Now onto today’s passage. Today’s passage is Job 42:1-17. Let’s go!
Job 42:1-2 (NIV) 1 Then Job replied to the LORD: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.
On verses 1-6: Job has now abandoned his previous push to challenge God on His justice (v2). He now admits to speaking of things that he had no ability to understand (v3). Job had heard about God all his life, but now, having heard God speak personally, he experiences God’s presence in a powerful and unprecedented way. In response to encountering God, all Job can do is see how small and unholy he is. Job repents of his pride before God (v4-6).
What can we learn from this?
1.We were made not just to hear about God but to experience Him personally.
2.When we experience God personally, it is a life altering transition point of our existence. It changes the way we view God and the way we live our lives. It leads us to repentance and humility, instead of boasting and insecurity. Job 42:7-9 (NIV) 7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.
On verses 7-9: The Lord confronts Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar for speaking to Job about God in ways that were not true. The Lord tells them to sacrifice seven bulls and seven rams in Job’s presence and to receive prayer from Job. Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar obey the Lord. Job prays for them and God has mercy on them.
What can we learn from this?
1. God watches carefully how we speak about Him. He holds us accountable for the careless words we say.
2. Though God watches us carefully, His goal is not to condemn us when we sin, but to lead us to restoration and forgiveness. That’s why God tells Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar to go to Job, sacrifice offerings and ask Job to pray for them. For having seen the way Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar sinned against Job, God is now giving them a way by which they can be fully restored, both vertically in their relationship with God as well as horizontally in their friendship with Job.
It reminds me of 2 Samuel 14:14 which says, “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
God does the same with us. Having seen the way we sinned, God sent Jesus Christ for us, so that by His sacrifice and through His prayer (“Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do”), we can be forgiven.
3. Just as God told Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar to go to Job and be restored to Job after they had sinned against him, if you have sinned against another person – perhaps you spoke ill of that person, misjudged that person, accused that person unfairly or took that person for granted – don’t just ask God for forgiveness. Go to the person you sinned against and ask for forgiveness as well.
4. God was not happy with Job’s pride. In fact, God rebuked Job sternly for this from chapters 38 to 41. Yet notice that when God speaks about Job in front of other people, God keeps calling Job, “My servant” (v7-8). Four times God does that. What can we learn from this? God prefers to praise us publicly in the presence of others and criticize us privately face to face. For healthier relationships, try to do the same.
Job 42:10-17 (NIV) 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. 12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so he died, old and full of years.
On verses 10-17: After Job prays for Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, the Lord restores Job in every way, making him “prosperous again, giving him twice as much as he had before” (v10). His flocks now are multiple times more plentiful than they were prior to Job’s suffering (v12). Job is restored socially, having been reunited and reconciled with his brothers and sisters. Presumably Job is physically restored too, since Job and his wife would even welcome 10 new children including three beautiful daughters. These three daughters, named Jemimah (meaning dove), Keziah (meaning cinnamon perfume) and Keren-Happuch (meaning something like eye mascara) would also share in Job’s inheritance (v14-15). Job’s life ends full and extremely blessed.
What can we learn from this?
1.God is a restorer. Because God cares for us, He wants to restore us on every level – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Praise God! When we get to heaven, we will experience the fullness of God’s restoring power.
2.Notice the timing of Job’s restoration and breakthrough: it happened after Job prayed for his accusers. Similarly, if you want to be blessed and experience a breakthrough, like Jesus and Job, pray for those who persecute you.
3.Job felt he had received amazing grace from God, so he gives amazing grace away by including his daughters in his will. This decision was highly unusual in Job’s time and not legally required. The lesson we learn is that when we start to understand the depth of mercy and grace God has shown us, it causes us to show great mercy and grace to others as well.
4.If Job had given up in chapter 41, he would have missed all the blessings that God had in store for him. So if you are going through a great trial, don’t give up. Persevere till the end. Blessing beyond all you could ask for or imagine is waiting for you. The best is yet to come. As James 5:11 says, “As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
This brings our look at the book of Job to a close. What a full and powerful book it is. What were the most important lessons you learned in the book of Job? I encourage you to review them and thank God for teaching you through His Word.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the lessons we can learn from Your powerful Word. Thank You that You are our restorer, one who seeks not to condemn us for our sin but to save us from our sin. Thank You for every lesson we could learn from the book of Job. May we extend mercy and grace to those who hurt us since You’ve extended amazing mercy and grace toward us. And may we persevere through trial, knowing that even greater blessing awaits us. Thank You that with You we can always say the best is yet to come. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!