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January 15, 2017

"A HIGHER VIEW OF GOD"

TEXT: Job 42: 1-6
READING:  Isaiah 6: 1-15

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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.
2. 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 circumstances.
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 earthly trials.

THESIS: 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 His mercy.

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.
3. Things 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? Job 9:1-2
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.
3. What 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 unworthiness.
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
5. The question of verse 3 seems to be directed toward himself – he confesses to having counseled the Lord without knowledge – he had spoken of things too wonderful.

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 himself.
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 heart.
1) His vision of Christ from chapter 19 was taken to a higher plane
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.