Week #70; Wed, May 01: Job 5:1–15:35
1. Job’s suffering is severe; he has already questioned why he did not die at birth.
2. Isaiah 14:12-23 accounts for the war in heaven and the fall of Lucifer and his followers; the angels of darkness.
3. It appears that Job does not consider that since that time, Lucifer, his adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:6-11).
Job 4-5, Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper (cont.)
1. Elephaz speaks first after a long silence by Job’s three visiting friends; Elephaz encourages Job to seek God for relief.
2. Elephaz tries to spell out the good in being reproved by God and to not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
Job 6, Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
1. Job holds on to innocence saying, “I have not denied the words of the Holy One.”
2. Job asks, “Is there any injustice on my tongue?”
Job 7, Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope
1. Job express hopelessness; “my eye will never again see good.”
2. Job says, “I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”
Job 8, Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent
1. Bildad speaks next saying, “If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.”
2. Bildad said, “God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.”
Job 9, Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter
1. Job acknowledged Bildad and affirmed his position.
2. However, Job asked, “How can a man be in the right before God? . . . If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.”
Job 10, Job Continues: A Plea to God
1. Job exclaims, “I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”
2. Job pleads to God, “Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me . . . Cease and leave me alone.”
Job 11, Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse
1. Lastly, Zophar speaks to Job saying, “God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.”
2. Zophar asked, “Can you find out the deep things of God? . . . Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?”
Job 12, Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This
1. Job replies to Zophar, “But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you . . . What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.”
2. Job says, “I desire to argue my case with God.”
Job 13, Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God
1. Job exclaims to his three friends, “As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.”
2. Further, Job says, “Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom.”
Job 14, Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All
1. Job asked, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? . . . There is none.”
2. Job said, “Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time and remember me!
Job 15, Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God
1. Eliphaz charges Job with “windy knowledge . . . Do you limit wisdom to yourself?”
2. Eliphaz asserts, “Should he (a man) argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?
3. Eliphaz concludes, “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.”