The last few chapters of Job are about God’s reveal to Job. Many have heard of the Doctrine of Revelation at church. God not only reveals himself to Job but He does to us. There are so many people that hear others say “I have a relationship with the Lord”, and have no idea what that person is talking about. Relationship? What do you mean you hear from God? When you read this story, there is that voice inside of you that is telling you something over and over. Open you heart and listen to it. That is God. This Bible is one major way He chooses to communicate with us. I know for some they think it is a book written by men to explain stuff or History, but know this: it’s not. He will choose this Book to speak directly to you. I could say this story is about a number of things, trials, suffering, repentance, God’s sovereignty, God’s character, restoration…but it is also a personal theme for each that read it and it may change EVERY time you go back to it. It is personal and it may not even be part of the “theme” .
So if you have not read the conclusion of God’s story with Job. Read it, because what I may comment on, may have NOTHING to do with what God is saying to you.
Where to begin?
Chapter 40: The conversation. God has conversation with us. Back and Forth. We say something in Prayer, He Speaks back. This conversation will last as long as HE chooses before something changes in our lives.
Chapter 41: I researched the Leviathan, and read different commentaries on it. I read everything from a Crocodile to the 7 Headed Sea Monster that was very much a part of their culture in this time period. But basically what I came away with was, if we cannot even come close to conquering the Leviathan, How much greater is God! He was the CREATOR of all things. So let us imagine the strongest creature, the largest animal…how much power they have…God could say a word and wipe it off the earth.
Chapter 42: Are you kidding me! What an awesome ending. Job shows us exactly what we need to do to be close to the Lord. Exalt Him.
Then Job replied to the LORD : “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. (verse 1 and 2)
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. (Verse 5 and 6)
Why are we reading the Bible?? That is it. We can hear His words, from a book, or a pastor, a friend, but when we hear it from God himself…THAT is when we change (and no other authority will do that) *I am crying writing this* We know that Sin entered the World. We will have hearts like His friends, but when we read this Bible, we are hearing it straight from God, our eyes will be open DIRECTLY to him. So when Job says he repents of his old ways…that is a HUGE key. He is NOT repenting of any sin or action he may have committed. He is repenting of his attitude and lack of relationship with the Lord. Repent means to “make a u-turn” to go the other way way. HE will now go towards God.
The version o f the message takes this verse of “heard of you” and “repent” and puts it in a great text for me.
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
I think many people probably read this story and noted the “prayer and forgiveness” of his friends after all they put him through. I think many people’s hearts jumped at the Restoration of His wealth and family. God will restore us, He is always working for His greater Glory. It is human to try to figure out what God is doing through our trials, but notice that God NEVER told Job the whole story. It was when Job saw God for who He is and what He has done and can do, that God finally restored Him.
- Saturday night 6:00
- Sunday afternoon 2:30
My house. Email me for direcitons. Pszyman@comcast.net
OK. I was sitting in church last week and they sang the Revelation Song (you tube if you do not know it) And it hit me. We are going to spend 12 months reading about the Foreshadow of Jesus. If I asked you to close your eyes and picture Jesus what do you see…I see
- Baby in a Manger
- Jesus in a tan rope
- Beard, long hair
- Loves Children
- The Cross
- Scenes from the movies
My point is. In December we are going to see what was under that skin the whole time He was on earth. Under His skin was:
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)
So I thought Let’s read Revelation now so that every time we see a foreshadow of Jesus as the son of God, He is God, we have a view of the Almighty Lord as the King of Kings. I am not trying to take away the incarnate Christ. It is important to know He was fully man and suffered on the Cross completely human in flesh but I want us to see Jesus as He is the All powerful too.
- The Lord Speaks
One of the characteristics about God is that just when we think you know Him…He surprises us. That is so human of us to think we have it all figured out. Just like the friends had all the answers, I waited to read these 2 Chapters and though for sure I knew what He was going to say. But my face looked probably just like Job’s, in awe. In life, the people we consider an “Authority figure” are those that know things that we don’t know. Well God opened up with 60 something rhetorical questions to let Job (and us) know…you think you know stuff? I know Everything!
When we are in a trial, as Job is, we explain it to God. “God, this is not good timing you see”, or “God this is more than I can handle right now” as if we may be letting him in on something he wasn’t aware of. His reply doesn’t just say He made all things, He says I am there during all of it too. God is not sitting on the desk getting a “bird’s eye view” of what is going on, He is IN us. He knows what the heart is feeling at the same time.
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
Do you count the months till they bear?
Do you know the time they give birth?
They crouch down and bring forth their young;
their labor pains are ended.” (Job 39 1-3)
He knows the timing and He knows the pain in our lives. Psalm 8 says:
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
God does not need to answer Job’s direct questions, because Job answered most of them himself:
“What is man that you make so much of him,
that you give him so much attention,
that you examine him every morning
and test him every moment?
Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
No He won’t.
Click here for the reading (for k.m.)
“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well” (The Message)
Ouch. I can say this hurt. Of course I think of God on good days but not nearly as much as He would like. I think the best way to test yourself is this: How is your prayer life on good days vs. bad days? I have to admit that the first thing I do when times are rough is pray. I pray for him to deliver me from the circumstance. What I am asking is, do you pray just as much when things are going really good? I find it easy to “forget” to pray on a really good week rather than a bad week. I think it is great that when things are bad I do turn to God in prayer, however what Elihu is saying is that we just can’t turn to God when we need help, we need to turn to him just as much with the situations that are going well.
After a week and a half of Job and His friends speak ing I am really looking forward to the next reading. The Lord speaks. I would be VERY interested in knowing how your readings went these past 2 weeks. Easier than expected? Harder? Deeper? God whispered? God was loud?
It’s a snow day for me…would love to spend it reading comments.
Monday we are going back to Genesis. The reason we left was because the Book of Job occurred at the same time in Genesis, so we put it in between the two Genesis themes. We only read Genesis for 3 days (an AWESOME 3 days). Genesis moves really fast!
So what I was thinking was: if you have had someone in your mind these past 2 weeks, kind of wishing maybe you had invited them to read with you, now is a PERFECT TIME. Invite them and have them read the first 11 Chapters of Genesis over the next 3 days and then when we pick up in Chapter 12 they will be right on track with you. Obviously they will have to skip Job but they can read that on their own or you can talk them through it
So here is the schedule for them (or you if you never started this and wish you had)
(all my quotes will be in the Message version) (after Job everything will usually be NIV for me)
Job’s three friends now fell silent. They were talked out, stymied because Job wouldn’t budge an inch—wouldn’t admit to an ounce of guilt. Then Elihu lost his temper. (Elihu was the son of Barakel the Buzite from the clan of Ram.) He blazed out in anger against Job for pitting his righteousness against God’s. He was also angry with the three friends because they had neither come up with an answer nor proved Job wrong. Elihu had waited with Job while they spoke because they were all older than he. But when he saw that the three other men had exhausted their arguments, he exploded with pent-up anger.
So Elihu (friend #4 finally speaks)
“I’m a young man,
and you are all old and experienced.
That’s why I kept quiet
and held back from joining the discussion.
I kept thinking, ‘Experience will tell.
The longer you live, the wiser you become.’
But I see I was wrong—it’s God’s Spirit in a person,
the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible
and Elihu says in short I won’t be repeating what the other men said! He rebukes the 3 friends for false information regarding the situation. Then Elihu, given this wisdom from the Lord, rebuked JOb in chapter 33:8
“Here’s what you said. (talking to Job)
I heard you say it with my own ears.
You said, ‘I’m pure—I’ve done nothing wrong.
Believe me, I’m clean—my conscience is clear.
But God keeps picking on me;
he treats me like I’m his enemy.
He’s thrown me in jail;
he keeps me under constant surveillance.’
“But let me tell you, Job, you’re wrong, dead wrong!
God is far greater than any human.
So how dare you haul him into court,
and then complain that he won’t answer your charges?
God always answers, one way or another,
even when people don’t recognize his presence.
The Elihu continues in the next few scriptures to explain that 2 ways the Lord speaks to people in the OT is through dreams/visions and through pain and suffering (human or nature).
The Elihu calls Job to repent.
“Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God’s delight!
You’ll see God’s smile and celebrate,
finding yourself set right with God.
You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet,
testifying, ‘I messed up my life—
and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it.
But God stepped in and saved me from certain death.
I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’
I have to admit, I find it hard to take advice, aheeeem, I mean wisdom from people younger than me. I really have to give that over because God can use everyone to speak to me.
PHew! You did it. 3 long rounds of debate! Now this whole time there was a young guy sitting, listening. His name was Elihu.
Pronounced: ‘ee LIE hew’, his name means “it was God indeed”.
Elihu was mad at all of them. He was mad at Job for not admitting any sin and mad at the 3 friends for arguing with Job falsely. Elihu, remained silent because He thought eventually one of the friends would say something wise! After all, they are older then him. Finally Elihu speaks up and realizes WISDOM comes from the Lord, and the Lord is going to use him to speak this time.
The next 6 Chapters are Elihu’s discourse. It will be good but incomplete. GOD will then come in and complete it. See you tomorrow! Here is a peek at the reading (click)
- Job continues his last reply to the 3 friends
First, if you are sitting here thinking, Good Grief this is loong. How many more days till the end of the Book of Job? Well, how do you think Job felt! We are reading it over 2 weeks, Heather pointed out this was over the course of a YEAR for Job.
