Job 30:16-31 “For I Know That Thou Wilt Bring Me To Death”

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Study Aired November 18, 2012

With additional commentary by Larry Groenewald

Job 30:16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
Job 30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
Job 30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
Job 30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
Job 30:20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
Job 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
Job 30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
Job 30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
Job 30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Job 30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
Job 30:31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Introduction

At this point Job has not yet been given eyes to see what God is doing in his life, and as the type of us while we still think we have a claim to our own deeds, he is still contending with his Creator as he clings to what he considers to be his own righteousness. He proclaims his own righteousness as if he saw nothing wrong with “reproving, contending with, and condemning God” and His ways. So he continues declaring that he does not deserve the treatment he is enduring at God’s hand. In doing that, he is telling us, and God, that God has no right to pour out His wrath upon him. So here is Job, the Old Testament type of each of us.

Job 3:20 “Why must a suffering person continue to live? Why give life to a person whose soul is bitter? (ERV)
Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

Just like each of us, Job continues to complain to God for the treatment he is enduring.

Job 30:16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
Job 30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

Our souls are “poured out” when we are in anguish of spirit. Like our own Savior, we all must come to this point in our own lives. Samuel’s mother, as a type of us, lived this event in her own way, to tell us what it means to “pour out my soul”:

1Sa 1:5 But unto Hannah he [ Elkanah, her husband, Samuel’s father] gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
1Sa 1:6 And her adversary [ Pininah, Elkanah’s other wife] also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
1Sa 1:7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
1Sa 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
1Sa 1:15 And Hannah answered [ Eli the priest] and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
1Sa 1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

Here is what it means to have our “soul… poured out” in King David’s words.

Psa 22:11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
Psa 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
Psa 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Psa 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Like Job, King David typifies us as we reprove our own God for pouring out the vials of His wrath upon our self- righteous “old man”.

Job 30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

Job is speaking from a purely natural perspective. But when we are finally granted to see our self- righteous old man for the decaying flesh with “the savor of death” which it produces, then we too, will say that “by the great force of my disease [ of self- righteousness] my garment is changed [ and my own insidious disease] binds me about as the collar of my coat”.

Job 30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

Being “cast into the mire… [ and] becom[ ing] like dust and ashes” is just another description of God’s chastening wrath which is poured out upon the kingdom of our “old man… that man of sin”, who is predestined from “before the world began” to be destroyed by the fire and sword which are the words of God issuing out of the mouths of God’s prophets, His “two witnesses”, and out of the mouth of Jesus Christ, judging our self- righteous “old man” and his kingdom.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

What we cannot see at this point is that the “sword… fire… chastening… and tribulations” of God’s wrath are all part of the very judgment which Job, as a shadow of who we are, believes is being denied him:

Job 27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

But we will all be judged just as Job is being judged. It will be done in God’s wrath, and it will be for the very same reason:

Job 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

Speaking on God’s behalf, Elihu gives us these very profound words of Truth, which speak to our own self- righteous old man:

Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Nevertheless, all of God’s judgments are just, and this is what both the judgment which is now on the house of God and the great white throne, lake of fire, judgment will both produce:

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

That is the fruit of all of God’s judgments, and it is God’s wrath that demonstrates that “there is a judgment” (Job 19:29) Rev 16 and 17 reveal that God’s wrath is poured out upon Babylon the great within us, and we are told that this too, is God’s judgment upon Babylon so that you and I can “learn righteousness”.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

God’s wrath demonstrates “that there is a judgment” (Job 19:29). So the next chapter begins with these confirming words:

Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Job’s self- righteousness is the type and shadow of this insidious, self- righteous ‘great harlot’ within us who must be judged before we will “learn righteousness”. This harlot certainly does not think of herself as a sin- filled harlot. Job thinks he is righteous, and that is what she thinks of herself:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

So God’s chastening, His scourging, and His wrath, are all one and the same. They are one and all “the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

Deu 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

We are admonished not to faint when we are rebuked of the Lord because that is exactly what we will do, as Job demonstrates. “Dying daily” is not something we just naturally appreciate. “Dying daily” (1Co 15:31) and being “crucified with [ Christ]”, are the fire, the sword, and the chastening and scourging which are also called “the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment”.

