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1 But Job ['Iyowb] answered [`anah] and said ['amar],
2 Hear [shama`] diligently [shama`] my speech [millah], and let
this be your consolations [tanchuwm].
3 Suffer [nasa'] me that I may speak
[dabar]; and after ['achar] that I have spoken [dabar],
mock on [la`ag]. KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Job answered, 2 'Listen
carefully to my speech, And let this be your way of consolation. 3 'Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock. NASB
Is it sufficient to see a wealthy man and determine
that he is a good man, or a poor man and determine that he is bad? Is it sufficient to see a rich man lose all
of his wealth, and determine that he is bad, or a poor man suddenly come into
great riches and determine that he is good?
Or for that matter, does any combination of riches or sufferings you can
imagine, determine the nature of the person?
The answer is obviously, no.
In the case of the wicked, which is generally our
subject here, God often allows them to live out their lives in prosperity, but
when the end comes, they finish with phenomenal dishonor and nothing to show
for their life.
In Job, he himself sees an enigma, but his friends see
no mystery at all. The obvious to them,
is obvious. He is a sinner to the
maximum, and therefore the present circumstances of his life. But they reject truth, they reject the facts,
the real facts, and only look to their observations and conclusions based on
their observations and predetermined beliefs.
They themselves are the contradiction. From the very beginning, they came with
confessed compassion on their mind, but in fact were coming to either
ingratiate themselves with Job, a very wealthy man having a temporary run of bad
luck, or to elevate themselves in the publics' eyes, over his fall. Once they arrived at his home, and upon
seeing his deathly situation, being opportunists, they pursued the latter
Job has tried to appeal to their reason. Job has tried to match his good reputation
and his present circumstances, seeking some explanation for the mystery of what
His friends rejected everything he has said, instead
adding frivolous accusation upon frivolous accusation in their attempt to get
him to repent.
Job now responds to Zophars last comments. 'Just listen and that is all I ask,' he says. Since they did not come with compassion in
their hearts, they can at least listen and allow him to speak. And then, if they so choose, then they can
continue their ridicule of him.
It matters not to him what they think anyway.
What any of us should consider in our life, is what
God thinks. If we listen to people, then
we will most always be led astray. The
peer pressures of society are nothing more than herd conformity pressures. Wherever society goes, then the herd must
follow, and that will always get you into trouble.
Unfortunately, when truth is told, people do not listen. When truth is apparent, people tend to ignore
it. It is far too easy to cling to ones agenda's,
beliefs, desires, wants, needs, and insecurities. That is the nature of man, and that is why
trouble is always not very far off.
Job's friends will cling to their beliefs and their
agenda, despite his pleas for understanding and reason.
From the outside, one would think that Job was in the
poorest of positions with not much of a future to look forward to, and his
friends were sitting pretty good, what with their reason and intact prosperity.
But then, God looks on the soul and not on the surface
of ones life.
With man, everything is either impossible, too
difficult, not reasonable, impractical, or a sure thing, or something in
between. There is always a variety of
With God, nothing is impossible, nothing is too
difficult. God is never limited by human circumstances. And, God does not need human resources in
order to accomplish His purpose.
There is no set of circumstances common to mankind,
that can prevent one from advancing in their spiritual life.
The only prevention comes from mans own invented
beliefs and imagination. And thus man is
the only one who limits his own opportunities.
Look around you, and if what you see is all you see,
then you have placed severe limits on your own life.
The telescope is a tiny little window, which allows us
to see into places that exist far beyond our normal capacity. The Bible is a window, which does the exact
same thing, only our view here is far beyond this universe, into truth and
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.