“We went through fire and water,
But you brought us to a place of abundance.”
Job is Set Free
OK, everything is settled concerning Job, so now the Lord turns to Eliphaz and his two friends.
Job had said that his Redeemer would vindicate him in the final day, but the Lord isn’t going to wait until then. His servant was ridiculed and misjudged, so He is going to vindicate him now and “bring forth his righteousness as the light, and his judgment as the noonday!”
The Lord singles out Eliphaz and says, “I’m fed up with you and your two friends” because he had assumed spiritual authority, and most emphatically asserted that his knowledge came directly from God. “You have not spoken of me what is right.”
Remember when Eliphaz told Job what the “spirit form” told him, but the Lord said, “Phaz, it wasn’t me, you never spoke anything that I said to you.”
That rather confirms the idea that the vision Eliphaz had was not the Lord at all but the adversary who had set his heart against Job. Now some of you were thinking I was way off base on that, but He proved me right, didn’t he?
“You have not spoken of Me what is right, as my servant Job has,” the Lord clarified for Bildad and Zophar as well as for Eliphaz. That shoots a big hole in Phaz’s vision and in all the reasoning, arguments and ideas of suffering that all three men had.
The Lord emphatically declares that Job was “right on” in saying that the “hand of God had touched him,” that he was simply dealing with him as gold, and removing the dross and other impurities. The Lord promises that “He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify His priests and refine them like gold and silver.” (Malachi 3:2-3)
Now the Lord had just finished correcting Job. So what He is saying is that everything Job had said about his integrity and righteousness was true. Although, the fact that Job said it, was wrong; he had no right to say it. On the other hand, the three friends were wrong all the way through.
I think it is obvious from the story we should refuse to dwell on the second causes in our lives. The adversary may very well attack us, but we don’t have to be occupied with watching for him in everything that comes our way. However, we do need to recognize the hand of God in and through everything. Just as Jesus did during the “hour and power of darkness” when he said, “The cup that the Father has given me, shall I not drink from it?”
Satan knows his time is running out, so “when the enemy comes in,” know that “the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight, because that standard (the Messiah) will come in like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives” (Isaiah 59:19 Amplified Version).
Through our triumphant Lord we have been given “power over all the power of the enemy” as we look beyond all the second causes, whether they are demonic or human, and look to the “One who sits on the throne.”
“We went through fire and through flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:10, 11).
Job’s friends had said that God was angry with Job and was punishing him for transgression. When in truth it was proved that God was just leading him on to a fuller knowledge of Himself. He was also breaking him down on every side to make room to receive the Divine abundance.
The Lord was also proclaiming in front of Job’s friends, just like he did before His council, that Job was His “servant” and at no time was He ever ashamed to be called his God!
Although Job had become an outcast by everyone else, including his friends, and had tasted the depths of sorrow—The Lord declares him to be “My servant Job.”
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