Job – Chapter 40

Job chapter 40

Verses 2-5 – Job had criticized God in earlier verses, but now God gave him the opportunity to speak up. Job placed his hand over his mouth. (I personally, would have looked for a huge hole to crawl in.) Do we not do the same thing Job did when calamity struck him? We either think: God brought whatever has happened on us; why is He allowing this to happen to me, of all people; or how could God ever make something good come out of this situation? But if we will get quiet and hear through our “spiritual ears” what God is saying, we probably won’t have much to say except, “sounds good, Lord.”

verse 8 – Now God gets to the heart of the matter. Do we really know more than God? Can any of us challenge God’s justice? Job’s attitude had been that he didn’t deserve any of this and God had no right to allow it happen. Sometimes our perception of the situation is way too small. God is always just, in dealing with us. It may not look like it to us, but we have to learn to wait on Him.

Verse 9 – The arm is used here figuratively, representing strength. God asked Job whether he had sufficient strength to enforce his decision if he were in charge of the justice.

Verse 10 – If Job was in charge, then where were his royal garments and evidence of his authority?

Verses 11-14 – Job had complained that God failed to bring the wicked to justice, as we do sometimes. When I see the wicked prospering or the many injustices happening around me, or to me for that matter, we often think maybe God is not paying attention. However, we need to ask ourselves: What have I done in my past that I needed mercy and forgiveness for? How bad was I before acknowledging that I needed someone to save me?  Sin is sin. There are no categories as to one being worse as the other. Lying, cheating, stealing, and murder are all sin in God’s eyes. That is why He sent His Son to die as a perfect sacrifice for all sin. You only need to believe and receive His magnificent “Grace!’

Verse 15 – The  behemoth was a large land animal, possible an elephant or hippopotamus.

 

Job – Chapter 39

Job chapter 39

God didn’t really want Job to answer His questions, because He knew Job couldn’t. He simply wanted Job to recognize his limited knowledge of who He really is. Maybe then Job would go deeper in his thought of God’s power and sovereignty.

Verses 1-4 – God was telling Job that the mountain goats and deer were able to give birth “without his help.” God controls the entire process.

Verses 5-8 – In verse 5, in some Bibles the word “Onager” is used. Its meaning is – a wild ass, native to Northern Iran. The theme to these verses is that God has placed every animal in a suitable environment.

Verses 9-12 – Unlike the domesticated ox, the wild ox cannot be harnessed to harvest man’s grain.

Verses 13-18 – God says He deprived the ostrich of wisdom and understanding. (Look at them when they stick their head in the sand and think that their whole body is hidden.) However, they can outrun a horse with their powerful legs.

Verses 10-25 – Now for the horse. The horse is just one of God’s amazing creations and is attributed to God’s creative genius. Only God can strike terror into the otherwise fearless animal.

Verses 26-30 God ends this round of questions the same way He began it. He challenged Job’s understanding about the workings of nature. Job had not taught the hawk how to fly or when and where to migrate, nor where the eagle should build its nest.

Job – Chapter 38

Job chapter 38

God Questions Job

In your Christian walk, if you think God is not listening or sees what you are going through, you need to read what’s been written next, very carefully. We get full of pride and self because of the good we’ve done or the moral lifestyle we have led. Then we think that God All Mighty owes us an explanation of what is transpiring. Trust has to come into the picture at this time. Knowing that our God is a good God and He’s got you in the palm of His hand, not to harm you but to turn everything around for your good is what we need to remember.

Verse 1 – God is speaking to Job from a whirlwind. This was not from a windstorm such as the one that destroyed Job’s houses or the winds of judgment. It was a manifestation of God that He used to get Job’s attention. God didn’t answer any of the questions Job had asked throughout this ordeal. Instead God used Job’s ignorance of the earths order to reveal his lack of knowledge of God’s moral order. If Job couldn’t understand the workings of God’s physical creation, how could he possibly understand God’s mind and character?

Verses 4-6 – God’s first round of questions challenged Job to understand the Lord’s creative power. God all by Himself, brought the worlds (earth) into being.

Verses 8-11 – Just in case there is any doubt from the ancient Near Eastern mythology group about whom created the oceans and seas: Genesis 1:6, 7 – (6) Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” (7) Thus God made firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. Still in doubt? Read Psalm 104:6-9. God is the one who sets the boundaries, not only for where seas and oceans are to stop but boundaries for everything.

Verses 12-15 – As an evildoer’s arm is rendered impotent by being broken, so the plans of the wicked are thwarted by the light of day.

Verses 17, 18 – Job had not seen even the shadow of the gates of death, let alone passed through them.

Verses 22, 23 – God tells Job that He’s got storehouses in heaven filled with snow and hail to be used for “times of trouble.” Just as armies keep weapons in the armory, God uses all the forces of nature that are in His control. Job couldn’t even begin to know all of God’s resources, and neither can we.

Verse 24 – God reminds Job that his knowledge did not include where lightening came from or when it would strike.

Verses 31-33 – Now, God turns Job’s attention to the constellations–Pleiades. Although Job had mentioned them earlier and knew of their existence, he certainly didn’t understand the laws of physics and astronomy and their effects on the earth.

Verses 39-41 – Now God lets Job know that it was He who established the complexity of predator and prey. Not only does He care for the needs of ravens, He controlled them by bringing food to His prophet (1 Kings 17:4-6) God knows all and controls all. He lets Job know He is the creator of all and sets everything in its order.

 

 

Job – Chapter 37

Job chapter 37

Elihu is Still Talking

Verses 1-5 – Elihu speaks of God’s power in the thunderstorm.The extent of His power is beyond our comprehension. Nothing can be compared to Him. Too often we presume to speak for God (as Job’s friends did), to put words in His mouth, with our little bit of knowledge. That’s why the Bible tells us to “be still” and listen, for He is God.He will speak to you through His Word; the Holy Spirit; through circumstances, and relationships.

Verses 21-24 – Elihu concludes his speech with : It is far more important to have faith in God than for Job to have an explanation of why he is suffering. Elihu came very close to helping Job understand a few thing, but then went down the wrong path.

Elihu had maintained as all of Job’s friends had, that Job had committed some sin that he wouldn’t admit to. Elihu also said God would not single Job out. Little did all of them know that Job had been singled out. God already knew what was in Job’s heart before this whole testing started. God states in the beginning that Job was a righteous man. We may complain along the way of our troubles, but it doesn’t change our identity in Christ.

Job – Chapter 36

Job chapter 36

Elihu Believes God is disciplining Job

Verses 3, 4 – Here, Elihu starts to brag that his words and wisdom is on the same level as God’s.

Verse 5 – Elihu states categorically that God’s great power does not compromise His dealings with mankind. His strength of heart moves Him to compassion and firmness of purpose. As Christians, we just don’t always see His purpose, which usually is much bigger than ours.

Verses 8, 9 – Elihu points out that people’s good also includes their correction. Sometimes though, God may allow the suffering in order to keep them from going further into destruction. Sometimes people can get “puffed up” in their own eyes and forget that it was God who brought them to that position in the first place.

Verses 10-12 – The sinners un-opened ear indicates rebellion against God. On the other hand, if a persons ear is opened to accept God’s correction, they will obey. If a persons ear remains closed they will proceed on in ignorance on the road to destruction.

Verses 20, 21 – Elihu warns Job that by seeking some alternative method of ending his affliction, he may be committing iniquity.

Verse 26 – This statement by Elihu is certainly correct. We can have some knowledge about God because we have the Bible which is full of details concerning Him. However, we can never know enough to answer all of life’s questions, the how and the why’s . Life will always create more of life’s questions than we can find answers for. That is why we must constantly go to God for fresh insights. He is the answer to all our dilemmas.

Don’t stop reading now. God starts talking in chapter 38!

Job – Chapter 35

Job chapter 35

Elihu Still Speaks

Verses 2, 3 – Elihu makes the suggestion that Job has established his righteousness apart from God, which Job made no such assertion. Elihu bases this on Job’s remarks that keeping God’s standard, amounts to nothing.

Verses 5-7 – Since God is superior to man, neither man’s sin nor his righteousness can harm Him. God’s character and glory are not conditioned by mean’s actions.

Verse 9-11 – Elihu had shown that God will deal with oppressors in His own timing and His own way. God is the creator and controller of all things. If creatures can appreciate the working of God, how much more should mankind, His beloved creation, worship Him?

Verses 12, 13 – Elihu contented that when God is silent as the oppress cry out, it is because of their pride. He said if God is silent then its mans fault, not God’s. I personally believe God hears every cry for help. Elihu was trying to justify God’s silence to Job.

Verses 15, 16 – Elihu finishes his speech by simply saying that God wasn’t listening to all that “blubbering.”

A lot of you have asked, “How do I clear my mind and start writing?” I do my Bible study first thing in the mornings when my mind is void of the days events that can consume us. I give myself at least 2 hours every morning before work, with no distractions. No one is going to call me that early in the morning anyway. And as to the question of how do I know exactly how to start writing what I want to say about that particular passage? I hand write everything first, then when I start typing on the computer, I will see the entire sentence and punctuation marks that need to be added. So I read everything about 3 times before I post. I hope that is helpful. The key is, focus on God’s Word first, get your thoughts wrapped around the meaning and then write it down. You are less likely to forget it if you write it first.