This is Job’s last debate and he leaves nothing on the table! He throws up all his emotions. BUT I noticed something very interesting about the reading. (If you have time) go back to Chapter 29 and highlight when Job says “I”, “me” or “my”. Job was a prideful man. We know God chose Job for reasons of righteousness and wisdom but I have to stop and think that God was also at work with Job. He was refining Job from pride (yes, the reading/highlight spoke volumes to me).
I want to now take a moment to talk about the 3 friends one last time now that we heard all their arguments (so glad that is over). These men were “sources” of information. Where do you get your “spiritual” “religious” or “biblical” information? There are 3 inadequate sources some might fall prey to. (I fall to all 3 😦 )
Experience: You determine Truth by your senses, feelings and emotions. Eliphaz thought wisdom came from his experiences in life, and that he had God all figured out. (many do)
Intellect: Zophar! You determine truth by your ability to reason what is right or wrong, good or bad, we use intellect to figure Logic. God did give us a brain, but oh how we use it wrong sometimes. I think “over thinking” is one of the hardest things not to do.
Tradition: I don’t care what denomination you are, this is a dangerous authority. “That is what we do” You structure your beliefs by those which have been inherited. Our dependence on tradition is a way to clearly escape responsibility for knowing the Word of God. Bilbad did this. Quoted from others, and his advice was always second hand.
Although all 3 sources can be good in life. God gives us our intellect to think and to gain knowledge. He also gives us experiences that help to mold us, and make us better Christians. Tradition can be a wonderful part of life, especially with family. But what I am talking about is our Authority, or sources of Wisdom.
“If Life were a d0-it-yourself project, God would not have left instructions”. says my coffee mug today.
Click below your answer to the question, then click VOTE. It is COMPLETELY anonymous! Even I don’t know who clicks what!
- Job Continues
- Bildad’s last reply
- Job responds
Click here for today’s chapters Switch to any version you like.
Wisdom? What is it? My research books are scattered on my desk, so I decided to look it up. Here are some:
Wisdom: the ability to make good use of knowledge. (NIV)
Wisdom: knowledge, understanding, applying knowledge and insights to life situations. (Henrietta Mears) God-given ability, rather than human common sense.
Wisdom: using facts I know and truths I understand to make right decisions in my daily life. (Children’s Bible)
Very Interesting. Some words that stood out to me…Use, applying, God-given, using, decisions, and daily life. Many of us have people in our lives that are so smart, know the Bible, extremely educated, but are they Wise? or just knowledgable?
Job 28:20 says “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? then in vs 28 it say “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (I now see the connection of the “application use”)
Back to the Dictionary: Fear of the Lord? It says ”profound reverence and awe toward God, or to think of God with awe and wonder because I understand His great power. The Hebrew word (Strongs Concodanance) used originally in Scripture was yir’ah, which is a noun..meaning A RESPECT.
If you think you can get this Wisdom from anything we can do, think again Romans 3:22 says “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.
So it is our faith that allows God to take our knowledge and transform it into wisdom for use and application in our everyday life.
Go back to the first Chapter and the conversation between God and Satan. How does God describe Job
“8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” The original words in Hebrew for blameless and upright are Tam (meaning good moral sense, the same word later to describe Jacob) and yashar (meaning straight or level).
God never said he was sinless. God said he is Wise.
- Job replies to Zophar
- Final comment from Eliphaz
- Job’s reply
Think about this. This book may be the OLDEST piece of literature we have and could you believe how RELEVANT it is! God’s Word is timeless. All 66 books. Anyway, let’s dig in.
If you have never questioned “Why does good stuff happen to bad people and bad stuff happen to good people”, then you are a better person than me. I know what the Bible says about disciplining the ones He loves, but I still look around and scratch my head sometimes.
Why do the wicked live on,
growing old and increasing in power?
They see their children established around them,
their offspring before their eyes.
Their homes are safe and free from fear;
the rod of God is not on them. Job 21:7-9
I actually underlined the whole chapter. I live in a constant state of “Why God?” Even though I know the ‘scripture’ answers or the Christian tag phrases to the answers, the info doesn’t always travel from my brain to my heart.
What did you think of Elipaz’s little speech in Chapter 22? Sounds like something you hear on TV today huh? Maybe at 2 am in the morning. 22:1 says “Submit to God and be at peace with him, in this way prosperity will come to you” (just dial 1-888…. and have your credit card ready)
Chapter 23. Job. Ohhhh Job. “bless his heart” (I tried my best southern accent). He really thinks he is sinless. Yes, God said he was righteous, but that is VERY different then sinless. Job says:
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.
I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23:10-12
The reason I point this out is I want to set the stage. They are going to have another round of debates and then someone is going to speak up. Who? What we have to picture is this young guy “friend” #4 is sitting listening this whole time and has not said a word. (yet 🙂 )