Job-restoredSo after 37 chapters of listening to the inaccurate words of Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elijuh; God has heard enough – and interjects into the conversation out of a whirlwind.  Many of the inconsistencies which are still propagated by Christians today can be cleared up by simply paying attention to what God says in these final chapters.  In fact – right out of the gate He reveals that Job has NOT been completely sinless and right in what he has been spouting during this trial.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? – Job 38:1-2 AMP

According to God, it was Job who spoke out of turn and “without knowledge”.   In fact – most of what God says is in correction towards Job himself.  Why Christians continue to quote statements from this unfortunate sufferer as Truth is beyond me????

Over the next couple of chapters (38-41), God enlightens Job into just who He is and what He does.  While it is true that Job was righteous and had not “sinned with his lips” in the beginning (Job 2:10) – by now (36 chapters later) Job had done quite a bit of sinning with his lips.  He had wrongfully accused God on several accounts – attributing these calamities as coming from Him – and cursing all parts of his life.  God quickly corrects Job by pointing out how much Job did not really know (“words without knowledge”).

Job’s reaction to this revelation from God was a complete turnaround from what he had been saying just a few chapters earlier.  In chapter 42 we see Job answer God with complete repentance.  Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” – Job 42:3.  Then a few verses later; “Therefore I loathe [my words] and abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. – Job 42:6.  (Unlike many Christians today), Job realized that he was wrong in accusing God and attributing this evil as coming from the hand of God.  It was Satan who attacked Job – not God.  God is not attacking His children nor is He a destroyer of His people – and once Job became aware of that, he correctly repented for his words.

Next God addresses the three friends (ignoring Elijuh completely).  God informs the three friends that they are in a much worse situation then Job.  While God had rebuked Job for contending with Him, reproving Him (40:2), disannulling His judgment and condemning Him (40:6); God still referred to Job as His “servant” and that compared to the three friends – Job was more right in what he had spoken.  As we have already seen numerous times before – God is looking at the heart here.  While Job had indeed spoken in error, it was in the midst of intense suffering, pain, and satanic pressure that he had done so.  God knew the heart of His servant, that he would not have said those things about God under normal circumstances and so administered grace toward him.  On the contrary, the three friends had no such excuse.  They had assumed the role of Satan by accusing their brother (Rev 12:10).  That is why they are told to offer a sacrifice for their sin and present it to Job “whom I accept” (Job 42:8).

In the end, after Job had repented, God restored back to Job twice what he originally had.  This is the true heart of God!  He is not stealing from, destroying, nor killing His people… that is the role of Satan.  It was Satan who attacked Job – and when Job and his friends (out of their ignorance) attributed these attacks to God, they were rebuked and repented.

In the same way – we as Christians need to not only understand who the real culprit of calamity is – but also avoid blaming God for the things which happen in our lives (no matter how “spiritual” we want to make it sound).  God is not inflicting His people with sickness, storms, or the like to teach us any lessons – nor is He punishing us in this way as discipline.  Instead He is looking to bless us and bring Glory to Himself through our obedience.

Job repented for his error and the Lord “turned the captivity of Job” (42:10).  Everything was restored to Job – and one has to wonder if this outcome could have happened 40 chapters earlier had Job known the true revelatory nature of God which we enjoy today.  Job lived 140 more years after this attack and died a man “full of days” (42:17).  The Septuagint (original Greek version of the OT) includes at the end of vs 17 “And it is written that he shall rise again with those whom the Lord raises up.”

A nice ending to this story.

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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