We start out by reading of a man who has greatly been blessed with seven sons, three daughters and a ton of animals. Most importantly, the Bible says he was an upright man that feared God. We see a man who loved his family, prayed over them and offered sacrifices to God in their name. He truly cared for his family and prayed for them. Before we get into the heart of this book and what most of us remember about this book let’s look at the application up to this point. We haven’t even gotten to the sixth verse and we see a picture of a Godly man. We need more men today that will step up, make sacrifices for their family and pray for them.
Next we see Satan coming before the Lord seeking trouble. God props Job up in front of Satan. Satan comes back to the Lord and says the reason he is so faithful is because God continues to bless Him. He tells the Lord to lift His hand from Job and Job will curse Him.
The Lord granted Satan permission, but told him he could not do anything directly to Job. This brings up a great point that as long as we are walking this earth we are open prey for the devil. We must stay vigilant and sober to the tricks of him. He knows our weaknesses and doesn’t play by any rules.
Next we see Job lost a bunch of his servants, oxen, sheep, camels, and children all in separate instances. Some of the most helpful verses in the Bible come next:
20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
The Bible says Job fell to the ground, wept bitterly and went to his room….NO!
Job fell down on the ground and…..Worshiped? What did he have to worship? The Lord gave, and the Lord taken away. Blessed he the name of the Lord. And Job sinned not or blamed God. That would have been foolish.
God saw Job’s response and He was pleased. Satan came before God again and basically said he needed another chance but this time no restrictions. God granted this request to show Satan how faithful Job was, but told his to spare his life.
Satan inflicted Job with boils on his entire body. Still Job endured. We see Job’s wife response, curse God and die! Job told her she speaks like a foolish woman. We see Satan spared Job’s wife. I guess he figured he made it work in the garden by getting to Adam through Eve why wouldn’t it work with Job?
Then we see Job’s “friends”. Surely they were coming to pray with him and share some of the burden. They came to mourn with him. Then they wanted to know what sin he was in to receive this sort of judgment. Sadly, this still happens today.
Then we see one of the most dangerous attacks from Satan. The internal attack of Job. His friends sat with him in silence. Job was being attacked by Satan with silence and in his mind. Job did slip into a questioning state of his life, but never once blamed or cursed God.
Maybe the only thing that I am not liking about these posts is that they are too short! We are only on day 4, but there has been so many great topics. I’m not giving any of them their rightful attention. I hope that at least you will read some of these high points and think on them longer. Those of you at church will probably hear them again.
Tomorrows Reading Job 6-9