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Thoughts on Job's last speech
Job 26-31

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 question?

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 29-31)


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 29:1-6

-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 follow God

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 answer"

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 woman."

We need to make a covenant with our eyes! Sexual purity is a big deal!


QUESTIONS/OBSERVATIONS/THOUGHTS

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 32:1)

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 Heaven

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. Job 9:33
-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