Job 16 – 18

Job 16

The Second Discourse

Job Answers Eliphaz

Job complains that his friends are no comfort and that they accuse him wrongfully.

Job 16:1 Then Job answered and said, 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Job admits that he would accuse his friends in the same manner if their roles were reversed. This argument is about the knotty question of why God allows sorrows to befall righteous people.

16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 16:4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

Job says that he would encourage and not just accuse.

16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Whether Job speaks or is silent, he has no comfort, for God has allowed him to be made desolate.

16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged [eased]: and though I forbear, what am I eased? 16:7 But now he [God] hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 16:8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

God has allowed Job’s enemies to overcome him.

16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 16:12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. 16:13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

16:14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 16:15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn [strength] in the dust. 16:16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

Job is pure and perfect before God, as God himself has said; yet Job does NOT sin against God by accusing God of wrongdoing in allowing his suffering.  Instead Job seeks mercy and pleads with God for relief.

This is about Satan’s attempts to break Job’s loyalty to God, and about the question of why God allows the faithful to suffer!

Job’s loyalty to God was being tested ,just like we are tested day by day in many ways; often being asked to equate loyalty to God with loyalty to men, false human traditions and organizations.

Job passed the test, but today we are failing because we exalt men, organizations and the traditions of men above the Word of God, and then we seek to moderate our trials by compromising with the Word of God; a thing that JOB DID NOT DO.

Job was loyal to God throughout all his testing, while many of us are falling away from our loyalty to God during our own testing.

Job is not suffering for any personal sin, he is being tested and perfected by God.

16:17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. 16:18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. 

Job asks to be delivered and not die and be permanently buried in the earth, and he  asks that his cries for mercy not fall on deaf ears only to be ignored.

God knows us and our loyalty to HIM! Even in our trials!

16:19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

The friends of the righteous often scorn those who fall into sickness or other trials; not understanding that God is testing his people and purging them so that they might bring forth abundant fruit in God’s good time.

16:20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

Job pleads for deliverance from God, seeking relief.

16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! 16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. 

Job says that he is only flesh and will die in a few years and asks to be delivered from his sorrows.

Job 17

Job 17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

Mockers and accusers of the righteous will not be exalted in that day.

17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation? 17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike [shake hands in agreement] hands with me? 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

Neither will flatters be accepted before God. God wants those who are loyal to him and obey him in spirit and in TRUTH.

17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

God has made Job [and all those zealously loyal to every Word of God] an execration n this world; yet in due time God will deliver them and exalt them for their zeal and loyalty to God and their faithfulness to live by every Word of God even in extremely adverse situations.

17:6 He hath made me also [a despised person] a byword of the people; and [when] aforetime I was as a [beautiful instrument] tabret. 17:7 Mine eye also is dim [full of tears] by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.

Through these trials the upright will be made stronger.

17:8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite. 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.  17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

Job now laments that his life is over and he faces the grave because of his trials.. 

Job remains absolutely loyal to God even without the promise of eternal life, honestly believing that there is no reward for his faithfulness and loyalty except the grave along with the wicked.

Job is absolutely loyal to God and every Word of God out of love and respect!

17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart. 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness. 17:13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

17:14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm [maggot] , Thou art my mother, and my sister. 17:15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it? 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit [grave], when our rest together is in the dust.

Bildad’s Second Discourse

We are getting into some really solid meat about the meaning of Job; which is much deeper and different from what most teach. Please read this slowly and give it some serious thought.

Bildad asks; how long will Job regard his friends as stupid and lacking knowledge? He then assumes that Job is an evildoer and proceeds to list the awful fate of evildoers.

Bildad is absolutely correct in his description of the fate of commandment breakers [brethren take note]; but he is in error in condemning Job just because Job is suffering.

Many religious folks fall into the same error as Job’s friends, in proclaiming that all sickness is the result of some sin!  They simply do not understand that it is self-righteous to condemn others just because they suffer.

There is a very carnal self-righteous tendency to condemn the stricken, just because they are stricken; and to judge by the hearing of the ears and the seeing of the eyes according to our own carnal thinking; instead of judging the heart and spirit as God judges, for God himself said that Job was perfect in righteousness.

The churches misunderstand the Book of Job almost completely. WHY? Because they have the same self-righteous outlook and attitude as Job’s three friends!

It was Job’s three friends and many today who were / are self-righteous and wrong; priding ourselves on our numbers, income and wealth as a sign of our righteousness before God, and looking on the afflicted as sinners;  misunderstanding that God afflicts [corrects] those he loves, not necessarily because they have sinned, but to bring them into even greater perfection just as Jesus Christ learned through the things that He suffered (Heb 5:8).

Brethren, today the major corporate groups in the Spiritual Ekklesia are apostate from any zeal for the practical application of God’s Word. They are proud and self-righteous, doing as they think right instead of enthusiastically obeying God. They justify themselves and they attack the messenger who warns them in love, seeking to save them.

I will cover this more thoroughly when I get to Job 42 where Job, who did not understand why he had been afflicted, learns that God is far above the wisdom of man, and acts to fulfill his own purposes, often testing and allowing the righteous to be afflicted to further perfect them so that they may bring forth much fruit (John 15).

Job 18

Job 18:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 18:2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

Bildad asks Job; who are you that God should change his plan on your account, and not punish your wickedness?

18:3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight? 18:4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place? 18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

18:6 The light shall be dark in his [the light of life will fail and he will die] tabernacle, and his candle [properly LAMP, meaning light, life] shall be put out with him.

The wicked will fall in their evil counsel.

18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare. 18:9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. 18:10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet. 18:12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

18:13 It [wickedness] shall devour the strength of his skin [flesh]: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength. 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle [tent, body], and it shall bring him to the king of terrors [death itself] .

18:15 It [death] shall dwell in his tabernacle [the physical body], because it is none of his [The physical body does not have power to live forever; that is the gift of God to the obedient who faithfully live by every Word of God.]: brimstone [the lake of fire] shall be scattered upon his habitation.

18:16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. 18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased [destroyed from life itself] out of the world.  18:19 He shall neither have son nor nephew [in the grave] among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

This does not mean that the wicked will not have family who repent; it means that being dead and destroyed forever because of unrepentant wickedness; the wicked will perish.

18:20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day [end], as they that went [lived] before were affrighted [in this life the people are intimidated by the evil power and authority of the wicked].

18:21 Surely such are the dwellings [eternal death is the dwelling of the wicked] of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

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