The conclusion of the book is a powerful lesson in humility and sincere repentance before God.
It spells out the situation in the Ekklesia today, who are filled with love for God; but who have been led astray into thinking that they are right before God; even when they do what is right in their own eyes contrary to God’s Word.
We have gone astray from zeal for the practical application of God’s Word, and are justifying ourselves as being righteous and godly; justifying ourselves by equating ourselves and our groups with godliness, as Job justified himself against God
We, like Job, NEED to STOP equating loyalty to our fase traditions, leaders and organizations as loyalty to God!
WE MUST STOP doing what we think is right; and WE MUST START exalting God and doing what HE SAYS IS RIGHT IN HIS WORD.
If we truly loved God; we would be DOING what God says is right; NOT what we decide for ourselves is good and right!
God Humbles Job
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind [storm cloud], and said,
38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
God demands of Job if he was present at creation as God was; and if Job knows how to create the earth? God mentions the angels as being there but not Job.
38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?
God asks Job if he knows that God separated the land from the sea on the first day. Implying the question: Could Job do that?
38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors [caused the dry land to eise out of the sea], when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors [set boundries between the waters and the land], 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
God asks Job if he has set the earth in rotation and created day and night; and set the limits of the lives of men?
38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring [dawn] to know his place; 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 38:14 It is turned [rotates] as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
The light of truth is withheld from the wicked and their strength will be broken.
38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
God asks: Does Job know what is under the sea? or doe man know the secret of death and eternal life? Can Job raise the dead?
38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
What is light and darkness? Did man make them? Have you lived from the beginning of all things?
38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
Did man create ice, hail and frost?
38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Did man create rivers, rain, lightening or thunder?
38:24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 38:25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
What man designed and created the nature of water? Making the vapor, the rain, the frost and ice, or the dew?
38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can man control the stars and bodies of the heavens like God?
38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Can man command the rain?
38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?
Who created man and gave him understanding?
38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Who set the instincts of the beasts?
38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
Who set in motion the systems of reproduction? It takes BOTH a female and a male to reproduce; it is impossible for that system to evolve: Was it created by man; or by God to show his authorship of creation?
Job 39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? 39:2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows [heaviness of pregnancy]. 39:4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn [grain and grass]; they go forth, and return not unto them [their parents].
Who has made the wild creatures?
39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? 39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Can man make the Oryx to serve him?
39:9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 39:11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
Did you make the beautiful birds, or do you save the ostrich? The ostrich scorns others yet she is foolish.
39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear; 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. 39:18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
Did man create the horse in his strength; and his courage in battle?
39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? 39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. 39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 39:24 He swalloweth [covers the ground with speed] the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Has man created the birds of prey?
39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
God Corrects Job
God now gets personal with Job and asks: what is man to justify himself before God?
Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job responds to God. Acknowledging his fault in justifying himself against God.
40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
In his discussions with his friends Job has answered them once and the second time; now he cannot answer God.
40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
God now corrects Job for justifying himself.
40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Job cannot extricate himself out of his affliction, to raise himself up from the grave in glory; why then does he presume to justify himself against God?
40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Job set yourself to correct all wickedness and to abase all the proud. This is also a reference to Job’s pride and how God is humbling him.
40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
If Job is equal with God; then Job can justify and save himself
40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
40:15 Behold now behemoth [possibly the elephant] , which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: [only] he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose [trunk] pierceth through snares.
Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do [it] no more. 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
How then can a man justify himself against God?
41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 41:11 Who [can stop God] hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
The man that is God’s equal will be accepted as such by God; but what man is God’s equal?
41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Who can overcome the leviathan [a type of Satan the dragon]? He has a very large mouth filled with very many strong teeth and his body is protected by strong scales. He rests in masses close together.
41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face [his mouth is large] ? his teeth are terrible round about. 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
41:18 By his neesings [sneezing, snorting] a light doth shine [the water is disturbed] , and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
His expelling of air in the water appears as steam, and the bubbles in the water reflecting light appear fiery.
41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke [mist, steam], as out of a seething pot or caldron. 41:21 His breath [is like hot smoldering] kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
By his great strength he takes what he wants.
41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of [his breaking forth] breakings they purify themselves [seek their gods].
41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 41:32 He maketh a [wake of water] path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without [has no fear of anything] fear.
This animal is the king of the proud
41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
Job repents and admits to speaking things that he did not understand.
Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Oh, that God would grant to all of us such sincere repentance.
42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
God then reprimands Job’s three friends for speaking wrongly about God to Job, in not understanding that Job’s problem was self justification against God. Job had refused to sin against God in his affliction and yet he was accused of sin by his friends.
In fact Job had no sin until be was afflicted and began to justify himself against God, not understanding that God afflicts the righteous to complete their training as priests of the Most High.
The point of the sufferings of Job and Christ (as well as those of the saints) was to make them/us fit priests for mankind before God.
Notice that Christ was made a perfect high priest by that which He suffered and not by His sinless life. (Heb 2:10, Heb 5:8) From God’s perspective it is important for a high priest to be both merciful and faithful (Heb 2:17-18).
The implications of Job’s, our and Christ’s sufferings, should also be obvious to all of the called of God throughout the ages. We are to become a “royal priesthood” (I Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:10). We are to endure to the end of our physical lives. (Matt. 10:22) We are to suffer many afflictions from which God promises deliverance and ultimately great and abundant blessings. (Psalm 34:17-19)
Job wasn’t being “punished” for any wrong. Job was being perfected for a very high office. God and Satan were not using Job as the object of some capricious argument over virtue,
God was using Satan (who for all his brilliance, never did get it, with either Job or Christ) that he was being used as a tool for the perfecting of God’s perfect holy priesthood (and still won’t get it at the resurrection of all the saints to become the sons of righteousness to replace Satan and his demonic horde ruling the earth!).
42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Job did not sin, except that he justified himself. When Job understood his folly he IMMEDIATELY REPENTED.
The situation is not the same today for today’s called out are not nearly as righteous as Job was. Job was righteous and in his affliction began to sin by justifying himself; today we have strayed very far from God and are full of the sin of idolizing men above any zeal to live by every Word of God.
Righteous Job justified himself because he WAS righteous and could not see that God the Creator had the right to afflict his creation to perfect us.
We who are wicked, justify ourselves in exalting men, corporate entities and past false traditions; above the Word of God! Truly we are nowhere near as righteous as Job was, and we the sinful still try to justify ourselves in all our idolatries and sin!
Brethren, when we justify ourselves we deem ourselves righteous in our own eyes and therefore refuse to repent of our own ways; this is the sin unto death that cannot be pardoned by God.
John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death [which is self justification and a refusal to repent]: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
We have given a loving God no choice (Rev 3:16), except to correct us with a mighty correction, to humble us in the furnace of affliction and break us of the great sin of self justification in order to save us spiritually. Without the correction of great tribulation we would carry on in unrepentant self justification and receive the wages of unrepented sin.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The unpardonable sin, is the sin of self justification and refusal to repent; and only God’s loving and powerful correction can save many of today’s brethren from eternal death.
God is not willing that any should perish and he will bring us to understand and repent just like God saved Job; and after our correction ends with sincere repentance, God will raise us up in a resurrection to spirit with many other blessings!
Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
God, then lifted the correction of Job and delivered him to far greater blessings; just like he will deliver all his repentant and faithfully zealous saints out of the grave in the resurrection!
42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
His new daughters were named:
Jemima [a dove, peace with God. warmly affectionate: God is love],
Keziah [Cassia spice: a symbol of the Wisdom of God] and
Keren-Happuch [eye salve, eye ointment: God has opened my eyes].
42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.