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January 17th, Job 40-42: Job admits defeat before the Lord

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rarely, an argument produces a victor. Oh, but when it does happen, it’s a typically a clear cut victory.

The Lord asked Job who contends with the Almighty. Job sheepishly answers that he does, but he has no more to say.

Again, the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.

Job 40:7 says:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Do you have an arm like God’s?
Does your voice thunder like his?
Look at the behemoth, who ranks first among the works of God.
Can anyone capture him by the eyes?
Can anyone trap him and pierce his nose?

Chapter 41 continues the line of questioning.

Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook?
Can you tie down his tongue with a rope?
Can you put a cord through his nose?
Can you pierce his jaw with a hook?
Will he keep begging your for mercy?
Will he speak to you with gentle words?
Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life?
Can you make a pet of him like a bird?
Can you put him on a leash for your girls?
Will traders barter for him?
Will they divide him up among the merchandise?
Can you fill his hide with harpoons?
Can you fill his head with fishing spears?
No one is fierce enough to rouse him, who then is able to stand against me?

Job 41:11 says:
11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Who would strip off his outer coat?
Who would approach him with a bridle?
Who dares open the doors of his mouth?
He looks down on all that are haughty, he is king over all that are proud.

In the beginning of Chapter 42, Job replies to the Lord.

Job 42:3 says:
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.

After Job repends, the Lord tells Job’s friends that He is angry with them because they have not spoken right of the Lord. So they are to take seven bulls and seven rams and go to Job and sacrifice a burnt offering, where Job will pray for them. So they did, Job prayed, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord blessed him twice as much as before. All his brothers and sisters who had known him before and ate with Job at his house. They comforted him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.

The Bible tells us that the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. Job had fourteen thousand sheep (seven thousand before), six thousand camels (three thousand before), and a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys (five hundred each before). Job was also blessed with seven sons and three daughters, and his daughters were the most beautiful in the land and were granted an inheritance along with their brothers.

After this, Job lived 140 years, and he saw his children and their children through the fourth generation. He died, old and full of years.

What lessons can we learn from Job? Trust God, who has created everything, for His plans go so deep we cannot even begin to fathom them. Speak true from the heart, because even in our darkest times the Lord can read our hearts and minds. When we hear the Lord admonish us, apologize immediately and repent.

I also think there’s a very subtle lesson here. Sometimes, we can become comfortable with the riches we already have. Go back to the first chapter of Job, we can read that he was a very wealthy man. Once we obtain great wealth, we have a tendency to try to hold onto it. But because God took away those things, Job suffered. But in the end, he was blessed twice as much.

Question: Would you risk what you have now? Why do our hearts and minds inevitably question God?

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