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October 26, 2014


SCRIPTURE: Job 42:1-10


KEY VERSE: I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. (Job 42:2)


INTRODUCTION: When men want to talk or write about repentance, they always pick a character who has had a sinful beginning.


A. Our examples of repentance.


For example, they will point out (1) Manasseh, the most ungodly king of Judah. We read about him back in the historical books of the Old Testament, and we see that he repented. May I say to you, that is the kind of repentance we like to think of. There was (2) Saul of Tarsus, the greatest enemy the Lord Jesus Christ ever had. He repented. There was (3) St. Francis of Assisi, an immoral nobleman of his day, and he repented. There was (4) Jerry McAuley, the drunken bum on skid row in New York City, and he repented.


B. God’s example of repentance.


1. God picked Job for His example.


God didn’t pick a man like that in order to teach repentance. He could have! But God selected Job. He was the best man who ever lived in the time of the Old Testament, possibly the best man who ever lived with the exception of Jesus Christ. God chose this man Job and showed that he needed to repent.


2. God saw Job as he really was.


When we get to the end of this book, we find the words of Job himself. “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5–6). This ought to teach every believer today -- it should teach everyone who reads this -- that no matter how good we think we are, we need to see ourselves as God sees us. All our righteousness is as filthy rags. We need to repent!




A. Job said, “God can do anything.”


(Job 42:1-2) Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.


1. Is that the kind of God you have? Can He do anything?


There is the old question about God: “Can God make a rock so big that He can’t lift it?” That is like the question to Mr. Softball, “Are you still beating your wife?” You see, there is no answer because you are caught whether you answer it yes or no. The question about God has no answer because God never does anything foolish.


2. God is always true to Himself.


He always does that which is in the context of His character. So you cannot tell God to do something that He cannot do. Do you know why not? Because you are in no position to do that. God is not your errand boy. God is not going to jump through any hoop just because you hold it up.


B. Job was in over his head.


(Job 42:3) Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.


Job admits he has been talking about things he doesn’t know anything about. That is the way it was with our bull sessions in the college dorm. We would finish studying at night and would meet in some room and say, “What are we going to talk about?”


Dr. J. Vernon McGee used to say: “Let’s talk about something we don’t know anything about. Then the sky’s the limit. We can say anything we want to say.”


This is what Job has been doing. He has been talking about things he knows nothing about. He talked about things too wonderful for him, which he knew not. Job has been talking without knowledge.


C. Job sees himself as he really is.


(Job 42:4-6) Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.


1. Here we see a new relationship.


Now this man Job has a new conception of God. He is not in a position to question God in anything that He does. He is to trust God. He is in a new relationship.


First, Job saw himself as he really was, and he came into a new relationship with himself. He saw himself as vile; he abhorred himself. Now he sees himself in a new relationship to God. He repents in dust and ashes.


2. Here we see the steps of real repentance.


(1) You must see yourself in the light of the presence of God. Job recognizes the sovereignty of God. He confesses his sin and repents. God has accomplished His purpose in the life of Job. Job evidently realizes that the reason God has permitted him to suffer is to bring him to repentance. He sees himself in the light of the presence of God; this is the repentance that is in faith. You must do the same.


(2) You must see yourself as vile. You must abhor yourself. Perhaps you have seen birds feeding on a dead animal in the wilderness. Don’t live on the old dead animal of self.


(3) You must turn to the living God. When you quit trusting yourself and quit trying to live on the old dead animal of self and you turn to the living God -- that is real repentance! What a wonderful thing it is.


Scripture: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:6–7).




Note: We find that Job also comes to a new relationship with his friends.


(Job 42:7-9) And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.


A. God called Job to a restoration ministry.


(Job 42:8) …my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: ….


God calls upon Job to pray. Instead of fighting against his friends or debating them, he is now going to pray for them. He is going to offer a sacrifice for them.


B. God calls us to a restoration ministry.


We are not to argue religion today or to fight among ourselves. What is it that we are to do?


Scripture: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness …” (Galatians 6:1).




A. God blessed Job.


(Job 42:10) And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.


Job has a new relationship with himself, with God, and with his friends. Now God does something for Job. “The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Now, how did God give Job twice as much?


B. God used human means.


(Job 42:11) Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.


