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April 30, 2017

Job – start date 4.30.2017

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Chapter 1

Job’s Character and Wealth

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Satan Allowed to Test Job

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children

Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Chapter 2

Satan Attacks Job’s Health

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Verses 1-6 Job was a man of integrity in God’s eyes.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

God had a high opinion of Job, knowing that He could allow this test.

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

Verses 7-8 Job exercised faith in his suffering.

CS Lewis: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world”.

1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Verses 9-10 Job strengthened his struggling spouse. Job’s losses were also her losses too. She saw ten graves of her children. She was used to a lifestyle of luxury and comfort. Now she was homeless and bankrupt too.

Job understood that God was still good, no matter what was happening around him. Blessings tend to spoil us, but hard times get us closer to God. Job understood that circumstances don’t change who God is. He knew that God was still in control. Job refused to offend God. Instead he chose to encourage his wife

Now, at the end of Job, what do we see. We see a complete restoration, with more children. Job helped his wife stick it out through the tough times. But also note, even though she had said those things, she stuck it out with her husband. They survived together; instead of surviving away from each other, sometimes you need to turn to each other to survive together.

Job didn’t hesitate to exercise his faith. God wants us to exercise that kind of faith.

Job’s Three Friends

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

    The entrance of Job’s friends. We know very little about them.

  • Gen 36:10-11 These are the names of Esau’s sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau. Gen 36:11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
    • Eliphaz means that “Gold is my God”.
  • Genesis 25:1-2 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
    Gen 25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
    The efforts of Job’s friends.

  • Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
    The errors of Job’s friends.

  • Eliphaz appeals to demonism. Job 4:12-21. But Eliphaz is wrong. We can be forgiven. We can be righteous before the Lord through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Job 2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

Job 8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
Job 8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
Job 8:5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Job 8:6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
Job 8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
Job 8:8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
Job 8:10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
Job 8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
Job 8:12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
Job 8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
Job 8:16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
Job 8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
Job 8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
Job 8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
Job 8:21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
Job 8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Chapter 9

Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter

Job 9:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
Job 9:5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
Job 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
Job 9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
Job 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
Job 9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
Job 9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
Job 9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.
Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.
Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
Job 9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
Job 9:19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Job 9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
Job 9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
Job 9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?
Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
Job 9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:
Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
Job 9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
Job 9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
Job 9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
Job 9:33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
Job 9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

When Life Makes No Sense, Comprehend How God Operates – Job 8:12; 9:1-3, 32-34
Rev Mark Dooley
21 May 2017

1. Bildad’s advice:
(a) Look up – Job 8:3-7
(b) Look back – John 8:8-10. Bildad tells Job to look back at those people in the past.

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

2.Bildad’s Applications
(a) Cause and effect – Job 8:11-15. Bildad is looking at the cause and effect of what has happened to Job, but he is mistaken. Job has NOT forgotten God. Bildad has a narrow view, thinking that God is mad at Job and getting back at him. Bildad’s assumption and application is WRONG.
(b) Sowing and Reaping – Job 8:16-19. Bildad assumes that Job is reaping what he has sown. Bildad assumption is wrong here too. Just plain wrong. Sometimes we reap what we have not sown.
(c) Reward and punishment – Job 8:20-22. Bildad’s specific application about Job is wrong. He assumes that God is punishing Job for his sins. This of course is wrong in Job’s case.

3. Job’s ANSWER. A perspective of GRACE
(a) Righteousness is not a frivolous reward or goal to be achieved. Job 9:1-3. We are not working to become righteous. We do not become righteous through self-effort.
(b) Righteousness is freely received; a gift to be accepted. Job 9:20-35.

  • All have committed sin – Job 9:20-26
  • All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

  • All stand condemned because of sin – Job 9:27-31.
  • The wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23a

  • We can conquer sin through CHRIST – Job 9:32-35
  • The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23b.

Bildad had missed the point.

Chapter 10

Job Continues: A Plea to God

Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
Job 10:3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
Job 10:4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
Job 10:5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days,
Job 10:6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
Job 10:10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
Job 10:11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
Job 10:12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
Job 10:13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
Job 10:14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
Job 10:15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
Job 10:16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
Job 10:17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
Job 10:18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
Job 10:19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
Job 10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Job 10:21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
Job 10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Chapter 11

Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?
Job 11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
Job 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
Job 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
Job 11:6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
Job 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.
Job 11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
Job 11:14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
Job 11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
Job 11:16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
Job 11:17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
Job 11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
Job 11:19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

When Life Makes No Sense: Apprehend God’s Truth
Job 11:4-10
Rev Mark Dooley, Leonardtown Baptist Church

Zofar is the most legalistic that we have seen so far. He said the wrong things about the right subject.

1. Zofar is wrong about God’s merciful response. Verses 4-6

Job 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. 5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

Job had never said that he was sinless.

Zofar had said that God had overlooked some of Job’s sin, but Job needed to stop sinning so that God would stop punishing Job. Zofar is saying that Job is reaping what he had done. But, that is NOT correct. These trails that Job was going through had nothing to do with Job’s sin in his life.

Luke 13:3 (CSB) Unless you repent, you will all perish as well. Zofar was correct about repenting, but Zofar was wrong about about God’s merciful response.

2. Zofar was wrong about God’s majestic revelation. Verses 7-9. Zofar was saying that God can’t be known.

Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

Zofar was wrong again. There are some things that God has not revealed to us, but we can know everything that God has revealed to us. God has revealed himself to us in his Word. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us that God has revealed himself to us.

