Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job 15:5-6,9-10,20; 16:19-21; 19:5-6,25-27 June 16, 2013
Most of us could say at times life does not seem fair. But life’s fairness will never be properly judged from this side of heaven. Have you noticed that many people have not handled wealth very well? I understand one very wealthy person has said he will only leave something like ten million dollars apiece to all of his children. He reasons that wealth has ruined many people who never work for wealth because they simple inherited it.
1. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? You Might Be Misunderstood. Job 15:5-6,9-10,20
A. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; Accused of being . . Crafty.
Job 15:5-6 5 Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, not I; your own lips testify against you.
B. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; Accused of being . . Conceited.
Job 15:9-10 9 What do you know that we don't? What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10 Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us, men older than your father.
Job 15:20 A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; few years are stored up for the ruthless. HCSB
Job’s friends did not know the truth so they judged Job from what they though was the truth. Because they did not know they thought Job was crafty and refused to know the wisdom of the ages. In addition he is conceited. He is accused of thinking he knows what the wisdom of elderly men do not know and perhaps understanding principals of wisdom they do not know. Job did know something about God that these men did not know but he was not arrogant about it. Job was a humble man and God used him because he was. Job did not bow down to his friends who wanted to be projected as being above him having superior knowledge.
2. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? You Might Be Ignored. Job 16:19-21; 19:5-6,25-27
A. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; . . Weeps at What God is doing. Job 16:19-21
19 Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!
20 My friends scoff at me as I weep before God.
21 I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man pleads for his friend.
B. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; Believes He Is . . Wronged by God. Job 19:5-6
5 If you really want to appear superior to me and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,
6 then understand that it is God who has wronged me and caught me in His net.
C. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; Says He Will . . Witness the Lord In Heaven. Job 19:25-27
25 But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh.
27 I will see Him myself; my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me. HCSB
Job claimed to have an advocate in heaven. Today we know more about the advocate but Job had a glimpse of this truth. Job wept as if he desired for God to make this knowledge available to everyone. He wanted an advocate to plead his case and clear his name to his friends. Jesus will stand for us before the Father and plead our case someday as Satan will want to accuse us of all our sins. Job thought he was being wronged by God in these circumstances. It would be nice to apply the end of the story for Job and realize it all ends well.
Job does eventually see the Lord in heaven and receives the reward for his faithfulness.
3. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? You Might See Others Go Unpunished. Job 21:7-9
A. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; . . Questions the . . Power of the Wicked. 21:7
7 Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful?
B. Who Said Life Would Be Fair? Job; . . Questions the . . Possessions of the Wicked. 21:8-9
8 Their children are established while they are still alive, and their descendants, before their eyes.
9 Their homes are secure and free of fear; no rod from God strikes them. HCSB
Job did not understand how God allowed the wicked to prosper and succeed. Many can question the power that wicked people might have. It is curious to me how some small men have such great power and seem bent on becoming more powerful. Several of us saw the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein. He controlled millions of dollars and ruled unmercifully over thousands. Do you recall he was hiding in a sewer when the military drug him out and placed him in jail? Job knew of the possessions of the wicked and it did not seem fair to him. But as the lesson title ask, Who Said Life Would Be Fair?