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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Job 1:1-3 The Message of Job is Hope

Job 1:1-3 (KJV)
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Job 2:13 (KJV)
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

The book of Job is striking in that it expresses such humanity. God is clearly seen, as is Satan and the angels of Heaven. One of those lessons so clearly seen is that nothing much has changed.

  • Fathers worried over their adult children just as we do
  • Marriages had their problems then as they do now
  • Financial security was as tenuous then as it is today
  • Evil men existed then even as they do in our time
  • Spiritual battles were as difficult then as today.

I thought this morning how amazing it is to contrast our first presentation of Job with that seen in the last verse of chapter two. Job is as godly a man as we know in the Bible, and yet he is capable of being so grief stricken that his friends could not find a word of comfort to speak.

I’m jumping ahead (the benefit of having read this book many times before) but I think the real message of the book of Job is hope. And hope is the message of every believer. We possess hope. No matter how our life shakes out on earth, we have a future worth looking forward to.

 

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Job 1:1-3 The Message of Job is Hope

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Job 42:10 Motivating Job’s Prayer

Job 42:10 (KJV)
And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

In my studies this week I discovered the suggestion that God’s message (a rebuke) to Job in chapters 38 through 41 is directed especially toward Elihu and not Job personally. God may have been instructing Job concerning the error of his friends which in turn motivated and directed Job’s prayers for them.

Elihu is not mentioned by name in 42:7-9, perhaps because he was addressed specifically in God’s message to Job. Job does declare his own repentance but that implies nothing against Job’s character and standing before God. Like us all he had a sin nature and, before praying for his friends it would be appropriate to clear things between he and the Lord.

This interpretation:

  • Preserves Job’s character
  • Seems consistent with the theme of the book and
  • Explains Job’s prayer for his friends

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Job 31:35 We Have What Job Longed For

Job 31:35 (KJV)
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

A friend recently pointed this verse out to me and offered some very helpful insights.

Job is here expressing his case. As far as he knew, he had committed none of the heinous sins his friends were just sure he must have done (though they could not name one or prove it if they had). Previous to this verse Job is at a loss. He lists possible sins and declares himself innocent of them all.

Then here he makes his request. Job prays for a thing that believers have enjoyed possessing for the last nineteen hundred years; a completed and perfect book revealing God’s plan for men. Job’s own life event is both contained in that book and answered by the book.

The Bible, God’s answer to the struggle of fallen man, has gone through four thousand years of writing, two thousand years of abuse and refinement and four hundred years of attempted corruption but God has kept His Word perfect, pure and profitable.

All that remains is that we learn it.

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