Over the next 4 chapters and really the next 10 chapters or so there is an exchange back and forth between Job, his ‘friends’ and many chapters have a point of importance that is focused on God. Job is obviously hurting. In Pain. He doesn’t understand what and why he is going through what he is. He shows signs of patience at times but then at other times, he is like us whenever we go through something exponentially smaller than he is going through…impatient.
I read a sermon from Spurgeon on this back and forth once. It speaks about the fact that our faults are sometimes so close to our strengths:
The weaknesses of the saints lie near their strength. Elijah is the bravest of the brave, and flees from Jezebel; Moses is the meekest of the meek, and speaks in passion; Job is the most patient of men, and cries, “I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” As part of his bitter complaint, he said, “Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?”
I guess you can bring out the ‘last shall be first, the meek shall inherit the earth…” statements. These paradox type statements that make no sense. We each have talents that are given to us by God, but at times our fleshly selves get puffed up and think more of ourselves than we should. Job is faltering in his strength, but that is when God is so good to pick us up and carry the weight.
Look at the attributes of God that Job talks about:
- He is wise in heart and mighty in strength (9:4)
- He removes mountains, and they know it not when he overturns them in his anger (9:5)
- He shakes the earth out if its place and its pillars tremble (9:6)
- Commands the sun and it does not rise; seals up the stars (9:7)
- He alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea (9:8)
- Made the Bear, Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south (9:9) -Cool verse BTW, If Job is written during the time of Abram and the Patriarchs, these constellations are named already. Guess Adam got to name the stars that he saw too.
He goes on and on about God and remembers that it is the creator who is in charge and able to do what He pleases. Just like he can do all of this, he can do with us as he pleases… which leads to 9:33
Job 9:33 – There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both…
Wow. Thankful that I’ve got an arbiter. Jesus paid the price for my sin and restored my standing with God. I still sin, I still struggle, I still suffer because of the fallen world that I live in, but one day that will all be done and nonexistent.