Job 7:15

 

Job is continuing to speak and Job says in Job 7:15-21, “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.[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.” In addition to continue to state that he wished he was no longer living, Job asked several questions. In verse 17 Job asks the question: “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” King David asked a similar question in Psalms 8:4, “What is man, that thou are mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visitest him The verse in Psalms is also quoted by Paul in Hebrews 2:6. From a human standpoint it is an understandable question. Compare a mere man to the great infinite all-powerful all-knowing God. From the far reaches of eternity, a man could be viewed as less than an atom: a small particle of nothingness. But from the Bible we know that God has given man great honor, and God will give us even greater honor in the future. We are made oin the image of God. We have been given the earth and everything that is in it to administer, to protect, and to use. In the future even more will be subject to us. The Son of God came to die for us, and we will rule in His kingdom with Him. It is true that we do not deserve such great honor, but that is exactly what God has done for us.

 

In verse 18 Job is referring to his own specific situation with all the sufferings that he has, and Job asks why God must “try him every moment?” To Job it seems like he is being tried every moment especially with all that Job has been going through. In verse 20 Job asks the question, “what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men?” Job is asking God what does God want him to do. Job is thing that God must be wanting something from Job. Why else are all these things happening? I think we all come to the same conclusion sometimes. We also wonder what is God doing, and what should we do now?

 

It is kind of humorous to notice how Job referred to God in verse 20, “… O thou preserver of men.” Job knew for sure that God was preserving His life. In the circumstances that Job was in, Job did not really want that, but that is what Job knew was happening: God was preserving Job’s life. God is preserving your life too. You and everyone that you love will live the entire life that God has determined that you will live. No one and nothing will keep you from living shorter than God’s will, and no one and nothing will preserve you longer than God’s will. Therefore, enjoy the short time that God has given to you, and serve Him in your few and fleeting days.      

 

In verse 21 Job asks the question: “And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity?” Job is certainly aware of his own sinfulness, as every believer should be who is honest. It appears that because Job had suffered so many things that he was thinking that maybe his sufferings were a result of his own sins. Here is a good way to look at things like this: I am a great sinner. I deserve hell. I deserve the wrath of God. Therefore, I should not be surprised if bad things happen to me. I deserve worse than whatever could happen to me in this life. But because Jesus is my Savior, I am always confident of His love and forgiveness to me. I will never receive punishment for sin because I am forgiven. God has a reason for what He has allowed into my life. I may not know what that reason is now, but I will know eventually. If you have been saved through faith in Jesus, never doubt your salvation or your forgiveness. Jesus said in John 10:28-29, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.[29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”

 

Job’s second “friend” named Bildad now speaks. Bildad says in Job 8:1-6, “Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,[2] How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?[3] Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?[4] If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;[5] If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;[6] If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.” Bildad speaks against Job right away. In verse two Bildad belittles Job’s words and calls them “strong wind.” In verse tree Bildad is saying that God brings justice, and therefore, what happened to Job must have been just. In verse four Bildad tells Job that Job’s children died because they deserved to die for their sins and transgressions. In verse five Bildad is saying that Job is not seeking God like Job should, and that is the reason that Job lost everything. If only Job had been “pure and upright,” then God would have made Job prosperous. And so we see that just like Eliphaz, Bildad had no sympathy for Job, and Bildad blamed Job for all of Job’s bad fortune.  

 

Bildad continues speaking and says in Job 8:7-19, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.[8] For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:[9] (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)[10] Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?[11] Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?[12] Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.[13] So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:[14] Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.[15] He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.[16] He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.[17] His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.[18] If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.[19] Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.” Bildad is saying in verse 8 that we can just look at history, the forebears, and see what happened to them. And Bildad is saying that we know that history repeats itself, and we can look at the lives of others who lived before us. In verse 13 Bildad states that people who forget God and who are hypocrites are the ones who suffer. In verse 14 Bildad is saying that sinners like these are the ones who have no hope. Once again Bildad is saying that Job must be like the hypocrites who forget God. That is the explanation that Bildad gives for all the bad things that have happened to Job.   

 

Bildad says in Job 8:20-22, “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:[21] Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.[22] They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.” What Bildad says in verse 20 is true generally speaking, as we know this did not apply to Job’s situation. For one thing Job was not cast away. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Just because you are called to suffer for Him does not mean that He has cast you away. In the second phrase of verse 20 Bildad said, “neither will he help the evil doers.” But in reality God blesses all people: both those who serve Him and those who do not. The rain falls on the evil and the good. The evil were also created in the image of God, ad have certain human gifts and abilities that come from God. God is love, and God is trying to prove His great love to the people who do not know Him. In verse 22 Bildad speaks of the victory that believers will have over unbelievers. This is true, but it is an ultimate victory. In this life sometimes unbelievers are given the upper hand. They killed Jesus. They have persecuted and killed many believers over the centuries. But it is the final and eternal result that really counts. All the struggle that takes place to control the governments of the world, and Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” It says to Christians in Second Timothy 2:12, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…” Rewards that will be given to Christians are called “crowns” in the New Testament because a crown symbolizes a position of power and authority. Great power and authority will be given to believers who serve Jesus faithfully. Some will lose their rewards, but they will still get to heaven because salvation is by the grace of God. Jesus said in Mark 10:40, “But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared   

 

In the last phrase of verse 22 Bildad said, “the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.” That is true in regards to the final judgment of the wicked, but is not always seen in this life. Jesus spoke of a rich man who fared sumptuously every day in this life, but then Jesus spoke of the rich man’s eternal destiny and said in Luke 16:23, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom

 

Job replies to Bildad and Job says in Job 9:1-11, “Then Job answered and said,[2] I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?[3] If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.[4] He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?[5] Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.[6] Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.[7] Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.[8] Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.[9] Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.[10] Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.[11] Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.” Job’s “friends” had been accusing him of not being just with God, and that was why Job was suffering. But Job said in verse two and verse three: “but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.” No human being is just before God because we are all sinners. God is holy, but we are not. Therefore, that cannot be the reason that Job received his sorrows and loss. And then Job starts talking about the greatness of God compared to man: any man. In verse 4 Job says that God is wise and powerful. In verse 5 Job says that God can remove mountains. Of course, man cannot do that. Jesus used that same symbolism talking about what believers can do if we trust in God. Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” In verse 6 Job spoke of earthquakes when Job said, “Which shaketh the earth out of her place.” Job’s point is that God causes earthquakes. Every believer should know that. God is the great Cause. He causes everything to happen that happens. God is in charge of the sun and the stars and the heavens and the waves of the sea. And then in verse 10 Job concludes about God: “Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.” We can see just like Job that God does a great number of things in this vast world and in our lives, and God also does many other things that we are not aware of. But in all that He is doing, we do not see Him. Job said in verse 11, “Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.” Even though we cannot see Him, we can know Him through faith in Christ. 

 

 

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