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Defends His Innocence
Job 6:14 A
despairing man should have the devotion of his
friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the
Job 6:21 Now
you too have proved to be of no help; you see
dreadful [in my flesh and in my house] and are
Job 6:24 Teach me
[the errors of my ways], and I will be quiet;
show me where I have been wrong.
Job 7:20 [Oh my
God], if I have sinned, what have I done to you,
O Watcher of Men? Why have you made me your
target [of wrath]? Have I become a burden to You?
Why do You not pardon my offenses and forgive my
sins? [I offered many sacrifices not only for my
sins, but the sins for my children as well.] For
I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search
for me, but I will be no more.
Comes Down Hard
Job 8:3 Does God
pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what
is right? [Job, you are getting what you
Job 8:4 When your
children sinned against Him, he gave them over to
the penalty of their sin, [that is why they are
8:5 But if you will look to God and plead
with the with the Almighty
8:6 If you are pure and upright, even now
He [the Almighty] will rouse Himself on your
behalf and restore you to your rightful place.
Job 8:20 Surely,
God does not reject a blameless man or
strengthens the hands of evildoers.
is Bewildered by Bildad
Job 9:21 Although
I am blameless [I cannot think of any sin
committed against God or man], I have no concern
for myself; I despise my own life [death is
better than this].
Job 9:29 Since I
am found guilty [by virtue of Gods present
wrath on me], why should I struggle [to prove my
innocence to you] in vain?
Job 10:2 I will
say to God: Do not condemn me, but tell me what
charges You have against me.
Job 10:14 If I
sinned, You would be watching me and would not
let my offense go unpunished.
Job 10:15 If I am
guilty woe to me! [Then, I deserve this.]
Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head
[against the Creator], for I am full of shame and
drowned in my affliction, [even though I do not
know why this is happening. What did I do wrong?]
Job 11:2 Are all
these [foolish] words [of Job] to go unanswered?
Is the talker [babbler] to be vindicated?
Job 11:3 Will your
idle talk reduce men [who are not suffering as
you are] to silence? Will no one rebuke you when
Job 11:4 You say
to God, My beliefs are flawless and I am
pure in Your sight.
Job 11:14 If you
put away the sin that is in your hand and allow
no evil to dwell in your tent
Job 11:15 Then you
will lift up your face without shame [before
God]; you will stand firm and without fear.
Job 11:17 [Your
sufferings will pass and] life will be brighter
than noonday, and darkness will become like
Has Had Enough
Doubtless, you are the people [that think you
know everything about God], and wisdom will die
Job 12:3 But I
have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to
you. Who does not know all these things? [You are
beating me up with wrongful use of righteous
Job 12:4 [Look at
me,] I have become a laughing stock to my
friends, though [in times past] I called upon God
and He answered [I am now] a mere
laughingstock, though [I am] righteous and
blameless! [I say this humbly because I can think
of nothing that God would hold against me.]
Job 12:5 [Listen
here,] men at ease have contempt for misfortune
[youre not suffering and your pour out
condemnation upon me that is torturous because
you see me] as the fate of those whose feet are
slipping [into sin].
Job 13:4 You,
however, smear me with lies; you are worthless
physicians, all of you!
Job 13:9 Would it
turn out well If He examined you [as He has
examined me]? Could you deceive Him [with your
self-righteous claims] as you might deceive men?
Job 13:15 [I
personally know God.] Though He may slay me, yet
will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways
to His face [for I have willingly done nothing to
Job 13:18 Now that
I have prepared my case, I know that I will be
Job 13:19 Can
anyone bring charges against me [of wrong doing]?
If so, [let him speak and] I will be silent and
Job 13:20 Only
grant me these two things, O God, and then I will
not hide from You.
Job 13:21 Withdraw
Your hand [of wrath] far from me, and stop
frightening me with Your terrors.
Job 13:22 Then
summon be [to judgment] and I will answer, or let
me speak, and You reply.
Job 13:23 - How many
wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my
offense and my sin] and I will quickly make
atonement for them.]
Job 14:16 Surely
then You will count my steps but not keep track
of my sin.
Job 14:17 My
offenses will be sealed up in a bag; You will
cover my sin [and they will be discarded at the
bottom of the ocean].
A Young Man is Fired Up
Job 32:1 So these
three men stopped answering Job, because he was
righteous in his own eyes. [Job would not confess
to any wrongdoing.]
Job 32:2 But
Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family
of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying
him rather than God.
Job 32:3 He was
also angry with his three friends, because they
had found no way to refute Job, and yet had
Job 32:4 Now Elihu
had waited before speaking to Job because they
were older than he was.
Job 32:5 But when
he saw that the three men had nothing to say, his
Job 32:6 So Elihu,
son of Barakel the Buzite said: I am young
in years, and you are old; that is why I was
fearful, not daring to tell you what I
Job 32:12 I give
you my full attention. But not one of you proved
Job wrong; none of you has answered his
Job 36:5 God is
mighty, but does not despise men; He is mighty,
and firm in His purpose.
Job 36:6 He does
not keep the wicked alive [forever] but gives the
afflicted their rights.
Job 36:7 He does
not take His eyes off the righteous; He enthrones
them with kings and exalts them forever.
Job 36:8 But if
men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of
[suffering and] affliction
Job 36:9 He tells
them what they have done that they sinned
Job 36:10 He makes
them to correction [when they are subdued] and
commands them to repent of their evil.
36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they
will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
and their years in contentment.
Job 37:23 The
Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in
power; in His justice and great righteousness, He
does not [unjustly] oppress [His creation].
The Bible does not
indicate when Elihu joined the meeting at
Jobs house. We do know that Elihu sat
patiently and listened to the banter of Job and
his three friends. When Elihu speaks, the
arguments between Job and his friends have been
exhausted. Jobs friends had concluded that
Job was sinful. He deserved his great suffering
because God afflicts the wicked with suffering.
Job, on the other hand, has silenced his
oppressors by asking them to provide proof for
their conclusions. He challenged them to reveal
any action that could be called wicked. He was
blameless of any known sin. If I had
sinned, show me where, Job said. Coming to
this stalemate, everyone sat in silent confusion.
Finally, Elihu broke the courteous norm of that
day. (In those days, the elders were respected by
the youth. The youth were to be seen and not
heard.) Elihus frustration burst into an
exposition that takes five chapters! He declares
that God allows nothing to occur without plan and
purpose. (This is the same idea that is found in
Romans 8:28.) Therefore, the question of whether
Job deserved his suffering is a debatable point.
God has allowed this to occur and God is
justified in everything He does, even if human
beings do not understand why. The young man
offers this profound insight: Things are the way
they are because of God. Elihu concludes that
human beings may never understand why God has
allowed Job to suffer like this, but God is
righteous and He has a purpose. (If only Elihu
had known about the meeting between the angels
and the original cosmic purpose for the test.)
God Himself / Speaks to Job
Job 38:2 Who is
this [you and your three friends] that darkens My
counsel with words without knowledge?
Job 38: 3 Brace
yourself like a man; I will question you, and you
will answer Me.
Job 38:5 Who
marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who
stretched a measuring line across it?
Job 38:6 On what
were its footings set, or who laid its
Job 38:7 While the
morning stars sang together and all the angels
shouted for joy?
Job 38:8 Who shut
up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from
Job 38:9 When I
made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in
Job 38:10 When I
fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in
Job 38:11 When I
said, This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt?
Job 39:26 Does the
hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his
wings toward the south?
Job 39:27 Does the
eagle soar at your command and build his nest on
Job 40:2 Will the
one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
Let him who accuses God answer Him!
Job 40:3 Then Job
answered the Lord.
Job 40:4 I am
unworthy how can I reply to You ? I put my
hand over my mouth.
Job 40:5 I spoke
once, but I have no answer twice, but I
will say no more.
God Makes a Statement
Job 40:7 Brace
yourself life a man; I will question you, and you
will answer Me.
Job 40:8 Would you
discredit my justice? Would you condemn Me to
Job 40:9 Do you
have an arm like Gods, and can your voice
thunder like His?
Job 40:10 Then
adorn yourself in glory and splendor, and clothe
yourself in honor and majesty.
Job 40:11 Unleash
the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man
and bring him low
Job 40:12 Look at
every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked
where they stand.
Job 40:13 Bury
them all in the dust together; shroud their faces
in the grave.
Job 41:11 Who has
a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything
under Heaven belongs to Me.
Acknowledges His Unworthiness
Job 42: 2 I know
that you can do all things; no plan of Yours can
Job 42: 3 You
asked, Who is this that obscures My counsel
without knowledge? Surely I spoke of things
I did not understand, things too wonderful for me
Job 42:4 You said,
Listen now, and I will speak; I will
question you, and you will answer Me.
Job 42:5 My ears
have heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You.
Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust
To appreciate Gods
comments, you must first bring the cosmic
dimension into focus. Remember, this is a test
between Christ and Satan, to determine if a man
will choose Gods presence over Hid
presents. This was a test to see if man will
choose to maintain a nonnegotiable faith in God,
even when everything has been stripped away from
him. Remember Satans argument:
Gods hand-servants do not actually
have the power of choice. Instead, all they have
is the choice of death. As I said before,
the story of Job has a number of insights. Some
occur in the cosmic dimension, God says things to
Job that Satan and his angels can hear. He does
this so Satan s arguments can be silenced.
For example, Satan claimed that Gods
children only have the choice of death
disobey and die. God responds to Satans
claim in His discussion with Job (I am
Job, if you can create matter and sustain
life, and if you are like me, then you have the
prerogatives I exercise. If you cannot do these
things, then we are not equals. I am a great
King. Where can you go and be free of My
dominion? This is my universe by right of
creation. I have formed the darkness and I
created the light. Apart from Me, there is no
other God. Everything I do is for the benefit of
Consider what you know about Me. Am I
righteous? Am I worthy of honor? Am I
trustworthy? Am I forgiving? Am I generous? Am I
compassionate? Am I full of wisdom and purpose?
Am I a God of love? If you find Me to have these
qualities, then serve Me. If not, brace yourself
and prepare to deal with Me, because My house
will be a house without rebellion. On the
cosmic level, God is speaking to the devil. He
basically says, Your arguments against Me
appear to have merit because you have twisted and
distorted the truth. You take advantage of things
that have not been revealed yet. You present
flawed questions and then offer evil conclusions
because you have no faith in Me. You have
temporarily succeeded in deceiving a great number
of My creation through doubt and suspicion.
However, at an appointed time, we will meet in
the presence of my creation, I will show Myself
what I am, and I will clearly strip you of every
pretense and defense. I will reveal to the
universe that you are nothing but a liar.
course, when God speaks to Job, Job interprets
the words of God from the Earthy perspective. Job
feels so foolish for even trying to defend
himself in the light of what has happened. Here
is the point: Job and his friends knew that the
divine law says, Whatsoever a man sows,
that shall he also reap. Of course, their
arguments swirled from that perspective. However,
after God spoke to Job, he began to understand
how that law is true, but only within the
Earthy dimension. It is not necessarily true
within the cosmic dimension. In other words, life
and all that happens to us operates on two
levels: The cosmic and the Earthy. Since man is
not privy to Gods higher plans and
purposes, we cannot possibly know the lessons of
objectives God is bringing about, even though we
can see and understand Earthy consequences. This
is precisely why faith in God was to be
Happened to Job?
Job 42:7 After the
Lord had said these things to Job, He said to
Eliphaz the Temanite, I am angry with you
and your two friends, because you have no spoken
of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. [Your
view regarding my interest in life on Earth is
far too shallow and superficial.]
Job 42:8 So now,
take seven bulls and seven rams and go to My
servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for
yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and
I will accept his prayer and not deal with you
[as I should] according to your folly. You have
not spoken of Me what is right, as my servant Job
Job 42:9 So
Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and
Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told
them; and the Lord accepted Jobs prayer
[asking God to forgive them, for they did not
know what they were saying].
Job 42:10 After
Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him
prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he
Job 42:11 All his
brother and sisters and everyone who had known
him before came and ate with him in his house
[because they had only the Earthy perspective].
They comforted and consoled him over all the
trouble the Lord allowed to happen to him and
each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold
Job 42:12 The Lord
blessed the latter part of Jobs life more
than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep,
six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and
a thousand donkeys.
Job 42:13 And he
also had [ten more children] seven sons and three
daughters [and hopefully, his wife had a change
Once the test was over
and Gods objectives in Heaven as well as on
Earth were accomplished, God blessed Job. He gave
him twice the wealth that he had before this
event took place in his life and he lived happily
ever after. So, why did Job need to suffer in the
first place? God had to demonstrate a key
component about His government to the angels and
to his credit, Job was found worthy in Gods
sight to provide that demonstration. Now that you
know the rest of the story, perhaps you
will associate the name of Job with incredible
victory that comes by faith, rather than the man
who experienced horrible suffering for a short
One last thought. I have
no doubt that God is testing each of us right now
for cosmic purposes. We may not understand
Gods purposes at this time. We may suffer
without understanding, just as Job did. So, be
encouraged! I am sure that God is preparing each
of His children for a higher life and calling
than is possible on Earth. Romans 8:28 states,
And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him, who have been
called according to his purpose. One day we
will understand the cosmic picture. Until then,
may God find in each of us, the faith He found in
his servant Job. Though he slay me, yet
will I trust in him
(Job 13:15 KJV)
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