Job – Chapter 42

Job chapter 42

Job Confesses Lack of Understanding

This is where, more than any, we need to put ourselves: In the place where Job was through out this entire ordeal; questioning God. We too often get careless with our words about God, and to Him, when we don’t have the understanding. This is where Job is now. He repents, not because of some hidden sin that he needs forgiveness for, but because he questioned God’s sovereignty and justice. Job repented of his attitude.

In the Greek, this is Repent: “Metanoeo”; change of mind; to be remorseful; to turn back; to return; to regret; to reconsider; to think differently. Repentance is a little stronger than just changing one’s mind. When you begin to think different, according to God’s ways, your behavior will defiantly change!

Verses 2-4 – When we have a lack of understanding, as Job did, we tend to not trust God’s judgement and love for him. This was what had happened.

Verses 5, 6 – Job admits he had heard of God, with his ears. Now he has seen Him with his eyes. Something changed within Job’s heart with the eyes of the spirit. This transformation began with hearing (hearing the Word), but transformed Job’s heart into”knowing!”

Verses 7-9 – God speaks directly to Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. (They’re in trouble now!) These 3 were not only wrong in assuming Job had some unknown sin in his life, they also misrepresented God as insensitive enforcer of justice. They had judged Job without knowing what God was doing in Job’s life, personally. We must be very careful in judging others when we see them going through hardships. God just might be working something out, only for them to know.

Even after the things that were said to Job by his friends, Job prayed for them to be forgiven by God. I believe this is the key of our restoration in certain areas of our lives. We should get to the place of forgiving and praying for those who have hurt us. Job did this, and look what God did for him. Is it easy? No! But with time spent with our Heavenly Father, He will show you how.

Verses 10 – Job’s restoration was complete in every area of his life. Not only had Job found God to be sufficient for every need, but Satan had been proven wrong! Although Job had questioned God in His dealing with him and even accused God of attacking him, he did not curse God as Satan predicted, he would.

Verse 11 – Look what this verse says: Then (after it was all over) all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before,… Sometimes when we go through a time of testing and trials, friends and family members will “drop off.” I believer the ones who do, think we might somehow contaminate them if they get too close. However those who stick by us in our deepest trouble will also be blessed by God. Job had 4 people who showed up, even though they had been wrong in their assumption of the “why.”

Verses 12-17 – The biggest question we have, as believers, when going through trials is : Why would a loving God allow this to happen to me? I’ll try to explain as best I can to this question.

Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with tragic. But according to Romans 8:28, He turns around what was intended to harm us, into good, for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. If we can learn to trust Him in the pain and confusion, we win the victory. One of the greatest footholds that Satan has, is getting us to doubt God’s goodness. God is good, “ALL THE TIME!”

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Job – Chapter 41

Job chapter 41

God compares Job’s power in contrast to the power of the “Leviathan.” Some scholars say in this book of Job, it describes a crocodile. However, if you read on, the description is more to that of a fire-breathing dragon. In ancient times (old Canaanite myths), it was a seven-headed sea minster. Either description, it’s big, and powerful and cannot be tamed.

Verses 7-11 – God tells Job it would be impossible to face a Leviathan alone with the usual hunting methods. If Job wouldn’t dare to face this minster alone, how could he hope to confront God, who owned everything in order to win an argument with Him?

Verses 18-25 – Leviathan’s power and self-assurance made him a fitting symbol of Satan.

Verses 26-29 – No human weapon had any effect on Leviathan. His fearlessness in the face of danger is compared to laughing. (Isn’t that what Satan does when one follows his ways instead of God’s ways? He laughs at us.)

Verses 33, 34 – If neither man nor beast dared to oppose God’s creature, certainly no one could challenge the creator. Look at the last sentence: “He is king over all the children of pride.” Where does all sin originate from? A spirit of pride, and who is the author of pride? Satan!

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!