What Job Didn’t Know . . . And We Do

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 What Job Didn’t Know . . .

And We Do *
by
WRF Member Dr. George C. Fuller

Job knew detriment and pain, pang and depression. He had been a good man, a male of firmness who desired others and served God. And he had been sanctified and prospered. God had “hedged him about” with a clinging family and good business success. He had everything, and he was beholden for God’s palm of forgiveness and grace.

But afterwards it happened. In a brief time he mislaid his servants, business, and all 10 of his children.

How did Job hoop a news?

“Naked we came from my mother’s womb, and exposed shall we return. The Lord gave, and a Lord has taken away; sanctified be a name of a Lord” (1:21, ESV).

Even when Satan cheerless him with “loathsome sores,” Job challenged his wife, “Shall we accept good from God, and shall we not accept evil?” The biblical record states twice: “In all this Job did not impiety or assign God with wrong” and “In all this Job did not impiety with his lips.” In a face of such serious tragedy, how good a calm of Job.

But how heated a suffering, how low a cries of anguish, how good a impatience to have it ended, to see a shutting walls of pain finish their abrasive task. Read Job 3; hear him wish he had never been innate (verses 3-10), or that he competence have died during birth (11-19), or, given a stupidity of those dual wishes, that he competence die immediately (20-26).

Enter a dedicated belligerent of someone else’s pang and feel Job’s pain. Experience his clarity of helplessness.

Trapped: “God has walled adult my way, so that we can't pass, and he has set dim on my paths” (19:8).

Lonely: “All my insinuate friends detest me, and those whom we desired have incited opposite me” (19:19).

Weak: “My skeleton hang to my skin and to my flesh, and we have transient by a skin of my teeth” (19:20).

Desperate for a friend: “He who withholds affability from a crony forsakes a fear of a Almighty…. Have we said, ‘Make me a gift’?” (6:14-22).

His 3 friends did try to help. “Miserable comforters,” he called them (16:2), and indeed they were. The “correct” divinity of a day pronounced that pang resulted from sin. Therefore, went a logic, Job contingency have committed a good sin. His friends let him have it: “Just confess, Job.” They threw their divinity into a life so riddled and racked with pain. They knew their doctrine. While they knew, however, they did not feel.

Today in 2019, your pang competence be great, severe: earthy pain, romantic anguish, affliction, torture – if not today, maybe tomorrow. But we have an advantage over Job, essentially since Jesus has come, endured a cross, and been raised. In a shadows Job could usually demeanour brazen to a time of God’s deliverance. we wish we to know a disadvantages underneath that he suffered and, by contrast, a privileges that are yours.

First of all, Job did not know a devise of God. He did not know what had taken place “backstage.” Satan claimed before God, “No male is good for nothing. Men offer you, since we give them prosperity. They sell loyalty for privilege. Take divided all that Job has, and he will abuse you.” And a Lord responded to Satan’s challenge, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand…. Behold, he is in your hand; usually gangling his life” (1:12, 2:6).

Please know that God was never out of control. Satan said, “But widen out your palm and hold all that he has, and he will abuse we to your face” (1:11). No delegate causes, no fortuitous will, no luck, no chance. No dualism, with dual gods (the Lord and Satan) somehow pity ultimate power. Likewise, Jesus spoke in a garden, “the crater that a Father has given me….” John Stam, a martyred missionary, called God “the one good Circumstance of life.”

Job knew God was sovereign. This self-assurance was his good conundrum and a problem of his 3 friends. Why had God sent such good pang into his life? He and they believed pang was specific punishment for a specific sin. Certainly a inlet of impiety brought suffering, no doubt about that. But usually frequency did a impiety furnish a specific ailment. Job’s friends pulpy for his confession; Job worked in a believe that he had committed no such sin.  And as he sought to ceremony and respect God (Chapters 1 and 2), his agonise usually multiplied. The “loathsome sores” (2:7) seemed a acknowledgment from sky that God was displeased.

If usually Job could have famous what we know; that is, about a review between Satan and a Lord. If usually he could have famous a devise of God in such suffering. How many easier it would have been. But he did not know what was function “backstage.” That information was simply not accessible to him.

Of course, we competence say, conjunction is such discernment accessible to we when we suffer. You can't know with any declaration what a purpose and devise of God is in your agonise or pain. Like Job, we have to humour in a dark, in uncertainty.

But for we there can be a difference. You can know with full declaration that a God of a devise loves you. He has affianced his adore to us; he has proven his adore to us, in that, while we were nonetheless sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). We can know over any doubt that a God of all resources is a God who loves us, whatever happens, no matter how good a tragedy, since he has once and for all demonstrated that adore in a cranky of his Son. Job did not know that, nonetheless with wish he competence have looked for a entrance of God’s Redeemer.

Second, Job did not know about Jesus. In a conspicuous detonate of praise, he sang, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (19:25). And in disproportion not utterly so clear, he said, “Even now, behold, my declare is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high” (16:19). But he simply lived too shortly to have full believe of Jesus. And so, from a vale of despondency and depression, he came to feel that God was his strong and high adversary, apart private from his suffering, too unfeeling even to hear his cries or feel his tears. Did Job call a clenched fist toward heaven, as his desiccated lips gave countenance to his frustration: “There is no judge between us, who competence lay his palm on us both” (9:33)?

