Job is in the middle of a crisis and he is trying to determine why so he asks several questions.
- God, why do you contend with me?
- God, why do you oppress me and reject the labor of your hands?
- Do you approve the schemes of the wicked?
- God, will you look at my life and see if I deserve this physical, mental, and spiritual attack?
- Why not deliver me?
- God, why did you fashion me for destruction?
- Why not, just let me die?
- God, will you let me pass into darkness/death?
Job’s Penetrating Questions
- How can a man be in the right before God?
- Who has defied Him without harm?
- Who shakes the earth ouft of its place, and its pillars tremble?
- Who commands the sun not to shine, and sets a seal upon the stars?
- Who stretches out the heavens?
- Who tramples down the waves of the sea?
- Who makes the constellations in the sky?
- Who does great things?
- Who does wondrous works without number?
- Who can restrain Him?
- Who can question what He is doing?
- How then can I answer Him?
Job suggests that God “destroys the guiltless and the wicked.” Job believes that even if righteousness was found God would still judge him.
Bildad confronts Job in misery.
- God can never pervert justice or righteousness. Bildad was suggesting that Job’s children must have been in sin, because God delivers sinner into the power of their transgression.
- Job there are several areas in your life that you need to revive. You ought to begin seeking God and implore His compassion. You should also consider living a pure upright life. Job, if you would choose God’s atelier (workshop) full of righteousness, justice, purity, compassion, etc. then God would show Himself by restoring you.
- Job do not succumb to the pressures of trusting in man. If you forget God while trusting in man then you will wither up like a papyrus plant.
- Job remember, God will not reject a person of integrity!
Job uses graphic images to portray the tragedy of what he is experiencing. The pain and agony causes Job to beg for death rather then suffering. Even when the pain subsides Job cannot sleep due to terrible dreams and visions. Job’s classic words, “Why have You set me as Your target, so that I am a burden to myself?”
Job defended his grief to his friends. I love verse ten, “But it is still my consolation, and I rejoice in unsparing pain, that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.” Job denies trying to escape the pain that God is putting him through.
- God does “great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.”
- God gives “rain on the earth and water to the fields,”
- God “sets on high those who are lowly, and mourners are lifted to safety.”
- God “frustrated the shrewd”
- God “captures the wise by their own shrewdness and thwarts their cunningness”
- God helps the hopeless.
“…how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
Eliphaz the Temanite speaks first to Job about his condition. Eliphaz reminisces about the strong words of Job that have encouraged and strengthened so many people who sought Job’s counsel. Now in the midst of anguish and pain Eliphaz offers words of counsel to Job. He suggests to Job that only the sinful suffer. Eliphaz recalls a frightful dream when a spirit appeared silently and asked, “Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?” So Eliphaz suggests that Job stands guilty before God so he must endure this suffering.