Preaching Outline The Book of Job, Message Twelve

  A.  Reproof of Job by God.

  B.  Regret of Job.

The Book of Job.  Why did Job suffer?

Message Twelve

Job 40:3-5  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

  C.  Response  from God – God, I am sure to Job’s great dismay, did not declare to Job that He understood that Job had been under an overwhelming amount of pressure, that He would comfort Job and everything would be okay.  Job had yet to learn God’s purpose in all of this!  God continued –   

Job 40:6-14  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Be as great a man as you can possibly be, giving as much credit to yourself as you can –

Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

God charged Job that man is so feeble that he cannot even stand before that which God created!

Job 41:1-34  Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

God does not answer to man!  With this Job was filled with regret for the words that he has said, but –

        God did not settle for regret!  He never does.

Proverbs 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Psalms 51:16-17  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

God only settles for repentance!

Do you take the doctrine of God lightly. 

Do you suggest to God how things should be done?

Do you read His Word and ignore that which you do not agree with?

Do you feel sorry for sin but you do not forsake it?

Admit this sin before to the Lord and turn from it, determining to obey Him in all things!  Obey even the things you may not understand yet and trust Him to teach you as your grown in Him.

Note: Recognition of sin and repentence of sin are related, but are not the same.  Mere recognition, or even admitting sin, stops short of repentence.

Do you know that you need to be saved?  Knowing is not enough, you must act upon that knowledge – repent of your sin, pray and ask God for His forgiveness and His salvation.

V.  The Satisfaction of God’s Righteousness.  Job 42:1-17

  A.  Repentance.  Job  42:1-6

     1.  Job – a righteous man.  Why did he suffer?  The question to be anwered.

      a.  What did he suffer –

        1).  Loss of posessions.

        2).  Loss of his beloved children

        3).  loss of health

        4).  loss of respect –

          a).  of his wife

          b).  of his friends

          c).  of his community

        5).  Loss of fellowship with God.

      b.  How did he suffer?  In confusion and complaint.

      c.  How did he respond? 

        1).  With regret  Job 40:3-5  and finally –

        2).  In repentence.  42:1-6,  Note vs. 6

Job 42:1-6  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 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. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

When visited by the presence of God, Job’s suffering faded from his mind.

Why?   Was his suffering replaced by joy?  No

All of the things that were constantly on his mind, afflicting him, causing him suffering and shame – the loss of his family, his possessions, his health, his respect from the community – all of these things faded from his mind.  He did not speak of these things to God, not one word!

His suffering was replaced by repentence!  Job found that God is all in all.  He is the Beginning and the End.  Life was no longer about Job,  Life is about God!

He was an upright man.  He was a righteous man.  He did hate and avoid evil.  But his peace, joy, strength, confidence were based on the blessings that God had supplied.  When the blessings were removed –  He retained his integrity, and we appreciate him for that,  but he lost his joy, his strength, his purpose in life.

  B.  Restoration. 

Job 42:7-10  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. 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. 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. 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.

    1.  Reputation.

    2.  Property

    3.  Family

To answer the question – Why did he suffer?

Job was a righteous man who suffered for the glory of God.  Job learned to give God the glory when he endured suffering for a season.

These things were written for our learning.  Job was an early patriarch and the saints through the ages have been able to learn from him.

Look at –

David as he escaped from the wrath of King Saul, unjustly accused of conspiricy against the kingdom, and all this knowing that he was the annointed king. 

Daniel thrown into the den of lions for lifting up supplications to God.

Paul and Silas singing from the depths of the dungeon after being publicly humiliated and thrown into prison – and countless multitudes since. 

James encourages us to find strength to endure affliction through the testimony of Job.

James 5:10-11  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

God did not forsake Job, or any of His people – He forsook only One in all of eternity – Jesus took our  penalty, that which we deserved upon Himself – for us.  Do you love Him today?

To God be the glory!

Do you know that God is all in all?  Is He all in all to you?  Is He the Beginning and the End for you in your life?  What will you present to Him today?

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Preaching Outline the Book of Job, Message 11

The Book of Job  Message 11

The preaching outline for the book of Job up to this point was –

I. The Setting  Job 1:1-12

II.  The Suffering Job 1:13 – 31:40

III.  The Sentiment of Elihu  Job 32:1-37:24

Some months had passed as Job suffered the loss of his family, his property, his reputation, his dignity and now his accusers are silent.  Elihu had been the last to speak and as he was speaking of the glory of God, that same glory began to appear to them on the horizon in the form of a terrible storm.

