The God of Restoration

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The God of Restoration
Jason K. Boothe

JOB 42:7-17

After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. (8) Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” (9) So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer. (10) And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. (11) Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold. (12) And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. (13) He had also seven sons and three daughters. (14) And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. (15) And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. (16) And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. (17) And Job died, an old man, and full of days.

INTRODUCTION

Many of us have relatives who grew up during very troubling times. Consider relatives who grew up during the Great Depression. Most people from that generation wouldn’t dream of wasting food, leaving lights on through the house, or spending wildly on needless purchases. Why? Because our family members who endured this difficult season knew what it’s like when the money runs out, when food is scarce, and when there isn’t a rescue operation afoot to save them.

Through all of Job’s sufferings he was made keenly aware that everything He had, everything he was and is, rested in the hands of Almighty God. And much like those who survive harrowing ordeals, Job appreciated all the more the blessings of God the second time around, having a perspective forged in the blood and dirt misery of human suffering.

Job had been taken down to the core of his being. But now, God would restore Job to a place much more grand than Job could have ever dreamed. As God is sovereign in the trials. God is sovereign in the restoration. God is Sovereign. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

In our Scripture lesson, we learn that God restores Job in three distinct ways. He restores Job’s friends. He restores Job’s fortunes. He restores Job’s family.

I. GOD RESTORES JOB’S FRIENDS (7-9)

A. All three guilty of mishandling God’s Word (7)

After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.

1. While each of Job’s friends made individual arguments for why Job suffered, all of them can be summarized into one central theme. They all argued that while certain smaller amounts of misfortune befall righteous men, Job’s level of suffering was proof of Job’s wickedness before God. Job must have done something to deserve this calamity.

2. God’s anger burned against Job’s friends because they mishandled His word. It is of utmost importance to properly handle the word of God. Consider what the Apostle Paul told Timothy:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15

3. Job’s friends filled their mouths as well as their arguments with God’s Word, but used it to their own selfish ends, twisting Scripture until it suited their own strained interpretations. And because of this scripture-twisting, God’s anger was kindled toward these men.

4. While these men angered God, Job had spoken what was right concerning God. This isn’t to say Job didn’t speak out-of-place concerning his situation (he murmured and complained, for instance). But Job had been granted repentance and had seen God with eyes of faith. It is also telling that Job needed no animal sacrifice for his own sins. He needed only look to His redeemer whom Job in resurrected perfection would behold with his own eyes.

B. God commands sacrifice and prayer (8)

Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”

1. As if to turn their wicked theology on its own head, God commands the three friends to offer blood sacrifice for THEIR Scripture-twisting trespasses!

2. What’s more, the sacrifices had to come at the hands of Job, the man they accused as a wretch and awful sinner!

3. Thus, the great honor of serving as family priest was bestowed upon Job as he offered these sacrifices and acceptable prayers to God on behalf of his friends.

C. God accepts Job’s prayer on behalf of his friends (9)

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.

1. The men, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, did exactly what the Lord commanded of them. No doubt the animals had to be purchased at great expense since all of the men were away from their own homes, having travelled to be with Job.

2. Once the animals were sacrificed in accordance with the will of God, Job offered prayers for each of the men. God accepted Job’s prayer on behalf of his friends.

II. GOD RESTORES JOB’S FORTUNE (10-12)

A. God gives Job twice as much fortune as before (10)

And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

1. Job’s friends were shown mercy by God through the blood of the sacrifice and the prayers of Job. Yet Job himself performed all of these tasks while still a man covered in boils and consumed in misery.

2. Consider now what Job was willing to do for the sake of his own friends. Rather than see the anger of God brought to bear against his friends, Job willingly performed all of the religious rites God had commanded. Job performed these very things for his own children when they yet lived.

3. Even while Job offered prayers for others, he was healed and set right by the hand of Almighty God.

4. We must also understand that Job had no promise from God that he would be healed. Job offered all of his services in love for his friends. God, however, had other plans for Job which included complete and total restoration!

B. Comfort and money poured in from all sides (11)

Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.

1. Job’s brothers, sisters, and many others joined job for a celebration in Job’s own house (not the ash heap). Having his health restored was a cause of celebration for the entire community.

2. God moved upon the hearts of the people to be kind to Job, each offering assistance to restore Job’s fortunes through gifts of coin and gold jewelry.

3. The “evil” brought upon Job was laid upon him by God. This is an affirmation of the sovereignty of God in all things.

C. Job’s livestock was restored two-fold (12)

And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

1. God gave Job double the sheep, camels, oxen, and female donkeys. Perhaps the money given to him by his friends and family was invested to produce this wonderful return.

2. Again, God is sovereign. He brought Job to the lowest possible place in life. Likewise, God restored Job and exalted his station in life to a higher place than before. God is sovereign.

III. GOD RESTORES JOB’S FAMILY (13-17)

A. God blesses Job with sons and daughters (13)

He had also seven sons and three daughters.

1. God did not give Job double the children he previously had. Perhaps this is a testimony to the fact that Job, a believer in the resurrection, would see his late children again. By God granting Job seven more sons and three more daughters, Job’s number of children did, in fact, double alongside everything else previously taken away by God.

B. Job honors God in the naming of his beautiful daughters (14)

And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch.

1. “Jemimah” is a name that signifies “day.”

2. “Keziah” is a name that means sweet fragrance.

3. “Keren-happuch” is a name that means precious jewels or rubies.

4. Job celebrated the Lord’s goodness by honoring God with theirs names. God had blessed Job with new and sweet days filled with riches and peace. His daughters would stand as a reminder of the goodness of God in His restoration of Job.

C. Job blesses his sons and daughters with equal inheritance (15)

And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

1. Job was blessed with so much wealth from the hand of God, that he was able to provide his daughters with an inheritance equal to that of their brothers.

2. This speaks to the generosity of Job as well as his true love for his own children.

D. Job is blessed with long life and full days of family (16,17)

And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. (17) And Job died, an old man, and full of days.

1. Job lived long enough to see the several generations of his children grow.

2. No doubt, Job’s life story became a major testimonial to the sovereignty of God over the affairs of man.

CONCLUSION

Whatever we possess in this world, be it wealth or poverty, fame or anonymity, beauty or plainness, a company of friends or solitude, we remain always in the sovereign hands of the Almighty. We are his creation to do with as He pleases in accordance with His holy decree.

Likewise, our station while here on earth may turn on its head. Those of us who have health may likely find ourselves in a poor condition. Those of us with financial security may find ourselves relying on the kindness of friends and family. The weak become strong, the strong become weak. Nevertheless, as Job taught us through this series, “blessed be the name of the Lord.”

No matter what comes our way, Job reminds us that God never leaves his people. The hardest trials and the most desperate seasons of life are not proof that God has abandoned us. On the contrary! It is in these trying times that our trust in God’s keeping grace deepens and matures as He proves Himself faithful to keep His children even through the fiery trials of life. Job had everything taken from him by God. Then, Job had everything restored to Him by God. Should God exalt a man, let that man praise the Lord. Should God bring a man down to his knees, let that man praise the Lord.

In all things, beloved, let us praise the Sovereign God of Job who controls all things, working out everything for our good and His glory. – Amen.

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