Job 36:16 The Ultimate Legalist

Job 36:16 (KJV)
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

Health, wealth, and prosperity preachers are the ultimate legalists.

Young Elihu reminds me of a prosperity preacher. He insisted that if Job had been as right before God as the Bible says he was, then God would have protected him from problems and filled his banquet with rich foods.

Prosperity preachers frequently practice very little in the way of standards of separation. But they are legalists in the sense that they drive people to perform. If a person is not well off or has some sort of affliction, they must be in sin, and that sin ought to be rebuked. The oppressed believer is cast down and out as having little faith. People in this state pretend to be something they are not to make a show for their prosperity pastors and contemporaries.

A person who is trapped into making himself look like something he is not is in the worst sort of legalism. Remember Ananias and Sapphira?

The church that encourages and condones such pretense is the ultimate legalistic type of church.

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Job 36:16 The Ultimate Legalist

Job 35:16 Thou Speakest Too Much

Job 35:16 (KJV)
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Elihu waited until everyone else had said their piece. But when he started talking, “he multiplieth” words.

Elihu began his speech in chapter thirty-two

Job 34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered …
Job 35:1 Elihu answered moreover …
Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded …

Elihu didn’t finish his rant until the end of Job thirty-seven.

The farther he went along, the more mistakes he made. He would have been ahead had he said nothing at all. Though he was the last to speak, he waited until he was angry (Job 32:2). There are plenty of people whose quietness is no indicator of how much anger they contain.

If you are angry about a situation you have little to do with, you would be wisest to deal with your anger and leave the problem with those who have some management of over situation.

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Job 35:16 Thou Speakest Too Much

Job 31:15 Created Equal

Job 31:15 (KJV)
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?

The context is the manservant and the maidservant. Job says the reason to treat them fairly and consider their request when they have a problem is that God made both he and them alike.

This truth is being robbed of us today. With such a strong push toward atheism, so is the move away from equality, fairness, and even kindness for our fellow man.

The poor are being sold a bill of goods to believe that those in power would care for them if only they would give them more power. Those who do not consider God do not think any man their equal. They see themselves as only brute beasts with the right to take from others whatever they can get from them. The only value they find in their following is that the more who follow, the more they might take from others.

Faith, the belief in the God of the Bible, places all men on equal ground. It is only this faith that has the power to push against fleshly selfishness.

The answer for an unequal world is more of God.

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Job 31:15 Created Equal

Job 29:2-4 Light at the End of the Tunnel

Job 29:2-4 (KJV)
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

One of the signs of a healthy outlook in a time of trouble is remembering that life hasn’t always been a crisis.

Job longed for his circumstances to change. He admitted this was a very difficult time for him. But he never came to the place where he forgot that God had blessed him.

We can’t “live in the past.” I’m not advocating for that. But one step to see the light at the end of your tunnel is to remember there had been light at the beginning of your tunnel.

Job acknowledged that even in those days gone by, there had been darkness. Nothing had changed there. What he remembered is that there had been light upon his head to show him the way.

And here is a great truth to help in our own times of darkness; God has given us a light upon our head.[1] Together with the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, God’s Word will always guide a Christian’s path. Trust Him.


[1] Psalms 119:105 (KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

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Job 29:2-4 Light at the End of the Tunnel

Job 28:12-13 Where is Wisdom Found?

Job 28:12-13 (KJV)
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

This is just about as important a thing as a man can ever consider. “Where shall wisdom be found?” Seriously, it’s not as important as one’s salvation. “How should a man be just with God?”[1] That is the most important question. But once that one is answered, this is a close second.

Note, the question concerns wisdom, not knowledge. There is a huge difference.

Job instructs us that:

  • Wisdom cannot be found in the land of the living.
  • Men cannot pass it on. It is not found in books.
  • Wisdom cannot be discovered by searching.

It’s not in the depths of the sea. Wisdom cannot be purchased for money. No amount of precious commodity can buy it.

Experience can lead to wisdom, but it is generally at the cost of destruction and death.[2]

There is only one way to have wisdom. “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.”[3]


[1] Job 9:2 (KJV)
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

[2] Job 28:22 (KJV)
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

[3] 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.


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Job 28:12-13 Where is Wisdom Found?

Job 26:4 Words of Caution About Words

Job 26:4 (KJV)
To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

The first word in this chapter is “But.” It is Job’s answer to Bildad, and it is in direct relation to an in conflict with what Bildad has said. Interestingly, some of Bildad’s words sound remarkably like what Job had previously said. It’s not with what he says that Job has the controversy.

Job cautions Bildad with two things in our text.
To whom hast thou uttered words?
I assume Bildad believed he spoke to Job. However, he had forgotten that there was an essential other Person in the audience.

We ought never to forget that God hears and takes personally every word we say.

Whose spirit came from thee?
Was Job accusing Bildad of saying perhaps the right words but from the wrong spirit? The serpent used God’s Words against Eve.  Bildad needed to be concerned that the devil was doing the very same against Job through him

Every word we speak ought to be always with grace, seasoned with salt.

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Job 26:4 Words of Caution About Words

Job 23:11 What To Do

Job 23:11 (KJV)
My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

Job’s circumstances were challenging to say the least. Perhaps no man has suffered worse. We read his words, and some would say he was complaining before the Lord (Job even calls it a complaint) but mark this. He was not murmuring against the Lord.

In such a state, it is understandable that his words are hard for us to bear, difficult for us, who are not in such trouble, to comprehend. Perhaps at times, Job could not understand them either. But he didn’t need to; God was speaking through him.

One great lesson is on what to do when we are in terrible trouble. Job tells us to hold to His Steps. Not our own but to the Lord’s. When we can’t see Him to the front or the back or the left or the right, just stay in His footsteps. Just don’t move away from His footprint. Surely any such move would be a step down.

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Job 23:11 What To Do

Job 21:19 Getting Away With It?

Job 21:19 (KJV)
God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 (KJV)
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Though the plan of God for the ages has many stages, God does not change. His character is immutable. His program is uncompromisable. His justice is incontrovertible.

So here we see Job, in what is arguably the oldest book of the Bible, confirming the promise of God laid down to us by Apostle Paul almost four thousand years later.

Here’s the truth of it. The wicked are not getting away with anything. God is laying up every one of their iniquities, and He is doing it for His children.

We can rest in this; when the Lord Jesus is revealed, God will take vengeance upon the wicked.

Far from glorying in this, the Bible lesson is that we ought to fervently pray for them that they may come to know Jesus’s forgiveness.

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Job 21:19 Getting Away With It?

Job 16:3 From Whence This Boldness?

Job 16:3 (KJV)
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

The Christian ought to, out of imitation of the believers in Acts, pray for boldness. But a Christian is wise to take heed from whence this boldness comes.

The spirit of the devil
Satan attempts and is often successful in giving a spirit of boldness that looks like but is not of God. The damsel at Philippi was bold, was she not? She told the truth, did she not? Still, Paul was grieved, knowing it was not the spirit of God.[1]

The Holy Spirit of God
Fills the believer with faith and power. This translates into an effective witness for Jesus Christ. This boldness doesn’t always translate into a soul coming to know Christ, but it will always translate into Christ being uplifted and glorified.

The spirit of the flesh
Pride and arrogance can also create a spirit of boldness. This spirit almost always accomplishes two terrible results: it lifts self and tears down others.

James 3:10 (KJV) 
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.


[1] Acts 16:16-18 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

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Job 16:3 From Whence This Boldness?

Job 14:15 What Hope!

Job 14:15 (KJV)
Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

What hope!

Though Job is in great pain and the pressure his “friends” have placed upon him is intense, Job is certain:

That God calls
He boldly proclaimed that, on that day, he would answer Him. He’d have to stay prepared and of a right heart before the Lord. He’d have to stay vigilant and sober. He would always have to remain watchful. But he was confident God would call.

That God has a desire toward him
He calls himself the work of God’s hands. It would be wise if we all saw ourselves as that. Being His work, He is surely interested in our steps.

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Job 14:15 What Hope!