Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Job’s Final Word To His Friends

Job 27:1-27 NIV

Job’s Final Word to His Friends

1And Job continued his discourse:

2“As surely As GOD Lives, WHO Has Denied me justice,
The ALMIGHTY, WHO Has Made my life bitter,
3as long as I have life within me,
the Breath of GOD in my nostrils,
4my lips will not say anything wicked,
and my tongue will not utter lies.

5I will never admit you are in the right;
till I die, I will not deny my integrity.

6I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it;
my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
7“May my enemy be like the wicked,
my adversary like the unjust!
8For what hope have the godless when they are cut off,
when GOD Takes Away their life?
9Does GOD Listen To their cry
when distress comes upon them?

10Will they find delight in The ALMIGHTY?
Will they call on GOD at all times?
11“I will teach you about the Power of GOD;
the ways of The ALMIGHTY I will not conceal.
12You have all seen this yourselves.
Why then this meaningless talk?

13“Here is the Fate GOD Allots to the wicked,
the heritage a ruthless man receives from The ALMIGHTY:
14However many his children, their fate is the sword;
his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15The plague will bury those who survive him,
and their widows will not weep for them.
16Though he heaps up silver like dust
and clothes like piles of clay,
17what he lays up the righteous will wear,
and the innocent will divide his silver.

18The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon,
like a hut made by a watchman.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more;
when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood;
a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21The east wind carries him off, and he is gone;
it sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls itself against him without mercy
as he flees headlong from its power.
23It claps its hands in derision
and hisses him out of his place.”

JEHOVAH Suspends The Earth Over Nothing

Job 26:1-14 NIV


1Then Job replied:

2“How you have helped the powerless!
How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
3What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
And what great insight you have displayed!
4Who has helped you utter these words?
And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
5“The dead are in deep anguish,
those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6The realm of the dead is naked Before GOD;
Destructiona lies uncovered.

7HE Spreads Out the northern skies over empty space;

HE Suspends the earth over nothing.

8HE Wraps up the waters in HIS clouds,
yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
9HE Covers the face of the full moon,
spreading HIS clouds over it.
10HE Marks Out the horizon on the face of the waters
for a boundary between light and darkness.
11The pillars of the heavens quake,
aghast at His Rebuke.
12By HIS Power HE Churned Up the sea;
by HIS Wisdom HE Cut Rahab to pieces.
13By HIS Breath the skies became fair;
HIS Hand Pierced the gliding serpent.
14And these are but the outer fringe of HIS Works;
how faint the whisper we hear of HIM!
Who then can understand the thunder of HIS Power?”

Job 26

Over the empty place - על־תהוּ ‛al-tôhû, "Upon emptiness, or nothing." That is, without anything to support it. The word used here (תהוּ tôhû) is one of those employed Genesis 1:2

But it seems here to mean emptiness, nothing. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere Power of GOD. And hangs the earth upon nothing. - It has nothing to support it.

There is no certain evidence here that Job was acquainted with the globular form of the earth, and with its diurnal and annual revolutions. But it is clear that he regarded it as not resting on any foundation or support; as lying on the vacant air, and kept there by the Power of GOD. The sentiment here expressed by Job was probably the common opinion of his time.

Biblical references Psalm 93:1, 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30 include text stating that "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved." In the same manner, Psalm 104:5 says, "The LORD Set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved." Further, Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that "And the sun rises and sets and returns to its place" etc.

Galileo defended heliocentrism, and claimed it was not contrary to those Scripture passages. He took Augustine's position on Scripture: not to take every passage literally, particularly when the scripture in question is a book of poetry and songs, not a book of instructions or history. He believed that the writers of the Scripture merely wrote from the perspective of the terrestrial world, from that vantage point that the sun does rise and set. Another way to put this is that the writers would have been writing from a phenomenological point of view, or style.

So Galileo claimed that science did not contradict Scripture, as Scripture was discussing a different kind of "movement" of the earth, and not rotations.

