UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF JOB #5
Then the Lord said to Job,
2"Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?"
Job Responds to the Lord
3Then Job replied to the Lord,
4"I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will put my hand over my mouth in silence. 5 I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say."
The Lord Challenges Job Again
6 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
7 "Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. 8Are you going to discredit my justice and condemn me so you can say you are right? 9Are you as strong as God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? 10A11 right then, put on your robes of state, your majesty and splendor.11 Give vent to your anger. Let it overflow against the proud. 12 Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand. 13Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead. 14Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you.
The great BEHEMOTH
15"Take a look at the mighty hippopotamus. *[Hebrew - behemoth] I made it, just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox. 16See its powerful loins and the muscles of its belly. 17 Its tail is as straight as a cedar. The sinews of its thighs are tightly knit together. 18 Its bones are tubes of bronze. Its limbs are bars of iron. 19 It is a prime example of God's amazing handiwork. Only its Creator can threaten it. 20The mountains offer it their best food, where all the wild animals play. 21 It lies down under the lotus plants, hidden by the reeds. 22The lotus plants give it shade among the willows beside the stream. 23 It is not disturbed by raging rivers, not even when the swelling Jordan rushes down upon it. 24No one can catch it off guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.
The Lord's Challenge Continues
The great LEVIATHAN
"Can you catch a crocodile * [Hebrew - Leviathan]with a hook or put a noose around its jaw? 2Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike? 3Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity? 4Will it agree to work for you? Can you make it be your slave for life? 5Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with? 6Will merchants try to buy it? Will they sell it in their shops? 7Will its hide be hurt by darts, or its head by a harpoon? 8If you lay a hand on it, you will never forget the battle that follows, and you will never try it again!
9"No, it is useless to try to capture it. The hunter who attempts it will be thrown down. 10And since no one dares to disturb the it, who would dare to stand up to me?11Who will confront me and remain safe? Everything under heaven is mine.
(11)Hebrew reads …confront me that I must pay.
12"I want to emphasize the tremendous strength in the Leviathan limbs and throughout its enormous frame. 13Who can strip off its hide, and who can penetrate its double layer of armor? 14Who could pry open its jaws? For its teeth are terrible! 15The overlapping scales on its back make a shield. 16They are close together so no air can get between them. 17They lock together so nothing can penetrate them. 18 When it sneezes, it flashes light! Its eyes are like the red of dawn. 19Fire and sparks leap from its mouth. 20smoke streams from its nostrils like steam from a boiling pot on a fire of dry rushes. 21Yes, its breath would kindle coals, for flames shoot from its mouth.
22"The tremendous strength in its neck strikes terror wherever it goes. 23 Its flesh is hard and firm, not soft and fat. 24 Its heart is as hard as rock, as hard as a millstone. 25When it rises, the mighty are afraid, gripped by terror. 26No sword can stop it, nor spear nor dart nor pointed shaft. 27To the Leviathan, iron is nothing but straw, and bronze is rotten wood. 28Arrows cannot make it flee. Stones shot from a sling are as ineffective as straw. 29Clubs do no good, and it laughs at the swish of the javelins. 30 Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass. They tear up the ground as it drags through the mud.
31"The Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion. It churns the depths. 32The water glistens in its wake. One would think the sea had turned white. 33There is nothing else so fearless anywhere on earth. 34Of all the creatures, it is the proudest. It is the king of beasts."
[THIS IS TRULY WHERE WE GOT THE LEGENDS OF THE FIERY DRAGON - NOTHING ON EARTH IS ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THIS CREATURE - THEY HAVE NOW DISAPPEARED FROM OFF THE EARTH - A DINOSAUR TYPE ANIMAL CREATED IN THE AGE OF MAN - Keith Hunt]
Job Responds to the Lord
Then Job replied to the LORD:
2 “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. 3You ask, 'Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?' It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me. 4You said, 'Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.'
5 I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance."
[JOB FINALLY REALIZED HE HAD BEEN ARROGANT, PROUD, SELF-RIGHTEOUS TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE; YES HE WAS INNOCENT OF SINS PER SE; YES HE IS CLASSIFIED BY THE LORD AS ONE OF THE 3 MOST RIGHTEOUS MEN WHO EVER LIVED - NOAH - DANIEL - JOB. SO IN-TUNE WITH GOD’S COMMANDMENTS HE COULD NOT SEE HIS BIG-HEADED SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS WAS JUST FILTHY RAGS NEXT TO THE ETERNAL GOD. HE KNEW GOD IN A CERTAIN WAY BUT HAD NEVER REALLY PUT HIMSELF NEXT TO THE MOST HOLY ONE. AFTER THE LORD GOT THROUGH WITH HIM, JOB REALIZED HE WAS AS NOTHING IN COMPARISON - HE REPENTED IN DUST AND ASHES]
The Lord Blesses Job
After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you said about me, as my servant Job was. 8Now take seven young bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not been right in what you said about me, as my servant Job was."
[THERE WAS NO CAUSE THAT GOD HAD TO INFLICT SUCH PAIN AND DESTRUCTION ON JOB; HE WAS NOT BEING PUNISHED FOR CERTAIN SINS; IT WAS ALLOWED BY GOD THAT SATAN DO SUCH THINGS ON JOB, IT WAS A TEST; AND IN SO DOING GOD WAS ABLE TO TURN IT AROUND TO DEEPLY CLEANSE AND PURIFY THE ATTITUDE OF JOB IN HEART AND MIND - Keith Hunt]
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer.
10When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! 11Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money* and a gold ring.
12So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand teams of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.
14He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15In all the land there were no other women as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.
[I THINK “LOVELY” HERE WAS MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL BEAUTY; IT WAS LOVELY IN HEART AND MIND - Keith Hunt]
16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. 17Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, good life.
42:11 Hebrew a kesitah; the value or weight of the kesitah is no longer known.
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF YEARS THAT JOB LIVED WE ARE NOT TOLD, BUT INDEED IT WAS A LONG GOOD LIFE.
WE SHOULD REMEMBER GOD DOES NOT WORK THIS KIND OF WORK BUT ONLY NOW AND AGAIN. JOB WAS AN EXCEPTION AND WAS THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHOM THE LORD SAID HE WOULD HAVE TO ENDURE MANY HARDSHIPS FOR THE GOSPEL.
YES IT IS TRUE, SOME DOWN THROUGH THE CENTURIES HAVE HAD TO GIVE UP THEIR LIVES IN DEATH FOR THE WORK OF THE LORD. BUT VERY VERY FEW WERE EVER ALLOWED TO BE TESTED THE WAY JOB WAS.
BUT LET THE LIFE OF JOB BE AN INSPIRATION TO YOU, AND REMEMBER IT IS WRITTEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, GOD WILL NOT LET YOU BE TESTED ABOVE WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO BEAR.