I have been having issues with Weebly for the past couple of days. They have done some "improving" on the blog spots, and in my opinion they have done everything but improve it! The navigation is different and I am to the age now when change of any kind befuddles me. So bear with me this morning, they promise to have it fixed soon.
In yesterday's study we read that Job was giving his answer to Eliphaz's opinion of Job's current condition. Today Job's response is more of a plea for his friends to simply leave him alone in his misery.
Job 7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling? Job knows that his days on earth are numbered. This is not a new revelation, but rather an accepting of the facts. "Like the days of a hireling" when our jobs on earth are finished there is nothing left for us to do but die.
2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: 3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. 4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. His life has become just a session of days marked with pain and misery. The night brings no comfort and the day no hope of change.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. I will not even attempt to add anything to the depiction of Job's affliction! His days on earth are fleeting.
7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Why should he "refrain" his mouth now? What good did it do him to not "speak in anguish" against his state? God seemingly has not heard. His friends have not heard. What is left to him but to descend into the grave and be forgotten?
12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. 16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. All Job wanted was some peace and ease of his ailment, yet they came to "settest a watch over" him, to guard him as if he were some evil force that God had to contain. Eliphaz's "vision" of the spirit that visited him only brought further terror to Job. Perhaps a fever even raged in his body creating hallucinations.
They do not understand what is happening to Job; they do not understand God; they do not even have a firm grasp on their own souls, yet they offer advice on what they assume to be truth. Just go away and "let me alone."
17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. Job's questioning of God in these Scriptures is so similar to Psalm 8 to be a coincidence. 4 What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? There is debate about which came first however. "Till I swallow down my spittle" is an idiom of the time meaning his throat is dry from speaking his complaint and he needs a short time to moisten his tongue again to continue speaking. He cannot understand why God is holding on to Job's iniquity and has not pardoned his "transgression" or sin. Job is losing his integrity, and bitterness is creeping into his soul.
Tomorrow we will hear from Job's friend Bildad.
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Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Jesus came as God's servant to do all that the Father commanded Him to do. He came fro the good of mankind, bringing salvation to the world, but is also "a revenger to execute wrath" upon those who oppose the work of God. Over and over the Scripture tells us to "be afraid" and fear the Lord. This does not mean that we should be terrified of Him and live in fear. This means to have a healthy respect for Who He is and the authority He alone has. We have nothing to fear of God if we are in a right relationship with Him. It may not have seemed that way for Job, but we are given this book as an example. We are not to judge another's life on outside appearances. It is God alone who reads the heart of man, and executes both wrath and good.
Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.
FAITH: Forsaking All, I Trust Him.