Thursday, April 27, 2017

Job's Standing: The very first verse in the book tells us that Job was perfect and upright. And in verse 8 of chapter 1 God says to Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect man and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? In Job 2:3 God repeats the same words to Satan and adds, and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst Me against him, to destroy him without cause.

And after his troubles came, Job ...sinned not, nor charged God foolishly... In all this did not Job sin with his lips (Job 1:22; Job 2:10).

Drawing from Human Experience, Human Tradition, and Human Merit, his 3 friends (?) did their best to find something wrong in Job so that they might condemn him and find a reason for his misfortunes.

In these trials Job stuck to his faith. Once Job said, Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:15). Again in chapter 14 he gives that wonderful passage on resurrection praying that God would hide him in hell till the wrath was over, and finally says, Thou shalt call, and I will answer Thee.

He probably reaches the zenith in this trial in Job 19:23-25 where 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: Nothing wrong with Job's standing.

Job's State: Here is a different matter. Job was perfect in his standing before God and Satan could not change it. And this is true of every believer (Romans 8:38-39). And it is true of all of us, that, although our standing before God is perfect in Christ Jesus, nevertheless our state could be improved and needs it. Amen?

See what Job says in Job 27:2-6, that God hath taken away my judgment...My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go. Ah, there is the trouble. Job has the mistaken idea that in himself, that is, his flesh, is some good, some righteousness. Paul had learned the lesson and said, For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing (Romans 7:18). But Job did not know that his own righteousness was only as filthy rags in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6).

Elihu the daysman puts his finger on the trouble in Job 32:2 where he got angry with Job because that Job justified himself rather than God. In 34:5 he accuses Job of saying, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment. This is where Job was lacking in his state. He needed correction.

Job's Lesson Learned. God stepped in and asked Job a lot of questions that left him speechless. Then he said, I am vile (Job 40:4). Then God said, Wilt thou condemn Me, that thou mayest be righteous? And Job ends by saying, Now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6). This is a lesson all of us need to learn lest we think too much of ourselves.

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+1 #2 Rutledge 2013-05-06 04:00
It is telling to realize that Job, whom even God Himself referred to as "...perfect (complete) in his ways.." - that even Job could not escape the fallen state we all are in, as is every human being who has ever drawn breath. We all sinned in Adam; and to those who argue that "We were not there," there is a two edged answer: We were there, in the seed of Adam. And, we inherited the sin nature that Adam expressed in following Satan's trickery, rather than God's clear and precise Word.
Only the Lord Jesus - God Himself, can give us His Holy Spirit to help us as He frees us of this sin nature as we pass through and from this Earthly life - and in His Mercy, for His Glory, He makes us acceptable to be counted in His Kingdom.
Praise be, to our Master, Creator, our Lord and our Savior!
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+1 #1 Greg 2012-10-26 20:34
thankyou for the lesson in humility. sometimes I need to be reminded that I am nothing more than dirt before God and his perfection. we are all works in progress through the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and without him we are less than nothing...
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