A Mortal Can Be Righteous Before HOLY GOD Only By GOD'S Righteousness In JESUS

Job 25:1-6 NIV


1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

2“Dominion and Awe Belong To GOD;
HE Establishes order in the heights of Heaven.
3Can HIS Forces be numbered?
On whom does HIS Light not rise?

4How then can a mortal be righteous Before GOD?

How can one born of woman be pure?

5If even the moon is not bright
and the stars are not pure in HIS Eyes,
6how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot—
a human being, who is only a worm!”

Chapter 25

Bildad here makes a very short reply to Job's last discourse, as one that began to be tired of the cause Job presents. He drops the main question concerning the prosperity of wicked men, as being unable to answer the proofs Job had produced in the foregoing chapter: but, because he thought Job had made too bold with the Divine Majesty in his appeals to the Divine Tribunal (ch. 23), he in a few words shows the infinite distance there is between GOD and man, teaching us,

I. To think highly and honorably of GOD (v. 2, 3, 5).

II. To think lowly and humbly of ourselves (v. 4, 6).

These, however misapplied to Job, are two good lessons for us all to learn.

The ALMIGHTY GOD Set Times For Judgment By JESUS

Job 24:1-25 NIV

(Job continues)

1Why Does The ALMIGHTY Not Set times for Judgment?

Why must those who know HIM look in vain for such 


2There are those who move boundary stones;
they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3They drive away the orphan’s donkey
and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
4They thrust the needy from the path
and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5Like wild donkeys in the desert,
the poor go about their labor of foraging food;
the wasteland provides food for their children.
6They gather fodder in the fields
and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
7Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked;
they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
8They are drenched by mountain rains
and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
9The fatherless child is snatched from the breast;
the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
10Lacking clothes, they go about naked;
they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.

11They crush olives among the terracesa ;
they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12The groans of the dying rise from the city,
and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.
But GOD Charges no one with wrongdoing.
13“There are those who rebel against the light,
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.
14When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up,
kills the poor and needy,
and in the night steals forth like a thief.
15The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk;
he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’
and he keeps his face concealed.
16In the dark, thieves break into houses,
but by day they shut themselves in;
they want nothing to do with the light.
17For all of them, midnight is their morning;
they make friends with the terrors of darkness.
18“Yet they are foam on the surface of the water;
their portion of the land is cursed,
so that no one goes to the vineyards.
19As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow,
so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
20The womb forgets them,
the worm feasts on them;
the wicked are no longer remembered
but are broken like a tree.

21They prey on the barren and childless woman,
and to the widow they show no kindness.
22But GOD Drags away the mighty by HIS Power;
though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23HE May Let them rest in a feeling of security,
but HIS Eyes Are on their ways.
24For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like heads of grain.
25“If this is not so, who can prove me false
and reduce my words to nothing?”

Chapter 24

Job having by his complaints in the foregoing chapter given vent to his passion, and thereby gained some ease, and now applies himself to a further discussion of the doctrinal controversy between him and his friends concerning the prosperity of wicked people.  That many live at ease who are ungodly and profane, and despise all the exercises of devotion, he had shown, chapter 21.

Now here he goes further, and shows that many who are mischievous to mankind, and live in open defiance to all the laws of justice and common honesty, yet thrive and succeed in their unrighteous practices; and we do not see them reckoned with in this world. What he had said before (chapter 12:6), "The tabernacles of robbers prosper," he here enlarges upon.

He lays down his general proposition (v. 1), that the punishment of wicked people is not so visible and apparent as his friends supposed, and then proves it by an induction of particulars.

I. Those that openly do wrong to their poor neighbors are not reckoned with (v. 2-12), though the former are very barbarous (v. 21, 22).

II. Those that secretly practice mischief often go undiscovered and unpunished (v. 13-17).

III. That GOD Punished such by secret Judgments and reserves them for future Judgments (v. 18-20, and 23-25), so that, upon the whole matter, we cannot say that all who are in trouble are wicked; for it is certain that all who are in prosperity are not righteous.