Thoughts on Job's last speech
For the last month or so we have been walking our way through the Book of Job
-Job the most righteous man on earth
-God was really pleased with Job
-Satan appears before God and charges that Job only follows God because of all the
blessings of God.
-God allowed Satan to afflict Job, confident that Job would remain faithful to him and
bring glory to His name- even in the midst of suffering
-To make things worse, Job had some 'friends' who came to comfort him. Instead of
comforting him with their words, they tormented him with their accusations.
-Though afflicted, Job stayed faithful to God- but struggled mightily with the WHY
The only way to make sense of the sufferings of Job
See Job as a righteous sufferer who is a type for Jesus- the ultimate righteous
sufferer. This leads us to see and understand that to suffer for righteousness sake is
to identify with Christ.
Today: The last speech of Job- as found in Job 27-31 (but our focus will be on Job
LEADING UP TO JOB 29-31
Job 25: Bildad- God is awesome. All men are sinners
Job 26-27: Job- God is awesome. God will judge those who sin
Job 28 Job delivers a great speech on the subject of WISDOM. To conclude his speech
Job says; "The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding"
Job's point: Wise people follow God!
Attached to Job's point that he had chosen the way of wisdom/the way of God/the
path of righteousness is a big question Since I've done everything God wants- why am
I suffering as I am? This makes no sense to me!"
READ JOB 29-31
Things to note as read
A. Job 29- JOB'S FORMER LIFE OF GLORY - "When God's intimate friendship
blessed his house"
-Job laments days gone by.
-Job's view of God has changed. Despite it being abundantly clear (Job 1-2) that God
was greatly pleased with Job- Job doesn't feel loved by God anymore.
Job 29:7ff- Note how Job remembered himself
If even half of what Job said about himself was true, he was an awesome guy
-Held in esteem by all, rescuer of the poor, helper of the fatherless, provider to
widows, crusader for justice, helper of the disabled, one who encouraged others to
Note his expectation -Job 29:18-20- one that had been turned upside down -- ""I
thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand. My
roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches. My glory
will not fade; the bow will be ever new in my hand.'
You and I are prone to make the same equation-- If I do this for God-- then.....
This takes us back to Job 28 wherein Job ponders the subject of the wisdom of God--
The point: There is a mystery to the will of God that is beyond us. We have to learn
to trust God.
B. Job 30- JOB'S PRESENT LIFE OF PAIN -"I cry out you, God, but you do not
Job's description of his pain is meant to evoke our sympathy, but it also highlights his
question "Is it right for God to afflict someone who has been as faithful as Job, with
sufferings such as that?"
C. JOB 31 JOB RENEWS HIS PLEA THAT HE A RIGHTEOUS MAN AND BASICALLY
ASSERTS HE IS BEING TREATED UNJUSTLY BY GOD
Cool verse: Job 31:1 "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young
We need to make a covenant with our eyes! Sexual purity is a big deal!
1. As amazing a person as Job was, he overstated his righteousness
-Yes, Job was the most righteous man on earth.
-Make no mistake: The righteous deeds of Job are to be copied by us! We to care for
the poor, the fatherless, widows, the disabled, issues of justice
-Problem- Job has almost depicted himself as being as righteous as God (See Job
Sometimes we overstate our "righteousness"- being blind to our
sins/faults/weaknesses that we need Christ for.
While the righteous deeds of Job are to be copied by us we are reminded that we are
not saved by works but by faith. One must never think that "living a good life" leads
to Heaven. We are all sinners and all in need of being saved from the judgment to
come-- and God has made a way- Faith in Jesus Christ!
2. It is an error to think that following God will mean an escape from the
sufferings of this life
Job's world was turned upside down because he made a mistake in his thinking. He
thought that being devoted to God would mean him living a life of milk and honey and
dying in peace. He thought that his devotion to God would spare him suffering.
Question: "When righteous people suffer does it violate the principal of God's Word
that "Obedience brings blessing"?
No- for the blessings of God transcend this world and extend into the next. It is to
the next life that we look- as the Scriptures speak explicitly of storing up treasure in
No- for to suffer for righteousness sake (as supremely exampled by Christ) is the
highest of all honors in God's kingdom (which shows you how counter cultural the
kingdom of God is)
3. Job's skewed thinking about God teaches us that we must be careful not to
base our thinking about God on our personal circumstances
Examples of his "off views" of God -- Job 31:6, Job 31:35, Job 27:1
Our theology of God is not to be build on our personal experiences or our
feelings- rather it should rest upon the perfect Word of God
The attributes of God are perfect no matter whether we are having a good
day/month/year/decade or a bad one.
God is good all the time. God never makes a mistake. God never does wrong. God is
perfectly just, perfectly loving, perfectly holy.
We must learn to guard our hearts and thoughts and not allow negative thoughts
about God to take root.
4. The transcendent ways of God are sometimes going to give us "40 fits"- in the
meantime, we have to learn how to trust Him and hold on to our faith.
God's ways are higher than ours- this often leaves us in awe of His ways- though
sometimes it causes us temporary hurt (due to our limited perspective)
While Job didn't understand the reason for his sufferings, we do- and to this day it
helps us process suffering and stay close to God-- that' s a purpose that was far
beyond Job's thoughts.
God's ways are not our ways.
5. Almost lost in the pain of the book of Job, but repeatedly mentioned, is the
clear call to commit your life to God and to follow Christ
-God is awesome!
-There is a Redeemer! Jesus Christ who laid down His life for us. Job 19:25-27
-Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him! Though trouble comes our way, we must
trust God. Job 13:15
-There is a mediator between us and God the Father-- Jesus Christ the righteous One.
-Wise people follow God! Job 28 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom".
Be reconciled to God- follow Christ.
Hear the words of Jesus and come "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28