Job 42:5 This Is My Prayer

Job 42:5 (KJV)
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

The Word of God concerning Job is final. Verse 7, “ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right as my servant Job hath.” Whatever may be our opinions of the Lord’s words in chapters 38-40, God very plainly expresses that what Job said was right. 

What was the outcome of Job’s conversation with God? He said that previously he had heard of God with his ear but now he has seen God with his eye. God perfected and refined Job’s faith so that, in the end, his relationship with God was much more personal. 

This is my prayer. May I know God, hear God, see God more personally than in any other time of my life.  

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Job 40:6-7 Get Up!

Job 40:6-7 (KJV)
Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

If I take it that the conversation between the Lord and Job to this point has been a conversation in regard to Job’s friends, then in this chapter I think God tells Job to get up, get dressed and go preach what he has learned and heard. 

Job is to, 
Job 40:11-12 (KJV)
Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

I take it that he is to preach with passion and power so that:

  • The proud are abased and humbled
  • The wicked are tread down

Job cannot redeem the people he addresses. This is a work only God can do. Job, as much as any man, must confess his sin, silence himself in the presence of the Lord, and obey that which The Lord demands of him. 

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Job 38:1-3 God and Job Converse

Job 38:1-3 (KJV)
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

It seems to me that the common understanding is that, when God speaks, He ignores Job’s friends and begins immediately to rebuke Job and charge him to answer for his words. It occurs to me that instead, God may have addressed Job, the one who feared God and eschewed evil, concerning those friends of his, who “darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge.” 

The conversation between Job and the Lord is not in response to Job’s speaking words without knowledge, but of his friends. This would explain why Job prayed for them. 

God’s interest is in His own. Those who have rejected Him over religion, humanism, education, science falsely so called, or sin have been given over to their lusts. 

God’s design, His desire is to strengthen the believers and then use them to reach the unbeliever. 

The Lord and Job converse, Job is strengthened and his friends are prayed for. 

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Job 28:28 Wisdom and Understanding

Job 28:28 (KJV)
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

It seems to me that Job 28:7 presents the premise upon which Job builds the answer of this chapter, “There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen.”

Job speaks of wisdom and understanding. 

  • The birds of the air don’t have it. 
  • The beasts of the earth do not possess it 
  • The forces of nature certainly does not contain it and
  • “Man knoweth not the price thereof”

Job exhausts the resources of the reach of all earth. Wisdom and understanding are unobtainable in any natural way. 

His conclusion, and it is consistent with the whole teaching of God’s word is, “Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

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Job 27:6 Righteousness

Job 27:6 (KJV)
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

It seems to me that Job’s struggle boils down to that of faith or works. Job’s friends kept taking him back to good works. His pain, so they believed, must be proof that his “religion” was wrong. They preached to Job a religion of works, self-righteousness and of consequences for disobedience. Job insisted that his righteousness was of faith, not religion. 

If we define righteousness as faith, then Job’s tenacity in verse six becomes more meaningful. He was not defending his own good works. He was rather defending the promise of God, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.[1]

This is the believer’s constant struggle: 

  • The world
  • The devil
  • The friends
  • The circumstances sometimes 
  • The family and most of the time
  • The flesh

All drive us to trusting in ourselves. 

Let us, as did Job, hold fast our righteousness in Christ.


[1] Romans 4:3 (KJV)
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

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Job 24:2 Some Remove the Landmarks

Job 24:2 (KJV)
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

I consider Job’s observation in this passage to be a warning during our current Chinese coronavirus shelter. Combined with the ubiquity of social media, we have the makings of a mass removal of God’s landmarks concerning the local, independent church having only two offices, pastor and deacons. 

Some will remove the landmarks unwittingly 
With sincere desire to be a help and share the gospel, they will take down the walls of the local church and tread where they do not belong.

Some will remove the landmarks incidentally 
In their effort to feed the flock over which God has made them overseer, they will trample on the pastures belonging to other flocks.

Some  will remove the landmarks purposefully 
Seizing on the day and having no regard for the landmarks of the local churches, they will invade the pastures to steal away the sheep.

Let us be vigilant to protect the landmarks of the local church. Let us not be so caught up in the moment that we forget the very reasons we are Baptist. 

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Job 23:10 Confidence and Hope

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

This chapter, though spoken in the depths of despair, are filled with hope. Note that, though a believer can undergo times of indescribable pain, such as cannot be ignored, still, if he will, he can find reason for hope. 

Job’s situation was tough. He longed for the opportunity to go to God, if he could. He knew in God’s presence:

  • He would know why all this had come upon him
  • He would be strengthened rather than reproved by the Lord
  • He would be delivered from the judge

He could not then know where to have this meeting with God, but he did know, “He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.”

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Job 21:13-14 Reasons to be Happy

Job 21:13-14 (KJV)
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

I believe that right here Job gets to the heart of one of the greatest problems in American style evangelism. Job realized that preaching that believers are happier in this world is not theologically true. 

  • In this world Christians are marked as the enemies of Satan. 
  • In this world Christians endure hardness as good soldiers. 
  • In this world Christians who live godly. In Christ shall suffer persecution. 
  • In this world we are to work for the night is coming. 

The Christian is to lay down his life and take up his cross. 

Any form of evangelism that ignores these Bible truths inherently creates two problems: 

  • It sets up souls to be false professors because they have become believers under false information. 
  • It gives the wicked cause to remain lost. 

They have it better than many believers they know so, if the purpose of faith is to make us happier, then they have a reason to pass. 

The reason to come to God is on account of the consequences of sin:

  • It has left us on a path of eternal damnation
  • It has caused a breech in our relationship with the only source of rescue (Jesus Christ)
  • It has blinded us to the nature and meaning of life
  • It has stripped us of the ability to provide our children everlasting life

God has indeed given Christians many reasons to be happy. All of those reasons begin with reconciling our sin condition. 

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Job 14:19 Only One Life

Job 14:19 (KJV)
The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

Rather than viewing Job’s words as spoken in darkness and depression I rather believe he is preaching theological truth. 

  • Over time God wears away the rock with water. 
  • In a moment God washes away the seed with a flood and

God destroys the fleshly hopes of men in a wave of His hand. 

Gill writes,”….not the hope of a good man about his eternal state, .., it is built upon the promise of God, who cannot lie; it is founded on the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and though it may be brought low, it is never lost; 
the hope of carnal men in an arm of flesh, in the creature and creature enjoyments, is indeed destroyed; and so is the hope of external professors of religion, that is formed on their own works of righteousness, and profession of religion…
…of the hope of man of living again in this world after death; … the irreparable state of man at death, so as that he shall never return to this life again, and to the same state and circumstances of things as before….”

Missionary CT Studd wrote a poem which includes the words, “Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”[1] 

What have you done for Christ?

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Job 14:19 Only One Life

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[1] “Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”
— extra stanza —
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee”

Job 13:23 Make Me Know

Job 13:23 (KJV)
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

Though the passage, so far as I can see, does not clearly delineate when Job moves his attention from Zophar to God, I am certain he is at this time appealing to God. 

I think here is the whole purpose of the book of Job. He was perfect, upright. He feared God and eschewed evil. But he was a sinner. Sometimes, after living for and serving God for a number of years, in my case, decades, we come to that place where we can’t see our sins well. We know theologically we are sinners. We will confess it. We will acknowledge it to others. But we have a difficult time identifying what those sins are. Many times, we think of ourselves as so far down the spiritual road that what we need to do is get people where we are and they will be all right. This is in no way true. We have deceived ourselves. We have to help them get to Jesus if they will be all right. My observation of the state of believers suggests that a huge number of people in our churches have come nowhere near Jesus. 

God did a wonderful thing in Job’s life. God brought him to ask God to show him his transgressions and sins. 

Right now, we are in a state of world-wide pestilence. We are locked in all around the world. Our finances are nil, our connections with others are minimal. This is the perfect time to stop and ask God to do for us what Job asked God to do for him. 

make me to know my transgression and my sin.”

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