we will be learning about the man named Job, who was tested beyond
imagination and proved his love and devotion to the Lord BUT ... Did ask
Job was a man who was called "perfect" and loved God very much and always
shunned evil. Job had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7000 sheep,
3000 camels, 500 ox, 500 donkeys, many servants and riches. One day when the
angels were standing in line, waiting to talk to God and satan was with
them, because he is an angel himself.
When it was satan's turn to talk, God asked him, Where have you been? Satan
answered, I've been walking back and forth in the earth. God said: "Hast
thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a
perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
Then satan answered back: "Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job
fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his
house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work
of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth
thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy
God responded: "And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in
thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So satan went forth
from the presence of the LORD."
So, satan set forth to lure Job to sin by cursing God.
One day while Job's children were all eating dinner at the eldest brother's
house, a messenger ran to Job and said, some bad people came and took all
the cattle and have killed the servants in the field. I'm the only one who
got away to tell you. Before he finished, another messenger ran up and said,
Fire has come from the sky and has burned up all the sheep and the servants
I'm the only one who got away to tell you. Before he finished, another
messenger ran up and said, some bad people just took all the camels and the
servants with them. I'm the only one who got away to tell you. Before he
finished, one more messenger ran up and cried, Your sons and daughters were
eating dinner and a great wind came out of the wilderness and hit the house.
It fell on your children and the servants, killing them all. I'm the only
one who got away to tell you.
Job was devastated. He tore his clothes, shaved his head and fell to the
ground in prayer, The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed
be the name of the Lord. After all that had happened, Job didn't curse God
as the enemy of our souls believed he would. Wow ... Can you imagine all
this falling in your lap at the same time?
Again there was a day the angels stood in line, waiting to talk to God, and
satan was with them. When it was satan's turn ... God asked again: "Hast
thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a
perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and
still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him,
to destroy him without cause."
Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath
will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone
and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
He was saying ... That Job did not curse God because even tho Job endured
all those great losses, that God did not allow satan to hurt the flesh of
Job and that is why he did not curse God.
And the LORD said unto Satan that he could do whatever he wanted to Job but
could NOT kill him.
So satan went and put sores all over Job, from the top of his head to the
bottom of his feet. Job's wife asked him, Do you still love God? Curse God,
and die. But Job said, Should we only receive good from the hand of God? Job
wouldn't curse God.
When Job's three friends heard of all that had happened, they came to mourn
with and comfort him, but when they saw how much pain he was in, they sat
there and none of them spoke a word for seven days.
Chapters 4-31 are filled
with the conversations between Job and his three friends.
If you can imagine, living a righteous godly life insomuch that you would be
called PERFECT and all is well, then all of a sudden out of nowhere and for
no apparent reason, it all goes bad. You lose your family, your possessions,
your health ... You have absolutely nothing left.
Any human being would question why and despise the situation. And although
these pages of Job's story are filled with a roller coaster of different
emotions that Job experienced during those trying days, he refused to curse
He wondered WHY God had done this to him and He didn't know what to repent
for. His friends insisted that there was blame to be placed on Job in some
way or this would never have happened. Job just wanted to know ... WHY.
Then, when Job and his three "friends" had ended their talks because his
three friends could not determine WHY this had occurred and Job continued to
say he was righteous and question WHY God allowed this to occur ... A young
man named Elihu, who was much younger than the four men who had been there
and heard Job and his three friends talking, spoke up.
He was angered by the way Job's friends were unable to discern the real
reason Job was experiencing these horrible events and yet were making
various suggestions and condemning Job. He was also angry that Job had
justified himself, rather than God by questioning God. He went on and gave
his "opinion" (Job 32:10 and 32:17) on what he felt about the four men's conversation.
Here is what he claimed that Job had done wrong ...
Surely thou (Job) hast spoken in mine (Elihu) hearing, and I
have heard the voice of thy words, saying, I am clean without transgression,
I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. Behold, he findeth occasions
against me, he counteth me for his enemy, He putteth my feet in the stocks,
he marketh all my paths.
Behold, in this thou art not just:
I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive
against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
He is saying that because Job questioned WHY, that he was contending with
God and told Him that GOD is greater than man and need not explain the
reason for His words or deeds ... To man.
Elihu went on to say ...
Job hath spoken without knowledge,
and his words were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his
answers for wicked men. For he addeth
rebellion unto his sin,
he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
These words bring up a few questions ... WHY does this man desire for Job to
be tried to the end? Then he said that Job added rebellion (By asking WHY)
to his SIN. What SIN? He was perfect according to the WORD of the LORD.
Herein may be the answer ...
But later ... He said that he had yet to speak on God's behalf (Job 36:2)
and began to point out to Job that GOD created everything and was making it
understood that Job was not to question God. He wanted Job to beg God for
forgiveness for what he felt Job did.
IF Elihu was "speaking on
God's behalf" (Job 36:2) after this point in his oration, it would make him
a Prophet and THOSE words would be Words from God. The same as every other
vessel that God had ever used and the credit ... Should go to GOD. For GOD
wanted Job to repent for questioning Him and that brings us to what GOD had
to say about the matter ...
Chapters 38-41 ... God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind. God revealed to
Job that HE (God) had created everything and directed the actions of
everything and that no man was to question His actions or judgments. It's
filled with God's description to Job of His sovereignty, in the form of
questions. It's a beautiful reminder for all of us when we forget His
magnificence, to read through and be humbled by.
God makes Job see that He is so magnificent, that man doesn't have to know
or understand why God does what He does. He can do anything and He doesn't
have to explain it to any. Job told God that he UNDERSTOOD and pretty much
said that he knew that GOD ran the show and he kinda repented for ever
questioning God. God found the words of Job to be acceptable.
Then God told Job's three friends that He was angry at them for their words
were not found acceptable and had them make a burnt offering and have Job
pray for their sins and God would hear JOB'S prayer for them.
God healed Job, and gave him seven more sons and three more daughters and
twice as much of everything that he had before. Job lived to be a very old
man being faithful to God. And satan, as always, was wrong.
So what IS the moral of this book?
If and when you find yourself in the midst of trials and tribulation and
cannot understand why and even feel you have done no wrong ... Just remember
this story of Job and that we are not to question God as HE is in control
and has created everything ... Including YOU.
Whether Job is still deemed as being perfect after the horrible trials he
endured cuz the devil wanted to test his love for God ... Well, only God
knows that ...
Which brought to mind and heart the very last thing the young man Elihu said
Men do therefore fear Him:
He respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
God will do as GOD wants to do and will not be limited by man's
interpretation of law, justice, balance or the way they think things are to
be during trials they are enduring.
THAT is the main point of the book of Job.