“Job Opened His Mouth…”
Job’s friends had arrived.
That sat with him for seven days in silence.
Job’s pain was intense.
Job then broke the silence.
Here is part of his lament…
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
And Job said,
“Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’
“May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
“Let darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
“As for that night, let darkness seize it;
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
“Behold, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful shout enter it.
“Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let it not see the breaking dawn;
Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.
“Why did I not die at birth,
Come forth from the womb and expire?
“Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
Ever felt/feel like this?
We will see the balance of the lament later…
Job’s physical stuff was destroyed or captured.
Job’s children were dead.
Job was covered with boils.
Job’s wife was nagging…”curse God and die!”
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.
When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky.
Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.
Job’s three friends heard what had occurred.
They knew of Job’s situation.
They came to visit.
A rather formal process…
- Came together from their varied locations
- Made an appointment
They came to sympathize.
They came to comfort.
When they saw him, from a distance, they were distraught.
They did not recognize Job.
They raised their voices and wept.
They tore their robes.
They threw dust over their heads.
All signs of mourning.
They joined Job in mourning and pain.
They sat on the ground with him.
No one spoke a word.
Because they saw that his pain was very great.
We see the depths of Job’s pain.
We see the depths of his friends concern.
“Curse God and Die”
The Lord has given Job “to the power of” the satan…the adversary, the accuser.
Watch what happens…
So the LORD said to Satan,
“Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Remember what the satan had said?
“If you attack his body, he will curse You…”
The satan smote Job with sore boils.
From head to sole.
What was Job’s reaction?
He was scraping off boils…ugh.
He sat among the ashes…as sign of uncleanness.
But, then we see more.
Such a lovely woman.
You did see her question?
“Do you still hold fast your integrity?”
Do you still not blame God?
Do you still not find fault?
Do you still believe that the Lord gives/takes?
Sounds to me as if she were embarrassed by him?
Then, the statement.
“Curse God and die”.
I love Job’s response.
You speak as the foolish women speak.
Shall we accept good from God and not accept adversity?
Job rested in the Lord.
In all his misery.
In all the adversity.
He did not sin with his lips.
“Skin For Skin”
Though he had lost much, Job did not sin.
He did not turn against God.
He did not blame God.
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
The account continues…
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.
The LORD said to Satan,
“Where have you come from?”
Then Satan answered the LORD and said,
“From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”
The LORD said to Satan,
“Have you considered My servant Job?
For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”
Satan answered the LORD and said,
“Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
“However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh;
he will curse You to Your face.”
So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
We see the same gathering as earlier.
The sons of God are presenting themselves before the Lord.
The satan does likewise.
The Lord initiates the conversation.
The Lord asks the satan where he had been.
The Lord knew.
The purpose of the question?
To give the satan opportunity to tell?
To let the satan know that the Lord knows all?
Then the Lord asks…
Have you considered Job?
Of course He knew the answer.
The satan had sought to destroy Job by killing Job’s children and taking/destroying his possessions.
Yet, Job did not sin.
The satan’s response this time?
“Skin for skin…”
The satan was saying “touch his body, attack him physically…he will curse You”.
The Lord’s response?
He is in you power, only spare his life.
The satan has the power to take life…if God allows.
There is more to all this than we know…