JOB AND JEHOVAH GOD
Text: Job 38-42:6
Focus 38:1-7; 40:3-9; 42:1-6
As we wind down this short study of Job we must realize as always that God is speaking to Job but His message is also to all those that are mentioned as friends but more importantly to all the children of God and whoever reads God’s word. God gives us some amazing information in these ending chapters. He will challenge all who are Evolutionist and Non-Believers though the word of God is intended for the Believer.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
What we all should understand in our prayers and in all things related to our relationship with Our Lord and Savior is that God will have the last word.
Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
God does not explain what He does because everything He does is righteous. In other words what God does is the right thing to do ALL THE TIME.
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Isa 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
There is not one child of God alive or that has ever been alive that would not have struggled going through the things that Job suffered. We just do not know why these things happen nor can we understand them. What we do know is that when we die we are going to Heaven. What awaits God’s children is Paradise! What awaits God’s children is Eternal life in that Paradise. God gave us the whole book. There are no missing Books of the Bible. If we look in the Book of Revelation we can see the end of the story. The Saint of God, the Child of God, the Saved of God will be with Our Lord Jesus in the end and we need only remember these things and while we are here we need to concentrate on the pleasant things God has already given to us.
Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Php 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
God does not battle with Satan but He will show Satan just how foolish and wrong he is some times as He did this time with Job. Satan cannot dictate a thing to the Lord. Satan cannot touch a saint of God without God’s express permission. If you are working hard for Christ you are the real enemy of Satan and he will probably ask God for permission to destroy you. Satan went after Jesus, he will not hesitate to take on those that believe on Jesus Christ.
“kick him in the head Lord Jesus”
God proved to Satan that His children love Him for who He is and not for what He can give to them. There is no greater gift than Eternal life in Heaven.
We do not need to know about all the battles of Good versus Evil that happen in our life times. God gives us these examples in His Holy Word for us to learn from.
Let’s keep the main thing the Main Thing!
Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13 [In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation]: [in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise],
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance [until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory].
ARE YOU A PURCHASED POSSESSION? Then lets act like it.
The words of the Apostle Paul:
Act 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].
Friends, Christ climbed on that cross to save us. He knew that there was no other way. He was glad to pay the price for our salvation:
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
The first thing we see is that God answered. God never forgets his children.
In Genesis we saw that God remembered Noah:
Gen 8:1 And [God remembered Noah], and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
Gen 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that [God remembered Abraham], and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
Gen 30:22 And [God remembered Rachel], and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
1Sa 1:19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and [the LORD remembered her].
God remembers His Covenants:
Exo 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and [God remembered his covenant] with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
God remembers false Religion:
Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and [great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath].
You see God does not forget anything but, Praise the Lord there are some things He chooses not to remember:
What is a pardon?
The forgiveness of sins granted freely:
Isa 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and [will not remember thy sins].
My Lord says:
1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Did Job have knowledge?
Job knew of his salvation!
Job 14:13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, [till my change come].
Job knew of his future resurrection:
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27 [Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me].
If Job did anything wrong it was that he felt that he had served God with all his heart and his suffering was not suppose to happen. Job did not have the word of God to study. Job is the first Book of the written word of God. In fact the Book of Job is probably the first written word in all the world and Job had plenty of time after his time of suffering to write it all down. Job probably lived 140 years after these things. Remember God rewarded him double as we will learn in the next lesson.
The Bible says:
Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
What will God do now?
He will teach Job, his friends and all of us that IT IS HE THAT SITS ON THE THRONE!
1.) WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF LIFE KNOWING HEAVEN IS IN OUR FUTURE!
2.) JESUS WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT NOR WILL HE EVER FAIL US!
God ask the whole world, “WERE YOU THERE WHEN I CREATED THIS WORLD”?
It’s obvious that no one saw how this world was created nor will they ever figure out how God did it.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Heb 1:10 And, [Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands]:
When a home is built somebody will pull a line to get a straight wall or a line to plumb a wall. God ask do you know who pulled the line to build this world we live in?
What we should remember is that God will always speak to us through our storms of life. In all the trials of Job he was looking for explanations. He was not giving any thought to the lessons he could learn nor for Spiritual growth.
God would ask Job 77 questions before he would allow Job to speak. He ask us these same questions. Read these chapters and ask yourself each one of these questions. Your answer may surprise you. From the beginning of creation Satan has cast doubt in all mankind about the Word of God. We see that it still goes on today. These lies are told over and over again.
We must have faith in the word of God and that starts with believing that there is such a God who can do these things.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God [must believe that he is], and that [he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him].
Are you seeking the knowledge of God. God has given us His completed Word. The Bible is the way the Lord speaks to us now. If God is to reveal something for you, IT WILL BE THROUGH HIS HOLY WORD. There are no more prophets, no more apostles, and there will not be another cross. We have the completed Word of God. Before we look for a special purpose for our lives, we need to be obedient to the Word He has already given to us. God will not reveal a His specific will for us until we are obedient to His Word that He has already given to us.
Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
Job 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
The very first thing we see here is that once Job has seen the revelation of God in this whirlwind he knows his own righteousness is as filthy rags and he humbles himself before God.
God tells us to come boldly to His throne but we need to humble ourselves when we get there. I cannot get in to see the President. I cannot get in to see the Governor but I can boldly go to my Father who is in Heaven at any time but when I get there I better be humble.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
When we try to find fault with our Lord or try to blame Him for the things that go wrong in our lives we have over stepped our boundaries. God is God, He will do whatever He pleases anytime He wants to.
Isa 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and [I will do all my pleasure]:
If we truly want to get a picture of the day we face God and we will let’s take a look at Daniel:
Dan 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
Dan 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
Every saint of God will face Jesus at the judgement seat of Christ. This will not be for our salvation as that has already been taken care of:
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
We will be judged in order to receive rewards for what we have done since being saved. Every sin we have and ever will commit has been forgiven, pardoned.
What is really sad is that every man, woman, and child that died not knowing Christ as their Savior will also face Him:
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Do you realize that every one of these at the white throne will also be a believer. It did not take but a second for them to realize there was a real true God when they got to Hell. That will not change a thing because their names still will not be in the Lambs book of life.
The Bible says:
Isa 14:26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Job 42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Will God allow us to speak? What we will find out is that Job had not committed a sin with his mouth during this whole time. Job was a righteous man. God had said so Himself on several occasions. Job had to bury all his children. This was the one thing that brought Job to his knees but it had taken him a long time to get there. You know God sees His children die and go to hell everyday by the thousands. He doesn’t ask very much from us but He does ask us to be a witness of His “GRACE”.
Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The Saint, the Saved:
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And [in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments], and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
If we witness and not judge:
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
The bottom line is that as mortal human beings we cannot think on the scale with a Holy God:
Psa 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Psa 139:3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
Psa 139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Psa 139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Psa 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Everything we do and everything that happens to us is under the watchful eye of our Creator. He knows what we go through and He cares for us:
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
God will always do the right thing in our lives and bless those that love Him:
Psa 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psa 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
The Lord will never forsake us:
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Not many of us will go through the hardships and suffering that Job went through but we all will have our trials and tribulations. Many will be painful but we must know one thing, WE WILL NOT GO THROUGH THEM ALONE. CHRIST JESUS WILL WALK WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AND HE WILL BE PRAYING FOR US ALL THE WHILE.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, [my peace I give unto you]: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Joh 14:18 [I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you].
Joh 16:27 [For the Father himself loveth you], because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
Joh 17:9 [I pray for them: I pray not for the world], but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20 [Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word];
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
We may never see God as Job did in that whirlwind but if we cannot see Him in our lives then we need to go back to the altar and repent. I know I have already gotten more blessings than I deserved. If I only get to go to Heaven then why should I ask for more. If we will look back to where we came from before we were saved and realize the Glory that awaits us in Heaven we should be able to go through our trials and still remain at peace.
I LOVE YOU JESUS.