June 2, 2007
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- Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
- For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
- I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
- His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
- Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
- Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
- Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
- I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
- Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
- Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
- To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
- He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
- He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
- They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
- But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
- So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
- Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
- For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
- He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
- In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
- Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
- At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
- For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
- And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.
- Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
- Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
- Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.
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- But Job answered and said,
- Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
- For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
- For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
- Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
- Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
- The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
- Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
- Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
- Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
- What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
- Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
- Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
- To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
- My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
- Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
- What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
- The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
- The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
- They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
- For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.
- Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
- Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
- Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
- How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
- Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
- Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
- Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
- Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
- Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?
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- Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
- As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
- So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
- When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
- My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
- My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
- O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
- The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
- As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
- He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
- Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
- Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
- When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
- Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
- So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
- I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
- What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
- And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
- How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
- I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
- And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
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In Job 2:3 Job's three friends come to comfort him in his time of difficulty. Much of the remainder of the book deals with their advice, most of which was improper. The made the mistake that many do: they tried to explain the workings of God according to their own finite knowledge as opposed to simply trusting the workings of an omniscient holy God.
Eliphaz starts off by accusing Job of failing to practice what he preaches (4:1-6), and then tells him that God never allowed anyone to have problems unless they were guilty of some form of grievous sin. He assured Job that whatever was happening to him was his own fault (4:7-8). He then goes on in the remainder of the chapter to cite his own experiences as proof of his argument. It should be noted here that man's experience really proves nothing, particularly when compared to the authority of the Word of God. Many believers and unbelievers alike place their trust in a person or doctrine because they saw something, or felt something, or experienced something. I have had cultists tell me that I should believe like they do because of their experience. I have had charismatics tell me that they could never be convinced from the Bible that the spiritual gift of tongues is not for today because of their experiences. Missionaries have told me of people that rejected Christ because of "miracles" that they saw accomplished by those who deny the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. Revelation 13:14 tells us that during the Tribulation period men will worship the Antichrist because the False Prophet
"deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast."
Here is something to remember: experience proves nothing. The miraculous proves nothing. Everything must be tested and verified by the Bible.
In chapter 5, Eliphaz continues to accuse Job of sin, but he does so under the guise of spirituality. Please note in this chapter that much of what Job's friend says in true, but his final application of truth is false. Wrath and envy do destroy those who are foolish enough to wallow in them (2). Fools do often seem to be secure at the first, but eventually it all turns bad for them, and even their children are ruined (4-5). Man is born to trouble, and throughout our lives we have illnesses, bereavements, sorrows, and difficulties (7). In light of all these things, where else can a man turn except to Jehovah (8)? He indeed does great things which can not be explained or enumerated (9). God intervenes on the behalf of the poor and weak (15), but He also intervenes against those who oppose Him (13). Everything that has just been said by Eliphaz is completely Scriptural, and it all can be applied to the life of the child of God. Yet having said all this, Job's "comforter" makes the final improper application:
"Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty," (17).
Once again Eliphaz jumps to the conclusion that all suffering must be rooted in the direct chastisement of God, and that Job should welcome this punishment. While it is true that, if this were punishment, Job should accept it, the fact has already been seen that Job's problems are in no way intended for disciplinary purposes. Here is what we need to understand: it is possible to use the Word of God and still come to an improper conclusion. The woods are full of religious people who can quote the Bible, but their doctrine is not Scriptural. They can take verses out of context to make them seem to teach one thing when they actually teach something else. They can attempt to take verses that were written to lost people and apply them to saved people. They can attempt to take verses that were written to Old Testament Israel and apply them to New Testament Christians. We must be careful to study the Bible in context and make the appropriate application of Its truth, and always be careful to
"search the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11).
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery