therefore refuse to repent of our own ways; this is the sin unto death that cannot be pardoned by God.
John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death [which is self justification and a refusal to repent]: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
We have given a loving God no choice (Rev 3:16), except to correct us with a mighty correction, to humble us in the furnace of affliction and break us of the great sin of self justification in order to save us spiritually. Without the correction of great tribulation we would carry on in unrepentant self justification and receive the wages of unrepented sin.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The unpardonable sin, is the sin of self justification and refusal to repent; and only God’s loving and powerful correction can save many of today’s brethren from eternal death.
God is not willing that any should perish and he will bring us to understand and repent just like God saved Job; and after our correction ends with sincere repentance, God will raise us up in a resurrection to spirit with many other blessings!
Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
God, then lifted the correction of Job and delivered him to far greater blessings; just like he will deliver all his repentant and faithfully zealous saints out of the grave in the resurrection!
42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
His new daughters were named:
Jemima [a dove, peace with God. warmly affectionate: God is love],
Keziah [Cassia spice: a symbol of the Wisdom of God] and
Keren-Happuch [eye salve, eye ointment: God has opened my eyes].
42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.