Job 15-21 - Outline

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April 13, 2013

 *OCT 19 - JOB 15-21 - SECOND TRIAD*

comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you?”
*In Your Kingdom Father, both tares and wheat continue together unto the
end, the harvest. Eliphaz insinuated sin in Job: secret sin, pride and
arrogance. He sought to prove it by tradition. But Father, vindicate the
righteous today as You did in Job’s day! *Hallowed be your :name.*

answered and said: 2 “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters
are you all.” *Job felt himself hopeless in the light of his circumstances
and false comforters. O Father, give us merciful hearts toward the
afflicted! Let us bring them true comfort. *Your :kingdom come.*

 *3. 18:1-3 (18) BILDAD: EXPOSES JOB THROUGH THE PAST. Then Bildad the
Shuhite answered and said: 2 “How long will you hunt for words? Consider,
and then we will speak. 3 Why are we counted as cattle? Why are we stupid
in your sight?” *These are terrible words of false comfort. Let us not have
such a hard insensitive heart, Father! *Your :will be done, As in heaven,
so on earth.*

 *4. 19:25-27 (19) JOB: APPEALS TO HIS FRIENDS FOR PITY. “For I know that
Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after
my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I
shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart
faints with me!” *One of the most sublime statements ever uttered by man!
And out of what circumstances! O Father, forgive us for falling so far
short of our potential and possibilities. We like Job would glorify You in
the midst of temptation’s hour. *Our :daily :bread Give us this day.*

 *5. 20:1-2 (20) ZOPHAR HASTENS TO USE REASON AGAINST JOB. Then Zophar the
Naamathite answered and said: “Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of
my haste within me.” *Who needs enemies, when he has such friends! What
bitter enmity is here spewed forth! It is incredible that man can be so
blind, unfeeling and cruel. O Father, be with us in temptation’s hour, when
we might be tempted to act like Job’s false comforters. *And forgive us our
:debts, As we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 21:1-3 (21:1-26) JOB: APPEALS FOR REASONABLENESS. Then Job answered
and said: 2 “Keep listening to my words, and this be your comfort. 3 Bear
with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.” *Mockery!
That’s what Job sensed he was receiving from his friends. How sad that when
we need comfort, we so often receive abuse. But *You* are not this way,
Father. *You* are the God of all comfort. *And bring us not into temptation.

 *7. 21:34 (21:27-34) JOB: APPEALS FOR JUSTICE FROM HIS FRIENDS. “How then
will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your
answers but falsehood.” *How can a man of falsehood comfort a man of
righteousness? Impossible! But *You* Father, do *all* things well! *But
deliver us from the evil one!*

 *NOTE**: 19:20-22 (19) JOB: HIS PITEOUS REQUEST. **“My bones stick to my
skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. 21 Have
mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has
touched me! 22 Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied
with my flesh?” *O Father, our compassion yearns over Job. May we seek out
the living and show pity.

 *Quote from Vance Havner - *“You can’t preach it like it was - if you
don’t believe it like it was.”

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 109:4-5 (109) HELP ME, O LORD MY GOD. “In return
for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. 5 So they reward
me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” *Man’s inhumanity to man, and
man’s ingratitude to God! Father, we have so often despised Your
lovingkindness, Your Covenant Love. Forgive us, and teach us to be
grateful! (This Psalm of David ties in with the book of Job).

 “*To the Chief Musician” *- intended therefore to be sung, and sung in the
Temple service! Yet is it by no means easy to imagine the whole nation
singing such dreadful imprecations. We ourselves, at any rate, under the
gospel dispensation, find it very difficult to infuse into the Psalm a
gospel sense or a sense at all compatible with the Christian spirit; and
therefore one would think the Jews must have found it hard to chant such
strong language without feeling the spirit of revenge excited; and the
arousal of that spirit could never have been the object of divine worship
in any period of time - under law or under gospel. At the very outset, this
title shows that the Psalm has a meaning with which it is fitting for men
of God to have fellowship before the throne of the Most High: but what is
that meaning? This is a question of no small difficulty, and only a very
childlike spirit will ever be able to answer it. *“A Psalm of David”* -
not, therefore, the ravings of a vicious misanthrope, or the execrations of
a hot, revengeful spirit. David would not smite the man who sought his
blood; he frequently forgave those who treated him shamefully; and
therefore these words cannot be read in a bitter, revengeful sense, for
that would be foreign to the character of the son of Jesse.

 109:2. *For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are
opened against me. *The misery caused to a good man by slanderous reports
no heart can imagine but that which is wounded by them: in all Satan’s
armory there are no worse weapons than deceitful tongues. To have a
reputation over which we have watched with daily care suddenly bespattered
with the foulest aspersions is painful beyond description; but when wicked
and deceitful men get their mouths fully opened, we can hardly expect to
escape any more than others.

 109:4. *For my love they are my adversaries. *They hate me because I love
them. One of our poets says of the Lord Jesus, “Found guilty of excess of
love.” Surely it was His only fault. *But I give myself unto prayer. *He
did nothing else but pray. He became prayer as they became malice. This was
his answer to his enemies; he appealed from men and their injustice to the
Judge of all the earth, Who must do right. True bravery alone can teach a
man to leave his traducers unanswered and carry the case unto the Lord. Men
cannot help but reverence the courage that walks amid calumnies unanswering.

 109:13. *Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let
their name be blotted out.* Both from existence and from memory let them
pass away till none shall know that such a vile brood ever existed. Who
wishes to see the family of Domitian or Julian continued upon earth?Who
would mourn if the race of Tom Paine or of Voltaire should come to an end?
It would be undesirable that the sons of the utterly villainous and
bloodthirsty should rise to honor, and if they did, they would only revive
the memory of their father’s sins.

 109:15. The passage is dark; and we musty leave it so. It must be right or
it would not be here, but how, we cannot see. Why should we expect to
understand all things? Perhaps it is more for our benefit to exercise
humility, and reverently worship God over a hard text, than it would be to
comprehend all mysteries.

 109:20. Thousands of God’s people are perplexed with this Psalm, and we
fear we have contributed very little towards their enlightenment, and
perhaps the notes we have gathered from others, since they display such a
variety of view, may only increase the difficulty. What then? Is it not
good for us sometimes to be made to feel that we are not yet able to
understand all the word and mind of God? A thorough bewilderment, so long
as it does not stagger our faith, may be useful to us by confounding our
pride, arousing our faculties, and leading us to cry, “What I know not,
teach Thou me.”

 109:24. *My knees are weak through fasting. *Either religious fasting, to
which he resorted in the dire extremity of grief, or else through loss of
appetite occasioned by distress of mind. Who can eat when every morsel is
soured by envy? This is the advantage of the slanderer, that he feels
nothing himself, while his sensitive victim can scarcely eat a morsel of
bread because of his sensitiveness. However, the good God knows all this
and will succor His afflicted.

 109:29. *Let my adversaries be clothed with shame. *It is a prophecy as
well as a wish and may be read both in the indicative and the imperative.
Where sin is the underclothing, shame will soon be the outer vesture. He
who would clothe good men with contempt shall himself be clothed with
dishonor. *(From “The Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O.

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