Bible Studies and Highlights in the Book of Job
Job Chapters 2- 3: Oh unhappy day!
by I Gordon
Here are a couple of scriptures for both believers and unbelievers:
Rom 14:11-12 For it is written, "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." (12) So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
1Co 4:5 therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
1Pe 4:4-5 they think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. (5) But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
Mat 12:35-36 the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (36) But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
 ↩ God mentions Job's 'uprightness and integrity'. If you were to name the top ten righteous saints of the Old Testament would you put Job on the list? I think you would. What about the top 5? Would Job make it? Let's throw a few names out there that could be mentioned for such a list (not complete). We've got, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah. And that's just the men... Ruth was amazing as was Sarah, Hannah, Deborah and we can't forget Esther! But just focusing again on the men, would Job make your top three? Who would be in your top three righteous and upright men of the Old Testament? The reason I am asking is because God gives His top three in Ezekiel 14:14. Have a look!
 ↩ Have you ever had a long ongoing sickness or illness? We are talking months or years here. I have. Maybe you have too. If so you will know that when a person is physically struck down and unwell, and it goes on for months or years, it becomes very hard to think correctly concerning God. In fact it becomes very hard to think clearly about anything! But especially in spiritual matters all can look gloomy. Hope starts to recede, faith starts to waiver and doubts start to rise. Trials that are outside of the body can be difficult but at least you have a body and mind in which you can think straight. Trials that involve personal physical affliction affect the entire health of the body leading to an inability to think clearly. That was what Satan was counting on. 'If I strike him physically it will break him. It will break his hope and trust and he WILL curse God!' Will it work? We shall see...
 ↩ I haven't ever had a boil but they tell me they are very painful. And that's just having one. An online medical website states:
Boils are usually quite painful, especially when touched, and
may be accompanied by systemic symptoms such as fatigue,
malaise, fever and chills. Depending on whether the boil is a
furuncle or carbuncle, it may take between two weeks and a
month to head. Rarely, boils can cause widespread
infection--sepsis--that can be life-threatening. This happens
when the bacteria that caused the boil enter the bloodstream
and spread throughout the body.
Now remember that Job was covered with these!
The fact is that God allows things that we do not like. I remember
speaking in church and using a quote from 'The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe' where Lucy and Susan are having a conversation with
Mr and Mrs Beaver about whether Aslan is 'safe'. The conversation
goes as follows:
"Is -- is he a man?" asked Lucy. "Aslan a man!" said Mr. Beaver sternly. "Certainly not.' 'I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion -- THE Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh!" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he -- quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion." "That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly." "Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
I went on to point out in the sermon that God isn't 'safe' as we consider 'safe' to be. That is, he allows things to happen to us that we don't necessarily like. Well, it wasn't long after this sermon that I was tested on this very thing when I had a freak surfing accident where I split my left eye down the middle and lost all sight in it. And believe me, it is still a strange feeling (even now 6 years on) opening your eye in the morning and having it as dark as when the eyelid is closed. Really odd! God allowed that to happen - I have no doubt. He will have good come out of it - I have no doubt. But I know not what that is at this stage. And I may not know until I stand before Him. So He isn't 'safe' in that sense. But I do agree with Mr Beaver - 'But he's good. He's the king I tell you.'
In the Bible many great men and women have been brought pretty low
before God used them or blessed them in some way. Here is a very
short incomplete list off the top of my head!
Moses had to be brought down from the heights of Egyptian royalty to be a simple shepherd in the desert for 40 years. Only then did God use him.
Jacob was a man who could manipulate a situation for his own good... Yet God put him in situations such as with his Uncle Laban, and later in his life when he had to release Benjamin to go to Egypt where he no longer had any control over the events and had to trust God.
Samson was brought right down into slavery and loss of strength before the Philistines. Yet at his lowest point, God restored his strength for one last time!
King Manasseh had to be led away into captivity with a hook through his nose before he would finally cry out to the Lord and be restored. And now he, through grace, has his name in the genealogy of none other than Jesus Christ!
Peter was a man who always had a big mouth and a good sized foot to put in it! He was confident that even if all others deserted Jesus, he never would! So God allowed him to fail and it is a very different Peter that we see used later by God!
 ↩ People struggle with some pretty heavy things these days. Cancer rates are sky-rocketing; depression is gripping people like never before. There are things that are very difficult to have an answer for- outside of God acting. But don't ever think that you can't really do anything so you'll stay away. People who are struggling simply want friends who care. It's like the old saying 'People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.' And sometimes that just means sitting and being with a person, even in silence as Job's friends did here!
 ↩ I realise that some say that men don't talk very much but this seems like a new record even for us! Do you think three female friends would/could have come and sat with Job's wife for seven days without saying a single thing? : )
Job is far from alone in going through a time of despairing of life
and desiring to die. Look at some other 'big names' who experienced
the same thing:
Moses - Num 11:15, Elijah - 1 Kings 19:4, Jonah - Jonah 4:3, Jeremiah - Jeremiah 20:14-18, Solomon - Ecclesiasties 2:14-18. All of these were struggling with life. In contrast to these, think about the Apostle Paul in Phil 1:21-25. He also wanted to die (depart). But what was his motivation? It wasn't just to escape the difficulties of this life. It was because he had seen Jesus, he had seen Heaven, and he knew that to depart and be with Christ WAS BETTER BY FAR! He wanted to go because of how awesome being with Christ would be!