Summary: How we respond to people who are hurting STILL matters. Our ability to show grace, compassion, and love to those around us is critical, and it's something we see quite clearly in these conversations.

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Zophar’s second attack on Job

Job Sermon Series, Part 10

Introduction (Job Slide)

- We are continuing to examine Job’s conversations with his friends

-- Re: These men came in Ch. 2 to sit with him and mourn his loss

- They appear to come to comfort … but quickly their real motives are shown

-- They are discouragers; ones who desire Job to stop holding onto his faith

-- In their eyes, there is a cause/effect with his sin and his condition

- These friends have three conversations with him…

• Round 1: they suggest Job has sinned

• Round 2: they imply Job is a sinner

• Round 3: they state Job’s sin

- Round two continues with Zophar looking to further accuse Job of sin

-- It’s curious to note how the tone has changed with these discussions

-- First, they were merely trying to offer guidance; now it’s an assault

- Read Job Ch. 20

- Pray

Point 1 – Zophar’s declaration for the wicked (Ch. 20)

- Zophar begins his attack reminding him about God’s punishment for sin

-- His main concern for Job is that he has yet to name (and repent) of his sin

-- Zophar is now focused on, and more concerned with, Job’s reply to them

-- Even though Job insists on being innocent; the friends persist (v1-2)

- So, he begins to attack Job’s implied sin and does it quiet sarcastically

-- The charge: Surely you know everything since you are old and wise (v4)

-- You now that that God will punish the wicked, even if they have joy

-- And their joy can end just as suddenly and fall under God’s wrath (v5)

- His summation is Job is a godless person because of his pride: (read v6)

-- He is so elevated himself that even his head touches the clouds…

- And what happens to those who are like this? (v7)

-- Will perish forever; like his own waste (repulsive and without memory)

-- Even though people will ask about him, he’ll still not be remembered (v8)

- A prideful and wicked man will be swept away; banished like a vision

-- He’ll be so removed that no one will even look for him anymore (v9)

-- Even his children will be responsible for making amends (v10)

-- Death is the only reward received; even for young/strong sinner (v11)

- Then over the next few verses, he does something quite telling

-- He describes how those who are evil ENJOY taking part in it (v12-19)

• Evil is sweet in their mouth

• He longs for it, like a favorite food

• His stomach will turn sour from it

• And all of his riches will be lost and spit out

• There will be no benefit, no cool streams or rivers with milk and honey

• No more prosperity; just paying back what he has taken

• The wicked oppress the poor; this is their joy to do so

• And nothing they have gained will ever last

- Therefore, in the face of a holy God, the wicked cannot stand (v20)

-- Everything the wicked love will be overtaken by God’s wrath and anger

-- IMP: This judgment will occur in this life AND the next

- NOTE: Zophar is pleading for Job to repent and avoid this outcome

-- But … if you note the tone … there is almost an enjoyment in his words

- Nothing he does will save him; no amount of money will rescue him (v20)

-- The wicked will consume it until there is nothing left to take from others (v21)

-- And at the height of it all going in his favor … misery strikes (v22)

- Now, watch the tone that Zophar takes with Job – re-read v23-27

-- Emphasis on cause and effect … man does something; God retaliates

- Zophar even goes so far to say there is no advocate in Heaven (v27)

-- Re: Job has mentioned twice wanting someone to speak on his behalf

- God’s wrath will be poured out like a raging flood on his head (v28)

-- “Such is the fate” … “Oh well, it’s all over for that person now” (v29)

- Obviously, Zophar needs to work on his delivery and tact here…

-- APP: His “k sera sera” attitude here is really not helping matters…

- His assertion to Job? Justice is coming for the wicked, count on it

-- And … if you fall into this category, then you’re gonna get it!

-- Perspective: (sarcastically) “Good luck with all that … you sinner.”

- TRANS: “Then Job replied …”

- Read Ch. 21

Point 2 – Job’s Response (Ch. 21)

- Jobs first asks them to listen; to lend their ear; to pay attention

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