This is the way Job got started. These friends staked him to a new beginning and, believe me, Job was a good business man.


C. God gave him twice as much.


(Job 42:12-13) So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters.


1. All of the animals were doubled.


God gave him twice as much as he had had at the very beginning. But it says here, “He had also seven sons and daughters.” Someone will say, “God didn’t double them.” Yes, He did! You see, Job did not lose those sons and daughters who died. They were still his. He was yet to be with them. He is with them today.


2. All of his children were doubled.


We do not lose our loved ones in death. I have three little ones up there. I used to tell people that I have five children, and they would look around and see only two. They would think there was something wrong with me. But, you see, I have three in heaven. Very frankly, I am not at all worried about my little ones in heaven. I worry about the ones on earth.


D. God gave children to Job.


(Job 42:14-15) And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.


Now, if you have quite a few daughters in your family and you are trying to think of a new name, I have a suggestion for you. Jemima would not be so good to use because there is a pancake mix sold in the United States called “Aunt Jemima.” But how about Kerenhappuch? Wouldn’t you like that for a name for a little girl? Or do you like Kezia?


E. God gave long life to Job.


(Job 42:16-17) After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.


Here we are told that after this Job lived another 140 more years. This puts him back in the age of the patriarchs. Even after all this had happened to him, he lived to see his sons and his sons’ sons, even four generations. When he died, he was old and full of days.


Sometimes He Calms The Storm
Sometimes He Calms Me


Troubled waters came my way, the angry storm grew near

I prayed for God to speak the Word, to make it disappear

It seemed the waves would not obey the Master's call for peace

But then the Lord spoke to my soul, reminded me He had control

And said this time His Words were meant for me.


Sometimes He calms the storm, sometimes He calms me

Sometimes the storm still rages on but I feel the sweetest peace

It's such a joy to know that my Lord knows just what I need

Sometimes He calms the storm sometimes He calms me.


Circumstance may overtake and bring me to my knees

But when I feel I cannot cope with this life's troubled seas

I call on Him whose voice can still much greater storms than these

His Words bring peace into my soul, when He says child I'm in control

And with one touch He calms the storm in me.


Sometimes He calms the storm, sometimes He calms me

Sometimes the storm still rages on but I feel the sweetest peace

It's such a joy to know that my Lord knows just what I need

Sometimes He calms the storm sometimes He calms me.


It's such a joy to know that my Lord knows just what I need


Sometimes He Calms The Storm
Sometimes He Calms Me


“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)


He Calms The Storm by McKameys

( http://wandascountryhome.com/calmsthestorm/index.html )


CONCLUSION: A summary of Job chapter 42 is as follows.


·        Job was a sinner.


Job had said some hasty things during this discussion, but unlike his friends, he had spoken the truth about the Lord (verse 7). Job had a new understanding of the Lord’s power and purpose (verse 2), and Job realized that he had to repent. Job’s sufferings gave him a new vision of himself and of the glory and greatness of Almighty God (Hebrews 12:11).


·        Job was a servant.


Four times in verses 7–8, the Lord called Job “My servant.” Although he had weaknesses and failures, Job served the Lord during his time of suffering. By maintaining his faith in God in spite of trials, Job unknowingly silenced the devil and revealed to the world that the Lord is worthy of our trust and worship, no matter how much He allows us to suffer. In God’s will, trials work for us, not against us (Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 4:16–18); therefore, we can work for the Lord as we suffer. Suffering can be a ministry.


·        Job was an intercessor.


The friends had said some unkind things to Job and some terrible things about Job, yet Job forgave them and prayed for them. The friends had to do what they admonished Job to do: (1) confess their sins and (2) repent. Do you pray for people who have wronged you (Matthew 5:43-48)? Do you pray for condemnation or restoration?


·        Job was a receiver.


This man Job had wanted to go to court and argue law, but instead he went to the altar and experienced grace. Job received forgiveness, friends, family, wealth and honor, twice as much as he had before. The Lord does NOT guarantee this kind of happy ending in this life to everybody who goes through trials (Hebrews 11:36–40), but He does promise to reward all who are true to Him (Revelations 2:10). Job came out of the furnace a better person (Job 23:10), and so can you if you will trust the Lord and let Him have His way.


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: "I have held many things in my hand, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands that I still possess." -- Martin Luther


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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.




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