Job 38-42 Submit to the Lord

SUBMIT TO THE SOVEREIGN LORD
Job 38:1-42:17                July 16 2006

The Lord addressed Job’s friends and expressed
His displeasure over their misrepresentations
of Him. They had reduced God to a formula and
a cliche. the Lord ordered them to offer a
sacrifice for their sins and instructed Job to
pray for them. After Job prayed for his friends,
the lord restored his fortunes and family. Job
lived and additional 140 years.

1. Listening To God (Job 38:1-4)

Job 38:1   Then the LORD answered Job out of the
whirlwind: 38:2   “Who is this that darkens counsel
by words without knowledge? 38:3   Gird up your
loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall
declare to me. 38:4   “Where were you when I laid
the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have
understanding.

In previous chapters, Job’s friends had offered
him reams of rhetoric about God. All of their
words combined did little or nothing to comfort
Job. However, when Job and His critics fin all
exhausted their supply of words and put away
their simplistic explanations – God spoke.
sometimes we fail to hear what God has to say
because of our addiction to noise .Unless we order
our days to “be silent in the presence of the Lord”
(Zeph. 1:7), we will not hear His voice.

2. Submitting To God (Job 42:1-6)

Job 42:1   Then Job answered the LORD: 42:2   “I know
that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours
can be thwarted. 42:3   ‘Who is this that hides counsel
without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I
did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which
I did not know. 42:4   ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will
question you, and you declare to me.’ 42:5   I had heard
of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees
you; 42:6   therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust
and ashes.”

Job confessed that he had heard rumors about God.
Prior to God’s revelation of Himself to Job, he only
knew God from a distance. However, all of that
changed when God spoke to Job out of the storm.
But now, said Job my eyes have seen you. In other
words, Job now knew God in a more intimate way. He
had a new awareness of God and a deeper insight
into His character and attributes.

3. Interceding Before God (Job 42:7-9)

Job 42:7   After the LORD had spoken these words to Job,
the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My wrath is
kindled against you and against your two friends; for you
have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
42:8   Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams, and
go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt
offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will
accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your
folly; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my
servant Job has done.” 42:9   So Eliphaz the Temanite and
Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did
what the LORD had told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s
prayer.

The three men did as the Lord instructed. they did not
argue with God; nor did they express any reluctance to
follow through on His divine orders. The, without a
hint of bitterness or revenge, Job graciously
interceded for each one of his friends who had spoken
falsely about both him and God . Job, along with the Lord,
had forgiven his friends.

4. Relying On God (Job 42:10-12a)

Job 42:10   And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job when
he had prayed for his friends; and the LORD gave Job twice as
much as he had before. 42:11   Then there came to him all his
brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and
they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him
sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had
brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money
and a gold ring. 42:12   The LORD blessed the latter days of Job
more than his beginning;

After Job had prayed for his friends, something wonderful
happened. After enduring unimaginable losses, constant
pain, days or weeks of confusion and misery, the
condemnation of his friends, a litany of questions from
God, and his own repentance and submission, Job received
an incredible and unexpected reward: the Lord restored and
doubled his wealth.

Summary :

One important function of the remarkable ending
of the Book of Job is to show the reality that not all suffering
is the direct result of the suffering individual’s sins. The
lesson is that suffering may be mysterious, but it need not
rob us of our faith in sovereign, loving God of all.