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Job 3-14 Explanation

CAREFULLY EVALUATE EXPLANATIONS
Job 3:1-14:22 June 11 2006

Job rejected the explanation of his friends. He
called them worthless physicians who were unable
to give a proper diagnosis and branded their counsel
as worthless as ashes. Job asked God to reveal to
him any sin in his life , including any he might have
committed in his youth. He lamented that the future
looked hopeless and asked God to give him some
peace.

1. Flawed Appeal To Justice (Job 4:6-7 ; 6:2-3,24)

Job 4:6 Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the
integrity of your ways your hope? 4:7 “Think now, who
that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the
upright cut off? 6:2 “O that my vexation were weighed,
and all my calamity laid in the balances! 6:3 For then it
would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my
words have been rash. 6:24 “Teach me, and I will be
silent; make me understand how I have gone wrong.

Eliphaz had assumed that Job was guilty until
proven innocent, but failed to offer any specific
charges. Job declared that he was not aware of
having done wrong and asked Eliphaz to prove his
case, saying that he could handle specific charges,
however painful (6:25) . Job pressed Eliphaz to look
carefully at his (Job’s) life and to point out any
injustices he had committed (6:28-30).

2. Flawed Appeal To Tradition (Job 8:4-8)

Job 8:4 If your children sinned against him, he delivered
them into the power of their transgression. 8:5 If you will
seek God and make supplication to the Almighty, 8:6 if you
are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for
you and restore to you your rightful place. 8:7 Though your
beginning was small, your latter days will be very great. 8:8
“For inquire now of bygone generations, and consider what
their ancestors have found;

Bildad urged Job to ask or to learn from the discoveries
of previous generations. He was certain that the wisdom
of the past supported the advice he had given Job. Bildad
of the past supported the advice he had had given Job.
Bildad was right that their fathers had discovered the
principle that God blessed righteous living and punished
evil. However. that did not mean that Job’s suffering was
a direct result of specific sins.

3. Flawed Appeal To Logic (Job 11:6b,13-15; 13:4)

Job 11:6b Know then that God exacts of you less than your
guilt deserves. 11:13 “If you direct your heart rightly, you
will stretch out your hands toward him. 11:14 If iniquity is
in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness reside
in your tents. 11:15 Surely then you will lift up your face
without blemish; you will be secure, and will not fear. 13:4
As for you, you whitewash with lies; all of you are worthless
physicians.

We must recognize that logical explanations about the
causes and uses of human suffering can be flawed because
no one can know all the facts of any particular case. In most
cases, it is wiser to remain silent (Prov.17:27-28) than to
risk making a bad situation worse.

4. Flawed Appeal To God (Job 13:15,18,23-24)

Job 13:15 See, he will kill me; I have no hope; but I will defend
my ways to his face. 13:18 I have indeed prepared my case; I
know that I shall be vindicated. 13:23 How many are my
iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my
sin. 13:24 Why do you hide your face, and count me as your enemy?

Job told his friend to ” pay close attention” to what he had to
say (13:17). He maintained his innocence and expressed his
longing to have his case tried before God. He had carefully
organized and prepared his case and was ready to present it
before the court of haven – certain that he would be vindicated.
Job said that if anyone could “indict” him he was prepared to
“be silent and die” (13:19).

Summary:
Just as words can hurt, they can also help . Proverbs 16:24 states, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body”. Hurting people can benefit from words pleasantly orchestrated into symphonies of encouragement.

SINGING OF LOVE

Song of Songs 1:1-8:14 August 27 2006

On one occasion the young woman became anxious as
she waited for her husband to return to her. She praised
his appearance and character. Her anxiety turned to
peace when her husband returned and showered her
with beautiful words of love. BOTH HUSBAND AND
WIFE MUTUAL EXCHANGES OF PRAISE.
The young couple affirmed their mutual and exclusive
commitment to each another. This commitment gave
their love an unrelenting strength , passion, and
durability.

1. Verbal Love (Song Of Songs 1:1,15-2:3)

Song 1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. 1:15
Ah, you are beautiful, my love; ah, you are beautiful; your
eyes are doves. 1:16 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
truly lovely. Our couch is green; 1:17 the beams of our
house are cedar, our rafters are pine. 2:1 I am a rose of
Sharon, a lily of the valleys. 2:2 As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens. 2:3 As an apple tree among
the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.

