Job disproves retribution theology.

Listen in order to understand. Not for ammunition.

The wicked are prospering.

Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Job 21:16 ESV

Job must be so righteous since he lives in affliction.

How often do you see the wicked suffer?

Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?
Job 21:22 ESV

Do not defend God. It is absurd.

Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
Exodus 33:13 ESV

Your vengeful heart has made you a fool. God judges in the next life.

Righteousness man can suffer righteously.



Point: there is a difference between those who believe in God.

Vv2 even the unexpected. Troubles and trials.

Therefore Christians will not fear.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 ESV

The immineces of God. Always present.


Job the exception to the retribution principle.

Vv14 Bildad is totally wrong.

Bildad is more passionate about judging Job. More concerned about making Job feel small. Just like atheists.

Bildad makes sense if there is no god. Just like Hitler. A moral crusade.

How you were brought up will shape you but the choices you make are still yours. God will hold you accountable for this. There is a God that can save sinners from this chain of hate. There is hope.

Job12 & 13:19

Job rebuts Zophar.

Vv11-13 Young man, wisdom comes from obedience to God’s word not knowledge. Psalm 119.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalms 111:10 ESV

Godly vs worldly wisdom

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17 ESV

Vv17-25 rymes and reversals.

Suffering makes you ask the bigger questions.

No need to defend God. Defend the hope that is in you. Just simply proclaim what He said about Himself.

Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
Job 13:9 ESV

Progressive sanctification


Why does this apparently contradict with Salvation by grace alone?

God has planted the seed and we are responsible for it’s growth.

1cor9:24 we are in a race. We do not participate to lose. Mental toughness.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5

We like to blame everything but ourselves. James 1:12-15

Job11 pt1

Zophar, the follies of youth. He is viciously attacking all four, not just Job. He specifically concludes Job’s theology is wrong despite all the freshly dug graves.

Vv6 Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves. This is so wrong. God is so complex, therefore you are guilty. Zophar is taking nonsense and arrogant. Words are cheap. Zophar is preaching in rage. Never use the word of God to scold others, that is scandalous. Zophar does not know God – just because he can wax eloquent theology. You think you are cool because you have mastered some theology?

Vv11-12 resulting to insults.

Job 8 pt1 

Consider what elders say. 

Bildad is much like a Singaporean. Cause and effect. Each man comes to job with their own agenda. 

Vv2 Job was praying in the previous chapter. Bildad is blunt. Vv4 devoid of truth and tact. Job loved his children. None of Job’s friend answered his question. Why am I suffering? Vv9 Traditionalist not grounded in God’s word. 

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Innocent suffering gives gracious favor before God. God’s ways are not man’s ways. 

Vv14 a foolish arrogance that holds onto a spiders web. Vv18 this plant has spread itself so fast and wide that it cannot sustain itself. 

Don’t induce theology from creation. Yes created nature reveals God but it does not saves sinners. Use biblical illustrations.  

Mat13:5 13:21 and Job8:17. Jesus was alluding to Job. 

Mat 13:34-35 

Pauline principal of evangelism


Paul wanted to reach the Jews with the gospel. Acts16:3. Acts18. Acts21. 

Those under the law. The religious leaders. Luke 11:46. Ephesians 2:8-9. Salvation by faith alone. 

Those outside the law. Gentiles, atheists etc.  

The weak. Physically weak, neglected by society. 

Why did Paul rebuke Peter? Ephesians 2:7-14. 

Your heavenly crown is the result of you being the instrument in sharing the gospel. 

Be a friend to the unsaved.