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May 22 - Morning

"Then Job replied to the Lord:

'I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked,
"Who is this that obscures my plans
without knowledge?"

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
You said,
"Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me."

My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.'

After the Lord had said these things to Job,
he said to Eliphaz the Temanite,
'I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.' ”

- Job 42:1-8

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Job Realizes His Limitations and the Lord Rebukes the Friends    

Job had not understood why he had suffered so greatly. By assuming that it was caused by the Lord’s attempt to maintain justice in the earth Job had argued that his suffering was far from fair and claimed that God was not responding to his created world appropriately.

God had responded to Job in two speeches. In his first response (Job 38-39) the Lord had told Job that he has formed opinions and spoken words without full knowledge of the cosmos, the universe and the world. Job agreed that he had spoken about things he could not understand and in 40:3 he covered his mouth. Yet, Job still held to his accusation that he had suffered unjustly since he was innocent of sins that would demand such torment. This position indicated that Job believed he had a better handle on justice than the Lord had since the Lord had failed to administer justice in spite possessing tremendous knowledge. So, in 40:6-41:34 God speaks a second time asking Job to dress himself up in God’s “majesty and dignity” and God’s “glory and splendor” (40:10) in preparation to do the things that God does such as:

  • Punish the proud and wicked men
  • Subdue Behemoth and Leviathan the monsters of chaos from the primordial world

But, if Job cannot do these things then besides lacking the knowledge and information required to administer justice, Job is also lacking the means and the methods required to enforce his views of justice. Simply put, the Lords two speeches overwhelmingly convince Job that he:

  • Lacks knowledge and understanding required to form any accurate opinion
  • Lacks power and jurisdiction to enforce his views

So, in Job 42 Job replies by admitting he spoke beyond his understanding:

In 42:4-6 Job renounces any ability to be equal with God returning to the position of “dust and ashes”

The Lord then addresses Job’s three friends by speaking to Eliphaz. The three friends are told they have spoken incorrectly concerning the Lord. While Job had been searching for truth and wrestling to find answers, his three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar) had been confidently spewing out their religious clichés and erroneous sermons in an attempt to defend their theological view of God. They, not Job, are rebuked by the Lord for promoting erroneous conclusions about God. If Job had listened to these the friends he would have turned away from the truth.

They consistently called Job the sinner, even though the Lord never accused Job of sin.  Job had become aggressive in his pursuit of truth as he tried to defend himself against the attacks of the false theology of his friends and the Lord did expose Job’s lack of understanding and his inability. But, Job had not sinned.

The Lord had referred to Job as “my servant” at the beginning of the book when talking to Satan (1:8; 2:3). Here at the end of the book the Lord again refers to Job as “my servant” and maintains that Job had spoken correctly and was not overcome by false concepts and simple religious clichés invoked by his friends.

The three friends are each told to sacrifice seven bulls and seven rams which is a very expensive sacrifice. It is a request that the average man would be unequipped to provide, which seems to indicate that these were very wealthy men or men of nobility. It is also interesting to note that Job is asked to serve as their priest before the Lord, which would be in agreement with the time period recorded in the book of Genesis, most likely during the days of Abraham and Melchizedek.

  Christian Quote from Church History
“To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this Treasure House, the Bible?"
- Queen Elizabeth
Something to Ponder??
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit is given to all believers at the point of salvation. Doctrinal statements concerning the indwelling Holy Spirit include:
1. Holy Spirit is given to every believer as a gift
– Jn.7:37-39; Acts 11:16-17; R.5:5; 1 Cor.2:12; 2 Cor.5:5.
2. No indwelling Holy Spirit means not saved and never were saved – Rm.8:9; Jude 19- these men were natural, not indwelt.
3. Sinning Believers still have indwelling Holy Spirit –1 Cor.6:19; 1 Cor. 5:5.
4. Indwelling is permanent – jn.14:16; Rm.8:9.
5. Believing the message of salvation is the
required act of obedience

– Acts 5:32; Acts 6:7; Rm. 1:5; Heb.5:9
6. Temporal indwellings are in the Old Testament and before Pentecost
– 1 Sam.16:14; Psalm 51:11; Luke 11:13
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
'el (Hb) - God (Eng) - refers to "god" or "God." 'El is used to refer to the true God or any false god. In fact, 'El was the name of one of the main Canaanite gods. Many biblical names and names from the ancient Near East contain the name 'el including early names like Methusa-el and Ishma-el to later names lke El-ijah and El-eazar.  

In 1978 Yigal Shiloh uncovered 50 seal impressions of royal officials active during the days of Jeremiah and the final kings of Judah around 600 BC. The seal impressions (bullae) were uncovered while excavating in the area of David’s palace complex.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I ever accuse God either directly or indirectly? Instead of blaming God, I will learn to trust the Lord according to the revelation of his character in Scripture.

"The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor."

- Proverbs 22:9
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Ruth 4 Amos 3 Psalm 95, 97
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