Job 38 – 42

Job 38

After Elihu teaches wisdom to the four men, the Eternal speaks to them directly

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind [storm cloud], and said,

38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

God demands of Job to answer if he was present at the creation as God was; and if Job knows how to create the earth? God mentions the angels as being there but not Job. 

The same challenge is asked of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia:  Who are we to think that we can decide right from wrong for ourselves?  Are we greater than God that we can bind and loose God’s Word according to our own will?  It is time to study Binding and Loosing and Ecclesiastical Authority.

38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?

God asks Job if he knows how God separated the land from the sea on the first day. Implying the question: Could Job do that?  The same question applies to us today;  Could we do such things and if not; who are we to question any part of God’s Word or anything that God does?

38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors [who caused the dry land to rise out of the sea], when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors [set boundaries between the waters and the land], 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

God asks Job if he has set the earth in rotation and created day and night; and set the limits of the lives of men?  Brethren the very same question is before us:  Did we do such things:  If not who are we to justify ourselves before God the Almighty?

38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring [dawn] to know his place; 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 38:14 It is turned [rotates] as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

The light of life [spiritual understanding] is withheld from the wicked and their strength will be broken.

38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

God asks: Does Job know what is under the sea? or does man know the secret of life and death? Can Job raise the dead?  Brethren, can we make inanimate things live like God can?

38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

What is light and darkness? Did man make them? Have you lived from the beginning of all things?

38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

Did man create ice, hail and frost?

38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

Did man create rivers, rain, lightening or thunder?

38:24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 38:25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

What man designed and created the nature of water? Making the vapor, the rain, the frost and ice, or the dew?

38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Can man control the stars and bodies of the heavens like God does?

38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Can man command the rain?

38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?

Who created man and gave him a mind to learn and understand some physical things?

38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Who set the instincts of the beasts?

38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

Who set in motion the systems of reproduction? It takes BOTH a female and a male to reproduce; it is impossible for physical creatures to have evolved: Was the reality of male female reproduction created by man; or by God to show his authorship of creation?

The Unicorn

Unicorns were not specific to Israel and are seen in the early writings and drawings of many different countries and cultures, including Greece, Persia (now Iran), Rome, Egypt, India and Africa. 

The unicorn was chosen as a symbol of Scotland because of its traditional independence, virility, strength, boldness, masculinity  and pride.  The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, gold coins appeared with the unicorn on them.

In 1603 king James 1 [in England, James VI of Scotland]  added the Scottish unicorn to the lion of England.  Then the term “strong bull” was deliberately mistranslated as “unicorn” by the king James I translators, to support the insertion of  the modern symbol of Scotland [the unicorn] into the Bible; because he, a Scottish king, believed that he was a king of Israel from the line of David.

The Scottish unicorn like the English lion has nothing to do with a Davidic monarchy and is simply an elegant figure of royalty, pride and strength. 

The biblical word “unicorn” and the historical “unicorn” are two completely different things. 

The historical one horned unicorn is an ancient myth which is sourced from India and the rhino.  This gradually became a mythical horse-like creature.

The biblical term “unicorn” is mistranslated from wild bull #7214 and speaks to the strength of a giant wild bull which cannot be harnessed.  

A translation error, when Hebrew scripture was rendered into Greek, added to the allure of the creature now known as the unicorn.  The wild ox, a now-extinct creature rendered in bas relief [side view] profiles with one horn, was translated in Greek as monokeros or one-horned.  In the Latin bible of the Christian world that word became unicornos and then “unicorn” by the time the English translators of King James got to work.  

The word unicorn is found in nine places in the KJV, every one of which speaks of great strength and is a mistranslated reference to the now extinct great wild ox.

    • Numbers 23:22    “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”
    • Numbers 24:8     “God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.”
    • Job 39:9   “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”
    • Job 39:10    “Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”
    • Psalms 29:6     “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.”
    • Psalms 92:10    “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
    • Deuteronomy 33:17    “His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
    • Psalms 22:21    “Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.”
    • Isaiah 34:7     “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.”

Unicorns are not mentioned in any of the modern translations. Only in the King James version are they mentioned. Most of the modern translations say “wild ox.” Some translations even say “buffalo,” as in the Asian or African wild buffalo or water buffalo.

 

Job 39

Job 39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? 39:2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows [heaviness of pregnancy]. 39:4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn [grain and grass]; they go forth, and return not unto them [their parents].

Who has made the wild creatures?

39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? 39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

Can man make the giant wild bull [ox] to plough his fields or serve him?

39:9 Will the unicorn [extinct ancient giant wild bulls] be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 39:11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

Brethren, did we make the beautiful birds, or the ostrich which scorns others yet she is foolish?

39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear; 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. 39:18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

Did man create the horse in his strength and his courage in battle?

39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? 39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. 39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 39:24 He swalloweth [covers the ground with speed] the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Has man created the birds of prey?

39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

Job 40

God Corrects Job and All Those Who Justify Themselves

God now gets personal with Job and asks: Who is man to justify himself before God?

Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Job responds to God: Acknowledging his fault in justifying himself against God. 

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is full of the same sin of pride and self-justification and also needs to learn the same lesson that Job needed to learn.

40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

In his discussions with his friends, Job has answered them once and then a second time; but now he cannot answer God.

