Week #71; Wed, May 08: Job 16:1–28:22

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Job continues to hold out that God is giving him his grief (unaware of Satan striking a deal with God as a test of Job’s faith).

2. In addition to Job’s infirmities, it appears that Job is severely handicapped by not knowing that God and Satan have undergone a test of Job’s faith; Job is blindly fighting for his soul.

3. Job’s friend’s are likewise unaware that Job has been placed in position between God and Satan as a test.

4. Job holds fast to his integrity in the face of criticism by his friends and ultimately identifies all wisdom is from God, not his outspoken friends.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Job 16, Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You
1. “Wendy words” is the term used by Job to describe his comforters.

2. Job said, “I could speak as you do, if you were in my place . . .”

3. Job firmly holds out that God has given him up to the ungodly and casts him in the hands of the wicked.

Job 17, Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

1. Job says, “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me.

2. Speaking to his friends, Job says, “I shall not find a wise man among you. My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.”

Job 18, Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked
1. Bildad thinks that the “light of the wicked (Job) is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine . . . The light is dark in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.”

2. But Bildad is unaware of the power of Job’s faith and the power of his God.

3. Bildad accuses Job of being unrighteous, and knows not God.

Job 19, Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives
1. But, Job sees through Bildad’s words and retorts that he should be ashamed for casting reproach upon him.

2. Job continues to lament over lost brothers, friends, relatives, guests, and maidservants saying, “the hand of God has touched me!”

3. Job powerfully states, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Job 20, Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer
1. Zophar also denounces Job stating, “I hear censure that insults me; the wicked will perish forever. . . . they will get no enjoyment. . . . God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.”

2. Zophar asserts, “This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”

Job 21, Job Replies: The Wicked Do Prosper
1. Job retorts, “mock on, but listen to my words.”

2. Job states about the wicked, “Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? . . . Their offspring are established in their presence, and their descendants before their eyes. . . . What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? . . . And what profit do we get if we pray to him? . . . How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? . . . Will any teach God knowledge?”

3. Job exclaims, “How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? . . . There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

Job 22, Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great
1. Eliphaz snaps back, “Can a man be profitable to God?”

2. Eliphaz tells Job, “Agree with God, and be at peace; there good will come to you. . . . Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. . . . You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. . . . light will shine on your ways.”

Job 23, Job Replies: Where Is God?
1. Job says, “I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.”

2. Job continues, “There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.”

3. Job surmises, “I am in dread of him; God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.”

Job 24, Job Continues: Why Are Not Times of Judgment Kept By The Almighty:
1. Job questioned, “Why do those who know him never see his days?”

2. In his confidence, Job says, “If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?”

Job 25, Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous
1. Bildad states, “Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven. . . . How then can man be in the right before God?”

2. Bildad asked, “How can he who is born of woman (into humanity) be pure?”

Job 26, Job Replies: God’s Majesty is Unsearchable
1. Job answered Bildad, “With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?”

2. Job assesses, “The thunder of God’s power, who can understand?”

Job 27, Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity
1. Job took up more discourse saying, “I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”

2.  Job teaches of the, “hand of God against the wicked and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty (the list is extensive and horrifying).”

Job 28, Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?
1. Job declares, “God understands the way to it (wisdom), and he knows its place. . . . For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”

2. Job announces that, “God said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

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