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FRAMEWORKS: Job 7: Job (2) Part 2

 

v.1-3 Refection: Life is tough, like being a worker time-bound, so is he in his misery

v.4-6 I am locked into this life of anguish

v.7-10 The path I'm on leads to death, I will just vanish

v.11-16 So with no hope I will just speak out about my meaningless life

v.17-18 But isn't this true of all mankind!

v.19-21 Why have I upset you God?

 

 

[Preliminary Comments : If in chapter 6 Job chides Eliphaz who he feels has not understood the depth or intensity or immensity of his anguish, in this chapter in the first 10 verses he simply ponders on the prison-like quality of this time of anguish. The rest of the chapter is more directed in God's direction as he bemoans what appears the futility of this time.]

 

v.1-3 Refection: Life is tough, like being a worker time-bound, so is he in his misery

 

v.1  “Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers? 

v.2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid, 

v.3 so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. 

 

[Notes: Life can often appear as almost a prison sentence, locked into a work routine, and that is exactly what this time of misery feels like.]

 

 

v.4-6 I am locked into this life of anguish

 

v.4  When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn. 

v.5  My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering. 

v.6  “My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. 

 

[Notes: There is no escape from this anguish whether by day or night. The nights seem to drag but the days seem to rush by.]

 

 

v.7-10 The path I'm on leads to death, I will just vanish

 

v.7  Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again. 

v.8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more. 

v.9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return. 

v.10 He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more. 

 

[Notes: He addresses the Lord: I feel my life is terminal, I will soon be gone and once in the grave, that's it!]

 

 

v.11-16 So with no hope I will just speak out about my meaningless life

 

v.11 “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 

v.12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard? 

v.13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint, 

v.14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions, 

v.15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. 

v.16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning. 

 

[Notes: So, with an outlook like this, what have I to lose if I speak out, I am doomed in this current misery and just look forward to death. I'm a hopeless case so leave me alone.]

 

 

v.17-18 But isn't this true of all mankind!

 

v.17  “What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention, 

v.18 that you examine them every morning and test them every moment? 

 

[Notes: The more I think of this the more I wonder why you bother with us and our short lives, why you watch us all the time?]

 

 

v.19-21 Why have I upset you God?

 

v.19 Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? 

v.20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? 

v.21 Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more.”

 

[Notes: Can't you look away and leave me alone, why am I so special that in my guilt you focus on me. You could forgive me if you wanted, I haven't got much time left.]

 

Lessons:

1. The truth is that life is sometimes tough because we live on a ‘fallen world' when Sin causes things to ‘go wrong' either by our wrong actions, those of others, or of ‘nature' out of control.

2. The truth also is that God does bother with us and the New Testament is all about His concern and activity on our behalf through Jesus and by His Spirit.

3. For the Christian, death is not the end, merely a doorway into eternity with the Lord.

4. Where we sin, our guilt has been taken by Jesus and the path back to unity with God is simply through confession and repentance and then forgiveness on the basis of the work of Christ on the Cross.]

  

 

CONTINUE to Chapter 8