Job 3-4

Job 3-4

Chapter 3: Job Curses his Birthday

Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job spoke, and said;

 “Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.” (Job 3:3-26)

This chapter is very much a prayer to God from Job, where he asks; Why he couldn’t have died at birth and be spared from the pain and agony of his trial.

Chapter 4: Eliphaz Criticizes Job

This begins a long section in the Book of Job where Job’s friends counsel him and he answers them. His friends speak in more or less three rounds, with each speech followed by a reply from Job. At the end of these speeches, God answers Job and his friends and settles the matter.

Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said;

“If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking? Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways? (Job 3:2-6)

Elpihaz is trying to help Job remember his own council that he had given when things were great for him.

“Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.  The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.” (Job 3:7-11)

Eliphaz helps Job to understand, what he believes to be the source of Job’s troubles.

“Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying” (Job 3:12-16)

A spirit comes to Eliphaz in the night. Here we can learn about the Holy Ghost, notice how it mentions how his hairs stood up, he couldn’t discern an image, and that the voice was still and silent. This is how the Holy Ghost communicates, not through yelling and screaming.

This is what the spirit said to Eliphaz:

“Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth? They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.” (Job 3:17-21)

Simple lesson to learn here, we are not perfect. It is not ok to sin, however you cannot completely avoid all sins. We are imperfect and it is ok to admit to your sins. Ask for forgiveness and move on.

Deuteronomy 27-28

Deuteronomy 27-28

Chapter 27: Cursed Be…

Israel will cross Jordan to build an altar and worship the Lord. The Children of Israel, are the Lord’s people, but curses shall be among them if they do not obey him.

Moses speaks to the congregation of Israel and outlines the curses that can be brought among them if they chose to disobey him:

  • Cursed be… “…the man that maketh any graven images or molten images…” (Deuteronomy 27:15)
    • Don’t worship other gods.
    • Cursed be… “…he that setteth light by his father or his mother (setteth light: disgraces)…” (Deuteronomy 27:16)
      • Don’t disgrace your parents.
      • Cursed be… “…he that removeth his neighbors landmark…” (Deuteronomy 27:17)
        • Don’t steal property.
        • Cursed be… “…he that perverteth the judgement of the stranger, fatherless, and widow…” (Deuteronomy 27:18)
          • Don’t falsely accuse someone of something that they did not do.
          • Cursed be… “…he that lieth with his father’s wife…” (Deuteronomy 27:19)
            • Incest is an abomination.
            • Cursed be… “…he that lieth with any manner of beast…” (Deuteronomy 27:20)
              • Bestiality is an abomination.
              • Cursed be… “…he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother…” (Deuteronomy 27:22)
                • Again, Incest is an abomination.
                • Cursed be… “…he that lieth with his mother in law…” (Deuteronomy 27:23)
                  • Sexual sin.
                  • Cursed be… “…he that smiteth his neighbor secretly…” (Deuteronomy 27:24)
                    • Don’t gossip or accuse someone falsely.
                    • Cursed be… “…he that taketh a reward to slay an innocent person…” (Deuteronomy 27:25)
                      • Don’t murder for money or power.
                      • Cursed be… “…he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them…” (Deuteronomy 27:26)
                        • Anyone who disagrees with the laws, shall be cursed.

Chapter 28: Blessings and Curses

If Israel is obedient they shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally (blessed in the things of God and the world). If the children of Israel disobey they shall be cursed, smitten and destroyed. The curses that lurk are; plagues, diseases, and oppression from foreign lands. If the congregation of Israel worships false gods, they will be enslaved by foreign powers, and will have their children eaten, yes eaten (see verse52-53).