The book of Job is moving to a conclusion. Job has silences the counselors to the point where they will no longer argue or speak against him. Job is now entering into his legal proceedings with the Lord. Job wants all the understand why Job is shocked and appalled that such a thing has happened to him. Why is Job so shocked? What right does Job have to claim that the Lord should not bring such suffering and hardship against this man?
We can interview numerous people, we can comb the Scriptures, we can dig into the earth, but where is wisdom? This is a rather profound question that Job seeks to answer. The answer to the question may not be as simple as just reading some Scriptures, or interviewing some people. So, what is the answer? Is Job ready to embrace the answer as he feels it being pressed upon him?
Job is not done speaking and now he is one who affirms that God carries out His justice. Job knows that God will judge the world, but Job carries a deep frustration within himself. On the one hand Job knows the fate of the wicked, he knows that God judges the wicked, but Job’s punishment parallels the wicked’s life. Job does not see how this can be reconciled. So, how do we reconcile Job’s life with the Lord judging the wicked?
Job is getting his case ready before the Lord and he will not back down no matter what the counselors say to him. Job is one who feels the weight of this age, the pursuit of the Lord, and majesty of God. He knows that God is majestic and Job breaks forth in a wonderful declaration of the Lord’s majesty. So, why is Job so frustrated?
This is a very short speech in the book of Job. The counselors are those who are very wordy, but now we find that they are starting to fade away. Why are the counselors no longer talking? Have the counselors run out of words or is something else happening?
Job is frustrated that the counselors will not see things the way that Job sees things. Job is frustrated that God will not see things the way that Job sees them. Job thinks that if God, the counselors, and wisdom would follow his lead than all would be well. If we are honest there are times when we might have this struggle or thought as well, but is it in line with the Word of God? What could be the issue in such thinking?
Job has made the case that life does not always go as planned and the Lord does not always deal with the wicked as we would like the Lord to deal with the wicked. Eliphaz now takes another turn to persuade Job that Job is not seeing these things clearly. What does Eliphaz have to say to Job? Are these going to be encouraging words about how one finds their path to peace in the Lord?
The counselors have been very clear that you reap exactly what you sow and there is nothing more and nothing less that is present. Job wants to know if the counselors have surveyed anyone with this claim or if this is just what they believe and think. Job invites the counselors to interact with the common person on the street to see what such a person might say about the wicked receiving instant justice. What wisdom has Job gleaned through his experience?
It is time for Zophar to express his concerns regarding Job’s convictions. He is going to continue his conviction about traditional wisdom making clear that this is the wisdom that has been manifested since man walked the earth. If Zophar has surveyed human history then he has to be right in his assessment of the problem right?
Job continues to consider his life, his struggle, and what he has become. He has moved from a man who possessing great prestige in society, among the wealthiest, but has been reduced to one who hopes that there is someone who will take his case to the highest court. In chapter 19 Job moves from one who hopes there is a lawyer/advocate who can plead his case to now clinging to a redeemer. Why is this is a significant shift for Job?