What Am I Supposed to Learn? Job 38:1-4; 42:1-12a July 14, 2013
ought to always seek to learn as we read and study the Word of God.
1. What Am I Supposed to Learn By . . Listening To God? 38:1-4
A. Listening To God and Learning from His . . Counsel. v 1-2
1 Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:
2 Who is this who obscures My counsel with ignorant words?
B. Listening To God and Learning from His . . Creation. v 3-4
3 Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me.
4 Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Do you think you learn from God’s Counsel? I certainly believe I have reflected upon Him and received
counsel from Him. Some of the wisest thoughts I have ever thought or spoken I believe came from Him How about learning from His creation do you ever reflect on it and give simple praise? David said, “. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully (respectfully) made; . . . .” I am at the time of life when my grandchildren are having babies. It is amazing how they can be so beautiful with every part in the right place just as God planned and designed them. We have been told we will receive a set of twins. Single or two they are amazing.
2. What Am I Supposed to Learn By . . Submitting To God? 42:1-6
A. Submitting To God and . . Replying Openly. v 1-3
1 Then Job replied to the LORD:
2 I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, "Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?" Surely I spoke about things I did not
understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
B. Submitting To God and . . Repenting Completely. v 4-6
4 You said, "Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me."
5 I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You.
6 Therefore I take back my words and repent in dust and ashes.
Isn’t it foolish to try and hide some of your thoughts and actions from God? Why have many of us tried to do it when we know it is so foolish. We need to reply to God as openly as we know how. He appreciates our honesty and He knows the truth even before we tell Him. Down deep I think we want God to remain the same so we can know He is dependable. We need to reply openly and honestly to God. Repentance requires a change of mind and actions that illustrate this change of mind and heart. In Bible times the repenting was demonstrated in dust and ashes. I am glad that is not required today.
3. What Am I Supposed to Learn By . . Interceding Before God? 42:7-9
A. We Will Learn about Intercession As . . Arranged by God. v 7-8
7 After the LORD had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "I am angry with you and
your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.
8 Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves.
Then My servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his prayer and not deal with you as your folly
deserves. For you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has."
B. We Will Learn about Intercession As . . Approved by God. v 9
9 Then Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD
had told them, and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
Most of us try to do some interceding for others including some who are lost. It is sad many people do not really know that much about intercession. Every Christian could seek to know more about this particular kind of ministry. I have seen or heard of many fine Christians coming to retirement and saying they wish they had given more time to prayer and seen more lost people brought to their knees through their intercession.
I confess I am still learning with many truths to learn. In fact I don’t know of any Christian who would claim to have graduated from the school of prayer
4 What Am I Supposed to Learn By . . Relying on God? 42:10-12a
A. We Will Learn About God’s . . Requirements as We Listen to and Follow Him. v 10-11
10 God Restores Job After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his prosperity and doubled his
11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They offered him sympathy and comfort concerning all the adversity the LORD had brought on him. Each one gave him a piece of silver (qesitah), and a gold earring.
B. We Will Learn About God and Understand His . . Rewards as We Follow Him. v 12a
12 So the LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the earlier. . . . ”
Job obeyed God’s request for Him to pray for His Friends with an Interceding kind of prayer. In fact we can say their complete forgiveness depended upon his intercession for them. Intercession was the plan and the requirement of God.. Is it possible someone will not receive forgiveness unless we follow God in intercession for them. Job is certainly an example of one being obedient to God and I think he is an example to all of God’s children. We could answer the lessons title and question, What Am I Supposed to Learn? With the word Much! Amen? Amen!