Job had no go-between who could beg his box before God. He had no one to mount between himself and a Almighty, no one who could “lay his palm on us both.” Only dual were involved: God, mighty, unmovable, in majesty; Job, thrown down, helpless, in misery. How could Job win? How could he even disagree his box opposite a God who clearly didn’t care? He simply did not know about Jesus. How terrible – terrifying – to know a sovereignty and goodness of God nonetheless not to know about Jesus!

But a Christian knows “there is one go-between between God and men, a male Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a release for all…” (I Tim. 2:5b-6a).

Picture a Christian, design yourself, in a sanatorium bed. The medicine is over, nonetheless a news is bad. Your physique aches; pain can be relieved usually briefly; hoses and tubes, tapes and bandages call your amiability and temperament into question. Reading a Bible is apart from your mind, and we don’t wish to pray. You wish to sleep, for a few minutes, for an hour, forever.

Or suppose yourself impeded with cares, genuine and imagined. Your family and friends can’t assistance you; no one else can feel this burden. It’s all inside. You can’t pray, and we can’t review a Bible. No one cares; even in a midst of friends, we humour alone.

But afterwards remember Jesus. You go to him. Even if we can’t pray, he can and does. He has his palm on you, and he doesn’t let go. You’re his. You go to a King, now, and forever. You are secure in him, not since of your inconstant faith, nonetheless since of his invariable faithfulness.

From your bed, out of misery, “Behold, a Lamb of God.” Recall a blood of ancient sacrifices, sprinkled on a people of God, practical to them, and on God’s altar, offering to him. Now one scapegoat has been made, sufficient forever. God has purchased his people, secure forever. The blood of Jesus has been practical to God’s people and to himself. We live and die in a participation of a risen Redeemer, who himself is in a participation of a Father. Feel a hold of his hand; his other palm is on a Father.

Third, Job did not have a consistent declaration about a resurrection. He had seen trees cut down and after revived: “For there is wish for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will thrive again, and that a shoots will not cease…. But a male dies and is laid low; male breathes his last, and where is he?” (14:7, 10). Later in 19:26 he sounds some-more confident. Job had served God, either or not his friends believed that he had. And now into his life had come pang from each direction. How tragic, if such a life finished in genocide – in nothing. Only Satan afterwards could win.

Paul in we Corinthians 15 showed a comfortless consequences if indeed a upheld do not rise. If Christ did not rise, a priesthood is empty, and a faith is hollow. In fact we are deceitful, for a gospel is a lie. We are nonetheless mislaid in a sins. And those who “have depressed defunct in Christ have perished.” Paul added, “If in this life usually we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people many to be pitied” (I Cor. 15:19).

But his subsequent disproportion affirmed: “But in fact Christ has been lifted from a dead, a firstfruits of those who have depressed asleep.”

Job asked this question, “If a male dies, shall he live again?” (14:14). By a grave of Lazarus, Jesus answered it: “I am a rebirth and a life. Whoever believes in me, nonetheless he die, nonetheless shall he live, and everybody who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Until Jesus’ answer, culminated in a dull tomb, people could usually wonder, fear, maybe hope. Now we can know. If a emanate is Satan, Satan loses. Jesus meets his people during a levels of pang and enticement and genocide (see Hebrews 2:14-18). And he wins, jubilant over death, now means to give his people beauty and forgiveness when they need it.

You can know what Job did not know. Jesus’ dull tomb proclaims feat over Satan and sin. But it also rises a eyes to an even larger day, when God “will clean divided each rip from their eyes, and genocide shall be no more, conjunction shall there be agonise nor good nor pain anymore, for a former things have upheld away” (Rev. 21:4). The feat of Jesus over genocide promises an almighty feat jubilee for his people. So their perspective of proxy pain and agonise is different. Job didn’t know about a resurrection, nonetheless we do. What a difference!

Finally, Job did not know where to find God. At times he felt God was so good and so majestic, so private and so apart from his pang (see section 20). His friends’ theological complement had no room for Job, and he couldn’t find God there. “Where to find God?” was his harassing problem in resources he did not understand.

We now could tell Job about Calvary. Not that God was usually rather concerned in all that happened there, nonetheless that God was there. Not that a cranky had something to do with him, nonetheless that he was on that cross. God is not private from his people; he is not sealed adult in any theological system. He can be found in his Son, and during Golgotha. The Word became strength and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, excellence as of a usually Son from a Father, full of beauty and truth” (John 1:14).

What a disproportion Jesus can make. You can know that God’s will in your life is shaped in a heart of a God who has affianced his adore to you. You can know of one who prays for you, even when we don’t pray, or can’t. Jesus’ dull tomb assures your final victory. His genocide during Golgotha brings we into almighty attribute with God, your Father, no matter what. “For we am certain that conjunction genocide nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things benefaction nor things to come, nor powers, nor tallness nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be means to apart us from a adore of God in Christ Jesus a Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

 

* (Revised from an essay in Eternity Magazine May 1981 with accede from a Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals)

Article source: http://wrfnet.org/articles/2019/02/what-job-didnt-know-and-we-do

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