50) "open sores....seven dead sons and three dead daughters. All of his wealth had vanished in one afternoon....repulsive to his wife, loathsome to his brothers, and even little children despised him as he lay on the ash heap outside of town."
51) "At first Job bore these calamities with amazing submission: 'The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord . . . Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?'"
52) "But as the misery drug out over the months, Job wavered in his confidence that God was for him....he said things about God that were not true. He began to insist on his own righteousness at the expense of God's justice."
53) "For example, in 13:23–24 he said, 'Make me know my transgression and my sin. Why dost thou hide thy face, and count me as thy enemy?'"
54) "I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments . . . Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days?" ([Job] 23:3–4; 24:1; cf. 13:23–24).
55) Let's continue on with this essay, by John Piper. It's good.
56) "Job's three friends had taken the position that the severity of Job's suffering must be the sign of some grievous sin in his life. God is punishing Job. But Job silences these three by showing that is no correlation in this world between ... wickedness and suffering."
57) "In chapters 32–37 the younger friend Elihu rebukes both Job and his three friends....Job had said rash and presumptuous things about God in order to justify himself." (EGO leads to ANGER leads to WICKEDNESS)
58) "Elihu's point of view is that Job is a righteous man, though not perfect, and that he is loved by God. God is not treating him as his enemy but as his child and friend....to purge out of Job's life a residue of pride that had lain quietly at the bottom of his life."
59) "When Job was shaken by suffering long enough, the sediment of pride was stirred up into his life and showed itself when Job tried to justify himself at God's expense."
60) In order to argue with God, you must first accept God's omnipotence.
This is similar to marriage - when there is a conflict, in order to work things out, you must first be committed to the relationship.
Not have one foot out the door.
61) Right here is is a lesson for us Patriots.
Right here is a loyal friend, who will stick with his lifelong friend and fellow Patriot, to the very end.
62) Right here is a faithless fake.
“Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States” -- Ann Coulter
63) The Jews could not receive the Torah until their faith had been tested.
64) And time and time again, we failed the test. Even AFTER receiving the Torah. Even NOW.
77% don't believe in God as described in the Bible. 63% DO NOT believe that God will judge them "based on their deeds." 10% total atheists.
67) An angel reaches out and touches Isaiah's lips with a hot coal: "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Now he is safe to hear and transmit prophecy.
68) Now reassured, Isaiah volunteers.
69) God tells Isaiah to tell the people that they are corrupt:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.... Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
70) P. 1155, commentary on this explains that the Jews were at that time soon to come under the kingship of evil idol worshiper, Jewish king Ahaz, "who brought spiritual corruption to his people."
71) This king was so bad that "he had even marched his own son through the fires of Moloch (p. 1156)
72) "Ahaz was one of the worst kings, but his son Hezekiah was one of the reatest, a man who purged his kingdom of idolatry and brought about an unprecedented resurgence of Torah study....'the Prince of Peace'...would lead his people to new heights. (p. 1156)
73) WE CAUSE OUR OWN SUFFERING.
In the end, a portion of the Jewish people will rise back up in faith and spiritual greatness and be redeemed.
74) And so now we get to justice.
We get to the part where WE GET TO DEMAND JUSTICE OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
75) Exodus 18:13-17.
Moses is afraid to delegate.
He is judging all the disputes among the people personally.
His father in law, Jethro (not a Hebrew) rebukes him.