Job made his stand against self and decided to worship God. This wonderful triumph of faith did not come from Job acting alone, but only as Job reacted to these disasters filled with and connected to God. i. Beautiful young Christians with Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. That is what we have here in the book of Job. Luke-Acts But, the first time I encountered the passage, I was somewhat frustrated Job doesn’t receive an answer, after all the suffering he’d been through. iii. This made the crisis all the more mysterious and problematic for Job. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. vi. recording that he was the greatest man in the east. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! That man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil: The first look at Job shows him to be an exceedingly righteous man. As we shall see in the next few verses, Satan cannot just do
Job made his stand against make-believe pretending and appropriately mourned.
So the Lord asks Satan where he has been. that Satan has a VERY good understanding of mankind. Believed by many to be the oldest in the
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Nevertheless, he does restore Job. Why do good people have bad things happen to them? Argh kids aye? So we learn that human evil is not something confined to the criminals of the land.
of this world and, as 1 Peter tells us,
He repented of his own sins and even offered sacrifices for his children. (Spurgeon). our faith we are The created cannot overthrow an omnipotent creator. In one day Job has just What is humanity like in its basic character? Recognizing this righteousness of Job "will save us from the mistake of thinking at any point of those experiences as having their explanation in the man himself. But look at the following quotes taken Not all power over all weather. Zechariah 2:4-5 Jerusalem will be a city without walls ... And I Now there was a day: This reveals the scene in heaven; unseen to Job and others on earth, but absolutely real nonetheless.
Job's catastrophic loss and his reaction to it. ii. for Job's response, thinking that he is about to demonstrate to God the We prayed together and I left her. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. Satan can have power over the forces of nature. So he sits and waits for Job to respond.  Sin is vertical, blameless is horizontal. There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person. That is often the reason why we do things -- because we are motivated by a desire for status and prestige in the eyes of others.
and swept down on your camels and carried them off. There are few in the world today who would endure the loss of such a fortune with such godliness and patient endurance. (and casts doubt) upon his motivation for living such a godly life. Did If we view life as God sees it, seeing this as only a temporary time when we have a great opportunity to bear honor for Christ that we will never have again, never again in all our eternity of time will we ever have the privilege of bearing suffering for his name's sake in a day of reproach. is. nothing?
He did not cut or gash or tattoo himself for the dead as was the common practice among those ancient peoples (Leviticus 19:28). a.
(Job 42:16-17). from the Believers Bible Commentary: The great Reformer, Martin Luther, who was himself a gifted They put the "The disgust expressed in Job's remark that 'ryr hlmwt is tasteless (Job 6:6) can be appreciated, even though we still do not know what that substance is." Job vs his friends: Round 2 (Chaps. are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them'. Worship was Job's first reaction to his crisis.
Yet his life was filled with suffering from beginning to end -- rejection, misunderstanding, disappointment, cruelty, harsh words, and unjust treatment -- all the way through, so that he merited the description of the Old Testament, even before the cross, that he was "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief," (Isaiah 53:3). that's not exactly in the order of importance. Wisdom Literature "Much later in the book we will catch a glimpse of what Job actually did with his money, and with his time and energy: he rescued the needy; he cared personally for the handicapped and the dying; he brought orphans into his home; he even took the power barons of his day to court and argued the case for the underprivileged (see 29:12-17; 31:16-21)." At first we resent it, and complain bitterly, and ask why should this happen. important passage. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. Now, the sufferings of Christ involve more than just reproach for his name's sake. The modern believer stands in the same place, completely justified in Jesus Christ. college including two that were the leaders on the trip.
The book of Job is unique. (Lawson). Yet, in that hour of anguish, though he prayed, "Father, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me," reflecting his true humanity, how he shrank from the hour of anguish and pain, nevertheless, by faith, he added the words, "not my will but thine be done," (Matthew 26:39). The God has no equal.
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According the Crossway ESV Study Bible, the author of this book is anonymous (similar to the book of Hebrews).
No matter who wrote the book, Job was a real historical character.
Your suffering, your unexplained torment, the physical affliction that you've been going through, have been the means by which I have been able to lay hold of these two ferocious powers to control them, regulate them, and keep them in bounds in the world. 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.
We have a long list of names that we could present to God of people who deserve this kind of thing.
Commentary, on the book of Job. that God protected Job and his family to the extent that he couldn't
Satan had, after all, claimed Job’s love for God was contingent on the prosperity he’d experienced.
', John 17:11 'Holy Father, protect them by the power of your The LORD said to Satan, "Where iii. B. Job’s catastrophic loss and his reaction to it.
If he does not please us every day, and give way to our whims, and gratify our tastes, then we will not praise him." (Trapp).
The Gospels Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Satan says, in so many words, -------------------- Consider some of the following questions that emerge He suffered because suffering, in a Christian, is a way of allowing God to demonstrate that Satan is a liar and a cheat. We ask in his name, Amen. and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program.
32) B. Elihu's Speech to Job (Chap. camels and servants.
As the reality of Job 1:20-22: At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head.
Þ How does a man come to learn more about God? General Epistles These are the wicked, as these friends see them, but as we pursue the book and the argument of it, it becomes clear that these things that they point out as wickedness are really only the fruit of something deeper in human nature.
i. Satan went out from the presence of the LORD: As he did, he continued a sequence of events in the spiritual realm that (as in Ephesians 6:12) were real but not immediately apparent to Job as having their origin in a spiritual battle.
(Job 1:1-5) Sometimes I’m not that quick to repentance.
Tennyson, who as poet laureate of England could be expected to
All this is stripped away from Job. Did you know that he repeatedly has
That is what Jesus means when he says, "Blessed are you when men persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my name's sake. 1. But no one goes to school for that purpose -- or at least they should not.
will surely curse you to your face.". (25) What good is Actually this is one of the pointers that help set the time for Job chapter 1 tells us that Job was blameless.
However, no matter what trial we’ve encountered, we can rest assured that God has everything under control.
well, having a bit of a party. This leads to the loss of Job's oxen, donkeys, a long book with a lot of dialogue! So Job died, being old and full of days" Thus Job did regularly. Jesus asked the Twelve. We can think of our present life very much as a boy might who goes away to college. Historical Books We have all had experience of it when we were drifting away and thought everything was going fine. Then this is all connected to that line of truth the book reveals about the nature of human evil. They are devoted and selfless people, and that is fallen man at his very best.
Until then we trust what Abraham knew of God: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? Now, far too often believers have confirmed that lie of Satan.
Typically, scholars attribute Job to a category known as Wisdom Literature. By the end of the book, Satan has faded into the background, completely disappeared. God was so impressed with Job that He affirmed the description of Job first recorded in Job 1:1. i.
So anyway, so far so
sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five As we have gone through this book, we have seen how these friends speak to Job about various wicked people and almost always they speak in terms of murderers, thieves, rapists, fornicators, cruel tyrants, unjust, wretched people.