Reading through the Bible together
Job answered his three friends by asking them how long they will attack him with words (v. 2). Ten times they have humiliated him (v. 3). Job said that he did nothing wrong (v. 4). Job wants them to know that what he is experiencing is a sacred road paved for him by God (v. 6). God created Lucifer, Son of the Morning, but not Satan. Because Job has a strong relationship with God, he calls out to God against the wrongs (“the violence”) he is suffering but there is no answer (v. 7).
It is true that God allowed a couple of actions against Job since he was selected by God as a show-case for the unfallen worlds to see. He fenced his way and Job cannot pass; He places darkness on his paths; He stripped him of his honor; He removed the crown from his head; He has broken him all around; He has uprooted his hope like a tree (vv. 8-10). Job feels that God has kindled His wrath against him and has regarded him like an enemy (v. 11). In actuality, the enemy of God is Satan and for Job to be regarded by God as an enemy does create problems.
Satan tested God’s permission and his angels came like a mighty army against Job (v. 12). This included humans dear and near him: his brother distanced himself; his friends became strangers; his relatives ran away; friends forgot him; household members consider him a stranger; his servant ignores him; his wife dislikes his breath; his children ignore him; the youth despised him; they gossip about him; his intimate friends avoid him; and those whom he loved turned against him (vv. 13-19). There are also physical consequences: he became extremely thin and escaped death only by the skin of his teeth (v. 20). The literal translation reads “My bones cleaved in my skin and in my flesh” which portrays a physical problem that is deeper than just the surface. If the skin cleaves to the bones, he is extremely thin. He pleads for pity from his friends since the correct understanding of things is that “God’s hand has touched me” (v. 21). “Why do you persecute me as if you were a god? Are you not satisfied with my flesh?” (v. 22).
Job then wished that his words be written in a book, but they are in the records of heaven! (v. 23). They should be written securely with an iron pen on a rock to be there forever. They are forever in the hands of the Rock of Ages, hands wounded with nails of iron! (v. 24). “I know that my Redeemer lives and at last I shall stand upon the earth and He shall raise me up” (v. 25). What a hope in the resurrection! And after his resurrection, his skin, the skin that Satan has turned into boils and soars, “in my flesh I shall see God” (v. 26). Job says that he will see God for himself (v. 27). His eyes will see the Lord and not a stranger.
His humanistic orientated philosopher friends should set their false concepts aside and “fear the sword,” the punishment of God, “for the wrath of iniquities is the sword” (v. 29), and iniquities are assessed in the Investigative Judgment.
We know our Redeemer lives and that letting You live in us, keeps us engraved upon your hands. Save us and our loved ones from the “sword of the wrath of iniquity.” Amen.
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea