Job Part 1 of 4

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

Originally I thought that this was going to be a two part blog of the book of Job not because I have a wealth of wisdom in regards to the book of Job but because I thought it was shorter then I realized it was really long so I started re-thinking my blog. The book of Job is 42 chapters long comparatively speaking Genesis is a far longer book but far easier to write about than the book of Job. So I think I can make this a 3 part blog but it would still be really long so I have decided on 4 parts…moving right along. Scholars have determined that the book of Job was written between 1800 and 1450 B.C. by an unknown author. This book contains some lessons that as Christians we should take note. Here the first 2 chapters that lay down the foundation for the book of Job.

Job 1:6-12

One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand against him!” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

In Job’s time a person was rich if he owned thousands of sheep and camels and hundreds of oxen and donkeys which Job did have. Job also had 7 sons and 3 daughters so the enemy, Satan, kills Job’s children and their families and all of Job’s sheep, camels, and cattle and almost all of his servants. When Job had heard what had happened he did this.

Job 1:20-22

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Even though Job had lost his children and their families and most of his servants and all of his live stock and stricken with such great grief Job still lifted praise to our Heavenly Father God Almighty…that’s pretty awesome.

Job 2:1-8

One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LordThe Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.

Now here is an interesting part.

Job 2:9-10

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

What?! Job’s wife is alive?! Then I remembered this verse.

Genesis 2:24

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Okay that makes sense the enemy cannot hurt Job or his wife. In verse 10 Job still speaks with wisdom about God.  After hearing of the numerous tragedies that had fallen on Job his 3 friends came to comfort him.

Job 2:11-13

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

That is the foundation of the story of Job and this is how the story starts with Job and his 3 friends sitting quietly for the next 7 days.

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)