Job 6:1-10 – “Oh That… It Would Please God To Destroy Me!”

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Job 6:1-10 – Oh That… It Would Please God To Destroy Me!
Job 6:1  But Job answered and said,
Job 6:2  Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
Job 6:3  For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
Job 6:4  For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Job 6:5  Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Job 6:6  Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
Job 6:7  The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
Job 6:8  Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
Job 6:9  Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
Job 6:10  Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

We have been granted to see and to know that Job is typical of each of us when we do not know or understand why God seems to think we need to endure what is, from our perspective, completely undeserved and unbearable torment. The fact is that if most people who have families and great possessions were to lose their families and all their possessions in one day they would not be able to endure even that trial. Many men have committed suicide over much less than the trials which we read were laid upon Job all in one day. As the Old Testament type of us, not understanding the ways of our heavenly Father we, like Job, contend with, reprove and condemn Him for His ways.
In the next chapter (Job 7:20) we will see that Job actually realizes that he has sinned, but he does not seem to know what that sin is, and while admitting “I have sinned” he still maintains his own righteousness, and does not see the need for the severity of his trial.
So it is not by coincidence that Job’s very name is derived from the root of the Hebrew word meaning ‘enemy’, and the name Job, in Hebrew is defined as meaning ‘hated or persecuted’.
Here is Strong’s etymology of the name ‘Job’.

‘yo b
ee- yobe’
From H340; hated (that is, persecuted); Ijob, the patriarch famous for his patience: – Job.

When we look at the root word H340, this is what we discover:

‘a yab
aw- yab’
A primitive root; to hate (as one of an opposite tribe or party); hence to be hostile: – be an enemy.

Here is how this Hebrew word ‘ayab’ is used in scripture.

Exo 23:22  But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy [ H340, ayab] unto thine enemies [ H341, oyeb], and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

So this self- righteous Job really is the hated enemy of God inasmuch as he is the Old Testament type of our old carnal minded man, the avowed enemy of God:

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.
Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Esau as Jacob’s older twin, is another Old Testament type of our old man, “the first man Adam” who is, by design, doomed to destruction. These are God’s words concerning Esau:

Oba 1:9  And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

We are all wicked by nature (Rom 7:17-21). Here is what King David says concerning the wickedness within us:

Psa 139:19  Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
Psa 139:20  For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
Psa 139:21  Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
Psa 139:22  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

“The wicked” in King David ‘rose up against’ God, in the matter of Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and King David hated that wicked man within.

Psa 51:9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Christ’s instructions to love our enemies do not include the old man of sin within each of us. It is that ‘man of sin’ within who defiles every man and who must be destroyed.

Mat 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Mat 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mat 15:20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Neither Eliphaz nor Job yet know anything of inward things. So now it is Job’s turn, as a type of us while we are still “under the law”, to again declare his righteousness and God’s lack of appreciation for just how good a man Job is.

Job 6:1  But Job answered and said,
Job 6:2  Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
Job 6:3  For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

It is instructive that the Apostolic Polyglot renders the word ‘grief’ as ‘wrath’ in verse two.

Job 6:2  For if anyone stationing weight would set my wrath, [ G3709 Greek – orge] and [ griefs my lift] onto a yoke balance scale,  they would be in one accord.
Job 6:3  For indeed of the sand of the coast it will be heavier; upon this my sayings were trampled.

“My wrath” according to several translations, means “the wrath that is upon me”, and what Job is saying is that the weight of the wrath being poured out upon him and the weight of his grief “would be in one accord”, or would be equal, and both would weigh more “than the sand of the sea”.
“Therefore my words are swallowed up” expressed the sense of insignificance and helplessness he feels in the clutches of his Creator’s wrath and the false accusations of his “miserable comforters”.
Brenton English Septuagint translates this verse more clearly:

Job 6:2 Oh that one would indeed weigh the wrath that is upon me, and take up my griefs in a balance together!
Job 6:3  And verily they would be heavier than the sand by the seashore: but, as it seems, my words are vain. (Brenton)

This Greek word ‘orge’ translated ‘wrath’ in verse 2 in the ABP is the same Greek word we find in these two New Testament verses in the book of Revelation.

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 [ Greek, orge].

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath [ Greek, orge] of Almighty God.