Picture in your imaginations these four men sitting under a canopy for shade from the sun, three men sitting together, the fourth younger man sitting near to them so he could listen to the conversations, and then Job, sitting away from them, scraping the oozing liquid as it escaped from the sores that covered his body – the stench of which would almost be overwhelming.  This is the setting –

       After suffering for months –

IV.  The Silence was Broken.  Job 38:1-41:34

  A.  Reproof of Job by God.   Job 38:1 – 40:2

    1.  The appearance of God.   The vision of God is wonderous –

Job 38:1  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

This is the moment that Job had prayed for, the Lord to speak to him, but Job was not prepared for the glory of God to be revealed as He was –

We should always remember the terror of His Greatness and Glory –

Exodus 19:16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

Ezekiel 1:28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    2.  The audience with God was granted. 

God commanded that Job stand before Him and answer for himself –

Job 38:2-3  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

   Job had said –

Job 9:34-35  Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

Job 13:3  Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

As we continue in this message, remember that each one of us will be in Job’s place one day –

Romans 14:11-12  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

1 Peter 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

Keep this in mind as we consider excerpts from the following verses –

         God spoke and –

    3.  Answers from Job were demanded.

Job 38:4-41  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

“Who hath laid the measures thereof”? Job could only bow down and answer “You did Lord”

Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place…….Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

Job could only answer to “Hast thou”?  No Lord, I have not!

Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder…… Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? ……Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart………?

 Job 40:1-2  Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it

  B.  Regret of Job.       

Job 40:3-5  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Job knew that he was wrong and that which he had was said in desperation –

Job 31:35-37  Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.  I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

As Job stood before God, his attitude changed completely!

Remember how others reacted as they stood in the presence of God –

Isaiah 6:5  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Ezekiel 1:28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

And what about Daniel’s statement 10:5-9  ….and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

And John’s in Revelation 1:13-17  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, …..And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

    1.  No longer – “A prince” – “I am vile”

    2.  No longer bold – “I would declare unto him…”  “Once have I spoken, but I will not answer…”

We must be careful to avoid the self-pity and persecution complexes that took him over as he tried to justify himself before his friends.  He argued day to day against their accusations.  As far as he knew, he had not committed some secret sin or sins.  In the beginning he was very sensitive to his standing before the Lord, and we see his actions were the results of the thoughts of his heart –

Job 1:20-22  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

But over time, he became argumentative and, while not accusing God of unrighteousness, nor cursing God in any way, he did not believe he was being treated fairly He began to believe that he was better than he actually was and began making demands of God.

It is of no doubt that Job feared God, for God declared this very thing about Job, but sometime during the trials, Job began thinking that he deserved better than what he was receiving.  He began to declare his mind that –

If God did not think Job deserved better than he was getting, why did God not reveal the reason, the sin, for which he was being judged?

If God did not think Job deserved better than he was getting, why did God let him continue to live?

If God did not think Job deserved better than he was getting, why did God not meet with him and explain His reasons for the troubles?

Job had forgotten that God does not have to answer to anyone for His actions!  We should learn this very important lesson from this account of Job.  We need to pray and ask God to help us never, no matter what happens in our lives, think that God has to answer to us, to explain Himself or his purposes to us!

We should learn from Job that we must be careful not to think of ourselves more than we ought.

When we first get saved, the Lord becomes our all in all, He is magnificent in our hearts and minds because of the death He has snatched us from and the life He has moved us to.  We continue to grow in our love for Him, but in time our days with Him may become ordinary. 

The attitude changes slowly over time –

Matthew 16:15-16  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 6:67-68  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

But then we, as Peter did, might wonder if we do not deserve more – what is it, where is it, and when will we get it?

Matthew 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

It may be that the things Peter left behind grew in value the further away he was from them – his house was better, his boat was better, his business was better (he may have forgotten the nights of toil without bringing home any fish)!

Matthew 26:58  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

Look at where this attitude led him –

John 21:3  Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

This is reality!  The world holds nothing for the child of God

We must not let others push us into believing we are better than we are by defending ourselves from their accusations.

Will we, no matter what our circumstances are, sanctify the Lord in our hearts, setting Him above everything!

Read what Peter had learned – the same lesson Job learned so many years before –

1 Peter 3:10-17  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Determine today that you will trust God, that He is always just, always fair, always righteous, always holy, always true, always loving, always worthy of our worship, submission and service.

Sanctify Him today in your hearts – that He is truly all in all to you.

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Jacob’s Crisis

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Jacob
I. His Character
A. With men. Genesis Non-confrontational; manipulative
1. Esau Genesis 25:24-34
2. Rebekah Genesis 27:6-14
3. Laban Genesis 29:16-28
4. Esau Genesis 32:1-8; 33:8-17 (Insinuated he would follow Esau, then turned West)
B. With God.
1. The Covenant. Genesis 28:11-22
2. The intervention.
a. For the wives. Genesis 29:31; 30:6,17,22
b. For Jacob Genesis 30:27-30
3. The Call. Genesis 31:3
4. The Comparison. Note that Abraham’s servant was dealing with the same man, Laban.
Genesis 24:12-14; 24-27; 34, 35, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50-52, 56.
Jacob received the blessings of God but we do not read of him acknowledging God in his day tod ay life. This is the manner of many believers.
II. His Crisis
A. The defilement of his daughter. Genesis 34:1,2
B. The disgraceful action of his sons. Genesis 34:13-18
C. The destruction of Shechem Genesis 34:25-31
What caused this crisis? –
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Preaching Outline the book of Job Message Ten

I.  The Setting

II. The Suffering

The Book of Job           Message Ten

Imagine Job sitting and suffering, slowly scraping away the dried fluid seeping from the open sores that covered his body.  The stench from his body would be almost unbearable and the men speaking with him would be sitting away from him, able to have a conversation but not too close.  At least four men had spent much time with him, initially coming to comfort him, but had quickly become accusers.

How different from our wonderful Lord Jesus who would have embraced and comforted him.

The younger of the four, Elihu, had not come with them and may have been a family friend who lived nearby.  Now that the older men had stopped speaking, we learn of –

III.  The Sentiment of Elihu   Job 32:1 – 37:24

  A.  His deference   

Job 32:1-10  So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram:

His silent anger  –

,,,,against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

Job had declared that he had lived according to his promise to himself based on his knowledge of God.  He had determined that he would live a life that would honour God, and if he sinned – he would deserve the judgment of God – but as far as he knew as we learned from Job’s declarations in chapter 31, he had not broken his promise to God!

Job 31  “…If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”

Job was confounded by the affliction he was in and sought God desperately to discover the reason for this judgment.  The answer would come in God’s time!

Elihu’s silent anger was –

Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

They presented no evidence other than the trials Job suffered.  They could only assume the cause of his suffering to be some secret sin committed by Job as they had no documented evidence against him in the form of written accusations, nor did they have any direct evidence in the form of accusations declared by first hand witnesses.  In other words, they had no proof of wrongdoing by Job!

He waited for all of them to finish speaking –

Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he. When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. 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.

Elihu told them that he had waited on them as it was the proper thing to do according to the Word of God –

Leviticus 19:32  Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

Proverbs 16:31  The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

But Elihu added that he believed that God instructs the young also and gives them wisdom and insight that is valuable and should be considered by all.

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.

  B.  His disappointment   (Elihu’s)

Job 32:11-14  Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words: Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

Elihu claimed that he could be the voice of reason because he had been an observer only, not involved in the matter in any way –

Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.

He was disappointed –

    1.  In Job because he justified himself instead of glorifying God.

      a.  Job had been unjustly accused and was compelled by this to defend himself. We often seem guilty when trying to defend ourselves.

      b.  Job’s thoughts were focused on himself instead of God.

He was disappointed –

    2.  In the three elders because they were not able to prove their allegations.  It was just talk!

  C.  His desire.     He was anxious to share his opinion!

Job 32:15-20  They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;) I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

Have you ever been part of a group conversation, being present but not being asked for your opinion, not invited to add your thoughts, even though you knew that you had all the right answers?  Then your opportunity came, those that had been speaking had no more to say, you would wait for a few moments to see if they would continue, but when they did not, you jumped in – “…ready to burst like new bottles.”

Notice especially  32:18-20

  D.  His decision was that which was according to what he believed.  Job 33:1-37:24

    1.  Job was wrong in his conclusion. 

Job 33:8-12  Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

And that –

    2.  Job’s words should be examined. 

Job 34:34-37  Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me. Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men. For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

And finally –

    3.  Job should listen to Elihu’s justification of God  

Job 35:2  Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?

Elihu misunderstood the words of Job as he argued against the accusations of his friends.  Job was forced to defend the righteous actions of his life, even which God had attested to, and some could misinterpret Job’s intention to be that he claimed he was not a sinner and should not be punished by God instead of understanding Job to say that he simply did not know why he was being punished by God!  He had examined himself many times and could not discover sins that had not been confessed and forgiven by God.

Elihu began at this point to remind Job, as if Job did not know, of the greatness of God.

Job 36:1-2  Elihu also proceeded, and said, Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.

