Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

1 . . .The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:4 (ESV)

One thing have I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:10–12 (ESV)

10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me,

but the Lord will take me in.

11  Teach me your way, O Lord,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.

12  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they breathe out violence.

Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

14  Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!

AMEN!

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Job has a Point . . .

After the bashing Job took from Bildad, Job opens up with bashing of his own “You are no help to the helpless!”  Wow!  But, I understand, his friends, although as genuine as they are trying to be, seem to be more concerned about how Job is expressing himself about the grief he has gone through than the grief he is going through.

I like in Chapter 27, in the first 8 verses especially he commits himself not to say anything bad about God, hard to do when everything has been taken away and even his friends are condemning him.  He then turns the table on his friends, they are not the experts of God, he then tells them how God will handle the evil ones of earth.

After Chapter 27:13, I have some verses out of order, I did it on purpose because, well you read it and I think it will make sense.  Not changing the order or God’s word, just this is how I put it together and though it might help you too.  (if anyone reads this.)

In the midst of Chapter 28, Job still speaking, starts listing where all the precious elements of the earth are, they are hidden, on top of rock, in deep tunnels and even the proud animals cannot find them.  He almost is saying, wow, man has found all these rich wonderful things hidden in the earth, but yet YOU, maybe his friends, where can wisdom be found?  Apparently, they did not ring any with them, right?

Job 26 New Century Version (NCV)

Job Answers Bildad

26 Then Job answered:

“You are no help to the helpless!

You have not aided the weak!

Your advice lacks wisdom!

You have shown little understanding!

Who has helped you say these words?

And where did you get these ideas?

Job 27 New Century Version (NCV)

27 And Job continued speaking:

“As surely as God lives, who has taken away my rights,

the Almighty, who has made me unhappy,

as long as I am alive

and God’s breath of life is in my nose,

my lips will not speak evil,

and my tongue will not tell a lie.

I will never agree you are right;

until I die, I will never stop saying I am innocent.

I will insist that I am right; I will not back down.

My conscience will never bother me.

“Let my enemies be like evil people,

my foes like those who are wrong.

What hope do the wicked have when they die,

when God takes their life away?

11 “I will teach you about the power of God

and will not hide the ways of the Almighty.

12 You have all seen this yourselves.

So why are we having all this talk that means nothing?

13 “Here is what God has planned for evil people,

and what the Almighty will give to cruel people:

22 The wind will hit them without mercy

as they try to run away from its power.

23 It will be as if the wind is clapping its hands;

it will whistle at them as they run from their place.

19 The wicked are rich when they go to bed,

but they are rich for the last time;

when they open their eyes, everything is gone.

20 Fears come over them like a flood,

and a storm snatches them away in the night.

Job 28 New Century Version (NCV)

No hawk knows that path;

the falcon has not seen it.

Proud animals have not walked there,

and no lions cross over it.

Miners hit the rocks of flint

and dig away at the bottom of the mountains.

10 They cut tunnels through the rock

and see all the treasures there.

11 They search for places where rivers begin

and bring things hidden out into the light.

12 “But where can wisdom be found,

and where does understanding live?

Chapter 26 Cliff Notes of Job

Job reproves Bildad 1–4
Job acknowledges the power of God 5–14

 
Verses 1–4
Job derided Bildad’s answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary, Isa 50:4; and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.

Verses 5–14
Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God’s power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God’s almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Ps 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

. . . Job Battles Bildad

As I read Job, I try and put myself into both Job’s situation and the friends.  Remember, they don’t have the key hole insight we do to Job’s situation nor to God.  Remember, they don’t have the Bible, Jesus Christ or the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as the letters of Peter, Paul, John, James, and all the others.  Imagine though, your friends never sit with and say “Ok, if you have not sinned, why might he do this, let’s think this through.”  However, it has reduced to the point where Bildad is lecturing Job, who God himself trusted, is telling Job how to have an even better relationship with God.  In Chapter 26, it is starting to sound like Job is getting enough of their “good will”.

Job 24:25 NCV
. . . Who can show that my words are worth nothing?”

Job 25 New Century Version (NCV)

Bildad Answers

25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“God rules and he must be honored;
    he set up order in his high heaven.

So no one can be good in the presence of God,
    and no one born to a woman can be pure.

Job 26New Century Version (NCV)

Job Answers Bildad

26 Then Job answered:

“You are no help to the helpless!
    You have not aided the weak!
Your advice lacks wisdom!
    You have shown little understanding!
Who has helped you say these words?
    And where did you get these ideas?

Job Answers – Again

Job is so confident with regards to his plight, he wishes to find God and confront him. He knows, in verse 10 of chapter 23 he would come out like gold. He even wants God set a time for judgement in the beginning of chapter 24. He rejects the opinion that bad people get away with things on earth; Job rejects this with his final statements in chapter 24.

Job 23New Century Version (NCV)

Job Answers

23 Then Job answered:

“My complaint is still bitter today.

    I groan because God’s heavy hand is on me.

I wish I knew where to find God

    so I could go to where he lives.

I would present my case before him

    and fill my mouth with arguments.

I would learn how he would answer me

    and would think about what he would say.

Would he not argue strongly against me?

    No, he would really listen to me.

Then an honest person could present his case to God,

    and I would be saved forever by my judge.

10 But God knows the way that I take,

    and when he has tested me, I will come out like gold.

Job 24New Century Version (NCV)

24 “I wish the Almighty would set a time for judging.

    Those who know God do not see such a day.

13 “Those who fight against the light

    do not know God’s ways

    or stay in his paths.

23 God may let these evil people feel safe,

    but he is watching their ways.

24 For a little while they are important, and then they die;

    they are laid low and buried like everyone else;

    they are cut off like the heads of grain.

25 If this is not true, who can prove I am wrong?

    Who can show that my words are worth nothing?”


Job is a non believer

I like the way Eliphaz asks in the first few verses and accuses Job of not loving god and having done evil things. Then in the next section, he changes his tune and asks Job if he is going to continue on his path of sin, won’t he change.  Then, acting as though Job did not know, he lectures Job on how to find peace with God and acts as though Job left God.  Tells him if he returns, he will be blessed again.  I understand how they get to this, but they are siding on the negative, believing Job had done something to deserve the punishment he is in fact receiving.  He finishes off the chapter with him telling Job, that if Job prays to him and God will hear him and Job should keep his promises to him – to avoid continued punishment.

Job 22:3-6 New Century Version (NCV)

Does it help the Almighty for you to be good?

Does he gain anything if you are innocent?

Does God punish you for respecting him?

Does he bring you into court for this?

No! It is because your evil is without limits

and your sins have no end.

You took your brothers’ things for a debt they didn’t owe;

you took clothes from people and left them naked.

Job 22:14-17 New Century Version (NCV)

13 But you ask, ‘What does God know?

Can he judge us through the dark clouds?

14 Thick clouds cover him so he cannot see us

as he walks around high up in the sky.’

15 Are you going to stay on the old path

where evil people walk?

16 They were carried away before their time was up,

and their foundations were washed away by a flood.

17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone!

The Almighty can do nothing to us.’

Job 22:21-23 New Century Version (NCV)

21 “Obey God and be at peace with him;

this is the way to happiness.

22 Accept teaching from his mouth,

and keep his words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be blessed again.

So remove evil from your house.

Job 22:21-23 New Century Version (NCV)

26 You will find pleasure in the Almighty,

and you will look up to him.

27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,

and you will keep your promises to him.

Job Righteous < Sinners

These verses are how Job seems to see the sinners of his day. What is wild, I have to agree, it is how I see the sinners of our day too. Murders getting away with murder, drug lords getting away with billions and living free. But then we see someone that tries to do something good and they get punished for it. I like the verse however, JOB 21:26 where he states, the sinner and the righteous are buried next to each other and worms cover them both. Now, this is good and bad, because as we know, those who are disciples of Christ, won’t be buried in the ground and experience the worms as he describes.

In these verses, see if you agree with the emotions Job is expressing about how the sinners are treated and how he believes the righteous are treated – to him, he is saying the righteousness are being treated worse.

Job 21:13-14 (NCV)

13 Evil people enjoy successful lives
and then go peacefully to the grave.
14 They say to God, ‘Leave us alone!
We don’t want to know your ways.
Job 21:22 (NCV)
22 “No one can teach knowledge to God;
he is the one who judges even the most important people.

Job 21:26 (NCV)
26 They are buried next to each other,
and worms cover them both.

Job 21:30-32 (NCV)
30 On the day of God’s anger and punishment,
it is the wicked who are spared.
31 Who will accuse them to their faces?
Who will pay them back for the evil they have done?
32 They are carried to their graves,
and someone keeps watch over their tombs.

Job 21:34 (NCV)
34 “So how can you comfort me with this nonsense?
Your answers are only lies!”