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Pastor's Pen - June 13, 2007
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June 13, 2007

Job 40-42
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Job
Chapter 40
  1. Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
  2. Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
  3. Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
  4. Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
  5. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
  6. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
  7. Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
  8. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
  9. Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
  10. Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
  11. Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
  12. Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
  13. Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
  14. Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
  15. Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
  16. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
  17. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
  18. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
  19. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
  20. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
  21. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
  22. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
  23. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
  24. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.


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Job
Chapter 41
  1. Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
  2. Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
  3. Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
  4. Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
  5. Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
  6. Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
  7. Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
  8. Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
  9. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
  10. None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
  11. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
  12. I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
  13. Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
  14. Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
  15. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
  16. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
  17. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
  18. By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
  19. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
  20. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
  21. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
  22. In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
  23. The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
  24. His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
  25. When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
  26. The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
  27. He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
  28. The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
  29. Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
  30. Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
  31. He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
  32. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
  33. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
  34. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.


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Job
Chapter 42
  1. Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
  2. I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
  3. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
  4. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
  5. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
  6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
  7. And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
  8. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
  9. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
  10. And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
  11. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
  12. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
  13. He had also seven sons and three daughters.
  14. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch.
  15. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
  16. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
  17. So Job died, being old and full of days.


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 These final three chapters conclude the saga of Job. In chapter 40, God again challenges Job because of his complaints against Him. Job responds correctly by stating his vileness. God continues, however to ask him unanswerable questions, repeatedly driving home Job's inadequacy and inferiority in comparison to the majestic power and infinite wisdom of God. As a side note, the Lord questions Job in chapters 40 and 41 with respect to Leviathan and Behemoth. It is most probable that these two creatures fall under the category of dinosaurs. Without going into detail, their descriptions certainly match the skeletal remains of certain species of dinosaurs, and stand as further testimony to an earth that is not billions of years old, but rather only six thousand years of age. If dinosaurs and men lived upon the earth at the same time, as must have taken place based upon God's statements ("Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee,") and questions ("Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?"), then the entire evolutionary structure falls apart.

 This finally brings us to chapter 42. Job now understands his failings, and says to the Lord,

"I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
He admits his ignorance, and confesses that he had spoken about things that he did not understand (vs. 3). He now understands more fully because he has received direct communication from God (vs. 5). He concludes by confessing his sinfulness, and repenting.

 It is worth taking a moment to listen to Job's words of repentance. There are four parts to this repentance. First of all, as has already been shown, there is a realization of sin. Job articulates his failures. True confessions always involves an admission of guilt. The word "confess" means "to agree with", and genuine confession starts with a specific statement of what has been done that was wrong. Second, Job hates his sin. If a person is not truly bothered by what they have done, there can be no true repentance of it. "I have sinned" is only an empty sentence unless there is a heart attitude which says "And I was wrong, and I wish that I had never done it." The third part is the actual repentance. To repent means to change your mind and direction. In other words, Job is saying "I was wrong, and I am not going to think and act that way again" Lastly, Job's repentance is public: in "dust and ashes". He was not ashamed to humble himself and admit his guilt in front of those who knew about his sin.

 God accepted Job's confession, and even directed the three friends to have Job pray for them because of their faulty reasoning and advice. Interestingly, Job does pray for them, rather than hold them in contempt as he might have done. They had not been kind to him, nor had they been of help to him, but he willingly prayed for them anyway. This is a good lesson for us as well. Finally, as a result of Job's repentance, God blessed him with double of what he had before. Even in this there is doctrinal teaching, for Job lost ten children and received ten more. Some might argue that this is not a doubling, but it is because Job's children were believers, and he would see them again. Thus, Job now had twenty children, and we have in the conclusion of this passage the promise of the resurrection and eternal life. When trials come, if we focus on the greatness of God and the promise of eternity, we will do a much better job of handling the difficulties.

Job
Chapter 42
  1. And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
  2. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
  3. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
  4. And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
  5. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
  6. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
  7. He had also seven sons and three daughters.
  8. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
  9. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
  10. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
  11. So Job died, being old and full of days.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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