 He magnified the Lord before Job in order that Job might be humiliated by his own words when he argued with his friends.

Imagine a storm coming toward them as they spoke –

Job 36:26-29  Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

Job 37:1-5  At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

Job 37:14-16  Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

We must note that Elihu was neither condemned nor commended by God for his discourse with Job.  An interesting circumstance is that Elihu seems to recognize the supernatural aspect of the approaching storm  –

Elihu’s words to Job and his friends came at the end of  their arguments and the beginning of God’s revelation of His Person and purpose, which we will turn to next week.  Let me encourage you to read the remaining chapters of the book this week.

Job had examined his life carefully, as is recorded in chapter 31.  He was convinced that he was not being punished for an unconfessed sin!

The question we have before us this morning is this -“Have we examined our own lives in the Light of God’s Word”?  Our nature is to focus on other people’s circumstances and imagine the reasons for the trials they are going through.  We do need to be aware of others and be prepared to “rejoice with them that rejoice and to weep with them that weep”, but we must examine our motives – this morning, have I examined my heart – has the Holy Spirit brought anything in my life to my attention that I need to get right with God?

Will you spend some time on your knees before the Lord of Glory in prayer today, meditating on His Word, asking Him for wisdom and leadership that we all might be holy, ready for His use for His glory.

Again, How different from our wonderful Lord Jesus who would have embraced and comforted him.

We who may not have the stench of disease reeking from our bodies, but we do have the stench of sin which isolates us from all, except for our loving God who will touch us, cleanse us, restore us, clothe us in robes of righteousness and escort us into His very home.

Are you saved today?

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Preaching Outline Book of Job, Examining His Life Chapter 31

The Book of Job  Message 10 Introduction

As the New Year begins, it should be a time of reflection on the past year and a time of setting goals for the new year.  I believe the message for today is perfectly timed as we read of Job’s conclusions of his examination of his own life.  This morning we will look at three things in particular for self examination – The encouragement, The example, and the expected result.  We should begin by reviewing some reasons for self examination –

Troubled conscience

Unexplained losses or complications in life

Accusations

Or just a self scheduled personal evaluation, reflecting on and measuring one’s self by the Word of God as people have the habit of doing at the beginning of a year.

I.  The Encouragement for self evaluation.

Throughout the Scriptures, God commands and commends us to examine our lives –

1 John 3:20-21  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

2 Corinthians 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Psalm 119:59  I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

Haggai 1:5  Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

II.  The Example of self examination

The circumstances of Job’s self-examination included those daily reviews of his life and that of his family, the tragic incidents that took place in one day, the sudden affliction of boils covering his body, followed by that which intensified Job’s self examination: the false accusations and arguments. – which should never have taken place –

Exodus 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Job examined his –

  A.  Relationships Job 31:1-12

 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

He remembered how he –

  B.  Rendered justice and aid to others Job 31:13-23

If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?

 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)

If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone. For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

He –

  C.  Regarded wealth as from God.

If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;

He had been faithful  to God –

  D.  Religion  Job 31:24-28

Exodus 20:1-6  And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.

He had complete –

  E.  Reliance on God.  Job 31:29-34

    1.  He did not seek revenge.

If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.

    2.  He did not seek to hide – he was not ashamed of his life.

If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom: 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?

Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

We have learned that Job sought for the answers – and must have been asking himself “Have I and coming to the conclusion “If I have… then I deserve all that I am going through, but I have not done anything”!

As Job sought answers, seeking an audience with the Lord, not finding any solution, he could not discover –

III.  The Expected result of self-examination

To see the Lord in His glory, which Job would see, but not yet.  Keep the Lord before us.  When the issue is not resolved, do not quit and surrender to the world, the flesh, and the Devil.  Do not say “What is the use” – keep our hearts and minds on God and seek His answers, even if they may be long in coming – He is faithful and true!

Saul of Tarsus was an unusual man.  I say this because I believe he wanted to be an honest man and he wanted to please God.  According to  his own words, he claimed that he was “…an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee…” as written in the letter to the Philippians.  His problem was that the more he learned of the Word of God, the more wretched he became in his own eyes.  When he was finally faced, not only with the written Word, but the Living Word, he became furious and struck out at all those that caused such conviction in his soul.  He could satisfy his conscience yearly with the offerings and service unto as a Hebrew of the Hebrews and a Pharisee, but when faced with the truth of the Gospel, he could never be satisfied in himself again.

Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

He could not rest, being constantly convicted by the Truth of God!