 

Job – Chapter 34

Job chapter 34

Verses 1-4 – Elihu was sure his words would hold up to scrutiny. He was playing on Job’s reference to his three friends as wise men.

verses 1–15 – Elihu claimed God doesn’t sin and is never unjust, which is true. Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu all have elements of truth in their statements. Unfortunately, the nuggets of truth are buried under layers of false assumptions and conclusions.Although we may have a wealth of Bible knowledge and life experiences, we have to make sure our conclusions are in line with all of God’s Word, not just the part we like.

Verses 21-23 – Elihu built on Job’s earlier remarks that God watches everything that men do on earth. Job had asked for a court appearance in order to present his case before God. As the “all seeing God,” omniscient, He doesn’t need to come to court to examine a persons ways.

Verses 26-28 – God sees the godless ways of wicked rulers. Sometimes they are judged publicly. And yet, sometimes we don’t see any judgment come before major destruction caused by that person. Sometimes we don’t see any judgment according to what we think should happen to them. However, there is coming a final judgment that all men will have to give an account for the deeds done on this earth. Aren’t you glad, as a believer, your deeds are covered under the precious blood of Christ?

Verses 29, 30 – Job had said earlier that he felt the wicked had God’s provision, but Elihu declared that such instances are illusions. God’s intervention may seem slow to us, but He will rectify the situation in accordance with His wise and sovereign disposition of earthly affairs.

Verses 36, 37 – Elihu says, because Job refuses to acknowledge his sin, he was rebelling against God. When we start complaining about our situations, be careful not to go too far with accusing God of not caring , because we usually don’t have the full picture of God’s wisdom.

Job – Chapter 33

Job chapter 33

Elihu Challenges Job to Debate

Verses 3-7 – Elihu’s word’s  would be from the heart and expressed with sincerity. He acted like an attorney in a legal proceeding and after he had stated his case, Job was free to try to refute him with counter arguments.

Verses 8-11 – Elihu demonstrates that he was listening as Job told of his innocence and being unjustly oppressed by God.

Verse 13 – It’s natural to want to know why something is happening in our lives. Job wanted to know why he was having to suffer this way. When he didn’t get an answer, he became frustrated. Sound familiar? Elihu claimed to have the answer to Job’s biggest question. Elihu says that God was trying to answer, but Job wasn’t listening. He says if God answered all our questions of “why,” we would not be adequately tested. Our biggest test will be to trust God’s goodness, even in our pain. As Christians we learn to trust God through…

Verses 14-24 – Elihu points out that God had already spoken again and again through dreams and visions and through suffering, which Job was not listening to or paying attention, but that was not true.

 

Job – Chapter 32

Job chapter 32

Elihu Speaks Out of Anger

Verses 1-3 – Elihu was angry because he perceived that Job had argued for his own righteousness, implying God was therefore unjust and because of Job’s friends had condemned him without getting to the essential issue in his case.

Apparently Elihu was a bystander and much younger than the others, but introduced a new viewpoint. Elihu maintained that Job was sinning because of his suffering. He also pointed out that Job had become arrogant as he tried to defend his innocence. Elihu said suffering was not meant to punish as much as it was to keep us on the right path. He was urging Job to look at his suffering in a different perspective. He maintained that a correct attitude toward suffering will bring healing and restoration. But he still thought suffering was somehow connected to one’s sins.

Verses 6-10 – Elihu spoke about wisdom, that it was not just for the old but was available to everyone. It’s not enough to recognize a great truth; it must be lived out each day.

Job – Chapter 31

Job chapter 31

Verses 1-4 – Job had not only avoided committing the great sin of adultery, he had not even taken the first steps by even looking at another woman with lust. Job said he was innocent of both inward and outward sin.

Verse 7 – 5, 6 – The metaphor of where one’s foot walks expresses proper conduct.

Verse 7 – The body parts mentioned here, heart, mind, eyes, and hands, are often used to express ethical conduct.

verses 16 -22 – Job offered a long list of it-then statements, calling down a curse on himself if he had failed to do the right thing in any of these cases.

Verses 24-28 – Job says that depending on wealth for one’s happiness is idolatry and denies the God of heaven. Our society today is obsessed with money and possessions as a “necessary evil.” However every society in every age has valued the power and prestige that money  brings. True believers know though, that  the prosperity we have , comes from God to be a resource to help others.

Verses 33, 34 – Job declare he had not covered up any hidden sins, as some men do. Job had not played the hypocrite by sinning in secret while pretending to be virtuous.

Verses 38-40 – Job finished with a final testimony toward his vindication in the form of two more conditional statements and a curse. He had demonstrated his integrity and righteousness toward his fellow-man.