10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath He removed like a tree.
11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and He counteth me unto him as [one of] his enemies.
12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25 For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26 And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body,] yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.
Job was in the midst of one of the most painful situations anyone has, or ever would face. He lost his children, his wife would no longer even hold his hand. His fortune was gone, his health was broken, and his friends attached him. He was truly the dictionary definition of miserable.
In the midst of his desperation, he says some crazy stuff. When you’re in the pit of sorrow, you can’t trust yourself. That’s why Pastor Livingston preached to us that you don’t make decisions in the midst of an emotional valley. Something happens though in this chapter. We all know verses 22 through 27, but I never remember reading this verse before.
We come to verse 10 and Job says, “mine hope hath He removed like a tree.” God turned on a light, and my mind went back to the Tree Of Life. Then it came to me, “wonder what tree in Hebrew here means?” That had to be God, because if you had ask me that, I would have said, it means tree. After all, it’s not rocket science, whether it’s planted in Jerusalem or Paris, I thought a tree was a tree, was a tree. I was wrong.
Where a tree is planted makes all the difference in the world. That is why God said in Psalms 1:3, “they were planted by the rivers of water…” Psalms 92:13 says, “Those that be planted in the house of The Lord shall flourish in the courts of my God.” The location, and the soil transforms so much, but so does the tree.
All trees can’t grow everywhere. Certain trees will flourish in some places more than others. So the place is important. The soil is important. According to Psalms, The Planter is important. Finally the type of Tree is important.
You’re asking yourself, has he forgotten about the meaning of tree? No, I’m here to tell you today. Neither myself nor God ever forgot about the Tree. I don’t know if Job knew it at verse 10 or not. In the background, God’s mighty voice, as the rush of many waters, was saying, I didn’t forget about the Tree!
God remembered the Tree Of Life in the Garden Of Eden. He remembered how man cost themselves the hope of that tree. He remembered the tears that fell in His Spirit. Man’s tears ran down his face, at that time, God didn’t have a body, so there was no escape valve for His sorrow. Our tears ran down our face, they were responsible for a river in His Spirit, without any outlet. God carried the sorrow over thousands of years. It was a Father mourning with the sorrow of a separated family.
After Job uttered verse 10, something happened in that chapter. I want you to look at it, I want you to read it. I always thought that everything changed in verse 23. I get so excited about verse 23, and everything does change there. However, something started the change before we ever saw it.
Calvary was planned before Isaac took his first breath. Abraham wasn’t an accident. All of this was God working towards restoring hope. Hope has always been tied to a tree. In the garden, it was tied to the tree of life, but the enemy pulled a bait and switch.
Eve focused on the wrong tree. Adam ate the fruit from the wrong vine. They went from sons of God to the fallen man. One act took us from children of Heaven to dogs, and quite literally we barked up the wrong tree.
What had to happen? God had to bring hope back, so we come back to Job. The word tree there, number 6086 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, is the word Ês. It means a tree, but more than a tree. It means a tree (from its firmness); hence, wood: + carpenter, gallows, staff, timber. It means some more things, but that’s just some of the words that are listed. I left out a few, but I promise you, I did not mess with the order.
Job I didn’t take away your hope, Adam did that. God didn’t take your tree away, Eve caused that to happen. I’m paraphrasing obviously, but God was saying. “Job, I didn’t take your children, your home, or your health, the enemy did that.” Job I allowed it to happen, but I didn’t allow it to punish you. I allowed it to show countless billions of souls what I can bring back. Justin Timberlake, you bring back what you want to, I’ll bring back hope.”
You can listen to some of that stuff that Timberlake sings, and it will make you blush, but “hope maketh not ashamed.” First, Job, God wrote your words in a book, and one day you will see Him. Prior to that, there was some more work to do, some planting needed to happen. A baby was born in Bethlehem, a tree may have grown in Brooklyn, but a Tree Of Life was birthed in Israel.
God wrapped Himself in flesh. Flesh was always represented in Scripture with the planks of a tree. The carpenter, now with flesh like us, walked to the gallows. His back was gushing, not dripping with blood. We have such an artistic, sanitized view of Calvary. I promise you that there was nothing civilized about Golgotha. The Lord Jesus turned that instrument of death into a staff to walk us out of sin. Finally, He recreated us. We went from rotting pieces of drift wood bound for hell, into branches of Tree. He ssaid, “Iam the vine, and ye are the branches.” You were right over one thing Job, hope was always tied to a Tree.
As you read this, I don’t know where you’ve placed your hope, but I would like to encourage you. If you know Him, and you’re going through a trial, hang on, He is working it out. We have been promised victory from someone who spanned time and Eternity to rescue us from sin.
If you haven’t placed your trust in The Lord Jesus today, I promise you this. Your life with Him will uproot all your fears. Every attack, for we all are attacked by something, will end in victory. It may not always look the way we first expect, but it will always end the way it should.
You say, how can you promise that? I can, because I know The Carpenter. I trust in a Tree that wept in Gethsemane’s garden, but taunted death from outside an empty tomb. You see, I’ve tied my hopes to a tree that doesn’t bend, bow, or break. This Tree will remain standing when the world around it crumbles into dust.
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.