Today’s reading is: Job 26-29
Job Chapter Twenty-Six
- When the three-party prosecution rests its case, and closes their arguments, Job begins his long (6 chapters) verbal defense (Job 26-31).
- Job initiates his defense by rebuking the three prosecutors (comforters) (Job 26).
- They have been no help whatsoever (Job 26:1-3).
- They have been communicating Satanic information (Job 26:4).
- God is the victor over Satanic rebellion, so quit using Satanic wisdom against me (Job 26:5-14).
- The shades in Sheol are quivering in fear under Abaddon their King (vv.5,6). These demons are in total fear over the Sovereignty and majesty of God (Jas. 2:19).
- Rephaim (רְפָאִים rephā’iym #7496) are Nephilim giants when they have their bodies (Num. 13:33 cp. Deut. 2:10,11; 3:11,13), and shades (demons) when they have no bodies (Job 26:5; Ps. 88:10,11; Isa. 14:9; Rev. 9:1-11).
- Job confesses that their knowledge of Rahab’s defeat is sketchy at best (vv.12-14). Rahab has previously been mentioned (Job 9:13).
Job Chapter Twenty-Seven
- Job takes a terrible vow, declaring God’s unfair, untrue actions (Job 27:1-6).
- Job vows according to the (eternal) life of God Almighty (v.2).
- Job vows according to the (physical) life of his own existence (v.3).
- Job accuses God of being unjust and untrue (vv.4,5).
- Job addresses his prosecutors, giving them a terrible message of what they can expect as his enemy, or his opponent (Job 27:7-23).
- The “enemy” is אֹיֵב ’oyēb #341 which is the same Hebrew root as the name of Job אִיּׄוב ’iyyowb #347.
- Job rebukes his accusers, and demands their attention to his Bible class (vv.11,12).
- God frequently allows the wicked to become rich so as to provide for the righteous in grace (Job 27:16,17 cf. Prov. 13:22; 28:8; Ecc. 2:26).
Job Chapter Twenty-Eight
- Job describes the work of man in mining the most precious substances that can be obtained by human effort (Job 28:1-11).
- Job goes on to describe the wisdom of God that cannot be obtained by human effort (Job 28:12-28).
- Wisdom & understanding are inseparable in God’s plan (Job 12:12; 28:12,20,28; 38:36; 39:17; Ps. 49:3; 111:10; Prov. 1:2; 2:2; 3:13,19; 4:5,7; 5:1; 7:4; 8:1).
- The value of God’s wisdom is beyond the realm of human experience (Job 28:13-19).
- God is the only source for this precious wisdom (Job 28:23), which stands opposed to the wisdom of the Satanic kosmos (Job 28:22; Jas. 3:15).
Job Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Job misses the days when God watched over him, when he walked in the light, and was a friend of the Almighty (Job 29:1-6).
- Job misses the social & political blessings he enjoyed in bygone days (Job 29:7-10).
- Job misses the days when his judicial wisdom was universally praised (Job 29:11-13).
- Job misses the days when he wore righteousness and justice as garments, and served the Lord in fighting wickedness (Job 29:14-17).
- Job misses the days when he had long-term confidence in his future (Job 29:18-20).
- Job misses the days when his wisdom and counsel were universally appreciated (Job 29:21-25).