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Pastor's Pen - June 6, 2007
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June 6, 2007

Job 17-20
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Chapter 17
  1. My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
  2. Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
  3. Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?
  4. For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
  5. He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
  6. He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
  7. Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.
  8. Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
  9. The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
  10. But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
  11. My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
  12. They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
  13. If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
  14. I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
  15. And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
  16. They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

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Chapter 18
  1. Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
  2. How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
  3. Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
  4. He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
  5. Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
  6. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
  7. The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
  8. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.
  9. The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
  10. The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
  11. Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
  12. His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
  13. It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
  14. His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
  15. It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
  16. His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
  17. His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
  18. He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
  19. He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
  20. They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
  21. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

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Chapter 19
  1. Then Job answered and said,
  2. How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
  3. These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
  4. And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
  5. If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
  6. Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
  7. Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
  8. He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
  9. He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
  10. He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
  11. He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
  12. His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
  13. He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
  14. My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
  15. They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
  16. I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
  17. My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
  18. Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
  19. All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
  20. My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
  21. Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
  22. Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
  23. Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
  24. That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
  25. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
  26. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
  27. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
  28. But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
  29. Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

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Chapter 20
  1. Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
  2. Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
  3. I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
  4. Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
  5. That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
  6. Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
  7. Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
  8. He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
  9. The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
  10. His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
  11. His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
  12. Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
  13. Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
  14. Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
  15. He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
  16. He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
  17. He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
  18. That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
  19. Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
  20. Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
  21. There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
  22. In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
  23. When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
  24. He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
  25. It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
  26. All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
  27. The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
  28. The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
  29. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

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 In the midst of his agony, Job cries out one of the most stunning and yet encouraging statements of the Word of God in Job 19:23-27. He says,

"Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me."

 These words, though spoken from a position of weakness, convey the great hope that all Christians have. Job calls for his words to be written down in such a way that they can never be lost, defaced, or destroyed. Of course, this is a marvelous picture of the Bible. The words of Job have been recorded for us, as have been all the words that God wanted us to have. They have been given to us through inspiration, and kept for us by preservation, so that we hold in our hands the exact words that the Lord had penned many centuries ago. The Word of God "liveth and abideth forever" (I Peter 1:23), and we will never need to fear that God's precious promises and doctrines have been lost or stolen. We either have an authoritative Book, absolutely correct down to the letters, and in fact even the smallest strokes of the letters (Matt 5:18), or we do not have a holy Heavenly Father.

 Look at the doctrine contained in Job's words. He begins by speaking of a Redeemer. This tells us two things about Job. First of all, he realized that he had a need. No one needs a Redeemer unless he needs to be redeemed. Since no man can redeem himself, Job had to understand that he had a problem, a sin problem, that required Someone else to pay the price. Remember from chapter 1 that Job was faithful to make the necessary sacrifices, but obviously he knew that more was needed for salvation. Thus, Job understood the problem and penalty of sin, his own inability to atone for his sin, and the requirement that he have a Savior. He also understood that his Redeemer was no less than God Himself. He states that his Redeemer is already alive, and that He will stand at the end of time upon the earth, showing His eternality. He clearly refers to Him as God at the end of verse 26. Job understood long before the birth of Christ what modern liberal theologians still can't figure out: the fact that Jesus is God. He sees Jesus as the Conqueror as well. Knowing that Christ will stand upon the earth shows that He views Christ as the King of Kings - the only One left standing when all is finished.

 Job then again discusses the hope that he has that will bring him through his difficult affliction. He knows that someday he will die, and he understands that decomposition is going to take place. However, he also knows that he will someday see God. It is important to note that he specifically states that he will see God in his flesh. This proves that Job had faith that his body would someday be resurrected, and that it would function just as his current body did, only without the pains and heartaches. Verse 27 adds that he will see the Lord for himself; he will not have to view God vicariously through someone else. This promise belongs to Job, and he claims it for his own. The promise also belongs to us, and we too can claim it, and use it to encourage ourselves in the midst of trying times.

 Job's faith in a Redeemer Who was yet to come helped to sustain him. Surely our belief in a Redeemer Who has already come can pull us through as well.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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