Notes: Job 25-27

English Language Bible Study Guide for January 18, 2008

Here end the remarks of Job’s friends who have missed the mark of comforting Job in his grief; and here begins Job’s lengthy soliloquy (chapters 26-31).

Job 25

If you have trouble following Bildad’s reasoning, you are not alone.

2: Yes, God commands and instills fear in men.

3: No, we cannot count God’s servants; and there is no place where God’s light does not shine.

4: But what these questions have to do with the question about how a man might be justified with God remains to be seen.

For sure we know that a man is justified not by works, but by faith.

Romans 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

5: Even the bright lights of the heavens are not so glorious as God.

6: Man is but a worm in God’s sight.

Psalm 22:6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

(Note that the above verse refers to Christ! Bildad didn’t know what he was talking about.)


Job 26

In the next six chapters, Job is free of the badgering of his friends, free to ponder many ideas.

2-3: You, my friends, have done me no good.

4: Where did you get these ideas? Who have you been speaking to?

5-14: God is powerfully in control of all things, including hell (verse 6) and the crooked serpent (verse 13).

Little did Job know then how right he was.

Doctrinal note: See that Job knew something of the Spirit of God (verse 13 and 27:3). See also Genesis 1:2.

Job 27

2-6: If Job were to deny his righteousness, he would prove that his friends had been right all along. By denying his own justification by God, Job would be justifying the lies of his accusers. Christians should remember this: whenever we doubt God’s salvation in Christ we are saying that the devil is right.

11-23: In agreement with the preacher’s word’s in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Job declares the vanity of life without God.