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Job 27:1-2



1 Moreover Job ['Iyowb] continued [yacaph] [nasa'] his parable [mashal], and said ['amar],

2 As God ['el] liveth [chay], who hath taken away [cuwr] my judgment [mishpat]; and the Almighty [Shadday], who hath vexed [marar] my soul [nephesh]; KJV-Interlinear



1 Then Job continued his discourse and said, 2 'As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul, NASB



Job paused in his discourse and when no one came back with a counter argument, he continued with his point of view.


The word for parable here in not what we think of when we recall the parables taught by Jesus. This usage is a reference to instruction in truth, as from one in authority.


Job is teaching principles of doctrine. And he is teaching them honestly and accurately within the context of his situation, and from the point of view from his generation.


Since truth is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then the time in history is irrelevant. It just helps us to understand that the ancients were not a bunch of dumb bent over cavemen.


'As God lives forever,' is a figure of speech, or an oath as it were. We might say, 'As God is my witness.'


And so Job continues his instruction which teaches us all that it is God who is in control of history and circumstances.


It is God who brought about Jobs situation. It is God who allows this situation to continue. It is God who does not immediately respond to his prayers. And finally, it is God who will bring about his solution.


We know that Satan started all of this with his accusations. But it is God who allowed it all to happen. Satan requested and God set the rules.


God controls all births, and all deaths. In between, life happens. God (Jesus Christ) controls history. He controls history in three ways - directly through His divine power, indirectly through the laws of establishment, and permissively through the volition of creatures (men and angels).


God does nothing on impulse. Everything that occurs, does so because it was included (foreseen) in the Divine Decrees, which were decided on in eternity past.


The removal of Jobs right, is the removal of his freedom of action, through the actions of Satan, as permitted by God. The embitterment of Jobs soul is the related mental and physical pain and stress due to his suffering.


Job will not complain about his situation, even though he does not know that his situation is going to teach many tens of millions or even billions of people during the course of the rest of human history. God chose the right man for this purpose.


Most people will cry and complain when they come face to face with hard times. And, Job will have a great deal to say about them, later in this chapter.


So far we should know that God is infinite. There is nothing that God cannot do. He created this universe with all of its detailed complexities, and what we know from science and technology and so forth, is not even a drop in the ocean of things we do not know.


Your situation and my situation are virtually nothing when compared to what God is able to do. In fact, Gods effort in the creation of the universe, as witnessed by the angels, is nothing more than finger work, Psa. 8:3.


So if God can do all of that with the effort of only His fingers, then how much less effort is needed to take care of you and me?


In our lifetime, we will all come face to face with difficult situations. Those with doctrine in their soul will tough it out, and glorify God by means of their faith and trust. Those without doctrine will probably cry and complain, and act like the little tantrum babies they really are.


If you have ever raised a two year old, then you know that when they trap themselves in a situation, they yell and holler until momma comes and saves them. Momma just smiles because their situation was not that big of a deal, even though their screams would suggest that the sky was falling.


That is life between man and God. With doctrine, you can maintain your poise. Without doctrine, you will be no better than that two year old.

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