Deep things out of Darkness – Job 11-12. RBT Notes, 9th January

Enter Zophar. He has the same zealous desire to extol God and to floor Job as the others, but he’s mercifully more restrained and careful than they are. Still, he has the same target in his sights, to get Job to repent of his insistence that there was no sin which led to this suffering (vv.4-6). Zophar’s confidence is in a majestic God, and in the reality of his restoring grace (vv.13-120). Who can argue with that?

Job wants to speak, not of his shame, but of the misery he feels at his friends’ words, as he feels abused and mocked (vv.4-5). The confession which follows is not of his sin, but of the grandeur of God, a majesty which even the birds and beasts intuitively know (vv.7-9). God is wise, powerful, and works His ways out with or without the efforts of men. None can stand against Him, and none has any power or wisdom apart from Him (vv.13-25). There is more than a subtle dig here from Job against his friends, with their confident “wisdom”. Job’s confession of praise is intended to bring them down from their arrogance. Will it? A better question to ask is this: will Job’s worship bring you and me down from our natural arrogance? God alone creates, destroys, upholds and imparts wisdom. Wouldn’t it be good to worship Him today for the God He is?

 

A Prayer to Pray

Thankyou, Lord, that in a dark world You reveal deep things from darkness. Thankyou that in a chaotic world, You bring order and rule. Teach me the praise of humility, as I look to You and walk humbly before my God. Amen.

Lewis Allen

Pastor, Hope Church Huddersfield, Director of Gospel Yorkshire, husband, father of five, football follower and dreaming fly-fisherman, Daily Reading the Bible Together blogger.

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