Summary: Job’s story
Fighting another King
Luk 14:31-32 Or what king, as he goeth to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of peace.
Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered Jehovah, and said, I know that thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of thine can be restrained. Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which 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 had 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.
Job was no an ordinary man. Living like a king in his own world.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and turned away from evil.
Satan raised two questions!!
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
The answer was:
Job 1:21-22 and he said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
The answer was:
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.
His 3 friends stepped in.
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?
Job 8:6 If thou wert pure and upright: Surely now he would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
we can summarize their theological argument by this: God is good + you are suffering => that you have done something wrong and you deserve it. (God rebuked them for this Job:42:7)
Job in his reply admitted that God is good and that He is in control but was not convinced that he deserved it and asked why?
Job 10:8 Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me Together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
Job 10:18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?
They continued with their theology.
Job 11:14 If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
And Job continued with his question why? Addressed to God!!!
Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,
Job 13:1-3 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, Mine ear hath heard and understood it. What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you. Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
Job 13:14 Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand?
Job 13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, And holdest me for thine enemy?
They never comforted him but to the contrary added to his grief.
Job 16:2-3 I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end
Job 19:2-3 How long will ye vex my soul, And break me in pieces with words? These ten times have ye reproached me: Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
He added to say …
Job 21:7-9 Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power? Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.
Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
When you question God, your questioning his goodness!!
Elihu appeared. Introduction to God’s direct answer.
Job 32:1-3 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 family of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.