Do not become angry, denying the truth –

 He must, as we must, humble himself and submit to the Lord through the grace of God by faith, or live with the fact that he would remain in a state of condemnation for ever no matter what he did.

This is the point, the more we learn of the Lord and spend time in His presence, the less we become in our own eyes.  He becomes high and lifted up and we become thankful and glorify Him in all things.

Will we, as Job did, examine ourselves in the Light of God’s Word, spending time, not just a moment, but all that is needed to come to God in repentance and confession – being cleansed by Him of all unrighteousness.  Do not QUIT!

In late October, 2013, I became very ill and went to the doctor to see if the cause could be discovered.  Their first thought was that Bonnie and I may both have the flu so we went to the hospital for the test, which came back negative.  I continued to get worse.  We were scheduled to go to the Philippines for 8 days of missions meetings and the doctor cleared me to go, only recommending that we get our own hotel room so we could get rest between the meetings.  I preached 8 times that week.  Each night my bed would be soaked with sweat, I mean it was soaked.  We returned and more test were run, I was being examined carefully – three chest x-rays, CATs, MRIs, numerous blood test and even some procedures to send off for biopsies.  I continued to get worse, losing 30 pounds and became very weak physically. 

I wanted the doctors to keep searching for the cause, even though some of the examinations were very painful.  Finally on 14 February, Bonnie and I were called to the doctor’s office for the results of a new test that they were going to try – the doctor looked at us very seriously, handed us the result card, and said “It is positive, you have tuberculosis”.  Bonnie and I looked at each other, smiled and both said “Praise the Lord”!  The doctor was confused by this response.  We said “Now we finally know, after all of the months of examination, what the problem is and we can begin working on the solution”.  I began on the course of medicines and eight months later was declared free of the disease. 

I am glad that I have an amazing wife, Bonnie, who helped me through all of this.  She prayed with me, she worked hard at making sure I was getting nourishing food into me, she led me by the hand when I had no strength, she guided me when I lost my vision, she was patient with me when I could not remember things – and always her smile cheered me.

When one we love is examining their life, they need the one they love and who loves them to pray with them, read God’s Word with them, to help them, to care for them, to encourage them to remain faithful and not to be as Job’s wife, telling him to just curse God and get it over with.

I am very glad that the examinations continued until the cause was discovered.

If we are so willing to go through all of this, which effects our physical well being, how much more should we be willing to examine ourselves for that which effects our whole person, spirit, soul, and body! 

And the most wonderful thing is that when we discover the source, the sin, we do not have to wait months to be declared free, we only wait moments for the Lord has promised us –

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Will we examine our lives?

Are you saved?

Are you serving?

We have a new year before us, will we be vessels unto honour, glorifying God in our lives this year?

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Preaching Outline of the Book of Job, Message Nine

      d.  The persistence of Job’s friends.

        1).  Eliphaz 

Job 22:1-10  Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect? Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment? Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

Rumours were believed, false accusations were made –

Proverbs 18:8  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  “evil stories find eager listeners”

        2).  Bildad.   

Job 25:1-3  Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?

Note that he rebuked Job for trying to vindicate himself.

Job 25:4  How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

        3).  Zophar  

Job 20:1  Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said –

Repeated false accusations –

Job 20:18-19  That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

Job 20:27-29  The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

        Note that they did not believe evil of Job as they arranged to meet and comfort him!

      e.  The poignant grief of Job.

        1).  His despair.

          a).  His prayers were not answered.

          b).  He, being righteous, was in affliction.

          c).  The wicked seemingly prosper. 

Job 21:7-16  Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

  This emotion is not unique to Job                       See also –

Psalms 73:2-3  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

        2).  His determination.  

Job 27:1-6  Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live

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He was not being self-righteous! 

        3).  His defense. 

Job 31:1-6  I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

          a).  He was compelled to defend himself which put him in a difficult position.

Proverbs 27:2  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Proverbs 25:27  …so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

2 Corinthians 10:18  For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

          b).  He should have been commended. 

            (1).  Note Paul’s defense

2 Corinthians 12:11-13  I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

                    He ministerd to them and received ridicule instead of respect!

            (2).  Note especially Jesus’ and the accusers.

Mark 15:2-14  And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

              (a).  The priest did not care whether He was innocent or not.

              (b).  The people were willing to believe a lie. 

Pilate stated that Jesus was innocent of all accusations brought against Him, that He truly was a righteous man.  Instead of standing for the truth, the people sided with the crowd.  No one stood up for Him with Pilate and agreed that He was innocent.  No one said, “he healed my son, he gave me sight…”

Matthew 27:24-25  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Likewise, not one person came forward in defense of Job.  This really shows us the power of community.  Job was suffering alone

        4).  His desire – to plead his case before the Lord. 

