Was It My Fault? Job 4:6-7; 6:2-3,24; 8:4-8; 11:6b.13-15; 13:4,22-25 June 09, 2013
Sometimes well meaning friends do not know what they are talking about. They did not know all that God was allowing to happen but that didn’t stop them from talking. With friends like that who needs enemies?
1. Was It My Fault? An Appeal to Justice. Job 4:6-7; 6:2-3,24
A. An Appeal To Justice and the Honest Being . . Destroyed. Job 4:6-7
6 Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7 Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?
B. An Appeal To Justice and the Honest Being . . Devastated. Job 6:2-3, 24
2 If only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on a scale.
3 For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas! That is why my words are rash.
24 Teach me, and I will be sil1ent. Help me understand what I did wrong. HCSB
Job friend wanted to know who had been destroyed and could claim innocense. He complimented Job about his past lifestyle and made a general observation about how he had seen God bless the righteous but allowed harm on the guilty and dishonest. The question is basically: Job why is this happening to you if you are innocent? Job refuses to admit the guilt of these accusations and suggest his grief and devastation be placed on a scale. He Is confident he will be proven innocent. Job is willing to be evaluated in a just manner, but what human being is qualified? What a predicament Job’s friends have judged him to be in.
2. Was It My Fault? An Appeal to Tradition. Job 8:4-8
A. An Appeal To Tradition and the . . Mercy of God. Job 8:4-5
4 Since your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion.
5 But if you earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy,
B. An Appeal To Tradition and the . . Movement of God. Job 8:6-8
6 if you are pure and upright, then He will move even now on your behalf
and restore the home where your righteousness dwells.
7 Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.
8 For ask the previous generation, and pay attention to what their fathers discovered, HCSB
Job’s friends were confident he could earnestly seek God and receive mercy. Job knew he was not guilty of the sins for which he was accused. His friends meant well and seem to think Job’s children sinned more greatly than he did. They did not know what permission God had given Satan. His friends claimed if he were pure and upright then God would move on Job’s behalf. They even tell Job to ask the previously generation as to what their fathers knew about the action of God and to pay attention to what the fathers discovered.
3. Was It My Fault? An Appeal to Logic. Job 11:6b, 13-15;13:4
A. An Appeal To Logic and the . . Opinions of Man. 11:6b; 11:13-15
Job 11:6b “. . . Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin.
Job 11:13-15 13 As for you, if you redirect your heart and lift up your hands to Him in prayer—
14 if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it, and don't allow injustice to dwell in your tents—
15 then you will hold your head high, free from fault. You will be firmly established and unafraid. HCSB
B. An Appeal To Logic and the . . Opposition to Men. 13:4
Job 13:4 4 But you coat the truth with lies; you are all worthless doctors. HCSB
In a logic class I had at the University the professor said faith is not logical. He at one time had been a Baptist preacher. He convinced me he made the right decision about his career. Many times the opinions of man do not match with the faith actions of a man who wants to serve the Lord. Does God today choose to over look some of the sins of mankind. I think not and anyone who thinks that way may be on very slippery ground.
Job expressed his opposition to this men who were volunteering their opinions. He called them forgers of lies and worthless doctors. Those are very strong words to express his opposition.
4. Was It My Fault? An Appeal to God. Job 13:22-25
A. An Appeal To God for a . . Response. 13:22-23a
Job 13:22-25 22 Then call, and I will answer, or I will speak, and You can respond to me.
23 How many iniquities and sins have I committed?
B. An Appeal To God for a . . Revelation. 13:23b-25
v 23b “Reveal to me my transgression and sin.
24 Why do You hide Your face and consider me Your enemy?
25 Will You frighten a wind-driven leaf? Will You chase after dry straw? HCSB
Job did not allow himself to be convicted by the accusations of his friends. Have you ever been in that predicament? Some times people like to be judgmental when they don’t know what they are talking about.
If we ever do that when the truth is revealed we need to go and apologize to the people we hurt. Job did not hear the accusations from God some people were making. He ask God for a response related to any sins he had committed. He also asked for a revelation from the Lord. Basically he continued to ask Was It My Fault?