Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000595
00:15 Hello and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer and thank you for joining with me today
00:20 to continue reading the story of Job. Let's pray together
00:24 before we start. Dear God, thank you so much for this story
00:28 and for the way that it bears witness to you and to obedience
00:35 to you and to the joy of that; unto the triumph of your name
00:40 when we obey you in our trials. Please help us to hear these
00:45 words and to learn from them today, what you would have us
00:48 each to put into practice in our own lives. Thank you so much
00:52 We love you. Amen. We've been reading in the book
00:56 of Job how the Lord permitted Satan to take from Job,
01:00 his family, his wealth, his health and here sits Job
01:07 suffering and destitute. His 3 friends come to be with him
01:12 and they begin to have this ongoing dialog with him,
01:15 about how his disobedience somehow must have caused this.
01:20 Job maintains over and over again that he is righteous
01:24 in the eyes of the Lord. And then a young man, named Elihu,
01:29 who has been sitting by and hearing all this, speaks up
01:33 and says, Even though I am younger than you, I am going to
01:38 now speak my piece. We're picking up in Job, chapter 33,
01:42 as Elihu is saying to Job, I have been listening to what you
01:47 say. I have heard you defending yourself that you are clean
01:51 of transgression. We're now going to pick up with verse 10.
01:55 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for
02:00 his enemy. He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my
02:03 paths. Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee,
02:11 That God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against
02:16 him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
02:19 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it
02:24 not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep
02:29 falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth
02:33 the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may
02:36 withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
02:40 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from
02:45 perishing by the sword. He is chastened also with pain upon
02:49 his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
02:52 So that his life abhorreth bread and his soul dainty meat.
02:56 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;
03:00 and his bones that were not seen stick out. Yea his soul draweth
03:05 up near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
03:08 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a
03:12 thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious
03:17 unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit:
03:20 I have found a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child's:
03:24 he shall return to the days of his youth: He shall pray
03:27 unto God, and he will be favourable unto him:
03:30 and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man
03:34 his righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say,
03:40 I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
03:43 and it profited me not; he will deliver his soul from going into
03:48 the pit, and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things
03:54 worketh God oftentimes with man, to bring back his soul from the
03:58 pit to be enlightened with the light of the living. Mark well,
04:02 O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
04:06 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire
04:11 to justify thee. If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace,
04:17 and I shall teach thee wisdom. - Continuing in Job, chapter 34,
04:23 this is the King James Version. Furthermore Elihu answered
04:28 and said, Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me,
04:31 ye that have knowledge. For the ear trieth words, as the mouth
04:35 tasteth meat. Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among
04:41 ourselves what is good. For Job hath said, I am righteous:
04:46 and God hath taken away my judgment. Should I lie against
04:51 my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
04:55 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?
05:01 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and
05:06 walketh with wicked men. For he hath said, It profiteth a man
05:11 nothing that he should delight himself with God.
05:13 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding:
05:17 far be it from God, that he should do wickedness;
05:21 and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
05:23 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every
05:29 man to find according to his ways. Yea surely God will not
05:33 do wickedly, neither will the almighty pervert judgment.
05:36 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed
05:40 the whole world? If he set his heart upon man, if he gather
05:45 unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish
05:50 together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
05:53 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice
05:59 of my words. Shall even he that hateth right govern?
06:04 and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
06:09 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes,
06:16 ye are ungodly? How much less to him that accepteth not
06:21 the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the
06:24 poor? for they all are the work of his hands. In a moment
06:29 shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight
06:31 and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without
06:36 hand. For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all
06:41 his goings. There is no darkness nor shadow of death,
06:45 where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
06:49 For he will not lay upon man more that right;
06:53 that he should enter into judgment with God.
06:55 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number,
06:59 and set others in their stead. Therefore he knoweth their works
07:04 and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are
07:07 destroyed. He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of
07:12 others; because they turned back from him and would not consider
07:15 any of his ways: So that they cause the cry of the poor to
07:19 come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
07:21 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?
07:27 and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him?
07:32 whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
07:36 That the Hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
07:41 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne
07:46 chastisement, I will not offend any more: That which I see not
07:52 teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
07:59 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it,
08:03 whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I:
08:07 therefore speak what thou knowest.
08:10 Let men of understanding tell me and let a wise man hearken
08:14 unto me. Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words
08:19 were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried
08:24 unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
08:27 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands
08:32 among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
08:37 Continuing in Job, chapter 35. This is the King James Version.
08:41 Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right,
08:48 that thou saidst, My righteousness is more
08:51 than God's? For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto
08:54 thee, and What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my
08:57 sin? I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
09:02 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are
09:07 higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou
09:11 against him? of if thy transgressions be multiplied,
09:14 what doest thou unto him? If thou be righteous,
09:18 what gives thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
09:21 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art;
09:24 and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
09:26 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the
09:30 oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm
09:32 of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker,
09:36 who giveth songs in the night; who teacheth us more than the
09:41 beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls
09:45 of heaven? There they cry, but none giveth answer,
09:50 because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not hear
09:57 vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
10:00 Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is
10:05 before him; therefore trust thou in him. But now, because it is
10:11 not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not
10:15 in great extremity: Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain;
10:20 he multiplieth words without knowledge.
10:23 Continuing on in Job, chapter 36 This is the King James Version.
10:28 Elihu also proceeded, and said, Suffer me a little, and I will
10:35 shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
10:38 I will fetch my knowledge from afar and will ascribe
10:42 righteousness to my maker. For truly my words shall not
10:47 be false. He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
10:51 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any:
10:55 he is mighty in strength and wisdom. He preserveth not
11:00 the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
11:04 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous:
11:07 but with kings are they on the throne; yea he doth establish
11:11 them for ever, and they are exalted. And if they be bound in
11:15 fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; then he sheweth
11:20 them their work and their transgressions that they have
11:23 exceeded. He openeth also their ear to discipline and commandeth
11:29 that they return from iniquity. If they obey and serve him,
11:33 they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in
11:37 pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword,
11:42 and they shall die without knowledge.
11:45 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not
11:49 when he bindeth them. They die in youth, and their life is
11:53 among the unclean. He delivereth the poor in his
11:56 affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
11:59 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a
12:03 broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which
12:07 should be set on the table should be full of fatness.
12:09 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked:
12:13 judgment and justice take hold on thee. Because there is wrath,
12:19 beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great
12:23 ransom cannot deliver thee. Will he esteem thy riches?
12:27 No, not gold, nor all the forces of strength. Desire not the
12:33 night, when people are cut off in their place. Take heed,
12:37 regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than
12:41 affliction. Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like
12:47 him? Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast
12:51 wrought iniquity? Remember that thou magnify his work,
12:55 which men behold. Every man may see it: man may behold it afar
13:00 off. Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the
13:06 number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small
13:09 the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the
13:13 vapour thereof: which the clouds do drop and distil upon man
13:18 abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of
13:23 the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? Behold, he spreadeth
13:27 his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
13:30 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat
13:35 in abundance. With clouds he covereth the light;
13:38 and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt
13:42 The noise thereof sheweth concerning, the cattle also
13:46 concerning the vapour. Continuing with Job, chapter 37.
13:50 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
13:55 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that
13:59 goeth out of his mouth. He directeth it under the whole
14:02 heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
14:05 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of
14:09 his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice
14:11 is heard. God thundereth marvellously with his voice;
14:15 great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
14:19 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;
14:22 likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain
14:25 of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man;
14:28 that all men may know his work. Then the beasts go into dens,
14:33 and remain in their places. Please join me again next time
14:38 to continue this story of Job. Goodbye.