As I said before, the next few chapters offer little more than a back and forth between Job and his friends. Job repeatedly talks of God’s sovereignty. Early in chapter 10, Job talking to God says, Even though I have no idea why this is happening, God is right. He is Just.
This is tough for us to read. I imagine that younger believers don’t head for the book of Job as an early study, but we have to remember our place in this very big world. It isn’t about us. Job goes as far as asking God, why did you even allow me to be born? Now he just wants to be done with it all.
Zophar responds that even though Job is talking about all these grand attributes of God, he (being Job) is still being punished for some sin and he needs to respond as such.
What strikes me here is that these three friends are repeatedly saying the same thing. It is interesting because we’ve all been a part of a situation where either we were getting a lot of “helpful” council or we were the “friends” giving the “helpful” council. While it doesn’t seem to be working for these three, I firmly believe that when it comes to a church making decisions about its direction, the church needs a group of elders who seek out what God would have them do. I believe that deep study and prayer is wise and Biblical. In the case of Job, even though they stayed quiet for 7 days, it doesn’t seem that they sought God’s council for what to say and do. They seem to be relying primarily on their own fleshly wisdom.
Job 12:2-3 – OK, so I’m reading a combo of KJV and ESV, but I had to look this one up in the Message:
I’m sure you speak for all the experts, and when you die there’ll be no one left to tell us how to live.But don’t forget that I also have a brain— I don’t intend to play second fiddle to you. It doesn’t take an expert to know these things.
I love it. There are some great Sarcastic statements in the bible. This one has Job definitely rolling his eyes at his friends. Job unloads on his friends when he brings back up God’s Sovereignty.
7 “But ask the animals what they think—let them teach you;
let the birds tell you what’s going on.
8 Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics.
Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories.
9 Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree
that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand—
10 Every living soul, yes,
every breathing creature?
11 Isn’t this all just common sense,
as common as the sense of taste?
12 Do you think the elderly have a corner on wisdom,
that you have to grow old before you understand life?
From God We Learn How to Live
13 “True wisdom and real power belong to God;
from him we learn how to live,
and also what to live for.
14 If he tears something down, it’s down for good;
if he locks people up, they’re locked up for good.
15 If he holds back the rain, there’s a drought;
if he lets it loose, there’s a flood.
16 Strength and success belong to God;
both deceived and deceiver must answer to him.
And it continues. God is in charge. He makes the decisions. Then in chapter 13, he really let’s them have it as he mentions that he’d much rather just speak with God about the situation, and that God will deal with them for blaspheming his character.
Job 13:13 – So just shut up. I’ll take my punishment no matter what it is. Even if God killed me, I’d still have hope in him. But JUST YOU WAIT… this whole ordeal is gonna be alright. God will restore me and He will get the glory.
Pretty good stuff. Let’s see what happens next.