Job 38-42

August 9, 2015

god-jobFinally its God’s turn to question Job…

Ch 38: YHWH asks “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Have you entered the springs of the sea, the dwelling of light or lead forth a constellation of stars?”

Ch 39: God asks Job about nature–did you set the donkey free? Give the ox his strength? Watched deer calve young? Instruct the hawk on soaring techniques?

Ch 40:  God: Are you going to find fault with me?
Job: I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
God: I made behemoth (sure sounds like a dinosaur), can you lead him around by the nose?

Ch 41:  God: I made leviathan (sure sounds like a dragon, including fire-breathing, vss 18-21), are you going to pierce his armor?

Ch 42:  Job: I know you can do all things; I know you much better now; I’ll shut up
God is not happy with Job’s three older friends, He has them sacrifice and allow Job to pray for them. God doesn’t address the younger questioner of Job (Elihu), Perhaps this is evidence of an “age of accountability”, or perhaps it is another Personage, like the fourth person in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego (Dan 3:25)?

The book concludes with YHWH again blessing Job with much wealth, 7 sevens and 3 daughters, and 140 more years.


Job 32-37

August 8, 2015

Elihu is a fourth person who had not until now addressed Job. He is younger and has waited his turn, letting the older ones speak to Job first. He is full of “vim and vigor” and goes on for a full 6 chapters.

Ch 32: He begins by explaining how he has waited to let the older men exhaust their comments to Job but that he is just about bursting, trying to hold in what he has to say.

Ch 33: Elihu summarizes Job’s arguments fairly accurately and then says “you are not right in this”. Elihu tells Job that God allows difficulties into a man’s life in order to redeem him so that he will repent, “to bring back his soul from the pit”

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Ch 34: Elihu again reprises Job’s justification of himself, that he didn’t earn God’s displeasure. Elihu says that God is aware of every part of our lives and does not act unjustly; we reap exactly what we sow–pretty much the same argument as the previous three men. Elihu says ‘don’t add rebellion to your sin’, just confess and repent.

Ch 35: Elihu: Is your righteousness more than God’s? He’s not listening because your cries to Him are not sincere, since you won’t admit your wrongdoing and your words are empty.

Ch 36: Elihu: God is perfect in knowledge, He sees everything–you’re not getting away with anything.

Ch 37: Elihu: God is behind the storms and in control of nature, His power is exalted–He is not going to regard the “wise in heart”.

Job 17-31

August 7, 2015

More KJVSV (Kurt J. Very Short Version):

Ch 17: Job: My name has become an insult, people mock me; all I have to look forward to is the grave.

Ch 18: Bildad (friend #1): You think we’re idiots, you’re not listening to what we’re saying–let me tell you what happens to the wicked; does this sound familiar?

Ch 19: Job: And you’re not listening to me–God has brought this upon me from nowhere–even so, I do have eternal hope because I know my Redeemer lives and He will one day stand on this earth and I will see Him in the flesh.

Ch 20: Zophar (friend #3): I’ve held my tongue long enough listening to your insults and denials–the wicked have what’s coming, they can’t avoid it.

Ch 21: Job: You say the wicked get punished in this life, but I look around and a lot of them seem to be doing pretty good–I don’t think we can base our understanding of their walk with God on their level of blessing in this life. Yes, they will eventually receive their just reward in Sheol.

Ch 22: Eliphaz (friend #2): So its because you are so obedient to God that He’s reproving you? If you will just forsake your protests and repent, God will restore your good fortunes.

Ch 23: Job: If I could just appear before God, I would present my case, but of course I can’t perceive Him like He perceives me. I have remained steadfastly obedient and He knows that–eventually there will be reward; God is in control.

Ch 24: Job: Why does God seem to ignore evil? (Job gives a ton of examples) Who can dispute this?

Ch 25: Bildad (friend #1): God is awesome, even stars are not pure in His sight, how can you say this about Him?

Ch 26: Job: You’re some help! Of course God is incomprehensible (Job gives a science lesson) He “hangs the earth on nothing”.

