Job 41:34 King Over All the Children of Pride

Job 41:34 (KJV)
He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Is this not a powerful phrase, “king over all the children of pride”?

Its first interpretation has to do with the power of leviathan, who is of such proportions that he possesses no enemy and fears none. He cannot be, as some have supposed, the crocodile. Even if they were to have been much larger at one time in history they could not match the whole of God’s description of this animal. This creature must be prehistoric and nonexistent in our current experience.

The point that God makes is this, the one that made such a creature must be so much greater than the creature that all who are humbled at him are the more humbled at his Maker.

King over all the children of pride

Not just some of the proud but all of them. Those who are proud by reason of strength, wealth, fame, authority, or beauty bow in humility before Him. Those whose pride results in: rebellion, riotousness, wrathfulness and wantonness bow too in His presence.

Philippians 2:10 -11
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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Job 40:15 Behold Now Behemoth

Job 40:15 (KJV)
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

Behold now behemoth.

Some believe him to be the elephant or perhaps the hippopotamus. I doubt that because the next animal God brings up is leviathan who is unlike any of this time. Behemoth and leviathan must both surely be those dinosaurs of which we have no personal knowledge.

God declared to Job that He made them with him, behemoth was not before him nor was Job evolved from him. Creation is the subject and we learn that it happened in a short amount of time and each animal individually.

 

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Job 38:8 A Breath of Fresh Air

Job 38:8 (KJV)
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

When the Lord speaks the book of Job changes. Previous we have the discourses of Job’s friends and we struggle because they seem so correct but we know them to be so wrong, at least in the spirit of their words. Then we have the answers of Job that so frequently seem off but we know that he did not sin with his words.

But now we hear from the Lord. We take assurance in every word.

  • He laid the foundations of the earth
  • He shut up the sea and decreed its place
  • He causes it to rain where no man is
  • He hunts for the lion and provides for the raven

The smallness of man and the greatness of God are clearly seen.

The fresh breath I take this morning is that of the knowledge I do not have to second-guess any of this. It is as true as God is.

 

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Job 30:31 Music Into Mourning

Job 30:31 (KJV)
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

I am reminded of,
Psalms 137:1-4
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

The Jews in Babylon believed it to be inappropriate to sing their songs of victory, rejoicing and worship while being captive in that strange land.

Music is intended to:

  • Record an event or experience,
  • Worship our God and to
  • Stir our soul

Some music creates in us a spirit of rejoicing and celebration. Job said his music had turned into mourning.

While music can reflect such a spirit, I doubt it is ever an appropriate use of it. Israel hung their harps on the willow in Babylon and forgot the God of their heritage. How much better it would have been to sing those songs and thereby keep alive their faith? How much better, in times of distress, it would be to sing songs that lift the spirits rather than to use music to sustain or reflect our sorrowful state?

Music may turn to mourning. Or else we may use it to help turn our mourning into rejoicing.

 

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Job 28:12 The Most Precious of All Commodities

Job 28:12 (KJV)
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

A number of years ago my family took our vacation to a wonderful area in Washington State known as the Methow Valley. The area is now rich in apple orchards and cattle ranches but those searching for gold originally settled it. We took some time to learn a little bit about prospecting (not much, but a little).

Prospecting, searching for the hidden treasure of precious metals, is a difficult task and has a bit of science to it. Prospectors look for certain evidences of gold and then begin panning streams and creeks near the evidence. If they find gold in their panning, they move upstream. They know that gold down stream likely means a vein of gold upstream. They are happy to collect the flakes and the nuggets in the water but they are looking for the place to start digging in the mountain for the real treasure. As difficult as it is, it is possible to find that vein and claim it for oneself.

Job uses that example, and that of other precious substances, to then draw us to how precious wisdom is. While it is possible for men to discover precious substances, no such possibility exists with wisdom and understanding. There is no “tell” to give evidence of its presence nearby. It is not obtained through science, discovery or hard work. Wisdom, Job reveals is only found in the fear of the Lord and in departing from evil (Job 28:28)

The most precious of all commodities a man may obtain (Job 28:18) comes from God. A man must go to Him His way in order to receive it.

 

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Job 23:10 The Testimony of the Believer

Job 23:10 (KJV)
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Behold the testimony of the believer.