40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

God now instructs and rebukes Job for justifying himself.  The day is close at hand when today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be corrected in our own tribulation.

40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Who are we to think that we can annul any part of God’s Word or change [bind and loose] God’s judgments?  Neither we nor Job can extricate ourselves out of God’s correction to raise ourselves up from the grave in glory; why then do we presume to justify ourselves in following men and not living by every Word of God?

40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

This is also a reference to pride and how God is humbling Job and God will also humble us today.

40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

Are we equal with God?  Can we truly justify and save ourselves?

40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

40:15 Behold now behemoth [possibly the elephant], which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: [only] he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose [trunk] pierceth through snares.

Job 41

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan [probably the giant salt water crocodile] with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 41:6 Shall the [your] companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do [it] no more. 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

How then can a man justify himself against God?

41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 41:11 Who [can stop God] hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

The man that is God’s equal will be accepted as such by God; but what man is God’s equal?

41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

Who can overcome the leviathan [probably the giant salt water crocodile, a type of Satan the dragon]? He has a very large mouth filled with very many strong teeth and his body is protected by strong scales. He rests in masses close together.

41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face [his mouth is large]? his teeth are terrible round about. 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

41:18 By his neesings [sneezing, snorting] a light doth shine [the water foams], and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

His expelling of air in the cool of the morning water appears like steam, and the bubbles in the water reflecting the dawn’s light appear fiery.

41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke [mist, steam], as out of a seething pot or caldron. 41:21 His breath [is like hot smoldering] kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

By his great strength he takes whatever he wants.

41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of [his breaking forth] breakings they purify themselves [Mighty men call on their gods in fear of him.].

41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

41:31 [With his powerful taking of prey in the water] He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea [to foam white and to look like] like a pot of ointment. 41:32 He maketh a [wake of water] path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without [he has no fear of anything] fear.

This animal is the king of the proud

41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Job 42

Job repents and admits to speaking things that he did not understand: Just like today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will also sincerely repent when we are corrected in great tribulation.

Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 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.

42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Oh, that God would grant to all of us such sincere repentance: and God will bring today’s Spiritual Ekklesia to such sincere repentance by the correction of great tribulation. 

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be humbled of their great pride and they will learn to stop justifying ourselves and to live by every Word of Almighty God!!!

42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

God then reprimands Job’s three friends. 

The point of the sufferings of Job and Jesus Christ as well as those of the saints, is to make them/us fit priests for mankind before God.

Notice that Christ was made a perfect high priest by the things which he suffered (Heb 2:10, Heb 5:8).  It is important for a high priest to be both merciful and faithful (Heb 2:17-18).

The implications of Job’s, our and Christ’s sufferings, should be obvious to all of the called of God throughout the ages. We are to become a “royal priesthood” (I Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:10).

We are to suffer many afflictions from which God promises deliverance and ultimately great and abundant blessings (Psalm 34:17-19) and we are to endure to the end of our physical lives (Matt. 10:22).

Job was being humbled and perfected for a very high office. God and Satan were not using Job as the object of some capricious argument over virtue,

God was using Satan, who for all his brilliance never did understand that he was being used as a tool for the perfecting of God’s perfect holy priesthood.

42:7 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.

Job did not sin, except that he was full of pride and justified himself. When Job understood his folly he IMMEDIATELY REPENTED. 

The situation is not the same today because today’s called out are not nearly as righteous as Job was.  Job was righteous and in his affliction began to sin by justifying himself.  

Today we have strayed very far from God and are full of the sin of idolizing men above any zeal to live by every Word of God. 

Righteous Job justified himself because he WAS righteous and could not see that God the Creator had the right to afflict his creation to perfect us. 

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who are also full of pride, justify ourselves in exalting men, corporate entities and past false traditions above the Word of God!  Truly we are nowhere near as righteous as Job was, and yet we the sinful still try to justify ourselves in all our idolatries and sin! 

Brethren, when we justify ourselves we deem ourselves righteous in our own eyes and therefore refuse to repent of our own ways;  this is the sin unto death that cannot be pardoned by God. 

John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death [which is self-justification and a refusal to repent]: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 

We have given a loving God no choice (Rev 3:16) except to correct us with a mighty correction, to humble us in the furnace of affliction and to break us of the great sins of pride and self-justification, in order to save us spiritually. 

Without the correction of great tribulation we would carry on in unrepentant self-justification; and refusing to repent we would receive the just wages of continued unrepented sin. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The unpardonable sin, is the sin of self-justification and refusal to repent; and only God’s loving and powerful correction can save many of today’s brethren from this great sin and eternal death. 

God is not willing that any should perish and he will bring us to understand and repent just like God saved Job; and after our correction ends with sincere repentance, God will raise us up in a resurrection to spirit with many other blessings!

Job 42:8 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.

42:9 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.

God, then lifted the correction of Job and delivered him to far greater blessings!

God will also deliver all his sincerely repentant out of great tribulation and bless them greatly, once they have learned the lesson to abhor self-justification and idolatry and turn to passionately live by every Word of God!

42:10 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.

42:11 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.

42:12 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.

42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

Job’s new daughters were named:

Jemima [a dove, peace with God. warmly affectionate: God is love],

Keziah [Cassia spice: a symbol of the Wisdom of God] and

Keren-Happuch [eye salve, eye ointment: God has opened my eyes].

42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 42:15 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.

42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.

42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

 

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