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"There has been no such thing as freedom since Adam fell. Adam was free. Not a single child of Adam has ever been free… Man’s will has been bound ever since the fall of Adam. By nature man is not free to choose God."

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans, Assurance

"A man is opposed to Christ, he hates his gospel, does not understand it and will not receive it– the Holy Spirit comes, puts light into his darkened understanding, takes the chain from his bondaged will, gives liberty to his conscience, gives life to his dead soul, … and the man becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus."

– C.H. Spurgeon

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(Job 1:1) There was a man of Uz, Job, who was blameless & upright, feared God & turned from evil. Offered burnt offerings for his children.

(Job 1:11-12) Satan urges God to stretch out his (God’s) hand against Job. Satan is given to stretch out his hand against Job’s possessions.

(Job 1:13f) Sabeans (south) lightning (east) Chaldeans (north) wind (west) are instruments of God as he works even though from Satan’s hand.

(Job 1:20f) Job tore his robe, fell on the ground & worshiped. "The LORD gave, & the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

(Job 2:8,10) Sitting in ashes with a piece of broken pottery Job says, "Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?""

(Job 2:13) Friends sat on the ground with Job seven days. No one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

(Job 3:1) Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth – no light, no joy. He wished he had died at birth and not see trouble.

(Job 4:7) Eliphaz is not right to say that the innocent do no perish and the upright are never cut off.

(Job 4:19) We dwell in houses of clay and our foundation is in the dust. We are all impure sinners who are crushed like the moth.

(Job 5:7) Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. (5:18) God wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.

Job (5:19f) He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you e.g. saved from stones of field & beasts but not always.

(Job 6:2) Oh that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances! It would be heavier that the sand on the seashore.

(Job 7:3) Job is allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned. During the night he is full of tossing till the dawn.

(Job 7:17) What is man, that you make so much of him, that you set your heart on him, visit him every morning and test him every moment?

(Job 8:4) Your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression. Bildad is wrong in Job’s case.

(Job 9:22-24) It is all one; therefore I say, He destroys both the blameless and the wicked … if it is not he, who then is it?

(Job 10:8f) Your hands fashioned me. You have made me like clay. Poured me out like milk and curdled me like cheese.

(Job 10:20) Are not my days few? Cease and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer. Death = land of thick darkness and deep shadow.

(Job 11:7) Zophar – Can you find out the deep things of God Almighty? It is higher than heaven & deeper than Sheol. What can you know or do?

(Job 12:9) Who does not know the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing, the breath of all mankind.

(Job 13:5f) Friends would be wise if silent. They speak falsely & deceitfully of God. Their sayings are proverbs of ashes & clay defenses.

(Job 14:1) Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. Like a flower that withers; like a shadow that continues not.

(Job 14:13) Oh that you would hide me in Sheol and conceal me until your wrath be past and then remember me & appoint me a time of renewal.

(Job 15:2) Eliphaz thinks that the words of the godly man, Job, are windy knowledge and that his belly is filled with the east wind.

(Job 16:19f) Even now my witness is in heaven … my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, …

(Job 17:1) Job says, "My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me." He sees no hope once he is goes to Sheol.

(Job 18) For Bildad it is quite simple … It is the wicked who suffer.

(Job 19:23f) Oh that my words were written and inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen they were engraved in the rock forever!

(Job 19:25) I know my Redeemer lives.At the last he will stand upon earth. After my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God

(Job 20:23) Zophar’s terrifying description – God will send his burning anger against the wicked and rain it upon him into his body.

(Job 21:10) Job knows that so often the cow calves of the wicked do not miscarry and they enjoy every good thing with no regard for God.

(Job 22) Eliphaz thinks that Job needs to repent of his wicked deeds in order to receive God’s blessing.

(Job 23:3f) Job wishes he could come before God’s tribunal seat, lay his case before God and be acquitted but he can’t find God to do so.

(Job 24:25) The wicked often prosper. Job says, "If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?"

(Job 25:5-6) Blidad – The moon is not bright, the stars not pure in his eyes; much less man, who is a maggot, the son of man who is a worm!

(Job 26:6-7) Sheol is naked before God and Abaddon has no covering. He stretches out the north over the void & hangs the earth on nothing.

(Job 27:4f) Job’s lips will not speak falsehood nor his tongue utter deceit. Until Job dies he will not put away his integrity.

(Job 28) Precious stones are found in hidden places in mines deep in the earth. But where can elusive wisdom be found?

(Job 28:23,28) God understands the way to wisdom. Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.

(Job 29:2) Job longs for the days when God watched over him and he was a respected speaker of justice and counsel.

(Job 30) Job is mocked by fools and outcasts living in the wilderness.

(Job 30:22) God has lifted Job up on the wind and made him ride on it. He has tossed Job about in the roar of the storm.

(Job 31:11,28) Adultery is a heinous crime. Idolatry is being false to God. Both are "an iniquity to be punished by the judges".

(Job 32:2) Then Elihu of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God.

(Job 32:8) But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives wisdom.

(Job 33:23f) If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him and be merciful to him.

(Job 33:24f) Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom; let his flesh become fresh then man prays to God & is accepted

(Job 33:27f) God has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light. Results in singing praise.

(Job 34:3) The ear tests words as the palate tastes food.

(Job 34:31f) Guilty but will offend no more.Teach me; will not do wrong again.Should God reward you on your terms, if you refuse to repent?

(Job 35:5) Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you. How much more transcendent is God!

(Job 36:29f) God spreads the clouds, covers the roots of the sea. He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.

(Job 37:4-5) God’s voice roars.He does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard. God thunders wondrously with his majestic voice.

(Job 38:1) The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, "Dress for action and I will question you."

(Job 38:4-6) God created the earth as an architect laying its foundation, measuring, establishing its bases, laying its cornerstone.

(Job 38:8-11) God prescribed limits for the sea, set bars and doors against it, said to proud waves thus far and no further.

(Job 39) God provides for lions/ravens. Observes wild goats/deer. Gives home to wild donkeys in wilderness. Causes the wild ox to serve him.

(Job 39) God gave the ostrich strength but withheld wisdom from him. He made horses. He commands and orders the ways of hawks/eagles.

(Job 40:4-5) I am of small account; I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.

(Job 40:6-7) The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind "Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me."

(Job 41) God has power over Leviathan the fiery dragon-serpent of the sea.

(Job 42:3f) God’s ways too wonderful to be known. Job had had hearing of the ear, now his eye sees God & so despises self & repents in dust.

(Job 42:7) God’s anger burns against friends who had not spoken rightly of God as God’s servant Job had. Job intercedes as he had in chapt 1

(Job 42:12f) Job is blessed. People now comfort him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. Job is restored with double.

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