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Job 16:11 & 17

“God hath delivered me to the ungodly and turned me over into the hands of the wicked...Not for any injustice in mine hands and my prayer is pure.”

The testimony of the Spirit is that Job was a righteous man. He did not say that he had overcome all sin and was perfect in Adam but that according to the Word of God, he was the servant of Jehovah, “a perfect and an up-right man (male) one that feared God and escheweth evil.”

Eliphaz thought differently. He felt that the very notion of a sovereign God doing the pleasure of His will and all things performing by His command was ‘vain knowledge’. Anyone who would profess such nonsense was not wise for he ‘reasoned with unprofitable talk’. He accused job of increasing his guilt before God by the words which he spoke and then proved him wrong with the epitome of arguments; “with us are both the gray-headed and very aged men, much elder than thy father.”

He continues by accusing Job of turning against God with his speech and then begins to ‘educate’ Job as to the nature of God. First he reveals that man cannot be clean. This statement bears truth and if it were followed properly the conclusion would be that Job could never ‘seek unto God’ as Eliphaz instructed him in his first discourse. Nor could he ‘make his supplications to the Almighty’

Is it true that God puts no trust in His saints? If the intention is to present God as completely self-sufficient, as the name Jehovah indicates, then the statement is true. God does not entrust any of His work unto any part of His creation for; “I Jehovah do all these things”

Does God think of His creation, the works of His hands, as being unclean and abominable? Has He made a mistake somewhere along the way or has the Wicked One come in and destroyed all His labours? His creation is ‘exceedingly good’

“Miserable comforters are ye all” (Job 16:1)

Job is vexed in his soul by the ignorance and blasphemy of his ‘would be’ comforters. He finds no solace in their words and as the pain and futility of life is drained from him, the Spirit waxes stronger. He denounces their traditions and customs and rebukes them for heaping up words against him. He knows that Almighty God has brought these events to pass as a witness to his face; “he (the adversary under the authority and control of God) teareth in his wrath, who hateth me. He gnasheth upon me with his teeth. Mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me”

The chastening of the Father upon His children is a demonstration of love. It is not to make them children or to make them better children but it is to reveal the Adamic nature and the worthlessness of this life. God leads His little children down off the mountain and into the valley of the shadow of death for education by experience. All the writings of man and the cumulative knowledge of Adam’s race cannot teach the experience of deliverance or the joy of the salvation of Jehovah. David had to commit all the sin appointed unto him, concerning Bath-sheba, Urriah and Israel, before he could plead to God to “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation” (Ps. 51:12). The trials and tribulations which prove the faith within are individually assigned to strengthen the weary pilgrim that he may be able to comfort others who walk the same path (II Cor. 1:3-7). Job here states that his sufferings shall astonish (stun and horrify) those who walk up-rightly before Jehovah (those of the new covenant) and shall serve to alert and awake the innocent (those freed from the guilt of sin by the blood of the Lamb) against the hypocrite (profane and impious). The common sorrows and burdens of the strangers and sojourners along the way encourages the fellow traveler that he is not alone in his journey. There is a great cloud of witnesses who have trodden these steps before by faith (Heb. 12:1). They were more than conquerors through Christ which strengthened them and so shall all be who walk the “footsteps of the flock” to feed at the shepherds tent (Song 1:7). The account of these trials are “for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”

Your servant in Christ
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 12, 2012