SUBJ: Job as an
example of seeing God as He is and ourselves as we are and the effect
that is wrought in us as a result.
AIM: that we
might be encouraged to move away from earthly comparisons and look to
Him and so perceive our need.
INTR: The story
of Job is told in many ways with differing objectives as to what is to
be learned. It is in the end that we learn of the aim of God in it all
that we might be profited by it.
1. Some have analyzed the behavior
of Job as characteristic of an unsaved person and yet, we have the
testimony of the Lord from the beginning as to His view of Job.
What might be construed is that no amount of personal righteousness can
avail to bring salvation which is of grace in both Old and New Testament
3. What may be said of Job may be said of the
potential of saved people left to fend for themselves in the throes of
utmost importance in the experience of Job is that he came to see
himself in the light of God’s sovereignty, His holiness, His might, and
I. Things conceded to Job
1. Twice in the book of
Ezekiel Job is commended: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job,
were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their
righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 14:14.
2. He is held up as
a paragon of patience: Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have
heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that
the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5:11.
remembered from His ordeal:
1) Blessed be the name of the Lord…”
2) 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. Job 19:25-27.
3) His confession in: Then Job answered the
LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay
mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea,
twice; but I will proceed no further. Job 40:3-5
II. Reasons for
repentance with Job (See verses 1-3)
1. Things spoken in truth but
tending to justify the complaint of Job
1) Then Job answered and
said, I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
2) Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of
trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also
as a shadow, and continueth not. And dost thou open thine eyes upon such
an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? Who can bring a clean
thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:1-4.
3) Even many of the
things uttered by Job’s friends were true, but they were again long for
a cause in Job rather than concede that it was not about punishment –
they were classic legalists.
2. So, it is at this second challenge
that Job is brought further to a confession of his own state and can
recognize, not the extent of the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord, but
the fact that there is no limit to His knowledge and wisdom.
had now become apparent to Job was that all his morality, devotion to
family, and acts of worship were of no avail and contaminated by his own
4. He had recognized a need earlier but with improper
motives: 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and
we should come together in judgment. 33 Neither is there any daysman
betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Job 9:32-33
question of verse 3 seems to be directed toward himself – he confesses
to having counseled the Lord without knowledge – he had spoken of things
III. His confession before the Lord (vv. 4-6)
1. In fact, a humble plea, or a petition that the Lord would make him to
know of things with a proper view and assessment of both the Lord and
2. Much had come to Job in the past in ways that might far
transcend what we know – Men did not have the Scriptures then as now or
even later in biblical history. He had heard much that was wonderful and
encouraging to his faith. Even the things he heard out of the whirlwind
did not fully account for what he now saw.
3. But, now he was seeing
in a way that he never had before – he would forever more have a view of
the Lord that could not be put into words but rather experienced in the
1) His vision of Christ from chapter 19 was taken to a higher
2) And all that pertained to God would cause him to marvel
3) How are we affected at the being of God, The Son of God and all that
He has done and the realization that we are truly led by the Spirit of
God and so identified as His dear children.