Job 23:3-12  Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 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: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

        5).  His disappointment.   He had no ‘daysman’ to arbitrate his cause.

Job 9:33  Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

Job 16:21  O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

The believer is so blessed in that we know these truths and we have these promises

John 14:9  “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…”

John 10:30  “I and my Father are one.”

We have a ‘Daysman’, One able to arbitrate for us. “Tempted in all points like as we…”

Next week we will see that Job learns that God was with him through the entire trial.  God had not forgotten him  God had not stopped loving him.

Today –

As a believer when in affliction, remember the relationship and the promises of God.

God has not forgotten you.  God has not stopped loving you. 

Romans 8:38-39  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As a believer in service –

    A.  Remember the warning of God –

Leviticus 19:16  Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

    B.  Remember the promises of God –

Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Eight

II.  The Suffering  1:13 – 37:24

  C.  The Third Trial  2:11-

    1.  The Affliction increased.  Job 2:11- 3:26

      a.  The presence of Job’s friends.    Job 2:11-13    A lesson to learn!

      b.  The pattern of consolation.

      c.  The plea of Job.  Job 3:1-26 

        1).  Self pity.  3:1-19

          a).  The state of his life.  Job 3:1

Job 3:1  After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

            (1).  His examination.    He went from –

               (a).  Prosperity to poverty.

               (b).  Respected to rejected.

               (c).  Saint to sinner. 

            (2).  His exclamation –  ‘Cursed’ – the word means the absence or reversal of a blessed or rightful state or of the lowering to a lesser state. 

     Note that the word ‘curse’ here is a different word than used in –

Job 1:11  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:5  But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

  • which meant to ‘bless not’.   He is not accusing God of wrongdoing!

          b).  The supposed peace of the dead.  Job 3:2-19

                Job believed that it would have been better if he had never been born.

Job 3:2-19  And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived……..Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

We should learn here the danger of despondency – to stop moving forward.

Do you think Job was the only one to be an emotional wreak?

Remember Elijah – the courageous prophet of God following the amazing victory against the ungodly followers of Baal

1 Kings 19:4, 10  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers…….And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Remember Jeremiah, the preaching the message of submission to the proud and arrogant Jews in Jerusalem –

Jeremiah 20:7  O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.

Job was despondent, Elijah was despondent, Jeremiah was despondent.  They did not understand why the great trouble they faced even though they were serving God with all of their hearts and souls.

They learned, as we must, that trusting God and having faith in Him, no matter what our circumstances, giving God glory and praise in all things is God’s ultimate purpose in our lives.  We must follow our Lord and Saviour,  Jesus, who  always pressed forward – John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him that sent me…”

His works must become my works, His will must become my will!

        2).  Suffering without hope.  Job 3:20-25

          a).  Why does God stop short of death.  Job 3:20-22

“Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave”?

‘hid treasures’ – will give all they have in anticipation of finding treasure! 

          b).  Why does God not reveal His purpose.  Job 3:23

“Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in”?

          c).  Why does God not accept Job’s sacrifices.  Job 3:24,25 

“For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”

Refer to –

Job 1:5  And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

        3).  Suspected of sin.  Job 3:26

“I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.”

Why have these things come upon Job?  Trouble upon trouble, and now, as if all of that is not enough, instead of compassion and comfort, he is suspected of unconfessed sin!

        4).  Separated and in need of comfort.

Job needed help as he waited on the Lord to reveal why He was permitting this trouble.

His friends had intended to comfort but had become accusers because of their wrong thinking. As we look at this affliction on Job, “… my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” 

Affliction upon Elijah,

Affliction upon Jeremiah,

And most of all – Affliction upon Jesus!

John 12:27  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Luke 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Yes, affliction can certainly come on us or those we care for. 

How do we deal with it?  – 

          a).  For the afflicted – Trust the Lord. 

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

          b).  For the comforters –

In the last message, we were challenged to examine our hearts, leave the judgment to God, and determine to minister to others with compassion, without compromise of truth,  through the Love of God, and through the Word of God.  Today we want to learn how to do just that. –

            (1).  Exalt the Lord and His promises.

Psalms 27:10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Psalms 139:7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Matthew 28:20  …I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Hebrews 13:5    … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

            (2).  Examine the heart for unconfessed sin, without accusation, simply acknowledging the possibility.

1 Corinthians 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

            (3).  Encourage the afflicted through the Word of God.

James 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

We are blessed through the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Have you heard the gospel, have you faith to believe the gospel, have you believed?