It is Job’s self- righteousness, of which neither he nor his “miserable comforters” are even aware, which is bringing upon him God’s wrath. This entire story of Job is just a type of what God so detests about self- righteous Babylon within us one and all. This entire story of Job’s trials are the Old Testament type of the seven vials of the seven angels which must be fulfilled in every man before any man can enter into the temple of God.

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.

But Job typifies us before we come to understand the truth of Rev 15:8. It is in that state of mind, and with that limited understanding that he continues to express how we all at first feel about God’s judgment upon our self- righteous, old, carnal man.

Job 6:4  For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

The more Job thinks about what has happened to him, the more convinced he becomes of how very good he has been and of how very undeserving of God’s wrath he is. He is the type and shadow of our Babylonian self- righteousness. At this point in our own walk we, like Job, are confused because he and we know that God is sovereign. We know that our trials are all by His design, yet we have no concept of just how much God despises our insistence that we, of ourselves, are righteous. Thus Job does not realize just how true are his words, “the arrows of the Almighty are within me”. Neither does he realize that “the things of the spirit”, are indeed “poison” to our self- righteous old, first man Adam, and that those ‘arrows’ will, in the end, destroy that ‘first man Adam’.
So what are ‘arrows’ in the Word of God? What is their spiritual significance? Here is how this word is used in God’s Word:

Psa 18:13  The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Psa 18:14  Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

‘Hail stones, coals of fire, arrows and lightnings’ are all “His voice”.
Archers, are men who shoot arrows from bows. So while we are speaking of the spiritual meaning of ‘arrows’, let also consider both the literal and spiritual meaning of ‘archers’. Consider this verse of scripture:

1Ch 10:3  And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers [ Hebrew, yarah] hit him, and he was wounded of the archers [ yarah].

This word ‘yarah’ is the exact same Hebrew word which is far more often translated as ‘teach’ or ‘teacher’, as in these verses:

Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach [ Hebrew – yarah] us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa 28:9  Whom shall he teach [ Hebrew – yarah] knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Isa 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

So the mind of God perceives a distinct connection between the words ‘teach, arrows and archers’. If they are His Words, they are poison to our “first man Adam”. If they are the arrows of the adversary then they are “bitter words” against Christ and His Words (Psa 64:3 below).
The words of the wicked are also referred to as ‘arrows’.

Psa 11:2  For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot [ Hebrew – yarah] at the upright in heart.

David tells us what this word ‘arrow’ means in very clear language.

Psa 64:2  Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
Psa 64:3  Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows [ Hebrew – chets, H2671] even bitter words:
Psa 64:4  That they may shoot [ yarah] in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot [ yarah] at him, and fear not.
Psa 64:5  They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
Psa 64:6  They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
Psa 64:7  But God shall shoot [ Hebrew, yarah] at them with an arrow [ Hebrew – chets]; suddenly shall they be wounded.
Psa 64:8  So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

So, in the scriptures ‘arrows’ are words. “God will shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.” The Truth will always destroy the lies of the adversary, and reveal him for the murdering liar he is “from the beginning” (Joh 8:44). Neither the volume of the voice nor the number of voices telling a lie, will not transform a lie into the Truth. Christ is the Truth, and no one can be Christ but Christ. So we are told:

Rom 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

The Catholic Church taught for centuries that the world was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth, and all the while the earth continued to be a globe and to revolve around the sun and to turn on its axis. The number of people who believed otherwise changed nothing at all. Perception is not necessarily fact at all, except from a purely political point of view.
Job realizes that Truth is not changed by the fact that his three “miserable comforters” all think he had robbed the poor and is secretly a very wicked man. So he hearkens back to the time when he had so much more than he needed and when he enjoyed his life:

Job 6:5  Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Job 6:6  Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
Job 6:7  The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

No, the ass does not bray when he has grass, and the ox does not low over his fodder. The ass brays when he has no grass, and the ox lows when he has no fodder. God has brought Job, as he does each of us “in our own order” (1Co 15:23), to realize that we are suffering from a famine of His Word. Only then, are we in a position of great need, where we will be inclined to listen to our Great Teacher.

Amo 8:11  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Just as all of us when we are starving in Babylon while hearing the Bible being read every week, Job is hearing many true words, but they are being wrapped around idols of the heart of his three “miserable comforters”, and therefor they are not ministering to a starving Job.
“The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat”. Oh, how true are these words for us all. Without the slightest hint of understanding his own words, Job acknowledges that he sees no need at all in the trial of his faith nor in the trials which are the necessary evils of life, which we all must endure to develop patience.

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
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.

Job is known for his patience of which he had none to begin with. It is God who sustains Job through his trials. Job is simply the type of each of us. Our patience is not ours at all, but His. Our strength is not our strength at all, but His.
Notice what Jacob said to his first born son, Reuben, who is just another type and shadow of our “first man Adam”.

Gen 49:3  Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
Gen 49:4  Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

King David was no different in the matter of Uriah and Bathsheba:

2Sa 12:1  And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2Sa 12:2  The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
2Sa 12:3  But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
2Sa 12:4  And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
2Sa 12:5  And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
2Sa 12:6  And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
2Sa 12:7  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
2Sa 12:8  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
2Sa 12:9  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Yet is it David who God chose to be king over self- righteous King Saul simply because, like Job, God granted David, as He also grants to His elect, to repent when shown their sins. God’s elect know that even that ability is not their own, but is the Lord’s strength.

Psa 31:4  Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

We are all Reuben and have all defiled our Father’s bed and committed adultery against our own heavenly Father, as we lived our lives for a harlot called Babylon. Reuben is just the type of “the first man Adam” being “unstable as water”, completely incapable of excelling in the realm of the things of the spirit.
But which of us would ever have thought of weak and unstable Reuben as “the beginning” of Israel’s strength? Nevertheless that is exactly how God thinks, and that is His way of doing His work. ‘His ways certainly are not our ways.’

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.

1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

But Job is the type of each of us while we are still under the law and are still in Babylon, where we know nothing of His sovereignty or of His strength being made perfect in our weakness. King David is another Old Testament type of us at this stage of our walk. Notice how similar is his complaint to that of Job.

Psa 43:2  For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

So also it is with Jeremiah:

Lam 1:14  The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

Job knows the Lord is sovereign, and has taken all he has ever worked for. He knows it was the Lord who took even his children, and he knows that his boils are also from the Lord. Now he has come to see that “the Lord has delivered [ him] into the hands” of three “miserable comforters… from whom [ he is] not able to rise up”.
But Job is far from being able to see his own self- righteousness, and he cries out to be relieved of what he perceives of as God’s  undeserved wrath which he knows he is enduring.

Job 6:8  Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
Job 6:9  Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
Job 6:10  Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

Proclaiming our own righteousness is paramount. “For I have not concealed the words of the Holy one.” It is true, Job cannot be guilty of concealing that which he has never yet seen. He does not yet see himself as “vile”. He and we want only to be relieved of these torments. “Even that it would please God to destroy me” is exactly what God has in mind for “the first man Adam” within us all.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [ the day of the Lord] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

“That man of sin” has not yet been revealed to Job within us, when we are contending with, reproving, and condemning God. But when he is revealed, that will be the day of his destruction.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let [ Greek, restrain], u ntil he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

So our “first man Adam” was doomed from the beginning. As Job so rightly said in verse seven:

Job 6:7  The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Our souls do not like the thought of dying, and yet that is the “sorrowful meat” of “the first man Adam” within us all.
That from which our flesh recoils is indeed its “sorrowful meat”, and destruction is the very thing God has in mind for that “old man… flesh and blood… earthen vessel” that is “the first man Adam, who we all are at first.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

“That He would loose His hand and cut me off” is exactly what God has in mind for our “man of sin” within us all. It is the “cutting off” of our flesh and blood which births “the second man… from heaven” within us all.

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Contrary to what our natural man and all his Babylonian teachers insist, there is no such thing as ‘spiritual flesh and blood’. Spirit can appear as flesh and blood, but it is not flesh and blood. It is “a spiritual body” or it will not be in the kingdom of God.
Next week, if the Lord wills we will listen to more of Job’s declaration of just how undeserving he is of the way God and his friends are treating him.

Job 6:11  What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Job 6:12  Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
Job 6:13  Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
Job 6:14  To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
Job 6:15  My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
Job 6:16  Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
Job 6:17  What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
Job 6:18  The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
Job 6:19  The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
Job 6:20  They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

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