Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000590
00:15 Hello, and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer and today we're going to continue to read
00:20 together in the book of Job. Let's pray together before we
00:23 start. Dear God as we read the story of your servant Job,
00:29 please show us the lessons that you have for each of us in this
00:34 account. Please send your Holy Spirit to bring a deeper
00:38 understanding to us that you would have us to take away from
00:43 the hearing of this word. And may it bear fruit to your glory.
00:46 We love you and thank your for loving us. Amen.
00:49 We've begun the story of Job and the Lord has permitted Satan
00:55 to destroy Job's family, his children, to take away all of
01:01 his wealth and to afflict him with sores from the sole of
01:06 foot to the head. And as he sits covered in sackcloth and ashes,
01:11 and in misery. His 3 friends come to sit and we're in the
01:16 middle of the dialog that Job is having with his 3 friends.
01:20 Job is now speaking. We're picking this up in chapter 7,
01:24 starting with verse 21. And why dost thou not pardon
01:30 my transgression and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I
01:33 sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning
01:37 but I shall not be. Now we're in Job chapter 8,
01:42 This is the King James Version. Then answered Bildad the Shuhite
01:47 and said, How long wilt thou speak these things?
01:50 and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
01:53 Doth God pervert Judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert
01:58 justice? If thy children have sinned against him,
02:02 and he have cast them away for their transgression;
02:04 if thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy
02:08 supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright;
02:13 surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation
02:17 of thy righteousness prosperous. Though thy beginning was small,
02:21 yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
02:24 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare
02:28 thyself to the search of their fathers: for we are but of
02:32 yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are
02:35 a shadow: shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter
02:39 words out of their heart? Can the rush grow up without mire?
02:43 can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his
02:47 greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other
02:52 herb. So are the paths of all that forget God;
02:55 and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: whose hope shall be cut
03:00 off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
03:02 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
03:06 he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
03:09 He is green before the sun, an his branch shooteth forth
03:13 in his garden. His roots are wrapped about the heap,
03:15 and seeth the place of stones. If he destroy him from his place
03:19 then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
03:22 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth
03:25 shall others grow. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man
03:32 neither will he help the evildoers: Till he fill thy
03:36 mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
03:38 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
03:41 and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
03:44 Continuing with Job, chapter 9, this is the King James Version.
03:49 Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth:
03:55 but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him
04:01 he cannot answer him one of a thousand. He is wise in heart,
04:07 and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him,
04:10 and hath prospered? Which removeth the mountains,
04:13 and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
04:15 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars
04:19 thereof tremble. Which commandeth the sun,
04:21 and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
04:23 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the
04:27 waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades,
04:32 and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past
04:36 finding out; yes, and wonders without number.
04:40 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also
04:47 but I perceive him not. Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder
04:53 him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
04:56 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers
05:02 do stoop under him. How much less shall I answer him,
05:07 and choose out my words to reason with him?
05:10 Whom though I were righteous yet would I not answer,
05:15 but I would make supplication to my judge. If I had called,
05:20 and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had
05:24 hearkened unto my voice. For he breaketh me with a tempest,
05:27 and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
05:31 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with
05:34 bitterness. If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong:
05:38 and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
05:42 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me:
05:47 if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
05:52 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul:
05:56 I would despise my life. This is one thing, therefore I said it,
06:03 He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked. If the scourge slay
06:10 suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
06:12 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked:
06:15 he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where,
06:20 and who is he? Now my days are swifter than a post:
06:26 they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as
06:30 the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.
06:33 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off
06:38 my heaviness, and comfort myself I am afraid of all my sorrows,
06:43 I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent. If I be wicked,
06:48 why then labor I in vain? If I wash myself with snow water,
06:53 and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me
06:57 in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
07:00 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him,
07:04 and we should come together in Judgment.
07:06 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his
07:10 hand upon us both. Let him take his rod away from me,
07:14 and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not
07:19 fear him; but it is not so with me.
07:22 Continuing in Job, chapter 10, and this is the
07:26 King James Version. My soul is weary of my life;
07:31 I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the
07:35 bitterness of my soul. I will say unto God, Do not condemn me;
07:39 shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
07:43 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress,
07:46 that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands,
07:49 and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
07:51 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
07:55 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days
08:00 that thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my
08:04 sin? Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none
08:10 that can deliver out of thine hand.
08:11 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together
08:15 round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
08:19 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay;
08:22 and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
08:25 Hast thou not poured me out as milk and curdled me like cheese?
08:30 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me
08:35 with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and favor,
08:38 and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
08:41 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this
08:46 is with thee. If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt
08:52 not acquit me for mine iniquity. If I be wicked,
08:56 woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift
09:00 up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou
09:06 mine affliction; for it increaseth. Thou huntest me
09:10 as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvelous
09:13 upon me. Thou renewest thy witnesses against me,
09:16 and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war
09:20 are against me. Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth
09:23 out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye
09:27 had seen me! I should have been as though I had not been;
09:30 I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
09:33 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may
09:39 take comfort a little, before I go whence I shall not return,
09:43 even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
09:45 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow
09:49 of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
09:54 Continuing now in chapter 11. Then answered Zophar
10:02 the Naamathite, and said, Should not the multitude of words be
10:07 answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?
10:11 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou
10:15 mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? For thou has said,
10:20 My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
10:22 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;
10:27 and that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are
10:30 double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth
10:35 of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
10:38 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the
10:45 Almighty unto perfection? It is high as heaven; what canst thou
10:50 do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
10:53 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader
10:57 than the sea. If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together,
11:02 then who can hinder him? For he knoweth vain men:
11:06 he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
11:10 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild
11:14 ass's colt. If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out
11:18 thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand,
11:22 put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy
11:25 tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without
11:29 spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
11:33 Because thou shalt forget thy misery and remember it as waters
11:38 that pass away: and thine age shall be clearer than the
11:40 noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
11:44 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea,
11:47 thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in
11:50 safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee
11:53 afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
11:56 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not
11:59 escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
12:03 Continuing in Job, chapter 12. This is the King James Version.
12:09 And Job answered and said, No doubt but ye are the people,
12:15 and wisdom shall die with you. But I have understanding as well
12:20 as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such
12:26 things as these? I am as one mocked of his neighbor,
12:30 who calleth upon God, and he answereth him:
12:33 the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
12:36 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised
12:42 in the thought of him that is at ease. The tabernacles of robbers
12:47 prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand
12:51 God bringeth abundantly. But ask now the beasts,
12:54 and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air,
12:58 they shall tell thee. Or speak to the earth and it shall teach
13:02 thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
13:05 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath
13:08 wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing,
13:12 and the breath of all mankind. Doth not the ear try words?
13:17 and the mouth taste his meat? With the ancient is wisdom;
13:21 and in length of days understanding.
13:22 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel
13:26 and understanding. Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be
13:31 built again: he shutteth up a man and there can be no opening.
13:35 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up:
13:38 also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
13:42 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver
13:48 are his. He leadeth counselors away spoiled, and maketh the
13:52 judges fools. He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their
13:55 loins with a girdle. He leadeth princes away spoiled,
13:58 and overthroweth the mighty. He removeth away the speech
14:01 of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
14:04 He poureth contempt upon princes and weakeneth the strength
14:07 of the mighty. He discovereth deep things out of darkness,
14:10 and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
14:12 He increaseth the nations and destroyeth them. He enlargeth
14:16 the nations, and straiteneth them again.
14:18 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people
14:21 of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness
14:24 where there is no way. They grope in the dark without light,
14:30 and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
14:33 Please join me again next time to read more of the story of
14:37 Job. Goodbye.