"Job's replay to Zophar's second
Job answered and said,"
of the lessons that we can learn from the address that Zophar gave to
Job is that we are not to listen to man's wisdom, but seek the truths
from God's Word. Are you
allowing men to do your research and study for you?
If you are, than how many facts from the Word do you have straight?
It is simple to get the facts when you go to the Word of God for
your instructions. God has a
plan, and when you vary from God's plan, your feet are going to be
caught in one of Satan's six traps, until you are so entangled in Satan's
web of 6-6-6 that there is no escape.
The lesson to us from the last chapter is that we are not to
listen to words that have no truth. Now
Job is going to give his answer to Zophar.
"Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your
more Job and his three friends speak to one another, the more irritated they become with Job. It is
beginning to show up in their speech through these debates.
Not one of these men have listen to what Job has said in trying
to understand Job's side of the issue, but instead they have used Job's
own words to entrap him. These
debates are of our purpose, and they are delivering a message to each of
us today. Within each
chapter there is one specific lesson or moral for us to learn from.
All Job wants these three men to do now is to just sit and
listen, and stop speaking. When
you hear me, let that be your consolation of your counseling me.
In other words, just keep quiet.
"Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken,
me to speak and listen to what I have to say, and then you can go on
"As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why
should not my spirit be troubled?"
is asking them just why they are getting so upset with him, for Job has
said nothing against them. Job
is telling them that his complaint is with God.
Job is not seeking advice now from them, but only that they sit
and listen to his complaint.
"Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your
lay your hand upon your mouth is to tell someone to be quiet.
"Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold
on my flesh."
when I remember the things of the Father, I am afraid.
This is speaking of God's judgment on earthly sin, in reference
to Job's earthly body.
"Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty
friends have been telling Job that the wicked live in darkness, and God
smites them with boils and all sorts of sickness.
To them, this was the way that you distinguish the wicked from
the just. Then with this
reasoning they have determined that Job was very wicked, for he was
covered from head to toe with boils and stripped of wealth and family.
Job is telling these three that he has some news for you, the wicked are
very prosperous. They live a
long life and they are mighty in power.
This is in reference to this earth age of the flesh only, for
Satan is the prince of this world age.
When you do his bidding, he will greatly reward you for it.
So Job is now going to show them that the example that they have
used to show that he was the wicked one is not true.
Stop and look around you, look at all the wicked ones, and the
health and great wealth that they have.
Though many words have been spoken, yet they have all missed the
point as to what is really happening.
is the one that has destroyed Job's family and caused these boils to
cover him. They are all
pinning the blame on God, and they have missed the facts completely.
This should be the over-riding message that we should learn from
this. If you are looking for
a solution to the problem, and all the facts are incorrect, of course
there can be no correct solution. This
is exactly what is going on today. The
facts of God's Word has been polished over to where all that is coming
forth are words that don't go along with God's Word.
"Their seed is established in their sight with them, and
their offspring before their eyes."
wicked ones around him are well established and their children are also
well off. The wicked ones
are well blessed, and it is just as true today as in Job's day.
"Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God
arn't suffering, they don't sit with boils, and have no food on the
table. If you say that what
is happening to me is a sign of wickedness, the proof that it is not is
in the life of those wicked ones and their houses.
"Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth,
and casteth not her calf."
that they have turns to "good luck", their cattle bring forth
the calves and their flocks multiply greatly.
They are successful in everything that they do.
"They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their
households of the wicked are happy and joyful from the wickedness that
caused them to prosper. Their
children don't have a care in the world as they dance.
"They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of
"They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to
time is taken up with things of enjoyment and music, and they spend
their time enjoying their prosperity.
When they die, their entire life has been full of enjoyment and
when they die they go to the grave just like the righteous man.
However, look at me, look at what God has done to me.
Job still hasn't figured out that it is not God doing this to
him. It is to bad that Job
could not have understand that this prosperity is only common to the age
of the flesh, which is a very short time.
It appeared to Job that the wicked were favored by God as he sat
covered in boils and destitute.
"Therefore they say unto God, `Depart from us; for we desire
not the knowledge of Thy ways.' "
is what the wicked say to God, "we do not want your
take pride in telling others that they are non-religious people and that
they simply don't believe in God. Look
around you in the world today and see the attitudes of the wicked ones.
God is being weeded out of the lives of our people and it is
starting from the earliest school aged children.
They are being taught that it is wrong to pray, for it give an
unequal advantage to those that do.
Even those that claim to be religious are still ignorant of the
most simplest teachings of God's Word.
