“Also now, Behold, my witness is in heaven and my record is on high.”
Job is considered the oldest book in the cannon of scripture and while we cannot prove this from the testimony of scripture we may stipulate to this for now for the purpose of a further demonstration of the consistency of scripture. If indeed this is the first written word inspired by the Holy Spirit and recorded for our learning, then what things are found here must of necessity be found throughout in testimony to the immutability of God. One God means one purpose and one purpose means one Word. Since the same was with God in the beginning and is God, there can be no inconsistencies in the record of the Word as inspired by the Spirit of God. Therefore since Job did not do anything to warrant the hand of God against him, and Jacob and Esau had not yet done any good or evil and God is not a respecter of persons, what befell this servant of God must be by design with purpose rather than reactionary to a stimulant.
God calls Job his servant. He had not solicited Job for the position of servant any more than He was in need of a servant but just as with Paul, he was the servant of Jesus Christ by the will of God. And just as John in the Island of Patmos, he was a companion in tribulation. Now if Job is the first book written and the Revelation is the last, and since God does not change, it is proper to conclude that these servants were the servants of the same God, in the same manner and for the same purpose and that all servants are companions together in tribulation. This tribulation is not the reaction of God to any conduct, be it good or bad, but that the purpose of God might stand.
Job is not only the subject of the proof of God’s election of grace but also of the perpetuity of all those whom He has redeemed unto Himself. God declared him perfect and upright before there is any record about the man. He feared God and hated evil not after Adam and there is nothing here to infer that he was not a sinner born of Adam. But God did not declare him perfect in Adam. The fact that Job ‘feared’ God is the proof of wisdom within for the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom. He was not perfect because he had cleansed himself from all sin for no man is capable or worthy as these operations were assigned to Jesus, “for He shall save His people from their sins”. Job could not hate evil after Adam because man “loves the darkness because his deeds are evil”. Therefore Job must needs be one who has been born, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible seed which is from above. he must have the Spirit of God within for the love of the Father is upon him and so is the chastening of God. God dispatched Satan to administer the chastening upon His faithful servant to prove him and the faith that dwelt within him.
On top of this Job has three ‘friends’ assigned to him to instruct him in the ways of God, the process of repentance and the lessons of humility. Their rhetoric is common to all philosophies of man and try as they may to tie and new ribbon and a pretty bow around the dainties of this world, they are nothing better than the scrapings from the stable floors that cling to the farmers boots. When they are brought before Job he states, “I have heard many such things, miserable comforters are you all”. They spoke the language of Ashdod, dressed in Babylonian garments with Egyptian embroidering and brought railing accusations against a one whom God had called ‘perfect’. They saw the travail and anguish that he was under and like the disciple said to Jesus, ‘who hath sinned that this one was born thus?’, they concluded that Job must be a sinner or God would not lay His hand upon him; “Remember I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent or where were the righteous cut off?” (4:7).
But Job rebukes them all fro the presumptions, their blindness and the ignorance. He affirms the fact that it was God who had made him weary, it was God who was tearing at him in His wrath and when God gnashed upon him, his enemies joined in thinking they were doing God’s justice by condemning Job. What right did they have? They did not have the mind of God, they were not present when the Sons of God where in His presence to present themselves before Him and they had no idea what was going on.
“God hath delivered me to the ungodly and turned me over into the hands of the wicked”. Job proclaims the sovereign power and right of God to do as He pleases and, as a type of Christ the elect servant of God, here demonstrates conclusively, that man did not do this, man has not the power and man cannot comprehend this. His friends were looking on the temporal and making carnal conclusions but Job said, “My witness is in heaven”. The earliest writings of the cannon of scripture state that there was a testimony concerning Job that was in heaven and since there is no time in that abode we can conclude that this is an eternal testimony given by and eternal witness. This is why John was on the Island of Patmos; “for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (1:9). That testimony is that Jesus was faithful above all the house to finished the job that was set before Him and that all that the Father had given Him, He had lost none but had raised them up in that last days. When Messiah returned unto the throne of heaven, crowned again with that glory that he had with the Father before the world began, He declared His generation by saying, “Behold I and the children which thou hast given Me”. This testimony included all for whom the Lamb was slain and all upon whom the blood was applied, therefore since John saw the Lamb of God standing (risen) as it had been slain before the foundation of the world, the witness of that testimony for Job was written in that sealed book which NO MAN could open or look upon. This is the same book that is called the Lamb’s book of life and it was written and sealed BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.
Job was declared to be the elect servant of God according to the eternal decree of God. This decree was according to His sovereign will and purpose and was recorded before man was created, not in response to what man would do or what God saw or knew that man was going to do, but according to the eternal love of the Father for the seed that should serve Him and be accounted for a generation. Job’s accusers could not see these things because they are not evident to the natural man for they are the unsearchable depths of the richness of the goodness of God. The hand of Jehovah was upon His servant to prove that there is nothing that can separate his children from Himself and His love.
Job acknowledges that his friends were ignorant because God had hidden understanding from the hearts of the wise and the learned and he declares that “upright men shall be astonished at this”. Man stood in amazement at the crucifixion of Christ as they though they were acting justly. The elect hid their faces in amazement because His visage was so marred that we esteemed Him not a man and there was silence in heaven for about an half hour when He delivered His Spirit into the hands of the Father, but even today men of morality are appalled that God would lay His hand on His perfect servant.
BUT...through all of this Job asserts that “the righteous shall hold on his way and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger” (17:9). The chastening of the loving Father keeps the righteous on the path set before him and makes him stronger. God has not given His children the spirit of fear but the Spirit of power and he proves the presence of that Spirit by tearing down the natural man with all his lusts and desires. This He does through trials and tribulations yet He does not leave his children comfortless. He comforts them in all there tribulations that they may be able to comfort others in any kind of trouble with the same comfort that they were comforted with (II Cor. 1:3f). And all this was written in a book and sealed before one breath was drawn by man that the purpose of God might stand according to the election.
“Remember the former things of old (eternity), I AM GOD and there in none else. I AM GOD and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND and I WILL DO ALL MY PLEASURE” (Is. 46:9f).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 10, 2011