General Revelation: When we see the heavens and the earth, we know that there is a God. That is available to all people.

Special Revelation: God reveals himself to the world by Jesus himself. God speaks to us daily by the Holy Spirit. God speaks to our spirit, and it always in agreement with and consistent with what is written in the bible. Romans 1:18-20.

Zofar was wrong about God’s majestical revelation.

3. Zofar was wrong about God’s moral requirement. Verses 10 to 20.

What does God expect from us? We must be righteous to face God. We can only do that through trusting Jesus Christ. Only Christ can was us clean by the shedding of his blood. Zofar is indicating that our own morality can please God. Zofar believed in self-righteousness. But Zofar is wrong. God demands PERFECTION, and the only way we can get that is through trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

We will NEVER be right with God through our own self-righteousness. You must trust in Christ, and have faith in Him.

Chapter 12

Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This

Job 12:1 And Job answered and said,
Job 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
Job 12:5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
Job 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
Job 12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
Job 12:17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
Job 12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
Job 12:19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
Job 12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
Job 12:21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
Job 12:22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
Job 12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
Job 12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Chapter 21

Job’s Summary Defense

Job 29:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
Job 29:2 “Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me,
Job 29:3 when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,
Job 29:4 as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,
Job 29:5 when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were all around me,
Job 29:6 when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!

Job 29:1-6. We must refuse to wallow in our reminiscing. It’s one thing to look back, but Job is looking back and remember how things used to be, but Job isn’t looking forward to facing his current problems. He needs to look forward toward a heavenly goal.

Heb 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

1. Job lost his perspective of God’s Providence! Verses 1-2. God was in control of all of this, if He had not been, Job would have been in a lot worse condition. God was controlling satan in this.

2. Job lost his perspective of God’s Provision. Verse 3a. We should never doubt Jesus Provision.

Matthew 6:25, 33. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

3. Job lost his perspective of God’s Protection. Verse 3b.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

4. Job lost his perspective of God’s Purpose. Verses 4-6

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

We must refuse to wallow in our reminiscing. Job 29:1-6

We must realize that God is not our adversary. Job 30:20-23

We must recognize that we have a redeemer. Job 31:35-37

Job 2:10 and Job 1:21; and Job 30:20, 21, 24.

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,
Job 29:8 the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;
Job 29:9 the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth;
Job 29:10 the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
Job 29:11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved,
Job 29:12 because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.
Job 29:13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.
Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
Job 29:17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
Job 29:18 Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand,
Job 29:19 my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches,
Job 29:20 my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.’
Job 29:21 “Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.
Job 29:22 After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them.
Job 29:23 They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
Job 29:24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence, and the light of my face they did not cast down.
Job 29:25 I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

Chapter 30

Job 30:1 “But now they laugh at me, men who are younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
Job 30:2 What could I gain from the strength of their hands, men whose vigor is gone?
Job 30:3 Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation;
Job 30:4 they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes, and the roots of the broom tree for their food.
Job 30:5 They are driven out from human company; they shout after them as after a thief.
Job 30:6 In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell, in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Job 30:7 Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle together.
Job 30:8 A senseless, a nameless brood, they have been whipped out of the land.
Job 30:9 “And now I have become their song; I am a byword to them.
Job 30:10 They abhor me; they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
Job 30:11 Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence.
Job 30:12 On my right hand the rabble rise; they push away my feet; they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
Job 30:13 They break up my path; they promote my calamity; they need no one to help them.
Job 30:14 As through a wide breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.
Job 30:15 Terrors are turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
Job 30:16 “And now my soul is poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me.
Job 30:17 The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
Job 30:18 With great force my garment is disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
Job 30:19 God has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
Job 30:20 I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.
Job 30:21 You have turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you persecute me.
Job 30:22 You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it, and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living.
Job 30:24 “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, and in his disaster cry for help?
Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
Job 30:26 But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.
Job 30:27 My inward parts are in turmoil and never still; days of affliction come to meet me.
Job 30:28 I go about darkened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
Job 30:29 I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.
Job 30:30 My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.
Job 30:31 My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Chapter 31

Job’s Final Appeal

Job 31:1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?
Job 31:2 What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
Job 31:3 Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
Job 31:4 Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?
Job 31:5 “If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit;
Job 31:6 (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!)
Job 31:7 if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands,
Job 31:8 then let me sow, and another eat, and let what grows for me be rooted out.
Job 31:9 “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
Job 31:10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her.
Job 31:11 For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
Job 31:12 for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.
Job 31:13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me,
Job 31:14 what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Job 31:16 “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Job 31:17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
Job 31:18 (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow),
Job 31:19 if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering,
Job 31:20 if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
Job 31:21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,
Job 31:22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
Job 31:23 For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
Job 31:24 “If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence,
Job 31:25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant or because my hand had found much,
Job 31:26 if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor,
Job 31:27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand,
Job 31:28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.
Job 31:29 “If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him
Job 31:30 (I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse),
Job 31:31 if the men of my tent have not said, ‘Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?’
Job 31:32 (the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler),
Job 31:33 if I have concealed my transgressions as others do by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
Job 31:34 because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors—
Job 31:35 Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary!
Job 31:36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;
Job 31:37 I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
Job 31:38 “If my land has cried out against me and its furrows have wept together,
Job 31:39 if I have eaten its yield without payment and made its owners breathe their last,
Job 31:40 let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

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