Week 1 – Day 1

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not account me wicked; make known to me why You contend with me.

13 But You have hidden these things in Your heart; I know that this is with You.

Job complained that God, knowing that he was not wicked and not acquitting him of his iniquity, ill-treated him without cause on his side and attacked him again and again according to what was hidden in God’s heart (Job 10:1-17). Job said to God, “Make known to me why You contend with me” (v. 2b). In verse 13 he went on to say, “You have hidden these things in Your heart; / I know that this is with You.” This indicates that Job could not find the reason for God’s treatment of him, but he believed that there had to be some reason hidden in God’s heart. Job was right; something was hidden in God’s heart. Ephesians 3:9 tells us of the mystery hidden in God. This is the mystery of the ages. (Life-study of Job, pp. 50-51)

After creating man in His image and according to His likeness (Gen. 1:26), God kept His intention hidden throughout the ages. Before the New Testament time He did not unveil to anyone what His purpose was (Eph. 3:4-5). (Job 10:13, footnote 1)

Today’s Reading

In their efforts to vindicate the authenticity of the book of Job, many readers of this book, especially among the fundamentalists and the Brethren, have emphasized certain “golden verses.” One of these verses is 19:25: “I know that my Redeemer lives, / And at the last He will stand upon the earth.” This verse conveys some amount of revelation concerning Christ, the Redeemer. Another golden verse is 42:5: “I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, / But now my eye has seen You.” This surely is an excellent verse. However, in spite of verses such as these, the forty-two chapters in Job leave us with a crucial question of two parts: What was the purpose of God in His creating of man, and what is the purpose of God inHis dealing with His chosen people? To answer this question, we need the entire Bible. In particular, the New Testament is a long answer to Job’s question.

Job said that he wanted to argue with God and even “litigate” with God in “court,” making himself the plaintiff and God the defendant. But Job did not have the opportunity to do this, and his question concerning his suffering remained unanswered. The New Testament is God’s answer to Job. We may say that it is a message “faxed” from God to Job. This “fax,” this answer, reveals that God was not judging Job or punishing him but was stripping and consuming him so that Job could be rebuilt with the Triune God. Although millions of people have read the New Testament, not many understand the answer that it contains. Thus, it is extremely important that we consider the vital aspects of the answer to Job revealed in the New Testament. (Life-study of Job, pp. 61-62)

The mystery hidden in God’s heart is God’s eternal economy (Eph. 1:10; 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:4), which is God’s eternal intention with His heart’s desire to dispense Himself in His Divine Trinity as the Father in the Son by the Spirit into His chosen people to be their life and nature that they may be the same as He is as His duplication (Rom. 8:29; 1 John 3:2), to become an organism, the Body of Christ as the new man (Eph. 2:15-16), for God’s fullness, God’s expression (Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19), which will consummate in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2—22:5). Not knowing God’s intention, Job misunderstood God and thought that God was angry with him and was judging him and punishing him. God’s intention was not to judge Job or to punish him but to tear him down and then rebuild him with Himself, to make Job a new man in God’s new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). This is the answer to Job, to the book of Job, and to Job’s vindication. (Job 10:13, footnote 1)

Further Reading: Life-study of Job, msgs. 8, 10