Job 4-14 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at
Thu Apr 11 09:35:32 PDT 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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April 11, 2013

 *OCT 18 - JOB 4-14 - FIRST TRIAD*

 *1. 5:26 (4-5, ESV) ELIPHAZ: APPEAL TO EXPERIENCE. “You shall come to your
grave in ripe old age, like a sheaf gathered up in its season.” *In this
Eliphaz was truly prophetic concerning Job, though he badly missed Job’s
true state before You, Father. Human thinking based on experience sells us
short. You alone give true revelation, Father - not the pathetic
conclusions of humanism. *Hallowed be your :name.*

 *2. 6:14-15 (6-7) JOB: PLEADS FOR TRUST. “He who withholds kindness from a
friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 15 My brothers are treacherous as
a torrent-bed, as torrential streams that pass away.” *How sad Job’s
complaint concerning his friends, their lack of understanding and lack of
compassion! Father, *You alone* are our hope, even when we do not
understand Your ways. *Your :kingdom come!*

 *3. 8:8-10 (8) BILDAD: APPEAL TO HISTORY. “For inquire, please, of bygone
ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out. 9 For we are but of
yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow. 10 Will
they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their
understanding?” *David said he was wiser than his teachers and elders
because he kept Your Word, Father! So history *doesn’t do it*! *Your :will
be done, as in heaven, so on earth.*

 *4. 9:1-2 (9-10) JOB: TRUSTS APART FROM UNDERSTANDING. Then Job answered
and said: 2 “Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right
before God?” *History is just facts: Revelation of theology is practical
application of facts, and that is Your domain alone, Father. In Jesus You
proclaimed *justification by faith*, on the basis of *Grace alone*. Calvary
was Job’s answer, not history through Bildad. *Our :daily :bread Give us
this day.*

 *5. 11:1-2 (11) ZOPHAR: APPEAL TO REASON. Then Zophar the Naamathite
answered and said: 2 “Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man
full of talk be judged right?* *Reason* missed the mark in coming at Job’s
problem too! Only *You* Father, can look on the heart (1 Samuel 15:7). *And
forgive us our :debts, As we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 12:1-2; 13:4-5 (12-13) JOB: PROVES THEIR REASON UNREASONABLE. Then Job
answered and said: 2 “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with
you. 13:4 As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you
all. 5 Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom.” *Job
proved by reason that most reason is unreasonable! Father, we move to trust
in You alone in the face of perplexing circumstances. *And bring us not
into temptation.*

 *7. 14:14 (14) JOB: HIS PHILOSOPHY OF MAN. “If a man dies, shall he live
again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should
come.” *Job had hope in the Resurrection of the body even in his present
terrible condition! And he still trusted You Father, in his present! What
an example! *But deliver us from the evil one!*

 *NOTE**: 13:15 (12-13) JOB: A REMARKABLE CONFESSION. **“Though he slay me,
I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.” *May we take to
ourselves the first part of his confession.

 *Quote from William McKinley - *The financial honor of this government is
of too vast importance, is entirely too sacred to be the football of party

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 108:3-5 (108) WITH GOD WE SHALL DO VALIANTLY. “I
will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to
you among the nations. 4 For your steadfast love (CHEsed) is great above
the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 5 Be exalted, O God,
above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! *Father, to
David's ascription of praise, we add our Doxology: *Hallowed be your :name!*

 A Song, or Psalm, of David. To be sung jubilantly as a national hymn or
solemnly as a sacred Psalm. We cannot find it in our heart to dismiss the
Psalm by merely referring the reader first to Psalm 42:7-11 and then to
Psalm 40:5-12, though it will be seen at once that those two portions of
Scripture are almost identical with the verses before us. It is true that
most of the commentators have done so, and we are not so presumptuous as to
dispute their wisdom; but we hold for ourselves that the words would not
have been repeated if there had not been an object for so doing, and that
this object could not have been answered if every hearer of it had said,
“Ah, we had that before, and therefore we need not meditate upon it again.”
The Holy Spirit is not so short of expressions that He needs to repeat
Himself, and the repetition cannot be meant merely to fill the book: there
must be some intention in the arrangement of two former divine utterances
in a new connection; whether we can discover that intent is another matter.
It is at least ours to endeavor to do so, and we may expect divine
assistance therein. We have before us “The Warrior’s Morning Song,” with
which he adores his God and strengthens his heart before entering upon the
conflicts of the day. As an old Prussian officer was wont in prayer to
invoke the aid of “his Majesty’s August Ally,” so does David appeal to his
God and set up his banner in Jehovah’s name. Some expressions are so
admirable that they ought to be used again; we would throw away a cup
because he drank from it before? God should be served with the best words,
and when we have them, they are surely good enough to be used twice. To use
the same words continually and never utter a new song would show great
slothfulness and would lead to dead formalism, but we need not regard
novelty of language as at all essential to devotion, nor strain after it as
an urgent necessity.

 108:1. *Even with my glory. *With my intellect, my tongue, my poetic
faculty, my musical skill, or whatever else causes me to be renowned and
confers honor upon me. It is my glory to be able to speak and not to be a
dumb animal, therefore my voice shall show forth Your praise; it is my
glory to know God and not to be a heathen, and therefore my instructed
intellect shall adore You; it is my glory to be a saint, and no more a
rebel, therefore the grace I have received shall bless You; it is my glory
to be immortal and not a mere brute which perishes, therefore my inmost
life shall celebrate Your majesty.

 108:5. *Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and Thy glory above all
the earth. *Let Your praise be according to the greatness of Your mercy.
Ah, if we were to measure our devotion thus, with what ardor should we
sing! The whole earth with its overhanging dome would seem too scant an
orchestra and all the faculties of all mankind too little for the
hallelujah. Angels would be called in to aid us, and surely they would
come. They will come in that day when the whole earth shall be filled with
the praises of Jehovah. We long for the time when God shall be universally
worshiped and His glory in the gospel shall be everywhere made known. This
is a truly missionary prayer. David had none of the exclusiveness of the
modern Jew or the narrow-heartedness of some nominal Christians. For God’s
sake, that His glory might be everywhere revealed, he longed to see heaven
and earth full of the divine praise. Amen, so let it be.

 108:12. *Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. *We ought
to pray with all the more confidence in God when our confidence in man is
altogether gone. When the help of man is vain, we shall not find it vain to
seek the help of God. *(From “The Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon,
abridged by D.O. Fuller)*

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