The title of the Book of Song of Songs uses the
noun song twice. This is a Hebrew way of expressing
that which is the best – in this case, the finest of all of
the songs Solomon wrote (1 Kings 4:32). Song of
Songs is Solomon’s finest love song that celebrates
the God –given joy of love between a husband and
wife.

2. Appropriate Love ( Song Of Songs 2:7)

Song 2:7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the
gazelles or the wild does: do not stir up or awaken love
until it is ready!

The female singer’s conviction that true love waits became a charge to the young woman of Jerusalem. She cautioned the unmarried against intimate expressions of love before marriage. Do not , she cautioned , stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time. The
3. Exclusive Love (Song Of Songs 6:1-3)

Song 6:1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among
women? Which way has your beloved turned, that we may
seek him with you? 6:2 My beloved has gone down to his
garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the
gardens, and to gather lilies. 6:3 I am my beloved’s and
my beloved is mine; he pastures his flock among the lilies.

4. Strong Love (Song Of Songs 8:6-7)

Song 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon
your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the
grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown
it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it
would be utterly scorned.

Summary:

WHAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE?

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:4 August 20 2006

Solomon advised people to enjoy every minute if
being young. Young people should live their lives
within the boundaries of God’s revealed will
because they will one day give an account to God
for everything they have done.
Regardless of our age, we should continuously seek
to learn and to apply the truths of God’s Word.
Solomon concluded Ecclesiastes with sober advice –
“fear god and keep His commands” and live each
day with the knowledge that God “will bring every
act to judgment.”

1. Recognize God-Given Boundaries (Eccl. 11:9-10)

Eccl. 11:9 Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and
let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow
the inclination of your heart and the desire of your eyes,
but know that for all these things God will bring you into
judgment. 11:10 Banish anxiety from your mind, and put
away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life
are vanity.

Solomon also advised the young to put away pain
from their bodies. This is an admonishment to avoid
the destructive sins of the flesh and , instead , to
cultivate healthy and holy habits. Those who embrace
destructive habits in their youth lay a foundation for
problems in their older years. We should instead live
each day to the fullest , accepting both the challenges
and opportunities each day brings , because youth
and the prime of life are fleeting .

2. Remember God Every Day (Eccl. 12:1-5)

Eccl. 12:1 Remember your creator in the days of your
youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years
draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;
12:2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the
stars are darkened and the clouds return with the rain; 12:3
in the day when the guards of the house tremble, and the
strong men are bent, and the women who grind cease working
because they are few, and those who look through the
windows see dimly; 12:4 when the doors on the street are
shut, and the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up
at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are
brought low; 12:5 when one is afraid of heights, and terrors
are in the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper
drags itself along and desire fails; because all must go to
their eternal home, and the mourners will go about the
streets;

Solomon listed four characteristics of aging with
interesting descriptions. First , the phrase guardians
of the house most likely refers to hands that tremble
in old age. Second, the strong men may refer to the
major muscle groups of the legs and back that begin
to weaken with age and cause one to stoop rather than
to stand up straight . Third, the grinders are teeth that
cease to chew food because they are few. Fourth, the
ones who see dimly as they watch through the
windows are the eyes.

3. Revere and Obey God (Eccl. 12:13-14)

Eccl. 12:13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear
God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty
of everyone. 12:14 For God will bring every deed into
judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Solomon search for meaning in life under the sun.
Guided by human wisdom , Solomon explored a variety
of avenues that looked promising but proved
disappointing . Every earthly experience and material
possession left Solomon empty. After his exhaustive
search for meaning, Solomon announced the conclusion
of the matter. Life’s ultimate meaning cannot be found
by human wisdoms; only God can give meaning to life.

Summary:
Therefore , we should live each day revering and
obeying God and delighting in personal fellowship with
Him, for those are the purposes for which He created us.
By revering and obeying God and enjoying daily fellowship
with Him, we advance His redemptive purposes and , in the
process, experience life’s greatest sense of fulfillment.