Job Chapter Ten

 

Read Job 10:1-7

 

v1.  “MY SOUL IS WEARY OF MY LIFE; I WILL LEAVE MY COMPLAINT UPON MYSELF {I WILL GIVE FREE COURSE TO MY COMPLAINT ASV}; I WILL SPEAK IN THE BITTERNESS OF MY SOUL.”

 

            In chapter nine we studied that Job could not challenge God.  Job could not appeal to a higher power for relief from his affliction.  Job feared the majesty and power of God.  But his soul is so weary of this life, he’s going to give free rein to his tongue, he’s going to complaint bitterly about his condition.  He’s weary of this body, impatient to get out of it, sick of this life and longing, even eager for death.  He’s like Elijah when Jezebel was hunting him mercilessly to take his life:

 

I Kings 19:4  “BUT HE HIMSELF WENT A DAY'S JOURNEY INTO THE WILDERNESS, AND CAME AND SAT DOWN UNDER A JUNIPER TREE: AND HE REQUESTED FOR HIMSELF THAT HE MIGHT DIE; AND SAID, IT IS ENOUGH; NOW, O LORD, TAKE AWAY MY LIFE; FOR I am NOT BETTER THAN MY FATHERS.”

 

            We find the same kind of mindset and anger voiced by Jonah when after he had preached in the city of Israel’s enemy (Nineveh) warning them of God’s destruction, they repented and were not destroyed.  Jonah was then angry with God.

 

Jonah 4:3-4  THEREFORE NOW, O LORD, TAKE, I BESEECH THEE, MY LIFE FROM ME; FOR it is BETTER FOR ME TO DIE THAN TO LIVE.  THEN SAID THE LORD, DOEST THOU WELL TO BE ANGRY?”

 

            Jonah did not do well when he was angry with God, neither would we when it seems that God has forsaken us or allowed unbearable trials to come upon us.  It serves us no purpose to be angry with God.  God has reasons and motives far above ours and many times not to be understood until days, months or even years later, if ever.  It would serve no purpose for Job either.

 

v2.  “I WILL SAY UNTO GOD, DO NOT CONDEMN ME; SHOW ME WHEREFORE THOU CONTENDEST WITH ME.”

 

            Job says first he will pray to God, beg him not to condemn him but show him where, why, the true cause of his afflictions.  We have as Christians the very thing here that Job begs God to provide for him; that there is no condemnation to us, if we’re faithful children of His.

 

Romans 8:1  There is THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.”

 

            We’re even chastened of God so that we will not be condemned:

 

I Corinthians 11:32  BUT WHEN WE ARE JUDGED, WE ARE CHASTENED OF THE LORD, THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE CONDEMNED WITH THE WORLD.”

 

v3.  Is it GOOD UNTO THEE THAT THOU SHOULDEST OPPRESS, THAT THOU SHOULDEST DESPISE THE WORK OF THINE HANDS, AND SHINE UPON THE COUNSEL OF THE WICKED?”

 

            Job observes that he thinks that it isn’t becoming to the goodness of God and his merciful nature to deal so harshly with his creation as to lay a burden on them too heavy to bear.  He wants to ask God, how is it that you despise the work of your hands, those that work to be faithful to you and bless those who are your enemies?  How is it that you allow your people to be oppressed and the people of the devil to prosper?

 

v4.  “HAST THOU EYES OF FLESH? OR SEEST THOU AS MAN SEETH?”

 

            God do you have eyes of flesh, do you see as man sees?  Of course we know that God doesn’t because the scripture tells us:

 

I Samuel 16:7  “BUT THE LORD SAID UNTO SAMUEL, LOOK NOT ON HIS COUNTENANCE, OR ON THE HEIGHT OF HIS STATURE; BECAUSE I HAVE REFUSED HIM: FOR the Lord seeth NOT AS MAN SEETH; FOR MAN LOOKETH ON THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKETH ON THE HEART.”

 

            And Job knows that God doesn’t see as man sees.  He knows that God is not shortsighted, His sight cannot be deceived.  Many things are hidden from the sight of man but nothing can be hidden from the sight of God.

 

v5.  Are THY DAYS AS THE DAYS OF MAN?  Are THY YEARS AS MAN'S DAYS,”

 

            He’s also sure that God’s days are not as the days of man, neither are His years as the years of man.  And he’s not talking about time here but about content.  Man grows and learns from his experience, gains knowledge by daily observations.  One writer calls truth the daughter of time, in that, as we get older, as we pass through more time, we grow wiser, or at least we should.  But it is not so with God.  With him there is no past, there is no future, there is but the here and now.

 

v6.  “THAT THOU INQUIREST AFTER MINE INIQUITY, AND SEARCHEST AFTER MY SIN?”

 

            Therefore Job thinks that it’s strange that God should prolong his torture, continue him under this affliction, neither bring him to a trial nor grant him release.  His dealings with God have been honorable, his faithfulness to God has been unfailing but still God does not visit him in his affliction.

 

v7.  “THOU KNOWEST THAT I AM NOT WICKED; AND there is NONE THAT CAN DELIVER OUT OF THINE HAND.”

 

            God you know that I’m not wicked and that there is none other that can deliver me out of your hand.  He’s already owned up to being a man and as we studied before, therefore a sinner but he’s not wicked, he’s not devoted to sin, he’s not an enemy to God, he’s not one who refused to worship and honor God.  And he knows that God knows this, just as David did:

 

Psalms 139:1-2  O LORD, THOU HAST SEARCHED ME, AND KNOWN me.  THOU KNOWEST MY DOWNSITTING AND MINE UPRISING, THOU UNDERSTANDEST MY THOUGHT AFAR OFF.”

 

Read Job 10:8-13

 

v8.  “THINE HANDS HAVE MADE ME AND FASHIONED ME TOGETHER ROUND ABOUT; YET THOU DOST DESTROY ME.”

 

            Now Job turns his eyes upon God as his creator and preserver and describes his dependence upon him as the creator and upholder of his being.  This is one of the first things that we all should know and consider.  David again:

 

Psalms 119:73  THY HANDS HAVE MADE ME AND FASHIONED ME: GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING, THAT I MAY LEARN THY COMMANDMENTS.”

 

v9-12.  “REMEMBER, I BESEECH THEE, THAT THOU HAST MADE ME AS THE CLAY; AND WILT THOU BRING ME INTO DUST AGAIN? HAST THOU NOT POURED ME OUT AS MILK, AND CURDLED ME LIKE CHEESE?  THOU HAST CLOTHED ME WITH SKIN AND FLESH, AND HAST FENCED ME WITH BONES AND SINEWS.  THOU HAST GRANTED ME LIFE AND FAVOUR, AND THY VISITATION HATH PRESERVED MY SPIRIT.”

 

            God, remember you made me of clay, will you bring me to dust again?  That is a condition to which we will all return:

 

Genesis 3:19  IN THE SWEAT OF THY FACE SHALT THOU EAT BREAD, TILL THOU RETURN UNTO THE GROUND; FOR OUT OF IT WAST THOU TAKEN: FOR DUST THOU art, AND UNTO DUST SHALT THOU RETURN.”

 

You made me, you shaped me from clay, you granted me life and favor and preserved my spirit with your fellowship.

 

v13.  “AND THESE things HAST THOU HID IN THINE HEART: I KNOW THAT THIS is WITH THEE.”

 

            I know these things Lord, because you hid them in my heart.  I know that this is the way it is with you.  These things are consistent with the nature and will of God, therefore when something changes there must be some reason for this change.  It not within the capability of Job or us to know or understand the cause of God’s change until and unless he reveals it.

 

Read Job 10:14-22

 

v14.  “IF I SIN, THEN THOU MARKEST ME, AND THOU WILT NOT ACQUIT ME FROM MINE INIQUITY.”

 

            Job continues his complaint.  If I’ve sinned then you will mark me and not acquit me of those sins.  If I but take one wrong step, misplace a word, or cast a wrong look, I shall be sure to hear of it.  How would Job hear of his mistakes?  Through his conscience which has been properly trained, knows the difference between right and wrong and exercises that reminder feature that we all know about in ourselves.

 

v15.  “IF I BE WICKED, WOE UNTO ME; AND if I BE RIGHTEOUS, yet WILL I NOT LIFT UP MY HEAD. I am FULL OF CONFUSION; THEREFORE SEE THOU MINE AFFLICTION;”

 

Isaiah 3:11 “WOE UNTO THE WICKED! it shall be ILL with him: FOR THE REWARD OF HIS HANDS SHALL BE GIVEN HIM.”

 

            And Job knows this.  Job knows the nature of God, he knows that the wicked will be rewarded for their wickedness.  But at this time he can’t even lift up his head because of his affliction and he’s confused, he doesn’t understand why he’s being made to suffer.  If I’ve done something to justify this affliction, tell me what it is.  Or as we find:

 

Psalms 25:18  LOOK UPON MINE AFFLICTION AND MY PAIN; AND FORGIVE ALL MY SINS.”

 

v16.  “FOR IT INCREASETH. THOU HUNTEST ME AS A FIERCE LION: AND AGAIN THOU SHOWEST THYSELF MARVELLOUS UPON ME.”

 

            God my affliction increases, you’re hunting me like a fierce lion and I marvel at your power and majesty as I should.

 

v17.  “THOU RENEWEST THY WITNESSES AGAINST ME, AND INCREASEST THINE INDIGNATION UPON ME; CHANGES AND WAR are AGAINST ME.”

 

            God has brought uncommon problems to him, making them as witnesses against him and increases these afflictions to the extent that it is as though God is making war against him.  It is growing worse and worse.  When he hoped the tide would turn, and begin to ebb, it only grew higher and higher.  His affliction increased and his feeling that he was bearing God’s indignation grew only stronger.

 

v18.  “WHEREFORE THEN HAST THOU BROUGHT ME FORTH OUT OF THE WOMB? OH THAT I HAD GIVEN UP THE GHOST, AND NO EYE HAD SEEN ME!”

 

            God, is this the reason you allowed me to be born?  Job has relapsed again into the same language that he was using earlier.  He had called life a favor in verse 12 but now again he calls it a burden and quarrels with God for giving it, or rather laying it upon him.  Consequently Job again wishes that he had not survived his birth.

 

v19.  “I SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS THOUGH I HAD NOT BEEN; I SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARRIED FROM THE WOMB TO THE GRAVE.”

 

v20.  Are NOT MY DAYS FEW? CEASE then, and LET ME ALONE, THAT I MAY TAKE COMFORT A LITTLE,”

 

            Are not my days few?  Yes, certainly they are, very few so Lord don’t make them all days of misery.  Man’s time is short, another scripture that reminds us of this:

 

Psalms 39:5  BEHOLD, THOU HAST MADE MY DAYS as AN HANDBREADTH; AND MINE AGE is AS NOTHING BEFORE THEE: VERILY EVERY MAN AT HIS BEST STATE is ALTOGETHER VANITY. SELAH.”

 

            So Job says God, let me alone so I can take a little comfort in the few days that I have left, that time that I will be given:

 

v21-22.  “BEFORE I GO whence I SHALL NOT RETURN, even TO THE LAND OF DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH; A LAND OF DARKNESS, AS DARKNESS itself; and OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, WITHOUT ANY ORDER, AND where THE LIGHT is AS DARKNESS.”