Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 29, 2014

Job’s Complaint

“Oh that I had one to hear me!
Behold, here is my signature;
Let the Almighty answer me!
And the indictment which my adversary has written,
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
I would bind it to myself like a crown.
“I would declare to Him the number of my steps;
Like a prince I would approach Him.”  Job 31:35-37

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?”  Job 38:1-7

God didn’t tell Job why he suffered.  He added that no man has a right to question what God does.  But will Job never find out?  He didn’t find out then, but he will find out when he is resurrected.  He knew that,
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;” Job 19:25-26

Job also said, “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!”. Job 19:23

Job will awake to find his wish come true!  And he will learn about all the millions of people who have taken courage from his example.  But he may get an even more detailed explanation.  “Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with difficult questions.  So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.  Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from the king which he did not explain to her.”  1 Kings 10:1-3

Job’s hardest questions will be answered by Jesus, so he will realize that he did not suffer in vain.

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