Job 18 … Consider Him, the Rock Moved for Our Sake

“O you who tear yourself in your anger—
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?”

Wow, we certainly wouldn’t accuse Job’s friends of being sympathetic, or maybe not even friends at this point. As the saying goes, “With friends like these, who needs enemies.”

The attacks are fully loaded. It’s interesting how angry and smug his “friends” have become. Each one convinced they know the answer to Job’s pathetic state; he has sinned and has taken his place among the wicked.

But the reality is, there is a lot of truth in Bildad’s heated response to Job’s honest assertions. Bildad proceeds to school poor Job on the plight of the wicked: their light is darkened, they become trapped by their own evil schemes, strength is depleted; terror and calamity become their lot (18:5-12); and there are Scriptures that would confirm each of these statements.

But then, it’s as though Bildad just has to take it one step further, driving home his point by describing the ultimate culmination of the fate of the wicked: diseased skin, loss of children, loss of home, loss of reputation, no surviving posterity, an appalling sight to all (18:13-20). Fascinating that this is the exact place Job now finds himself. And with his own authoritative stamp of judgment, Bildad pronounces,

“Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God,”

In other words, “Job, if the shoe fits, wear it.”

But I couldn’t get away from Bildad’s taunting question before he hammered poor Job.

“O you who tear yourself in your anger—
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?

“Job, you’re so upset about your plight. You think God is going to move the rock from its place for your sake?”

And wow, oh wow! He did just that!

Consider Him, the Rock Moved for Our Sake

Rock: “6697. צוּר ṣûr: A masculine noun meaning a rock. It refers to a large rock, a boulder… It is used in figurative expressions… of God as the Rock to look to and depend on…of God as the Rock many times…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

Old Testament writers repeatedly referred to God as the Rock. An immovable Rock, faithful and righteous in all His ways, an unshakeable Rock of strength, a mighty Rock to save, the eternal and sovereign Rock.

“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He,
(Deuteronomy 32:4).

Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me,
(Psalm 31:2).

Are You not from everlasting,
O Lord, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O Lord, have appointed them to judge;
And You, O Rock, have established them to correct,
(Habakkuk 1:12).

And this Rock would become a Rock of offense, causing some to stumble.

“Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem,” (Isaiah 8:14).

The New Testament also speaks of the Rock as foreshadowing the Savior Who would come as a Rock of offense… unless of course you place your faith in Him. Then He becomes your Rock of Redemption.

just as it is written,
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed,” (Romans 9:33).

This Greek word used in the New Testament conveys the idea of a large immovable and unchanging Rock, contrasted with stones that can be moved.

Rock: 4073. πέτρα pétra; gen. pétras, fem. of pétros (4074), a rock. A projecting rock, cliff… (II) Figuratively of someone possessing firmness and stability, one like a rock… Distinguished from the masc. pétros in that pétra is a mass of rock while pétros is a detached stone or boulder, a stone that might be thrown or easily moved. Therefore, when a type is sought to illustrate a sure foundation, the word pétra, an immovable rock, is used… Used metaphorically of Christ and the testimony concerning Him which is an unchangeable, immovable testimony… When reference is to Jesus Christ and His testimony, it is pétra, but when reference is made to the Apostle Peter, then it is Pétros.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

And the Rock is Christ.

and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ, (1 Corinthians 10:4).

  • The Rock… Moved by His Love for Our Sake
    • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
  • The Rock… Moved from Heaven for Our Sake
    • “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man,” (John 3:13).
  • The Rock… Moved to become a man for Our Sake
    • And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth, (John 1:14).
  • The Rock… Moved by obedience for Our Sake
    • “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me,” (John 6:38).
  • The Rock… Moved to the cross for Our Sake
    • They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him… (John 19:17-18).
  • The Rock… Moved out of the tomb for Our Sake   
    • “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again,” (Luke 24:5-7).
  • The Rock… Moved back to His rightful place in Heaven for Our Sake
    • And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven,” (Acts 1:9-11).

How do we respond to Him, the Rock Moved for Our Sake?

The truth is, it should knock us off our feet. That Jesus, God very God, would move anything at all for our sake. But oh, what He Moved; He Moved Himself! How can we ever get over it?

Jesus, the unchangeable, immovable Rock, Moved away from His heavenly wealth for Our Sake.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich, (2 Corinthians 8:9).

May we never take the blessing of the wealth we have in Him for granted; may we never forget all that He Moved and all that it cost Him, for Our Sake.

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you, (1 Peter 1:18-20).

And when we find ourselves confronted with the unjust trials and pains of this world, let us ask Him to strengthen our hope in Him. For while He, the Rock, chose to Move much for Our Sake, He has promised when trust in Him, we will not be shaken.

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us,
(Psalm 62:5-8).

As He faithfully grows us in our faith and His grace, let us seek to share His grace with others. May our lives become a source of praise and thanks to Him, the Rock Moved for Our Sake.

knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God, (2 Corinthians 4:14-15).

Let’s Grow Together!

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