Last day of Job. I woke up extra early to give myself time to read this. It is an amazing read!!
In years past, I have concentrated on the Behemoth and the Leviathan. What are they? Of course, my research comes up with lots of fun guesses: Rhino, Elephant, Hippopanoumus, Dinosaur, Lockness Monster, Crocidile, Whale? But that’s not what I thought about this year. What is huge, out of control, untamable, and scary in our lives, is NOTHING to the God of the universe. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Job is given an opportunity to speak again. He says something that gave me a lot to think about this morning:
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
All the suffering and calamity that Job endured, made worse by his friends making false accusations about Job and about God comes to a climax. What was the outcome? Job now sees the greatness, majesty, and sovereignty of God.
Chapter 42 is the end of the court case for Job. What was the verdict? THE Judge vindicates Job and rebukes his friends. BUT, God is gracious and by means of a sacrifice and prayer, he offers an atonement for their sins. This book points to the need for the forgiveness of our sins that only God can provide on the Cross through Jesus.
In obedience to the Lord Job offers a sacrifice to cover sins and prays for them.
10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
His daughters’ names give us a picture of the joy Job felt in his restoration: “The first daughter he named Jemimah “Day Light”, the second Keziah “Sweet Smelling” and the third Keren-Happuch “Beautiful Color”.
Did Job pass God’s test for Satan? Go back to Chapter 1
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. -Romans 8:18