Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 42

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Job Is Restored (c 42)
Message: Job Replies to God (v 1-17)

Job 42 Commentary

(42:1-6) Job Repents From Questioning God - Throughout this book we read about Job's friends asking him to admit his sin and ask for forgiveness. Eventually, Job did indeed repent. Ironically, Job's repentance was not the kind called for by his friends. He did not ask forgiveness for committing secret sins but for questioning God's sovereignty and justice. Job repented of his attitude and acknowledged God's great power and perfect justice. We sin when we angrily ask, "If God is in control, how could he let this happen?" Because we are locked into time, unable to see beyond today, we cannot know the reasons for everything that happens. Thus, we must often choose between doubt and trust. Will you

trist God with vour unanswered questions:

(42:2-4) Job Admits He was Foolish - Job was quoting the Lord's earlier questions to him (38:2-3). He openly and honestly faced God and admitted that he was the one who had been foolish. Are you using what you can't understand as an excuse for your lack of trust? Admit to God that you don't even have enough faith to trust him. True faith begins in such humility.

(42:7-8) God Confirms Job's Friends Were Wrong - God made it clear that Job's friends were wrong. The fact that God did not mention any specific sins shows that he was confirming Job's claim to have led a devout and obedient life. Job's friends had made the error of assuming that Job's suffering was caused by some great sin. They were judging Job without knowing what God was doing. We must be careful to avoid making judgments about people, because God may be working in ways we know nothing about.

(42:8-10) Job's Prays For His Friends - After receiving much criticism, Job was still able to pray for his three friends. It is difficult to forgive someone who has accused you of wrongdoing, but Job did. Are you praying for those who have hurt you? Can you forgive them? Follow the actions of Job, whom God called a good man, and pray for those who have wronged you.

(42:10-11) Our Restoration Comes From the Lord - Would the message of the book of Job change if God had not restored to Job his former blessings? No. God is still sovereign. Jesus said that anyone who gives up something for the kingdom of God will be repaid (Luke 18:29-30). Our restoration may or may not be the same kind as Job's, which was both spiritual and material. Our complete restoration may not come in this life--but it will happen. God loves us, and he is both just and gracious. He will not only restore whatever we have lost unjustly but also give us more than we can imagine as we live with him in eternity. Cling tightly to your faith through all your trials, and you, too, will be rewarded by God--if not now, then in the life to come.

(42:17) A Timeless Message - The main question in the book of Job is timeless: Why do believers experience troubles and suffering? Through a long debate, Job's supposedly wise friends were unable to answer this question. Job's friends made a serious error for which God rebuked them. They assumed that trouble comes only because people sin. People make the same mistake today when they assert that sickness or lack of material blessing is a sign of unconfessed sin or lack of faith. Though following God normally (but not always) leads to a happier life and rebelling against God normally (but not always) leads to an unhappy life, God is in control of our circumstances. In our world invaded by sin, calamity and suffering may come to good and bad alike. This does not mean that God is indifferent, uncaring, unjust, or powerless to protect us. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world, where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin. God allows evil for a time, although he eventually turns it around for our good (Romans 8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure he is all-powerful and knows what he is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas, see them as opportunities to turn to God for strength. You will find in God one who only desires to show his love and compassion to you. If you can trust him in pain, confusion, and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of Satan's greatest footholds in your life. Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from his love.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Trials in Our Life

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we conclude the Book of Job with Chapter 42. In our text today we see Job is restored by God after Job's humble reply to the Lord. God confirms that Job's friends were wrong and gave him much more than He had before his trial. In making application we see how to handle the trails in our life. We are to be humble, we are to be repentave, we are to be faithful trusting God. We will face things we don't understand, we will not have all the answers, and we will have others who are not supportive. In the end we will be restored and the Lord will use the trial to conform us to the likeness of Jesus-Christ. How about you? Do you understand how to handle the trials in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the book of Job to remember how to respond to the trials in our life.  


Job 42

Job 42

 1Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

 2I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

 3Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

 4Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

 5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

 6Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

 7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

 10And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

 11Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

 12So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

 13He had also seven sons and three daughters.

 14And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

 15And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

 16After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.

 17So Job died, being old and full of days.