Job pt. 12 / The Restoration (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on June 13, 2013

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This is the twelfth and final message in a series of messages on the book of Job. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of June 9, 2013. This message deals with intercessory prayer, and God’s grace in redemption and restoration. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.

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SERMON NOTES:

Job pt. 12 / Job 42:7-17

v.7:
Job was publicly vindicated by God, you can you can be sure that God will never abandon His faithful servants.

To the contrary, Job’s friends were rebuked. They were arrogant and insensitive.

They had made wrong statements about the character and works of God, and had made erroneous allegations against Job.

vv.8-9:
This was still the pre-Christ era of human mediators, and God would not deal with them directly.

If they wanted forgiveness, they would have to humble themselves before the very person that they had debased.

However, when God speaks, people tend to take notice, and they did precisely what God had commanded.

Job was established as the priest, a role which he was accustomed to.

Job 1:5

Seven bulls and seven rams. This was a common number of sacrifices, so perhaps it was a traditional kind of burnt offering for sin.

Numbers 23:1

1 Chronicles 15:26

2 Chronicles 29:21

Ezekiel 45:23

This is also a picture of modern day intercessory prayer.

James 5:16

Interceding on behalf of others is necessary if we are to maintain an attitude of humility.

It teaches us to put others before ourselves.

v.10:
It was not until Job interceded for others, that he was restored.

Job, even though he had lost everything, placed the needs of others first.

Even though he had never read it, Job seemed to understand Philippians 2:3

What makes this even more amazing, is that the same people job was praying for, had deeply hurt him.

(Kind of like what Jesus did – “Father forgive them. . .”).

And Jesus still makes intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:25

Love your enemies.

Luke 6:27

Job was greatly rewarded for his humble, godly attitude.

Job’s losses were restored not when he repented, but when he interceded for others.

This is the type of attitude that God desires.

True repentance should bring with it a lowliness that places others first, a desire to please God.

This is precisely what Job demonstrated.

v.11:
God blessed Job through others.

This is a prime example of the way in which God uses us to bless each other.

We can literally become the arm of God’s blessing.

v.12:
The amount of Job’s livestock was actually doubled, he had been greatly rewarded for his faithfulness.

This is not to say that we will be rewarded materially for our sufferings. In fact, no such promise is ever made.

God is a just God, and He replaced what He allowed to be taken. . . and then some.

v.13:
While the animals are double the number of Job 1: 3, why are not the children?

It should be obvious that Job still had seven sons and three daughters waiting for him in the presence of God.

This, of course, is not so with the animals.

So in essence, his children were doubled, because Job’s first children lived on in heaven.

vv.14-15:
Jemimah means “dove”

Keziah means “cinnamon perfume”

Keren-Happuch means “horn of eyepaint” (refers to makeup, something used to beautify)

All of the names denote beauty.

These women apparently lived up to their names.

vv.16-17:
Job continued to be blessed until his dying day. He lived a completely fulfilled life.

John 10:10

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