Hello, God? Are You There? by Jerry Vines

Hello God? Are You There?
Jerry Vines
Job 25-31
9/11/96

Have you ever felt like you were trying to get through to God and the telephone was ringing, but it seemed like God wasn't answering? That's what Job was dealing with in the chapters we are going to study tonight.

We are involved in the cycle of controversy between the friends of Job and Job. Job's friends make their accusations and he makes his answer. Job is experiencing a tragedy in his life. In a series of sharp hammer blows everything that was near and dear to Job had been taken away. He had lost his wealth and he had lost his health. He had lost his fortune; he had lost his family --ten of his sons and daughters were killed. He is holding on to his faith with his fingertips. The friends of Job take the position that the reason all of this is coming to Job is because Job has sinned. All the way through Job maintains his innocence. All the way through Job struggles with the fact that he cannot find anything in his life that would cause him to believe that these troubles have come because of personal sin.

Really what happens here is that the friends of Job and Job have reached an impasse. They have come to a point where they are both hardened in their position. Bildad speaks here the shortest speech in the entire book. He is still Bildad, the Brutal. There are two things you will find in this little chapter. First of all he extols the greatness of God. He talks about how great God is. He also talks about the nothingness of man. In fact, he goes so far as to say to Job in these verses, "Job, not even the moon or the stars are pure in sight of God, how do you get the idea that you could stand in the presence of God?" In fact, they are saying to Job, "Job, you are such a bad sinner, you are not even a man any more. You have degenerated to the point that you are nothing more than a worm." Literally, "You are a maggot." That's what he's saying to Job. It is a brutal, cruel thing to say.
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