If so, you have the Word of God to guide you and for you to give to others.

Are you saved, trusting, and ministering the Word of God to others?

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Seven

II.  The Suffering  1:13 – 37:24

  A.  The First Trial  1:13-22

  B.  The Second Trial  2:1-10

  C.  The Third Trial  2:11-

    1.  The Affliction increased.  2:11-13  Message Seven

We should learn today that not every trial is personally inflicted, or even directed by Satan.  At times, he has only to start the fire and then leave it to human nature to throw on coals and fan the flames!

Proverbs 26:21-22  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

The self-righteousness and imagination of man is inclined to hurt others.

      a.  The presence of Job’s friends.  A lesson to learn!

        1).  Their acquaintance with Job – the man they knew

Job 29:1-25  Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand. My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand. Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

              A Counsellor, a king, a comforter, (This is the description of their friend, the man that they knew)

        2).  Their arrangement.     

Job 2:11  Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

               To mourn, to comfort.  They had best intentions!

        3).  Their astonishment.

Job 2:12-13  And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

        4).  Their assessment.

               After seeing Job’s circumstances, speaking with his wife and                neighbors, and noting his personal grief, they agreed that Job was being punished for some secret sin.

          a).  Eliphaz. 

            (1).  Relied on spiritual revelation through visions. 

Job 4:13  In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

            (2).  Related his opinion. 

Job 4:1-9  Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking? Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

          b).  Bildad.

            (1).  Relied on ‘wise sayings’, a traditionalist. 

                    Tradition showed that God chastised the wicked. 

Job 8:8-13  For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:

            (2).  Related his opinion. 

Job 8:3-6, 20  Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous…….Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

          c).  Zophar.

           (1).  Relied on legalism.

Zophar told Job that it is good that he is being judged in order that he may recognize his sin and that he was actually getting less than he deserved!

           (2).  Related his opinion. 

Job 11:2-6  Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

Job 20:27-29  The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

They assumed that God was limited in His actions and that Job was being justly chastised for sin. There was no other answer and they did not seek the Lord to find out the reason for Job’s suffering.  Prayer was only mentioned in advising Job to repent of his sin and pray for forgiveness. These friends added to Job’s affliction instead of being an encouragement to him and to his wife.  They lent themselves to accomplish the purpose of Satan.

Judgment is necessary and called for in the Scripture, but not self-righteous judgment.

Believer’s need to learn from these men’s error and determine to seek God’s way of consolation  –

      b.  The pattern of consolation.

        1).  It is revealed in the words of Jesus.

Matthew 25:34-36   Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

        2).  It is revealed in the walk of Jesus. 

John 9:1-3  And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Luke 7:12-13  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

John 11:21-26  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 11:33-36  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

        3).  It is revealed as the will of Jesus. 

1 John 3:16-18  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Philippians 2:1-5  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Do we love with God’s love?  Are we prepared to rebuke sin? Yet do it not presumptuously without compassion.  Do we understand that God extends mercy as well as judgment and that He is the Judge of all men?

Job’s friends may have had the right motives when they determined to visit him, but upon their arrival, they sat in judgment.  They offered no prayer, no help, no consolation.

Today the plea is to examine our hearts, leave the judgment to God, and determine to minister to others with compassion, without compromise of truth, through the Love of God and conviction through the Word of God.

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Six

B.  The Second Trial.  Job 2:1-10

    1.  The Court.  Job 2:1,2

Job 2:1-2  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

      a.  The second assembly regarding the trial of Job.

      b.  Satan questioned about his activities.  Refer to

 He is still the Adversary!

John 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

           He blinds the minds of the lost.

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 He sets traps for the unaware.

2 Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

He snatches away the Word.

Luke 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

    2.  The Conclusion. 

Job 2:3-4  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

      a.  The Accuser lost the contest.

      b.  The admission of this loss –

           “Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

      c.  The attitude of Job: he considered himself blessed. 

           “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

          1).  He had his health.

          2).  He had his wife.

Note: Satan lost this trial, but he did not quit; he never quits!

    3.  The Challenge increased. 

Job 2:5-6  But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

      a.  The acknowledgment of power.  Satan needed permission from God to pursue his plan.            Job 2:5a   Satan’s challenge is that the Lord will put forth His hand!

      b.  The accusation renewed.    Job 2:5b 

      c.  The approval given.  Job 2:6   Restrictions apply!

    4.  The Condition Job 2:7,8

Job 2:7-8  So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

      a.  The initial description.  Boils – ‘a burning ulceration’.  His entire body was covered. 

      b.  The increasing agony. 

Job 7:2-3  As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

Job 7:4-5  When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

Job 13:14  Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

Job 13:28  And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Job 16:8  And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

Job 16:16  My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

Job 17:1  My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

Job 19:20  My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

       c.  The image of suffering. 

Job 2:8  And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

            Note the reaction of his friends.

Job 2:12-13  And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

    5.  The Common belief.

Job 2:9  Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

      a.  God rewards and protects the righteous.

Genesis 18:25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

      b.  God reveals the secret sins of man.      

           Moses wrote of the prevailing belief –

Psalms 90:7-8  For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

      c.  God revenges sin upon man.  

Job 4:7-8  Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

      d.  Grief ravaged the mind of Job’s wife.

        1).  She stood with him through tragedy.  

              When judgment continued –

        2).  She succumbed to the wiles of the Devil.

        3).  She suggested that Job –

          a).  Admit his sin, stop acting innocent!  “…doest thou still retain thine integrity?”

          b).  Curse God and pay the penalty by death.  She was unwittingly supporting Satan in his plan.

    6.  The Confidence in God. 

Job 2:10  But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

      a.  His comment to his wife.  She was not thinking clearly, not speaking as he was accustomed to –

           “…Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.”

Note:  I say here again that the wife must have faith in God, but it is imperative that she also has faith in her husband’s faith!  The husband must live in such a way that he builds a trusting relationship with his wife.  Situations will come when that trust will be tested!

      b.  His commitment.  Through good times and bad times, he was                trusting the Lord.

           Refer to –

Ephesians 6:12-18  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;       c.  His confusion.  He did not understand why he was being afflicted.  He believed as the others did, that affliction was chastisement from God for sin and he did not know what he had done.

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Preaching Outline on the Book of Job, Message Five

II.  The Suffering.  Job 1:13-37:24

  A.  The First Trial.  Job 1:13-22

    1.  The Destruction.  Job 1:13-19

      a.  It was sudden.  Job 1:13a  “…and there was a day…”   Unexpected!

        1).  Remember that you have an adversary. 

        2).  We need to be prepared for the unexpected. 

               How do we prepare?  –

1 Peter 5:6-8  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

2 Timothy 1:12-13  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

      b.  It was staggering.

        1).  He lost his possessions.  Prosperity

        2).  He lost his servants.       Potential.  (He could rebuild with faithful servants)

        3).  He lost his children.       Posterity – (their mindset according to God’s Word)

Psalm 127:3-5  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128:3-4  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

Deuteronomy 28:1-4  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

      c.  Satan was relentless in his attack on Job. 

           Refer to his attack on Jesus.

Mark 1:13  And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Luke 4:2  Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

        1).  The first message

Job 1:14-15  And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

          a).  A serious situation, but not unheard of in those days.

          b).  Respond by pursuing and punishing the attackers and recovering the property.

                Note David’s response in –

1 Samuel 30:1-4, 16-18 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep…..

…..And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

This may have been Job’s response, except for receiving –

         2).  The second message.

Job 1:16  While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

          a).  A surprising situation.  Lightening strikes into the ground have killed grazing animals. 

          b).  Again, not unheard of but very unusual for the entire herd to be killed.

        3).  The third message. 

Job 1:17  While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

          a). A solemn situation.   The Chaldeans were fierce warriors and were to be feared –

Habakkuk 1:6-10  For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

          b).  Concern would be turning into confusion.  “What is going on”?

        4).  The fourth message.

Job 1:18-19  While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

          a).  A supernatural situation.     

          b).  Job now realized that he was under the judgment of God –

    2.  The Distress.  1:20  Job’s loss resulted in a natural display of grief!

Job 1:20  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

      a.  Grieved over his loss.

      b.  Grieved over his ignorance as to the reason for the loss.  Why?  He was doing every thing that he knew to do!  God testified to Job’s integrity. 

           “Why is the One I love and serve treating me this way”?

    3.  The Dedication.  Job 1:21,22

      a.  He proved his trust in God. 

Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

      b.  He proved his fear of God. 1:22

Job 1:22  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

           He was wise in that he did not accuse God of wrongdoing.

           Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”

How can we have this faith and devotion, that we might always trust God?

Matthew 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

You can love your wives and love God, you can love your husbands and love God; you can love your children and love God, you can love your parents and love God- but you should not love them more than you love God!

We should say – I want to love my wife through you, husband through you, children through you, my family through you.

We should say – I want to live this life for you.  Thank you for giving me all that I have and all that I am.  If you take it away, I will love you.

Can you say this today?

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