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A REVELATION FROM DARKNESS

Job had to endure yet another round of being called a sinner by another of his friends.  Don’t we have people like this in our world today?  Who will bother to ask the accused privately of his condition when gossip is readily available?  Who really conducts an impartial investigation when they can easily gather the prejudice of his neighbors?

Then Job answered and said,  How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?  These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.  And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.  Job19:1-4

So Job has been keeping count on the ten accusations against him.  His friends have become strangers while any mistake Job may have made is only between Job and God anyway.

If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.  Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.  He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.  He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.  He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. Job19:5-10

Job is again out God as his assailant, not Satan.  Thinking that God has turned against him leaves Job feeling completely hopeless.  He views God as leading an army against him.

He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.  His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.  He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.  My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.  They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight. Job19:11-15

Job has no one left who is accepting him or close to him.  Members of his house see him as a stranger, an alien.  When your money is gone your friends are gone too.  But if you are broke and infected you are really the plague to friends.

I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.  My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.  Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.  All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.  My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. Job19:16-20

Job’s servant is ignoring him and his wife too is distant.  Children are shocked by his appearance, and consider him a monster.  Indeed his appearances are like a mask of death to all who see him.

Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.  Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?  Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  Job19:21-25

Job pleads with everyone to sow compassion for his horrible affliction.  He wishes that his words were published, and that turns out to be prophetic.  Now his words are recorded in the bible, the living word, which is the rock himself.  Job continues in a profound prophesy of Messiah:  His redeemer is alive and will stand on earth, as Jesus did do, and will again in the end times.

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.  But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?  Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.  Job19:26-29

Job proclaims that he will see god while he is still in physical flesh.  We will indeed see God, even in a glorified body when we are resurrected.  If the worms destroy our body in death we will still have a body of life in the next life.  Job warns all that there is punishment for all who are deserving of judgment.  From the depth of his despair he glimpses the glory of life after death and the living God.

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