Tag: Job 40-42

Job’s Restoration!

Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42

Before Job could be restored, he also needed correction and further instruction about spiritual warfare.  God continued His questioning of Job, who was now under conviction of being unworthy to say any more. (Job 40:4-5)  The first question was:  “Would you discredit my justice?”  The next related to the first:  “Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?” (Job  40:8)

Curiously, God then began to direct Job’s attention to two of the most fierce animals.  Behemoth was a fierce land animal that is perhaps the hippopotamus or elephant.  Leviathan was a fierce water creature that is perhaps the crocodile or fire-breathing dragon.  These two animals brought fear to the hearts of men because of their power and ability to dominate.  But at the end, God stated that there was nothing on earth that was these creatures’ equal–a creature without fear.  He was king of all that are proud!  Could it be that God was teaching Job about Satan and his downfall, pride?

Job repented and came to a new understanding of  God’s greatness and trustworthiness.  God instructed the friends to offer sacrifice and have Job pray for them to avert judgment.  Elihu was not mentioned and we are not told why. After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job to his former prosperity and gave him double all that he had lost.  (Job 42:10)  Job had seven more sons and three daughters.  This is the same as before and implies that he would see his others in heaven!

We won’t always have all the answers and we must be careful when trying to help those going through trial or affliction.  We don’t want to become like Job’s comforters!  We can be thankful that God is merciful and answers prayer.  We can also rest assured that God will work everything for good to those who love Him and keep the faith!

“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11

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Restoration for Job

Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42

God continues His questioning of Job, who is now under conviction of being unworthy to say any more. (Job 40:4-5)  Job was to brace himself and give God some answers.  The first question was:  “Would you discredit my justice?”  The next related to the first:  “Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?” (Job  40:8)

Curiously, God then began to direct Job’s attention to two of the most fierce animals.  Behemoth was a fierce land animal that is perhaps the hippopotamus or elephant.  Leviathan was a fierce water creature that is perhaps the crocodile or fire-breathing dragon.  These two animals bring fear to the hearts of men because of their power and ability to dominate.  But at the end, God said that there was nothing on earth that was these creatures’ equal–a creature without fear.  He was king of all the proud!  What was God talking about?  Why this discussion of these fearful animals?  Could it be that God was teaching Job about Satan and his downfall, pride?

Job repented and came to a new understanding of  God’s greatness and trustworthiness.  God instructed the friends to offer sacrifice and have Job pray for them to avert His judgment.  Elihu was not mentioned and  we are not told why. After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job to his former prosperity and gave him double all that he had lost.  (Job 42:10)  Job had seven more sons and three daughters.  This is the same as before and implies that he would see his others in heaven as well!

This story has a happy ending and teaches us all valuable lessons of faith.  We won’t always have all the answers and we must be careful when trying to help those going through trial and affliction.  We certainly don’t want to become like Job’s comforters!  We can be thankful that God is in control and that He is merciful and answers prayer.  We can also rest assured that God will work everything for good to those who love Him and keep the faith!

“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11

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Repentance and Restoration

Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42

“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:10-11)

The story of Job has a happy ending.  Job is healed and restored and finds a deeper walk with God.  His trial has worked humility into his life and a new trust in God.  God never answered his questions of why, but Job now knows that he can walk by faith and trust God in everything.  God came to Job in the storm and questioned him intensely about many things.  This experience revealed the greatness of God and His amazing abilities to do things that are beyond the scope of man.  Job had a new appreciation of God’s greatness and His justice.  He realized that God did not need an adviser, but could handle things very well alone.

After the questioning, Job repented in dust and ashes for speaking presumptuously.  (Job 42:2-6)  He had come to a new appreciation for God.  God instructed the friends to make sacrifices and have Job pray for them.  They obeyed God and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.  After praying, God restored Job with twice as much as before.  He got back double in sheep, camels, and oxen.  He had ten more children as well. (Job 42:12-15)   This was also double, because he would see those who had died again in heaven!

Job was a man of faith who stayed true to God even in this terrible trial.  It worked out for good because Job truly did love God and desired to serve him.  He sought God throughout the trial and He answered him.  Job stands as an example to us of the reward of faith and patience in the face of trials.  The Lord is compassionate and merciful and will take care of those who stay true.  Job’s faith statement proved true, “But He knows the way that I take; and when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)  What an assurance for us as we face trials here!

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Restoration of Job

Scripture reading for June 3rd: Job 40-42

Finally, we come to the end of this long book of endless arguments concerning the nature of suffering, God’s character and justice, and God’s ability to work out everything according to the counsel of His Word.   God continues His questioning of Job, who is now under conviction of being unworthy to say any more. (Job 40:4-5)  Job was to brace himself and give God some answers.  The first question was:  “Would you discredit my justice?”  The next related to the first:  “Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?” (Job  40:8)

Curiously, God then begins to direct Job’s attention to two of the most fierce animals.  Behemoth is a fierce land animal that is perhaps the hippopotamus or elephant.  Leviathon is a fierce water creature that is perhaps the crocodile or fire-breathing dragon.  These two animals bring fear to the hearts of men because of their power and ability to dominate.  But at the end, God says that there is nothing on earth that is these creatures’ equal–a creature without fear.  He is king of all that are proud!  What is God talking about?  Why this discussion of these fearful animals?  Could it be that God is teaching Job about Satan and his downfall, pride?

Job repents and comes to a new understanding of  God’s greatness and trustworthiness.  God instructs the friends to offer sacrifice and have Job pray for them to avert God’s judgment.  Elihu is not mentioned.  We are not told why. After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job to his former prosperity and gave him double all that he had lost.  (Job 42:10)  Job had seven more sons and three daughters.  This is the same as before and implies that he would see his others in heaven as well!  God does everything well!

This story has a happy ending and teaches us all valuable lessons of faith and trust in God.  We won’t always have all the answers and we must be careful when trying to help those going through trial and affliction.  We certainly don’t want to become like Job’s comforters!  We can be thankful that God is in control and that He is merciful and answers prayer.  We can also rest assured that God will work everything for good to those who love Him and keep the faith!

“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:10-11

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