"What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
and what profit should we have if we pray unto Him?"
is not obvious in this world age of the rewards to be given in the world
age to come. There is great
scorn in this as Job is presenting it to these three friends.
Prosper means to take short cuts and get the extra buck.
It means to flaunt your pride and show off your wealth.
In most cases prosperity comes from deceiving and theft.
To a person that will not except the Word of God, wickedness is
alright if it brings prosperity.
Forget about trying to prove anything to them from the Bible,
for they don't believe the Bible, nor do they have any respect for the
truths within God's Word.
"Lo, there good is not in their hand: the counsel of the
wicked is far from me.
counsel of the wicked is far from what I am going through.
If I am so wicked, than what of their counsel?
"How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft
cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in His
that Job is answering Zophar's address to him, and he is even going back
to answer Bildad statement in Job 18:5 "Yea, the light of
the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine."
Job is saying here in the seventeenth verse that it is all quite
the opposite. When they live
in their wickedness, they are not snuffed out, but blessed with all sorts
of joyful activities. However
they do not have the light of light.
At Job's time Jesus Christ had not appeared on earth yet, and the
freedom that we have in Christ was not available to them then.
Job is telling them that they are presenting a case that is just
the reverse as to what you are saying.
"They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the
storm carrieth away."
is speaking of the wicked's flesh bodies.
"God layeth up his iniquity for his children: He rewardeth
him, and he shall know it."
the Hebrew text, you have to add, "do you say...".
"Do you say that God layeth up his iniquity for his
you saying that the sins of the father are going to be taken out on his
children. God is not going
to take out the sins of anyone on their children.
Before it is all over, each person will pay for the sins of
themselves only. If the
child continues in father ways, that the child will receive the
punishment for what he has done, not for his father.
Even if this continues for many generation.
"His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of
the wrath of the Almighty."
shall happen, you can count on it.
"For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the
number of his months is cut off in the midst?"
a person is dead, how can that dead body enjoy any good home?
"Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing He judgeth those that
judges both the wicked and the just.
Is there any one that can teach God anything that will add to his
justice? Job is asking these
three, are you taking the place of God, for you have said that I am the
wicked and the just are not like me.
Are you greater than God in justice?
"One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and
you are wicked or just, rich or poor, when the time comes you die.
"His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened
as used in the Hebrew text is
"milk pales". When
one dies his milk pales are full and he is healthy.
"And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never
eateth with pleasure."
to another he is bitter and starving, down and out.
"They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall
death comes on a person, whether he is rich or poor, healthy or starving,
both shall lie in the dust alike. All
of mankind is equal in death, and it doesn't matter what the condition
of the person's physical life. Here
is a peak beyond that veil as to what shall take place when we leave our
physical bodies behind. It
doesn't matter what happens to this body of the flesh, for it will be
nothing by dust of the earth after death.
The thought is that all mankind is alike regarding earthly things
"Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye
wrongfully imagine against me."
is telling them that he knows what they are thinking.
"For ye say, `Where is the house of the prince? and where
are the dwelling places of the wicked' "
know you are going to ask, where is this tyrant nobleman? where is this
wicked man with the big palace?
"Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not
know their tokens,"
is telling the three to talk to the next traveler that passes by and ask
them about the wicked in the big house.
Their story of ruins from ages gone by [token] will be just as
what I am telling you. They
have experience and know how it is abroad in the world.
"That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they
shall be brought forth to the day of wrath."
wicked is always taken out and protected just before the house falls in
upon them, because the wicked are lucky people.
However they are also reserved to the day of Judgment, for that
is the time where all the just rewards will be given to them.
"Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay
him what he hath done?"
the wicked are all powerful and have their own protection and armies,
who is going to stand face to face and tell him of his sins?
"Yet Shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in
can have all the power in the world, but when he goes to the grave, he
is not going to come out of there under his own power.
When the dead flesh body is placed in the tomb, that is where it
stays as it returns to dust.
"The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every
man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him."
could have the biggest funeral in town, and every person in town come to
see his dead body being laid in the grave, yet in death he will have it
sweeter than I am having here in life.
"How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers
there remaineth falsehood?"
is telling them; you are saying that a wicked man is full of sores and
boils as I am, but that does not ring true; for the wicked sin and live
their lives in comfort. When
that wicked man dies, he does not go through what I am going through,
but is laid to rest in the sweetness of his grave site.
The one point that we should draw from this chapter, is that
words, many words can be spoken, yet they are all based on a falsehood.
Though mankind gives all sorts of reasons that sickness and
problems come into ones lives, yet when those words are based on a false
information and lies, there can be no solution to the problem.
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