"Job continues speaking to Bildad's address
"Zophar's third address to Job [7-23]."
27:1 "Moreover Job continued
his parable, and said,"
paused for a moment, and Bildad did not answer, so Job continued to
speak his parable or riddle, meaning that there is something hidden in
this that goes much deeper. It
is warning us to look a little closer at the things of the universe, and
urging us to study God's Word, if you are one of God's Elect that desire
will be there.
"As God liveth, Whou hath taken away my judgment; and The
almighty, Who hath vexed my soul;"
is telling us that he loves Father; However, Job is still mixed up as
to what is of the Father and what is from the devil.
We must guard against attributing the thing of God to the devil,
and the things of the devil to our heavenly Father.
Satan that got permission from God to do all these things to Job,
and plant all those boils on Job's body.
Satan killed Job's family, and took Job's wealth from him.
Satan is the one that "vexed" Job, yet Job is
putting the blame for his being vexed on the Almighty God.
though the Scriptures say these things, we must be intelligent enough to
know that God expects the elect in the final day of this earth age to
dig a little deeper. This
warning to us today, that we should not be caught up in the words being
"All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is
"My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter
long as there is breath in my body, I will not speak wickedness of the
Spirit of God.
"God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not
remove mine integrity from me."
forbid that you are right, but I am innocent of all those things that
you are accusing me of. Job
could not get these three friends to realize that just because of his
lost wealth, and the boils covered his body, these things were not
caused by any sin that he had committed.
They still considered Job guilty of sin because of visual things.
"My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my
heart shall not reproach me so long as I live."
is saying, I lived in righteousness from my birth, the day I could take
responsibility until now. I
always tried to please God so there could be no reproach on me as long
as I live. Yet with this
heart-felt message, these three friend's still will not listen to a
thing that Job has said in his defense.
when you start taking your advise from any man that does not have the
wisdom of God's Word, this is the same type of advise that you will
receive even in our generation. Though
they may be well meaning in their mind that they are correct, if what
they have to say does not correspond with what is written in the Word of
God, it is nothing but words, empty words with no meaning.
This world is full of instability, and the only thing that is
rock solid in truth is God's Word. In
the manuscripts it also points out that when Job was saying this, he is
going out of control and very frustrated.
is a break, where Job stops speaking and Zophar starts his third address
to Job. Bildad's accusations
of Job so disturbed Job that the more he talked, the more Job was unable
to continue speaking.
"Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up
against me as the unrighteous."
is speaking out here to defend all the things that he has said against
Job. Zophar is telling Job
right to his face that he is wicked, and what right have you to speak
against me in your unrighteousness?
"For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath
gained, when God taketh away his soul?"
hope is there of the hypocrite when God takes away his soul in the end?
"Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?"
is telling Job, look at you in your condition, do you think God is going
to answer you when you continue to say that you are righteous?
"Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always
call upon God?"
Zophar asks; "Are you going to continue to pretend that you are a
delight to the Almighty, and call upon God?"
Remember that all three of these men were good friends before
these troubles came Job's way. People
can be cruel at times, even our closest of friends, when the ideas of
Satan creep in their minds and true understanding is missing.
These friends were not concerned of Job's sins but the sores and
other things that had befallen Job.
They were assuming the worst of their old friend Job, and thus
are making all these accusations. That
is the trouble with mankind,
for they assume the worst in a person when the trouble comes.
Then all that comes out of their mouth is words, endless words
that just are not factual.
"I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the
Almighty will I not conceal."
is inserting these two verses to respond to Zophar's accusation of him.
If you ever want to learn anything, the "hand of God"
[God's Word] is where you start. Job
is saying that he will always bring forth anything that God reveals to
"Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye
thus altogether vain?"
is remind all three of these men that they have witness how righteous of
a man that Job was, so why are you speaking and accusing me of all these
"This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the
heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty."
is going to continue with his third address to Job.
When we turn back to Job 20:29, we see that these words
are being repeated from Zophar's prior address.
It is the words of Zophar, and in the Hebrew text it is beyond
doubt. Job is going to tell
Job how you can tell the wicked man before God, it is the sign of the
"If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his
offspring shall not be satisfied with bread."
will be blessed with many children, and they will not be around to
multiply." Job's had
many good children and they had all been killed.
Zophar is using this as a sign of something that had already
happened, and it is not backed up by a prophet of God.
It is easy for Zophar to say these things after they had already
come to pass and assume that what you are saying is truth.
However you can see how such a statement can hurt Job.
Job loved his children and even made sacrifices continually for
each of his kids. They are
now all dead, and this joker is sitting there and rubbing their deaths
in Job's mental wounds.
"Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his
widows shall not weep."
you ever need a friend to comfort you, I hope you do not draw one like
this. Zophar is now bringing
up the loss of Job's wife, and using that remembrance to verify these
empty words that he is spouting off to Job.
"Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment
as the clay;"
"Clay" is used here because of the condition of Job's
raiment. Job was a very rich
man with much silver, as well as all the things that could be gotten in
his fleshly life. He was the
richest man in the entire area, for God had greatly blessed him.
Now Zophar is using the loss of all these things that Satan had
taken from him, to again accuse Job of unrighteous acts and wickedness
in his life. When in fact it
was just the opposite, Job was a righteous man.
"He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the
innocent shall divide the silver."
is telling Job that God is not going to let you get away with any of
your wickedness. You may
build your houses and wear your fine cloths, but in the end the innocent
and poor shall divide the wealth.
"He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the
"booth that the keeper maketh" is a temporary structure
where the keeper of the vineyard puts for the watchman that is suppose
to protect the vineyard. Both
this booth of the watchman, and the house of the moth are very unstable
and not built to last.
"The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered:
he openeth his eyes, and he is not."
"rich" man spoken of here, is a man that is rich with ill-gotten
gains. God expects
His people to have the ability to be well provided for.
There is nothing wrong with honest money, for the blessings of
God are to be enjoyed in this lifetime.
So what Zophar is saying here is that one that is full of ill-gotten
gains and rich, one day he wakes up and it is all gone.
"Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him
away in the night."
are disasters that come into
his life like waters flowing wildly, and they will carry him away and
out of control.
"The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a
storm hurleth him out of his place."
"east wind" was
the strong wind that comes off the desert and destroyed everything in
it's path. When the east
wind is blowing it stirs the sand and in time you are lost.
You lose orientation of your surroundings.
In God's Word we must be very careful, if we are not familiar
with the surroundings that are written with God's Word. How are you
going to understand directions that are laid out in God's Word unless
you keep focused the subject directed to our generation.
Don't let a tempest, or false spirit drag you off course.
"For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain
flee out of his hand."
you get away from the known path, there is nothing stable that you can
count on for direction. Zophar
is telling Job that when you drifted too far from God, God will just
cast you off and let you go.
way is the true way, and in Christ we have the path for our lives.
If you allow your mind to drift off by strange spirits you will
end up in the Antichrist's camp before it is all over.
Though you think that you are serving God, because of the east
wind of strange spirits, you lose your orientation as to what is of God
and what is of Satan. These
doctrines of strange spirits are being accepted more and more today.
This old world is being so twisted around that good is becoming
bad, right is becoming wrong and those things of God are being called
"of the devil". We
are being told to love the things that God hates, and accept and love
the wicked and perverted that God has instructed us to flee from.
This is exactly what Zophar is doing in his attributing the
things that Satan is doing to Job, to God.
He is making righteous Job out to be a wicked person.
"Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out
of his place."
Zophar has used the things that can been see by outward appearance to
form his accusations. The
things that can be seen plainly, can and many times are not what they
seem to be. This is gossip
and story telling, for you take something that is know, something that
is fact, and you build a falsehood around it that is nothing but
fiction. It is done in the
press every day, and common in the gossip circles at the corner church
house. Because of what you
assume to have happened, by what you are privileged to see with your
eyes and understand with your mind, you build your lies around that
story to give credence to what ever you want to make up.
You use partial facts, to build a complete lie.
The legal system, the government, and especially the press do
this as common practice today. This
is the very nature of election polls.
sits here with boils covering his entire body, so bad that these three
can't even look upon him. They
know of Job's great wealth, and the kind of man he and his family were.
They knew his wife, and they were entertained in his home
probably many times, and now it is all gone.
The riches, the land taken by the lenders, all of it is gone, and
Job is sitting here with nothing, and now these three so-called friends
are building their falsehoods around something that is real, and fact. It
all sounds good and truth, but in fact the entire premise is nothing but
because these things are stated and assumed to be true, those looking on
will clap their hand at those things that are stated, and hiss at the
one that the stories are told about.
Mankind today finds joy in taking a man down, and the dismantling
of his household and wealth. Can
you see the lesson in this for our generation and these times?
Job knew that he was innocent of all those things that are being
said of him, however he simply doesn't have all the facts.
Job was not in heaven before the throne of God, when God granted
Satan the right to test Job. Satan
did all these wicked and evil things, yet they were all assumed to be by
God for something that happened, when in fact those things never
now he is telling Job what true wealth is, he is saying that if you want
to be happy in their world, you must be wealthy.
You must be very wealthy, however you must be wealthy with the
right commodity. However Job
knows that true wealth is not gold nor silver, or anything that will
pass as legal tender. That
is not real wealth, Job is letting these men know that his real wealth
is not gone, and that is what the twenty eighty chapter is all about.
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