Description: In order to correctly apply the book of Job to our lives, we must take into account the entire book, including the epilogue. It is in the final 11 verses of Job where we learn of his vindication and restoration and the condemnation of his three friends who have spoken falsely. While Job never receives the answer to the question of why he is suffering, what he does receive is far greater.
Description: As Job is confronted with the wisdom of God, he no longer seeks vindication but repents in dust and ashes. God’s anger is kindled against Job’s friends who must go to Job to receive vindication with Job acting as their mediator. After this, God vindicates Job and all that he has lost and in so doing God vindicates His own name as well, showing that His wisdom and ways are beyond our understanding that He is righteous and right in all that He does.
God answers Job out of the whirlwind, disclosing His greatness and majesty in all of creation. Job is instructed in wisdom that begins with him understanding that God is great and greatly to be praised. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. Job is humbled as God prepares him to be vindicated and restored.
Description: A surprising introduction into the story is a lengthy speech form a young man named Elihu. Elihu, although aroused by anger against Job and his three friends, doesn’t unfairly accuse Job but reminds him of his former proclamations of faith and serves to prepare the way for Job to hear from God Himself.
Description: In Job’s final speech, he comes very near his breaking point. He remembers the past, laments his current situation, and comes close to defending himself self-righteously. But God knows that Job is at the end of his strength and God will soon silence Job by answering him out of the whirlwind.
Description: The third cycle of speeches is covered in this message. This includes the final speech from Eliphaz, Bildad, and Job (Zophar does not speak in the final round. Job wrestles with very difficult issues concerning the mystery of God’s wisdom and providence. But it is here that Job finds some conclusions as well. But the answers Job seeks will not be provided to him and will remain in question until the coming of Christ… Job’s Redeemer.
Description: The speeches in this second cycle become even more insulting. Bildad in chapter 18 and Zophar in chapter 20 don’t hold back in their calling Job a wicked man. But in the midst of it all, in chapter 19, Job makes one of the most profound statements of faith found in the entire Bible. Job leaves off in chapter 21 knowing that the question of why the righteous suffer while the wicked prospers has not been answered and that his friends speeches have been nothing but falsehood.
Description: Eliphaz speaks to Job a second time and his speech becomes more attacking. Eliphaz tells Job he is sinning right now and that he stand condemned by his own words.
Job continues to maintain his integrity and trust in God. Remarkably Job cries out for a Mediator who would intercede with God on Job’s behalf and act as a witness and even be Job’s friend. Only one could fill this role and that is Christ Himself.
Description: Zophar is the third friend to speak. His speech ends cycle one in the dialogue portion and in the end he adds nothing new to the views of Job’s other two friends. Zophar is insulting in his attack as he basically calls Job a windbag and a scoffer.
Job continues to declare his innocence and calls for a trial before God. In the end he continues to trust in God and says, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
Description: In chapter 4 the first of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, breaks the silence and provides council to Job. It is miserable council. Eliphaz believes that calamity only follows sin and so has already concluded that Job is in sin and calls for his repentance.
Job is discouraged by his friend and eventually turns his plead to God. In fact, Job is so discouraged that he requests God turn His gaze away from him and let him die in peace.
Description: We are introduced in the text to Job’s three friends. They meant well but they bring to mind the cliché, “with friends like these who needs enemies?” Several months have transpired since Job’s tribulation started, and he is now at that point where death looks sweet and Job curses the day of his birth — always the unanswerable question of…”Why?”
Description: Chapter 2 or Job is the start of a new round of attacks from the Devil. God “lengthens his leash” and allows Satan to put forth his hand against Job’s own body. We will look closely at this new attach and Job’s response.
Description: In our passage today, we see a glimpse into the heavenly throne room. Satan obeys the summons to appear, and he comes as the accuser of God’s people. God tells Satan to state for the record where he has been and Satan states that he has been going “to and fro on the earth.” And then God asks Satan a question that challenges Satan: “Have you considered my servant Job?”
Satan accepts this challenge from God by saying that if God allows him to take away Job’s blessings that Job would curse God to His face. Job would then be proved a fake and God would be guilty of nothing more than cosmic bribery.
The gauntlet has been thrown down…and it is God’s idea.
Description: In this sermon (part 2 of 2) we follow the man Job as he encounters calamity. We only look at the parts of the story that happened directly to Job. We see it from his perspective and skip the section of the happenings between God and Satan in the heavenly throne room (which we will cover in the next sermon).
We look at Job’s response and in it we see an example of a man who must look to a Redeemer in the midst of his trials.
We end by looking at Christ who in many ways is the anti-type of Job and is the greater sufferer and who accomplished the ultimate defeat of all of Job’s enemies. (Listen to Part 1)
Description: This sermon (part 1 of 2) serves as an introduction to our series in book of Job — the aim of which is to see the Gospel and Christ even in the midst of an ancient book about the suffering of a man called Job. (Listen to Part 2)
Description: Our Redeemer lives. He was victorious over death the grave could not hold Him. Paul presents in 1 Corinthians 15 the facts concerning the resurrection of Christ to those at the church at Cornith.
Description: No words of Scripture “… hold within themselves a deeper mystery than this simple formula of the Christian life, ‘in Christ‘” (J. Gordon). This message takes a quick look at the believers’ faith and walk in Christ. Our challenge remains to reproduce in our lives the righteousness which is already ours in Christ.
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