Job began this discourse by saying that the groaning his friends witnessed was lighter than the stroke he had experienced. When a man is in great pain it may be that grace allows him to show it less than is reality but perhaps not hide it altogether. When we suffer it is reasonable to express it. We do not have to exaggerate it.

Job was in no position to meet God and plead for the suffering to stop. He had prayed, we are sure. There was little else he could do about his circumstances.

What he did do was trust.

  • He trusted God to know
  • He trusted God’s trial to be righteous and
  • He trusted that it would reap a benefit

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Job 19:25-27 Rest In This

Job 19:25-27 (KJV)
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

This passage isn’t exactly the halfway point in the book of Job, but it is a pivotal one. The accusations of Job’s friends were technically correct. There was little argument Job wished to make against them. His only concern was that he knew this was not a judgment of his sin.

This brings to light a truth not often meditated upon; that God tests His children for their improvement. Like the athletic coach who may assign pushups or running as a form of discipline but also requires all his athletes to do significant amounts of the very same for their physical improvement, God chastens his child when necessary. Not all difficulty is chastening. It might be meant for their growth.

Job had few answers. He affirmed truth as he knew it, acknowledged the power of God in all things and then rested upon this promise, Job 19:25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

May we all rest in the same.

 

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Job 14:12 What God Believes

Job 14:12 (KJV)
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Even in his most miserable state, wishing he had never been born and complaining that life is full of trouble, Job could not help but hint at future resurrection.

Exactly what Job meant by what Job said is a matter of some discussion.

Benson writes,
“That is, until the time of the general resurrection and restitution of all things, when these visible heavens shall pass away, and be no more, at least in the same form in which they are now.”

On the other hand Barnes records,
“That is, never; for such is the fair interpretation of the passage, and this accords with its design. Job means to say, undoubtedly, that man would never appear again in the land of the living; that he would not spring up from the grave, as a sprout does from a fallen tree; and that when he dies, he goes away from the earth never to return. Whether he believed in a future state, or in the future resurrection, is another question, and one that cannot be determined from this passage.”

I would suggest that what Job believed is not the issue. He is merely the instrument God used to deliver God’s message for the time.

God certainly believes in the future resurrection.

 

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Job 10:2 Take Heart

Job 10:2 (KJV)
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

Job displays, in this chapter, the raw emotions of a man faithful to God but in terrible pain.

  • Many is the time I have met with those whose sentiments were so similar to those of Job.
  • Many have been the times I have personally expressed these same sentiments to my God.

I do not believe we are to be faulted when, in times of affliction and pain, we say things of this nature. I do not believe God faults Job for saying them. Are these sentiments right? Many of them are not. In a clearer moment of thinking we hope we would react better. But these aren’t clear moments.

The purpose of such truthful passages is, at least in part, to help us process through our own pain. We will have friends like Job’s whose responses, though well intentioned, will not be helpful. God’s Word is helpful.

Allow Job to voice your heart.

  • Hear God’s answers
  • See God’s outcome

And take heart.

 

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Job 9:1-2 How Should Man Be Just With God?

Job 9:1-2 (KJV)
Then Job answered and said,
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Job’s question is worthy of much reflection. The answer leads to genuine conversion and eternal salvation. We can be just with God only through the sacrifice God provided Himself. Faith alone in that sacrifice makes one just with God.

I would rather reflect, in this piece, on his affirmation of the discourse of Bildad. Some scholars even suggest it is an affirmation of what both Eliphaz and Bildad said. What these friends had spoken was not in error. Job agrees with them and further expounds upon their meditations. It seems to me that the problem is not with the truth of their words but:

Their purpose behind them
They wanted Job to admit some sin he had not committed but they were sure he must have done.

Their attitude in presenting them
They wanted to see Job humiliated. He had been one of the most powerful if not the most powerful man of his day. It is common for others to attack men like that if they are able.

Their conclusions after them
These men never resolve the subject. They represent truth about the holiness and justice of God and the sinful condition of man but they leave it there. The problem with that is that it leaves the impression that justice with God is earned by human work. That is simply not the case.

A man is made just with God by grace through faith or he is not made just with God at all.

 

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