25 ¶ Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. 26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey. 27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: 28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. 29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain? 30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; 31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. 33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. 34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: 35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
Job’s life is passing in front of his eyes, so to speak, and he feels there is nothing left for him to look forward to in his despair. Job goes beyond complaining to God and begins complaining about God. It is enough that he complains about his suffering because he is suffering horribly. Time goes by fast and at the end of life it seems like you had five minutes rather than 30 or 90 years. It is pointless to tell Job to forget about his sorrow and comfort himself because his troubles are too heavy for him. Grief and pain are terrible burdens to bear and can consume a person.
He says he doesn’t believe God will ever justify him and restore him to his former condition in verse 28. Wicked or not, Job, in his friend’s eyes, looks wicked. Why waste time being wicked? If he tries to cleanse himself in the purest of water God will dump him into a filthy ditch and his own clothes will be disgusted by him. Here is a good example, even though this is spoken of in Job’s bitterness, of the futility of attempting to justify yourself before God. But literally, Job is merely saying that he can’t win. His friends won’t have pity on him and neither will God.
Job complains that God is not a man he can confront. We have a demand that Job often repeats that he would fare better if he could face God man to man and reason with Him. God also stated a desire to reason with His people.
He made this statement to His people, the Hebrews, promising them good things and prosperity if they simply obeyed Him.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Man has had God face to face in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Job laments that there is no intermediary for him. We have that intermediary between us and God.
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Job is beginning to talk about God as his enemy, wishing that there was a judge between him and God that would prevent the damage being done and stating that then Job would not be afraid, as he is now.
How many Christians have defiantly, or even jokingly said, “when I see God I’ve got some questions I want answered!” Really? You think so?
Well, ask those questions now of the testimony that God has left you in His Book. You are reasoning with the Lord Jesus Christ through His Book, giving you the answers you seek if you will only open your heart.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
If you don’t believe the written word is alive and connected with God then read these cross references and think.
Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Now, see God speaking through Moses in Exodus 9.
16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
And here, speaking of Abraham.
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Referencing these words of God Himself speaking prophetically to Abraham.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Is the Scripture being likened to God Himself?
For you Greekophile funnymentalists (fundamentalists), as Ruckman calls you, the same Greek word, Logos, used for Christ as the Word, capital W, is translated as word (little w) in Hebrews 4:12, so the translators, under the inspiration given by God, knew that that verse was a reference to God’s written word as synonymous with God’s Living Word, Jesus Christ. Think about it for awhile.
Now, Jesus Christ is the intermediary between man and God, the judge Job wishes for.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Because of Him we can come boldly before God’s throne.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Job is stepping further and further into that error of hardening oneself against God. You see, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
And Godly fear is reverence.
Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
We, as Christians, are called upon to submit to each other in that fear.
Ephesians 5:21 ¶ Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
But Job has the fear and dread of the Lord of one that is being judged and knows it. He wishes God had left him alone and not singled him out for this horrible time of suffering and what his friends are calling judgment.
Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
We are learning a great lesson here if we will hear it.
As Job’s torment begins to twist him into viewing God as his enemy and regretting God’s power over him, the Christian must ask him or herself if they are living their lives in a way that they can be rightly said to be living in the awe and reverence, the Godly fear of the Lord. Remember, Job is innocent of specific wrongdoing to merit this particular punishment. But, is the Christian living their life, although saved, as an enemy of God, as a subject of God’s judgment and vengeance, as Job is accused of by his friends, living in the fear and in the dread of God because of their carnal and sinful behavior?
Remember, proud, selfish, and haughty Christian, God can take everything you have from you on this earth, your children, your family, and your substance, just to make you have to look up. It’s time to wake up before that happens.