A. Reproof of Job by God.
B. Regret of Job.
The Book of Job. Why did Job suffer?
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.
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.
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.