Next, let’s see what Job was like after the trials.
5. The Job After the Trials
(Job 42:7-9) And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends: for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
In Job 42:7-9, God mentioned that Job was his servant. God’s calling Job by the address “servant” represented Job’s weight in God’s heart. Although God did not call him by a higher address, this address did not affect Job’s weight in God’s heart. Here “servant” was a “nickname” by which God called Job. From God’s many mentions of “my servant Job,” God’s joy over Job was manifested. Although God did not speak of the meaning of the word “servant,” God’s definition of the word “servant” could be seen from what God said in these verses. God first said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends: for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.” This was the first time God openly told people that he accepted what Job did and said after he tried Job, and was the first time God openly affirmed the accuracy and correctness of what Job did and said before. God got angry with Eliphaz and the others for their incorrect and fallacious comments, because living under the same circumstance where man could not see God’s appearing or hear God’s word, Job could have such an accurate knowledge of God, yet they guessed God groundlessly and went against God’s will in every aspect, which aroused God’s loathing. So, while God accepted what Job did and said, he got angry with the others, because in them God not only could not see the reality of their fearing God, but could not hear their words of fearing God. So, God required of them like this then, “Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly.” In this passage, God told Eliphaz and the others to do a thing to atone for their sin. As their folly offended Jehovah God, they must offer a burnt offering to redeem their offense. Generally, a burnt offering was offered to God, but the burnt offering here was offered to Job. This is the unusualness of this burnt offering. Job received God’s acceptance because he bore the testimony for God in the trials, and meanwhile Job’s several good friends were revealed during the period he was tried. They were condemned by God and incurred God’s anger for their folly and deserved to be punished by God. This “punishment” was that they offered a burnt offering before Job, and then let Job pray for them so that God could withdraw his punishment and anger for them. God’s intention in doing so was to shame them, because they were not ones who “feared God and shunned evil” and because they condemned Job’s integrity. On the one hand, God told them that he did not accept what they did but well accepted and was well pleased with Job. On the other hand, God told them that one would be exalted before God because of God’s acceptance of him, and one would be loathed by God because of his folly and would offend God and be considered low by God because of his folly. These two aspects are the definitions God gave of the two kinds of people, are God’s attitudes toward them, and are God’s statement about their status and position. Although God called Job servant, this “servant” was a man who was the delight of God’s eyes, a man whom God gave the authority to pray for others and forgive others’ offense, a man who could directly talk with God and come before God, and a man who had a higher and more dignified position than others. This was the true meaning of the “servant” God spoke of. Job received this “unusual honor” because he “feared God and shunned evil.” Other people were not addressed as “servant” by God, because they were not ones who “feared God and shunned evil.” God’s two totally different attitudes are God’s attitudes toward the two kinds of people: He who “fears God and shuns evil” is accepted by God and is precious in God’s eyes; the foolish, who do not fear God and cannot shun evil, cannot win God’s pleasure and are often loathed and condemned by God and are low in God’s eyes.