“Shall any teach God knowledge seeing He judgeth those that are high?”
The constant repetition of the rhetoric of the three friends does not make the matter any easier for Job to endure. Yet as the ‘would-be’ comforters continue their attempts to correct Job and rebuke him of his sinful ways, the Spirit of Jehovah gives unto the servant of God the words to speak. No amount of proper education in the finest schools, synagogues or exalted halls of academia could have prepared Job for this confrontation for he could not manufacture the exact circumstances that God had put him into. Now as the witnesses for the prosecution told their ever cunning stories, the truth of the presence of the Holy Spirit is made evident. “Settle therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist” (Luke 21:14). Notice well that the arguments of these three men are a condemnation of Job for his alleged action and an assertion of the theory that God is a respecter of people and their actions. Each time they speak, they return to the foundation of their building upon the sand and state that God will not punish the innocent nor lay His hand upon one who is pure. Therefore, because God has laid His hand upon Job, Job must be guilty of sin. The logic of this house is built upon the limited comprehension of Adam and his carnal understanding. It does not stand when the wind blows and the waves rage yet it is quickly attempted to be rebuilt. Even though God destroyed the construction of the tower that would reach unto heaven and confused the tongues of man, the labour of the arms of the flesh shall always be to “reach unto heaven and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth” (Gen. 11:4). Great is the destruction of this house and yet Adam is obsessed with the reconstruction project.
This is not an unusual position or a strange doctrine because it is indigenous to the nature of Adam. Adam believes in the concept of reward for obedience and punishment for failures. He trains up his children in this manner and lives in a society that is structured the same way. So why should it be different when it comes to his concept of god, his doctrine and the traditions that attend them? When Zophar steps up for his at bat against the feeble and pain stricken Job, he announces the most basic of principles concerning his beliefs; “So then my thoughts (opposing views) cause me to answer and make haste” (20:2). He is not fabricating a lie to try and deceive Job, he truly believes all of what he is saying. He has been given to believe this line of reasoning and is totally committed to the cause. After hearing Job rebuke him for his ignorance and refute the dead flies of the doctrine of works, it is his spirit of understanding that causes him to answer. This is exactly what God has given him to believe and it is as strong in his heart as the truth is in the heart of the child of grace who it is given in behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him but to also suffer for His sake (Phil. 1:12). Zophar’s mind has been blinded from the truth and God has sent him strong delusions that he should believe a lie (II Th.2:11). He does not know it is a lie any more than man knows he is in wandering in darkness or drinking old wine. He is not searching for the truth, hungering after righteousness or seeking deliverance. Man loves the darkness because his deeds are dark and his heart and mind are incapable of comprehending the light or the truth thereof. The natural man is not properly equipped to receive the things of the Spirit or to know them. He believes that the truth is foolishness and the lie is precious because the Spirit of Jehovah has not yet revealed them unto him. These are communicated from faith to faith and are spiritually discerned (I Cor. 2:14). One who has not the Spirit is not one of the seed that should serve Him and be accounted for a generation (Ps. 22:30). Those that have the Spirit, being born from above and separated from their mother’s womb, shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free.The doctrines, customs and traditions of Adam appear sound, logical and reasonable to the natural man. Until the heart and mind in the chosen vessel are illuminated by the presence of the Spirit, which occurs at an appointed pleasing unto the Father, the heart is as impenetrable as adamant stone and the mind impregnable as a barren woman.
Job proclaims the weariness of these words and tells his friends to allow him to speak a few words and then they may continue to have their comfort in mocking him; “Suffer me that I may speak and after that I have spoken, mock on” (21:3). He has called them liars, miserable comforters and physicians of no value. He has said that they have mocked him, abused their position as friends and are taking great delight in his affliction yet they are deaf to his words and immune to his rebukes. Now if Job is preaching the truth and they are hearing it, why then are they not believing? Does not faith come by hearing and hearing by the word of God? It does indeed but that Word of God is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. That Word is the Word which spake unto the prophets of old and they proclaimed the truth. That Word is the Light of the world which man cannot see and which Adam esteems as unfit for his building and unprofitable to his endeavours. That is why Job is not trying to convert them. They do not perceive or delight in the light and they flee from it because it is foreign to their nature; “Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty that we should serve Him and what profit should we have if we pray unto Him?” (21:14).
Should any of these instruct God? Howbeit the theology of Adam attempts to do so. Man attempts tell God what is just and what is true. He develops his theology, systematizes it and reforms it to make it easier to read and understand. Modern theology brings God down to man's level of understanding and comprehension. The viewpoint of scholars and doctors of divinity are absolutely mandatory for the proper understanding of the scriptures. How dare some poor ignorant simple minded country man stand up before a little flock of sheep and attempt to expound upon the sacred text without first consulting the wisdom of the ages and the exposition of the ancient language. Herein man explains God better than God could ever reveal Himself to one of His servants. What need is there for the Spirit of revelation, the testimony of Jesus Christ and the experience of a common salvation? Man, his opinion, eloquence and natural ability is elevated to the seat of the most high and there he will judge and be like God.
But it is Jehovah who is seated upon the circle of the earth and the inhabitants of this earth are accounted unto Him as a winged infestation (Is. 40:22). It is He who, by the power of His own will, does all these things and much more to performs and complete the intents of His heart (Jer. 30:24). He has established and is the sole possessor of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. He is the standard of what is just. He raises up mighty ones and judges their ways according to the perfection of His Holiness. He has given the light it's form for He is Light (John 8:12). He created the darkness (Is. 45:7) and He dwells in the thick darkness (I Kings 8:12). Wisdom is in and of Him as one brought forth with Him. She is His possession for all eternity and none may add to her or take her away from Him (Prov. 8:22). The magnitude and wonder of Jehovah God cannot be approached by the feeble impotence of His created man yet this same Almighty God has loved His people with an everlasting and immovable love. He prepared an habitation for them of earthen clay and established a time for their habitation. He has designed their lives in a manner that is to the praise and glory of His name and He has judged His children righteous in Him. He has redeemed them from afar and He has ransomed them from the house of one stronger than they (Jer. 31:11). He has drawn His bride with loving kindness: “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion and shall flow together to the goodness of Jehovah, for wheat, for wine, for oil, for the young flock and the herd ad their soul shall be as a watered garden and they shall not sorrow any more at all” (Jer. 31:12).
God did not say that their earthen vessels shall be as a watered garden and He did not say that they should not be sorrowful in this present evil generation. He did say “And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith Jehovah (31:14). He has made His people, a people tried in the furnace of affliction and subject to the weakness and vanities of this world, to be kings and priests unto Himself (Rev. 1:^) just as He is both King and Priest upon the throne (Zech. 6:13). He has prepared a table for them in the presence of the enemy and has anointed their heads with the oil of gladness (Ps. 23:5). He has brought His Beloved to the banqueting house and His banner over Her is love” (Song 2:4).
No son of Adam shall ever declare His ways unto Him or ever repay Him for what He has done for them. The wicked are reserved to the day of judgement and they shall be brought forth in the day of His wrath. This is the day when He made all the world drink of the cup of His wrath and the day when His army brought forth His vengeance upon Babylon, the beast, the dragon and the inhabitants of the earth. These be the days of vengeance when all things written were fulfilled. There is no comfort in this world or in the works of man. The answers of these men remain false no matter how many times they repeat them. The wicked thrive and prosper as God has ordained and this is for the good of the elect, called according to His purpose.
“How then comfort ye me in vain seeing your answers remain in iniquity” (21:34).
There is no comfort in a lie and there is nothing of profit in iniquity. Job tells his friends that their words are the doctrine of a god that he does not know or care to know. He has no time for compromise and cares not for Adamic ecumenicisms. The Bride of Jesus Christ is a garden enclosed. It is not open to the public. The walls about her are salvation and are made of living precious stones. Her foundations are twelve and of precious gems and her gates are praise unto Her Husband. There are twelve gates and they are attended to by Jehovah God and nothing shall enter therein that should defiles, works abominations (that which is highly esteemed amongst men) or loves or makes a lie. Her number is fixed for all eternity and no man can number Her. Job hopes with each retort that he has had enough worthless comfort and pointedly yet politely tells these three as much. But Jehovah God has not given him yet the full measure of vanity and iniquity by the hands of these three that has been assigned unto him and the greatest attack is yet to come. Until such limits have been attained unto these men and the Adversary Elihu shall be given to assail Job with carnal logic, falsehoods and dead Adamic rhetoric but these shall not diminish nor surpass the grace which God has bestowed on His Beloved.
“Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God” (Is. 40:1) for nothing can separate you from My love.
Your servant in Christ
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 26, 2012