Let us now look at the balance of Job’s lament in Job 3…
“For now I would have lain down and been quiet;
I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
With kings and with counselors of the earth,
Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;
Or with princes who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
“Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be,
As infants that never saw light.
“There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the weary are at rest.
“The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
“The small and the great are there,
And the slave is free from his master.
“Why is light given to him who suffers,
And life to the bitter of soul,
Who long for death, but there is none,
And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
Who rejoice greatly,
And exult when they find the grave?
“Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
And whom God has hedged in?
“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food,
And my cries pour out like water.
“For what I fear comes upon me,
And what I dread befalls me.
“I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”
We have seen to this point that Job had not sinned in the midst of all that occur to him.
He did not blame God.
We now see the depths and intensity of his reaction.
He wished that he had never been born.
He is desiring the peace of death.
He questions why he is still alive “in light”.
Why be alive when he
- Is bitter of soul
- Longs for death
- Experiences fear and dread
- Is not at ease
- Is not quiet
- Is not at rest
- Is in turmoil.
“Job Opened His Mouth…”
Job’s friends had arrived.
That sat with him for seven days in silence.
Job’s pain was intense.
Job then broke the silence.
Here is part of his lament…
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
And Job said,
“Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’
“May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
“Let darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
“As for that night, let darkness seize it;
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
“Behold, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful shout enter it.
“Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let it not see the breaking dawn;
Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.
“Why did I not die at birth,
Come forth from the womb and expire?
“Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
Ever felt/feel like this?
We will see the balance of the lament later…
Job’s physical stuff was destroyed or captured.
Job’s children were dead.
Job was covered with boils.
Job’s wife was nagging…”curse God and die!”
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.
When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky.
Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.
Job’s three friends heard what had occurred.
They knew of Job’s situation.
They came to visit.
A rather formal process…
- Came together from their varied locations
- Made an appointment
They came to sympathize.
They came to comfort.
When they saw him, from a distance, they were distraught.
They did not recognize Job.
They raised their voices and wept.
They tore their robes.
They threw dust over their heads.
All signs of mourning.
They joined Job in mourning and pain.
They sat on the ground with him.
No one spoke a word.
Because they saw that his pain was very great.
We see the depths of Job’s pain.
We see the depths of his friends concern.
“Curse God and Die”
The Lord has given Job “to the power of” the satan…the adversary, the accuser.
Watch what happens…
So the LORD said to Satan,
“Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Remember what the satan had said?
“If you attack his body, he will curse You…”
The satan smote Job with sore boils.
From head to sole.
What was Job’s reaction?
He was scraping off boils…ugh.
He sat among the ashes…as sign of uncleanness.
But, then we see more.
Such a lovely woman.
You did see her question?
“Do you still hold fast your integrity?”
Do you still not blame God?
Do you still not find fault?
Do you still believe that the Lord gives/takes?
Sounds to me as if she were embarrassed by him?
Then, the statement.
“Curse God and die”.
I love Job’s response.
You speak as the foolish women speak.
Shall we accept good from God and not accept adversity?
Job rested in the Lord.
In all his misery.
In all the adversity.
He did not sin with his lips.