Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.
INTRODUCTION: JOB'S THREE FRIENDS SUSPECTED THAT HE HAD DONE SOME EVIL WHEN THESE TERRIBLE THINGS BEFELL HIM. WHEN THEY LISTENED TO HIM. THEY WERE SURE OF IT. YOU REMEMBER THAT LAST WEEK WE ENDED WITH ELIPHAZ SECOND SPEECH TO JOB. UNLIKE ELIPHAZ'S FIRST SPEECH, WHICH STARTED OUT SO POLITELY, THIS WAS A GROUND SCOURCHER. LETS JUST LOOK AT ONE SHORT PASSAGE FROM LAST WEEK (THAT WE DID NOT GET TO) 15:4-6: Job 15:4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. Job 15:5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty. Job 15:6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you. SO FRIEND AND COMFORTER ELIPHAZ SAYS, "JOB YOU SINNED" AND SINCE YOU DO NOT ADMIT IT, "YOU'RE A HYPOCRITE TOO." LETS START NOW WITH JOB'S RESPONSE TO THIS. I. JOB'S RESPONSE TO ELIPHAZ. A. READ 16:1-6 EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK LIKES TO CALL THE OTHER A WINDBAG AND THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE. B. HOWEVER, JOB HAS SOME VERY INTERESTING THINGS TO SAY HERE ABOUT HOW WE SHOULD COMFORT THOSE WHO ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. JOB ASKS: "WHAT AILS YOU THAT YOU KEEP ON ARGUING?" WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO THAT? 1. WHY DO HIS FRIENDS ARGUE? 2. LETS ASSUME THAT IT WAS SIN ON JOB'S PART THAT CAUSED HIS PROBLEMS, WOULD YOU HAVE TOLD JOB THAT WHEN YOU HEARD HIM (AS WE WILL HEAR HIM TODAY) BLAME GOD FOR IT? (I TEND TO THINK THAT I MIGHT HAVE ARGUED WITH JOB.) 3. SO WHY WOULD WE ARGUE? (MORE IMPORTANT TO BE RIGHT, THEN TO COMFORT?) 4. DO YOU HAVE TO START WITH THE TRUTH TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS? C. JOB SAYS IN v.4 THAT IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED, HE COULD MAKE THOSE SAME SPEECHES. DO YOU THINK THAT HE WOULD? (I WOULD GUESS THAT HE WOULD BE TEMPTED TO BECAUSE (AT LEAST IN THE BEGINNING) HE AGREED WITH THE THEOLOGY OF HIS FRIENDS.) D. JOB SAYS IN v.5 THAT HE WOULD NOT. BUT, JUST AS HE SAYS IT IS EASY FOR HIS FRIENDS TO MAKE THESE SPEECHES, IT IS A LOT EASIER FOR HIM TO SEE WHY THOSE SPEECHES ARE NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH WHEN HE IS THE ONE WHO IS DOWN. E. IN v. 5&6, HE GIVES WHAT HE SEES TO BE THE GOAL OF A COMFORTER--WHAT IS IT? (TO ENCOURAGE, COMFORT AND BRING RELIEF.) F. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS CAN BEST BE DONE? (JOB SAYS THAT COMFORT CAN COME ONLY FROM HIS FRIENDS, HIS OWN TALKING--OR LACK OF TALKING--BRING HIM NO COMFORT.) 1. DO YOU AGREE THAT ARGUING WITH FRIENDS BRINGS NO RELIEF. SO SHOULD WE MAKE IT A POINT TO AVOID ARGUING WITH THOSE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO COMFORT? II. THE ATTACK A. NOT READ: IN VERSES 7-8 JOB SAYS THAT GOD HAS ATTACKED HIM. THIS IS LIKE HIS EARLIER STATEMENT THAT GOD IS ARRAYED LIKE A WARRIOR IN A CHARIOT AGAINST HIM. B. THE NEXT FEW VERSES ARE VERY INTERESTING SO LETS READ THEM. READ v. 9-13. DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF ANY OTHER STORY IN THE BIBLE? (SOUNDS LIKE THE CRUCIFIXION. GO INTO WHAT JESUS MUST HAVE FELT AND THE WHOLE IDEA OF THIS BEING SUCH A GREAT TEMPTATION. 1. STRIKE: JOB 16:10/John 18:23 "If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?" Jn 19:3 and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face. (NIV) Mk 15:19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. (NIV) 2. PIERCED:JOB 16:13/Jn 19:34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. (NIV) 3. JEER:JOB 16:10/Mk 15:29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, (NIV) 4. TURNED ME OVER TO WICKED MEN: JOB 16:11; Mk 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?"-- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (NIV) C. JOB DIRECTLY SAYS THAT GOD IS DOING THIS AND THAT HE IS BEING ATTACKED. DO YOU THINK THAT JESUS HAD MUCH THE SAME FEELINGS AS JOB? 1. HOW SAME? (JOB BELIEVES THAT HE IS ATTACKED BY GOD AND HIS THREE FREINDS, WHO HE SAYS ARE NOT WORTHY TO ACCUSE HIM OF WRONGDOING. JESUS WAS ATTACKED BY PEOPLE WHO HE CLEARLY KNEW WERE INFERIOR.) 2. HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? (I TRUST THAT JESUS HAD A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AND THAT GOD WAS NOT ATTACKING HIM BECAUSE OF HIS SIN, BUT RATHER THAT HE WAS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THE SINS OF OTHERS.) 3. READ 16:16-17. THIS MAKES THE POINT THAT JOB THINKS THAT HE DID NOT DESERVE THIS. AND WE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT GOD DID NOT DESERVE THE VERBAL BEATING THAT HE IS GETTING FROM JOB HERE. III. THE INTERCESSOR A. READ 16:18-22. FOR WHAT DOES JOB PLEAD? B. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT IS MISSING FROM THE PICTURE SO FAR? WE HAD SATAN TALKING TO GOD ABOUT JOB. SATAN ACCUSED JOB, ASKED GOD TO LET HIM TAKE AWAY JOB'S STUFF, AND NOBODY STOOD UP AND SAID, "WAIT A MINUTE!" C. DID JOB NEED A MEDIATOR? (JOB IS TALKING ABOUT HIS DEATH WHEN HE SAYS, "DON'T COVER UP MY BLOOD." "ONLY A FEW YEARS WILL PASS BEFORE I GO ON THE JOURNEY OF NO RETURN." IN DEATH HE WILL NEED A MEDIATOR. FOR HIS FRIENDS ARE RIGHT WHEN THEY SAY (ELIPHAZ) IN 15:14, "WHAT IS MAN THAT HE CAN BE PURE, OR ONE BORN OF WOMAN THAT HE COULD BE RIGHTEOUS?") 1. WASN'T SATAN TECHNICALLY ENTITLED TO DO WHAT HE DID TO JOB? 2. OR DID JOB JUST THINK THAT HE NEEDED A MEDIATOR? D. DO YOU SEE A STATEMENT OF FAITH HERE? (HE IS LOOKING TO HEAVEN FOR HIS MEDIATOR, HIS HELP.) E. JOB CONTINUES IN CHPT. 17 WITH A REQUEST TO GET INTO COURT WITH GOD (AGAIN) (v.3, THE PLEDGE); HE SAYS THAT HIS FUTURE IS DARK (11-14) AND HE SAYS THAT HIS FRIENDS ARE NO HELP (10) IV. BILDAD'S SECOND REPLY A. READ 18:1-4 B. READ 5-12 C. READ 18-21. V. NEXT WEEK: JOB 19-20. SUBSTITUTE: I'M PREACHING THE SERMON!