Job 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

Job is the type and shadow of how our self- righteous old man sees no need to be judged as an evil or wicked man. He sees himself as a righteous man who has never done anything worthy of being judged. Job is a type and shadow of the “gold, silver, and precious stones”, which are so abundant while we are in Babylon.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her [ Babylon]; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

We all reason how can “gold, silver, and precious stones”, which we see ourselves as being, need the purification of the fire of the word of God? Here is how that is accomplished:

Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

These words, which come out from our sinful heart, are the “fire” which reveal what has “cankered [ the] gold, silver, and precious stones” which we heap together as self- righteous Pharisees in Babylon:

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

“My righteousness” is not my righteousness. We cannot even sin if our sins are not first written by God in His book.

Gen 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
Gen 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Gen 45:6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
Gen 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. (ASV)
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So while we, as Job, think God has “taken away [ our] judgment”, the truth is that our fiery trials are judging us.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

As Job, we know none of this. Even though Job tells us to fear the sword because His wrath demonstrates that there is a judgment’, earlier in the very same chapter, he tells us:

Job 19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

Here, over ten chapters later, Job is still reproving His own God, for the very judgment he thinks is being withheld from him.

LARRY: Verses 16-19:

Job 30:16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
Job 30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
Job 30:18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about (girdle) as the collar of my coat.
Job 30:19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

When the vials of God’s wrath are poured out upon us, it is done to reveal our own hidden beast in a progressive manner and destroy it…little by little…by ‘the word of righteousness’. Every step is more severe and intensified to the ultimate dethroning of the self- righteous beast. Job is not at the point where he can see this inward self- righteous beast as yet, and he as yet cannot acknowledge or give an account of himself to God, as he still contends with God…

Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

The words “by the great force” express the very ‘fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” – when our old garment (our flesh and everything that holds it together) is being torn apart and the flesh’s hold on us is being released from us when God is taking His vengeance and recompense:

Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance (carry out justice/ judgment) belongeth unto me, I will recompense (to teach righteousness = what is right = place things in the right perspective), saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing (terror to the flesh) to fall into the hands of the living God.

Job 30:20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
Job 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
Job 30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
Job 30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

In Bildad’s last words, he told Job that mankind is but a worm in God’s sight, and mankind is but a worm in the scheme of the work which God is performing through mankind.

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Job 25:5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

“The son of man… is a worm” is so very true. Most worms are the perfect type of the birth of our new man, through the death of our old man. An ugly, destructive, caterpillar, with its belly on the earth, must die if it is ever to be “transformed” into a beautiful butterfly which can ascend into the heavens.
Right after telling us all to ‘present our bodies as a living sacrifice… unto God’, Paul tells us this:

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Job confesses that God will bring him to death:

Job 30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

He knows that death is the fate of all who dwell in these “vessels of clay”, and he actually alludes to the resurrection of the dead:

Job 19:26 And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God;

LARRY: Verses 20-23:

Job 30:20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
Job 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
Job 30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
Job 30:23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

God knows the end from the beginning, and from that perspective, He sees and regards flesh as nothing – He seems not to hear us, and it appears that He is cruel and He has no respect for what we in the flesh hold very high and dear. But He can that see the end of the thing is better than its beginning because the flesh is just a stepping stone to the spirit life:

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Job 30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

The word ‘grave’ in this verse is not the Hebrew word ‘sheol’, but it is rather the word ‘biy’. According to Barnes Commentary: “If that word is compounded of the preposition be and y, it means literally, “in ruins, or in rubbish”. So we can deduce that God is not reaching forth his hand to save that which is “in ruins”. He is rather intent upon the destruction of our old man “though [ we] cry in his destruction”, and though we continue to proclaim our own righteousness.

Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him that wasin trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

The simple truth we must come to see, and which we just naturally cannot at first see or understand, it that flesh is nothing more or less than an necessary evil which God uses to “call light out of darkness” and to replace ‘corruption with incorruption’.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness [ of our “old man”], hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ [ the “new man” within us].
Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat [ Greek, ‘throne’] of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

This is what neither Job nor any of us want to believe. Flesh itself is our beast within, and is inherently carnal and rebellious against God and His ways, and for this reason it was never intended to be capable of “inherit[ ing] the kingdom of God”, but was rather “made to be destroyed”.

Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is [ inherently] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
2Pe 2:12 But these [ the carnal minded old man within all men], as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

God is not stretching forth His hand to salvage that which He is in the process of destroying, even though our old man may cry out to be saved from his destruction:

Job 30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave [ Hebrew, ‘in ruins’], though they cry in his destruction.
Heb 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he [ our body of flesh, our old man] was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

So all of Job’s reproofs, contending with and condemning of his own God, are really nothing more than the Old Testament type of the death throes of our self- righteous, carnal minded ‘old man’.

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

The word ‘prevent’ is always used in the sense of ‘anticipating’ or ‘preceding’. For example:

Psa 59:10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Psa 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [ precede] them which are asleep.

Job is expressing the inner torment he has come to anticipate for months now.

Job 7:2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
Job 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

A servant desires the shadow of a tree, and any employee looks forward to payday, so are we are made to anticipate the pouring out of the wrath of God upon our old man.
Here in verses 28-29 is a true description of those with whom we keep company while we live within “that great city where also our Lord was crucified”. We simply do not willingly leave behind all this great harlot has to offer. It requires the death of our old man to “come out of her”.

LARRY: Verses 24-27:

Job 30:24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

As Mike pointed out, the word “grave” in verse 24 means “in ruins” or destruction. That is the final destination of all temporary flesh and carnality. Death is the opposite or enemy of spirit life as flesh opposes spirit life. Death is the last enemy and will be destroyed in all its forms for spirit life to come forth. Our bodies of death and our carnal mind is death and is a temporary obstruction. The highest good of the flesh is still evil and darkness and this is what Job is discovering:

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Job 30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

“The fowls of the air” are defined by our Lord as “the wicked one” or false doctrines and the lies of the dragon, which lies empower the doctrines of Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots.

Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Sure enough that is exactly what we find in Babylon the great, the city in which our Lord was crucified, by the beast who gets his throne from the dragon.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat [ Greek, thronos, throne], and great authority.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

This is Job’s home while clinging to his own righteousness, as if he were of himself capable of being truly righteous. When God judges Babylon within us and within Job, the vials of that wrath must be fulfilled within our life.

Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

This thirtieth chapter of Job includes many of the vials of Rev 16. Here is how this “heat” is described as the wrath of God in the seventh vial which is poured out upon the kingdom and the throne of our self- righteous old man:

Rev 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Job 30:31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

This is the point at which “it is finished”. “It” is the judging work of the seven vials of the wrath of God.

Job 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Rev 16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Those who are not given eyes to see want to avoid “[ God’s] true and righteous… judgments”, which come only via these “seven last plagues of the wrath of God”. This is true in spite of the fact that “no man can enter the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels has been fulfilled” (Rev 15:7-8).
Job tells us, “My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep”. Here is what we are told of the fate of Babylon within us, with all the music and mirth that was, which till the hour of her judgment, to be found in her.

Rev 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

To our doomed old man, this all sounds so ‘apocalyptic’, and indeed for him it is apocalyptic. But for the new man, this is nothing less than the good news of the kingdom of God which is within us, and it is the beginning of “life more abundantly”.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Joh 10:10 The thief [ the beast, the man of sin, empowered by the dragon] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

So what is death to our ‘old man’ is actually life to our ‘new man’.

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

LARRY: Verses 28-31:

Job 30:28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons (serpents), and a companion to owls (evil spirits)
Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me (cover of darkness), and my bones are burned with heat.
Job 30:31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

The flesh and carnality is formed after the image of the dragon, the serpent, Satan and is ruled by it (‘having seven heads and ten horns’) and we associate with his family and his doctrines because we are first the seed of that serpent. We naturally think, speak and act just like our father the devil without an effort:

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

His bowels boiled…his bones are pierced and burned = speaks of fiery trials

Next week, Lord willing, we will hear the first half of the last chapter of Job’s reproving, contending with, and his condemnation of his own God. Job is more convinced than ever, that he is so righteous that God has no right to be wrathful towards him, nor to treat him as he is being treated by God.

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
Job 31:2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
Job 31:4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
Job 31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
Job 31:8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
Job 31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;
Job 31:10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
Job 31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. Job 31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
Job 31:13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
Job 31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
Job 31:16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
Job 31:17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; Job 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)
Job 31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
Job 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
Job 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
Job 31:22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

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