Ch 27: Job: Yes wicked men will eventually get their due, but I wasn’t wicked before God, so I just don’t understand why I’m in this situation.

Ch 28: Job: You know, silver, gold, iron and copper can be searched for and dug out of the ground; finding wisdom is much harder, and the value of wisdom is much greater than gold–fearing God is wisdom and departing from evil is understanding.

Ch 29: Job: My life used to be one of integrity, righteousness and blessing where I defended the weak and orphaned and pursued justice for the guilty.

Ch 30: Job: Now I am taunted and spat upon by young people and those who were administered the justice they deserved. I call out to God to restore my former estate and He is silent.

Ch 31: Job: I conducted myself in the utmost integrity–I didn’t lust after virgins, lie, steal, mistreat slaves, gloat in my wealth nor rejoice over the downfall of my enemies.

Job 6-13

August 6, 2015


The KJVSV (Kurt J. Very Short Version):

Ch 6: Job: You guys aren’t very good at comforting someone who is suffering.

Ch 7: Job: My life is futile and I’m in physical pain; what did I do to deserve this?

Ch 8: Bildad: You must have sinned. If you’ll just repent, God will make everything good again.

Ch 9: Job: You’re right in theory; there is no one righteous. If this is the case then I’m doomed, there’s no arbitrator between me and God.

Ch 10: Job: Why God? Tell me where I am guilty?

Ch 11: Zophar: Repent and have a positive attitude, things will turn around!

Ch 12: Job: You guys are numbskulls; YHWH does things we can’t understand.

Ch 13: Job: I am going to keep crying out to God; even if He kills me I’m going to keep trusting Him. He’s big enough to handle my complaints.

Job 14-16

January 11, 2015
Job understands that though God brings man “into judgment with (Himself)” and “Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!” there is still hope for a resurrection and that God can cover sin:
“If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my change comes.
“You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for the work of Your hands.
“For now You number my steps,
You do not observe my sin.
My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You wrap up my iniquity.

job-surrender2Eliphaz accuses Job of believing that he has greater access to God than others:

“Do you hear the secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
“What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we do not?

So far, the book reads like Job has a personal relationship with YHWH, whereas his friends, though wise, do not really know God. Job has a desperate need for God whereas his friends are just satisfied with divine favor and blessing:

“My friends are my scoffers;
My eye weeps to God.
“O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!

Job 1-5

January 9, 2015

XIR84999The pattern of Satan addressing YHWH as “Elohim” continues in Job 1:

Then Satan answered YHWH, “Does Job fear Elohim for nothing?

He just can’t address God by his personal name–it reminds me of Fonzie on Happy Days not being able to even say the word “wrong” as in “I was w…, I was wro…, I was wr…”

Calvinism says that God is behind both good and evil, that both bring him glory because by engineering evil He brings glory to himself when He punishes it. Calvinists then should carefully consider this verse and the implications it has for their viewpoint:

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

God just got through allowing Satan to bring evil on Job, and Job is commended for not blaming God, i.e., saying “God did this to me.” God is not the author of evil. Evil is a consequence of bad or evil decisions made by free agents (in this case Satan, not Job). God, in His sovereignty, created beings both angelic and human with free will, otherwise the cosmos would be nothing more than a giant marionette performance (a marionette is a puppet on strings).

This verse could go either way; “sons of God” meaning angelic or human–if human, this would be, for instance, the Sabbath or a Feast day:

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord.

People who believe that the “sons of God” of Gen 6:2 are angels mating with humans of course use this verse to back up their belief. I don’t think its an open and shut case; see my discussion of Gen 6.

This seems to be the critical verses in all of Job:

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Here’s the problem with Job’s friends; they assume the bad things happening to Job are because he deserved it:

“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
Or where were the upright destroyed?
“According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity
And those who sow trouble harvest it.

Lesson: Don’t assume bad things happening to our friends are because they are necessarily “reaping what they sow”. That’s more of a personal lesson we apply to our own lives, not to others.

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