Carefully Evaluate Explanations --Job 4:6-7; 6:2-3,24; 8:4-8; 11:6,13-15, 13:4,15,18,23-24 (HCSB) – 06-11-06
Have you noticed how some people think they can tell others what the action of the Lord means? They also think they know the Lord’s will for you, me, and everyone else. Those whom I have known with this self appointed ability never demonstrate in their own life a consistency, or faithfulness, that impressed me. The lesson correctly warns us to Carefully Evaluate Explanations.
1. Explanations Of A Flawed Appeal Related To . . Theology. 4:6-7; 6:2-3,24
A. Flawed Theology In . . Assessment. 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. Flawed Theology In . . Analyst 6:2-3
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.
C. Flawed Theology In . . Assumption. 6:24
24 Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand what I did wrong.
Job’s friends meant to be helpful, but they offered their assessments without knowing the facts. That is easy to do, and the older you get you will probably do that less. When we look back we may make a better analysis of the facts, but Job’s analysis remained flawed, as he tried to understand God’s action in his life. Job assumed his sin caused his suffering, and that assumption proved wrong. To his credit he was willing to be taught, and no doubt correct his lifestyle if that really was his problem.
2. Explanations Of A Flawed Appeal Related To . . Tradition. 8:4-8
A. Flawed Related To . . Sin And Tradition. 8:4-6
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,
6 if you are pure and upright, then He will move even now on your behalf and restore the home where
your righteousness dwells.
B. Flawed Related To . . Success And Tradition. 8:7-8
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,
I like traditions especially those based in Baptist Policy, but traditions just for the sake of tradition will lead one astray. Suppose people express the use of traditions as the means of sin being forgiven; they will fail unless they are based in scripture. Job’s friends possessed knowledge of tradition, and wanted to impose them upon Job declaring these actions would bring restoration. The friends promised a bright future for Job if he heeded them.
3. Explanations Of A Flawed Appeal Related To . . Thinking. 11:6, 13-15; 13:4
A. Flawed Related To . . False Thinking. 11:6
6 He would show you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has
chosen to overlook some of your sin.
B. Flawed Related To . . Faulty Thinking. 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.
C. Flawed Related To . . Flattered Thinking. 13:4
4 But you coat [the truth] with lies; you are all worthless doctors.
Job’s friends declared God would overlook some of his sin. That represents false thinking because no man has the right to promise that God will omit sin in a person’s life. In addition, these men displayed faulty thinking as they advised Job. All men would like to be forgiven, and firmly established, but not on the basis of a faulty thought process. To top this off Job’s friends used flattery, and they were accused of coating the truth with lies.
4. Explanations Of A Flawed Appeal Related To . . Transgression. 13:15, 18, 23-24
A. Flawed Related To A . . Confident life and Transgressions. 13:15
15 Even if He kills me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways before Him.
B. Flawed Related To A . . Consistent Life and Transgressions. 13:18, 23-24
18 Now then, I have prepared [my] case; I know that I am right.
23 How many iniquities and sins have I committed? Reveal to me my transgression and sin.
24 Why do You hide Your face and consider me Your enemy?
Did Job transgress the laws of God, or did he live a perfect life? Obviously he did not life a perfect life, but he confidently defended the consistency of his personal righteousness. Job’s friends thought they knew why God allowed Job’s suffering, and problems, but Job argued with them. We, at times, may react like Job’s friends because we base many theological concepts of transgressions from what we have seen. God does not always work like we think or have seen in the past. He certainly did a different work in the life of Job. He allowed a righteous man to suffer demonstrating to Satan, and ultimately us, that He can enable His children to remain faithful even in the worst of circumstances. We need to learn from this lesson how to Carefully Evaluate Explanations. Amen? Amen!