A little light on Job’s repentance

Again today I was led of the Spirit to look into His word regarding “light”. As I grabbed my “Strong’s” and began to look at some “light” scriptures, I soon descended upon the book of Job. I scanned down the list of light scriptures in the book of Job, and my eyes fell upon Job 38:19. “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place.”


Then, I saw the next one which was, “By what way is light diffused (divided), or the east wind scattered over the earth?” (vs.24). Then I began to read the on through the chapter and into the 42nd chapter. Once backing up and noticing the chapter headings such as chapter 38, “The Lord reveals His Omnipotence to Job”. Chapter 40, “Job’s response to God”. Here we see a small glimpse into the coming of Job’s soon repentance. He answers in ways like this, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? “but I will proceed no further”. Sounds like he might be coming to his senses.

After all of God’s declaring his omnipotence to Job, finally in last chapter, chapter 42, Job realizes and comes to his senses. In verse 2, he acknowledges that God does everything and that no purpose can be withheld from Him. Then in verse 3, Job refers back to when God asks the question in the “whirlwind” in chapter 38, verse 2, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”

Then the real repentance starts. In 42:3, after asking the above question, he finally acknowledges “I have uttered things of which I understood not”. Then in verse 4, Job again reminds God of when He ask the question before, “I will question you and you shall answer Me”. Basically, Job was reminding God of this previous question, and saying, “now I am finally ready to answer you”.

In verse 5 of chapter 42, Job basically says that he has heard lots of God stuff for a very long time now. He is saying that he has “heard” before, “but now I see!”. Now, Job finally understands. He finally gets it!

And now what is the result of his understanding? Verse 6 is probably the most powerful verse in all of Job. It comes finally at the appropriated God appointed time. “Therefore I abhor (despise) myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Something new was revealed to me this morning in these remaining verses. After God had set straight Job’s friends (verses 7-9), verse 10 has what I found today some very good revelation regarding repentance. “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when……..he prayed for his friends”. My mind immediately went back to Acts 26:20 where Paul was speaking to King Agrippa about his “heavenly vision”. In verse 20 he says, “but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Where did we first hear this? Right! The “forerunner”, John the Baptist. “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matt.3:8)

Do we not see this with Job? After he prayed for his friends, then God restored his losses. Was not praying for his friends a fruit brought forth worthy of repentance?

Hum. Praying for your friends? Most of the time in Job’s trials, they were his enemies, were they not?

Also, not only does this “praying for your friends”, sound a little like “loving your enemies”, but also, “loving your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t it?

Fruits worthy of repentance! Without the fruit thereof, can there be repentance? Is there repentance without it? Sounds like the “tree is known by its fruit” doesn’t it?

Hope you have been blessed as I have :-)~

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2 Responses to “A little light on Job’s repentance”

  1. timbob Says:

    True repentance is always accompanied by outward manifestation. As such, we know a person by their fruit. Awesome post and a lesson that we all should strive to understand more fully. thanks.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  2. Richard Says:

    timbob, good to hear from you brother!
    Very true in relating it to “knowing a person by their fruits”.
    Thanks, and blessings to you in Jesus name!

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