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The Final Word
“Where were you when I established the earth? Tell [Me], if you
have understanding.  Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who
stretched a measuring line across it?  What supports its foundations?
Or who laid its cornerstone  while the morning stars sang together and
all the sons of God shouted for joy?  Who enclosed the sea behind doors
when it burst from the womb,  when I made the clouds its garment and
thick darkness its blanket,  when I determined its boundaries and put
[its] bars and doors in place?” (HCSB)
The common theology in Job’s day was that God played favorites
with his creation. He prospered those who honored Him and punished
those who didn’t. Because Job lived righteously all his life, he
couldn’t understand why God wasn’t shining His favor on him. Or more
to the point, why God was doing quite the opposite. From Job’s perspective,
not only had God turned His back on him, He had directed his wrath towards
him. Job suffered. He lost his children, his wealth and his
health—all that was left was his pain and a wife who told him to curse
God and die. That’s all he had.
Actually, he did have something more, he still had some friends.
Our natural inclination is to run away from people who've just been struck
by God's wrath. When we observe someone receiving evil from the hand of
God, we tend to not want to make eye contact with God because we don't
want to be next. Not Job's friends. You've got to hand it to them, they
didn't run away-they ran to him in his hour of need. And when they came
they did a wonderful ministry for him. That is until they opened their
For seven days and seven nights they sat with Job and said nothing,
because they "saw his suffering was too great for words." (Job 2 13 NLT)
Now that's friendship. To come beside a friend and enter into his suffering.
Their presence clearly communicated their love for him, they didn't need
to speak. But after a while Job began to grieve out loud which prompted
his friends to respond to his words. Really, they would have been better
off just remaining silent and listening to their friend. Instead, they
decided that their friend who was going through an amazing amount of suffering
didn't need their support; rather, he needed a lesson in theology.
They argued and they argued. Job claimed he'd done nothing to
deserve this treatment, his friends, in effect, said, "of course you have,
God wouldn't be doing this to you unless you deserved it." Like skillful
prosecutors, each of them took their turn accusing this righteous man of
sinning, and getting what he deserved. Job continued to defend himself,
until God set the record straight, "And it came about after the Lord had
spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite,
"My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because
you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has." (Job 42:7
If you’ve read the end of the story, you know that Job’s suffering
was bringing glory to God and was serving an eternal purpose. Yet,
even though he didn’t know the purpose, Job remained faithful to God. God
wasn’t picking on Job or punishing him, but God was allowing Job to suffer
to prove to Satan that Job’s righteousness wasn’t connected to God’s blessings.
In other words, even if God removed His outward blessings from him, Job
wouldn’t forsake God.
Yet, at this point in the story, Job felt forsaken. Job
wanted to have his hearing before God. He wanted to make the point
that he was living righteously, and if he was wrong, he wanted God to tell
him he was wrong.
Job knew he couldn’t drag God into court to settle the matter.
In Job 9:19 he said, “If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong
one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?” (NASB) He wanted
to ask God a simple question, “Why?”
Moms, what do you say when your kids ask you "Why?" The answer
"because I'm Mom and I said so" is the stock reply, but can you think of
a better one? I've tried "why not," but their inevitable answer "because"
defies any intelligent response.
When Job asked God the "Why" question, God replied: “Where were
you when I established the earth? Tell [Me], if you have understanding.
 Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring
line across it?  What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone
 while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted
for joy?  Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb,
 when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket,
 when I determined its boundaries and put [its] bars and doors in place?”
(Job 38:4-10 HCSB)
"Because I'm God and I said so" is a pretty good paraphrase of
God's reply to Job. In any argument, God has the final word.
In reality, He is the final word.
Aristotle identified three artistic proofs, the ethos, pathos
and the logos as means to convince someone of something. Ethos is
the overall impression you form about a person's honesty and integrity.
It is the feeling you have about people that makes you believe that you
can believe them. You can't necessarily quantify it, but nonetheless,
it is one of the elements that persuade you. We tend to believe believable
people. The second of Aristotle's trilogy is the pathos. It
is gut feeling you have about the rightness of something. It is persuasion
from within. The last word Aristotle used was logos the very word
John used when he wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 HCSB) It meant the final
word. The logos is the truth that convinces you to believe beyond
a shadow of a doubt. It is the indisputable evidence. In the
opening words of John's gospel he makes an important theological statement.
Jesus is the preincarnate logos. He is the final word that was from
the beginning. As Rev. 1:8 says, "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says
the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'" (NASB)
Before time began, in the great expanse of eternity, Jesus co-existed with
the Father He "was with God," but He wasn't just with God, John also writes
that He "was God."
As righteous as Job was, he wasn’t the final word and he wasn’t
going to have the final word. God is, and God did.
Which brings me to my final word. Today I close out this
series on the attributes of God by preaching about his power, and I close
my ministry with this great church with perhaps the most profound truth
I’ve ever taught you. Listen carefully, for it is my final word to
God is God. I am not. And neither are you!