Monday, August 03, 2009

Job's Confession Job 40

Job 40:4 "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth."

Job's confession is in two parts, here in chapter 40 and then in chapter 42:6.

Job is shaking off his robe of self-righteousness before the majesty of Almighty God. Many will be lost because they feel that they do not have to humble themselves before God or trust in HIS plan of salvation.

Luke 18:9-13 "And he (Jesus) spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

So, we have it in the words of the Son of God. We must see that we have a need before we will reach out to the one who can save us.

v9 "Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?"

Almost the whole chapter 29 of Psalms is about the voice of God: v4 "The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

When Jesus was in the ship with his disciples and a storm came up. The disciples thought they would sink but they called the Master and he had but to speak and the waves calmed.

In the book of Genesis, God had to but speak and what we see was created out of nothing but his words. That word was made flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ. John 1:14.

Here in Job 40 the LORD ask Job some questions and then tells him this:

v14 "Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee."

Now we know that we cannot save ourselves. Had that been possible, Jesus would not have had to die. It is logical when you think about it. There would be no reason for God to give up his only begotten son to die for our sins if there was another way for us to save ourselves.

v15 "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee, he eateth grass as an ox."

He goes on to describe this giant beast. In the next chapter a creature called leviathan is described and it is something else!

Job's confession.

Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;"

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