LESSONS TO LEARN FROM JOB, 09.11.18
Job, Chapter 1
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
“Face of Time” by Jason Upton (http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/jason_upton/face_of_time-lyrics-1128446.html; https://youtu.be/aXnNatG8Zxc ).
There is much to be learned from studying the book of Job. For the purposes of this Study we will look only at the first chapter of Job. Let us see what we can glean.
We learn from verse 1, that Job “was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Just one brief phrase, or portion of a sentence, but so loaded. Four key points are highlighted in this brief statement. If it weren’t significant, it would not be specifically identified, that prior to the oncoming events, the storm that is about to invade Job’s life, we are informed that he was a righteous man, blameless, upright, shunning evil, and walking in awe/respect/reverence/fear of his God.
We learn that Job was a caring family man, protective of his family, attentive to the things of God in the lives of his household, for he ensured coverage of his children, even though they were adults, for “it was customary for his sons to hold a banquet, each on his own day in his own house. They would send to invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the round of banquet days was completed, Job would send for them and consecrate them. He would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings, according to the number of them all. For Job said, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did everyday” (v.4,5). These passages portray a lifestyle specifically incorporating family values and Godliness, with Job standing as the head of his family, granting coverage.
Notice that Satan, along with the “sons of God” (angels), (http://biblehub.com/commentaries/job/1-6.htm), is able to approach God: “One day the sons of God came to present themselves before Adonai, and the satan also came with them” (v.6). When God asks Satan where he came from, and he responds “From roaming the earth and from walking on it” (v.7), it reinforces the concept that “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, searching for someone to devour” (1 Pet.5:8) – i.e., this is really what the Devil does: he roams about the world looking for open doors, and for victims, for people he can most easily take advantage of. That this is how Satan operates is very important for us to be aware of – not in fear of; but, yes, aware of. You cannot protect yourself from the enemy if you are unaware of his presence and how he operates. We must be on our guard; we must walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:25), and in the armour of God (Eph.6:10-19), at all times.
Note, also, that contrary to what we might expect, it was Yahweh Himself, not Satan, however, who opened the door to Satan when He asked: “Did you notice my servant Job?” (v.7), validating Job, by saying: “There is no one like him on the earth—a blameless and upright man, who fears God and spurns evil”(v.7). He even reiterates what we’ve already been told – i.e., that Job is blameless, upright, a righteous man who fears Him, and spurns evil. Yet, when Satan challenges Yahweh/God, with “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, his household, and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and strike everything he has, and he will certainly curse You to Your face!” (v.9-11), God actually gives Satan the go-ahead. He gives Satan permission to attack Job, limiting only that he can not totally obliterate him physically: “Everything he has is in your hand. Only do not extend your hand against him!”
Four consecutive attacks occurred; Job was being pummelled:
First, the Sabeans destroyed his oxen and donkeys working the fields, and killed the servants (v.13-15).
Then, “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and has burned up the sheep and servants—it has consumed them” (v.16).
All the camels were stolen and more servants murdered (v.17).
Fourthly, a tornado blew in, collapsing the house in which his sons and daughters were having a family dinner, and all were killed.
Significant is that:
- The oncoming onslaught of attacks, one after another does not occur because of any wrongdoing on Job’s part, or failure on his part.
- He stood as the head of his household, giving spiritual coverage for his adult offspring. He was not neglectful of any of his responsibilities as the head of his household.
- Yahweh had a hedge of protection around Job and all of his household.
- Thus, although Yahweh did give Satan the approval to strike Job, he could not totally destroy him. Because of the hedge of protection due to Job’s righteousness, there were limits to what Satan could do.
- Satan challenged God that if Job were made to suffer, he would curse God, so God allowed Job to be put to the test. It would appear that Job’s loyalty to Yahweh, in the face of total devastation, was being put to the test.
- After being hit with a succession of losses, “Then Job got up, tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshiped” (v.20).
We can take away with us, that:
- When we walk in uprightness, blameless, in the fear of the Lord, we have a hedge of protection around us.
- Even though we walk in that intimacy and righteousness with the Lord, we may still be put to the test. We still may be subjected to Satan’s attacks.
- However, we remain under God’s protective Hand. The Enemy can only do as much as God allows Him to do. Therefore, we still need not fear, for God is with us. We must submit to His Hand of testing, and, like Job,
- Worship Him, for “In the place of suffering There’s a God worth worshipping On these wings of worship we will ride” (“Face of Time,” by Jason Upton, http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/jason_upton/face_of_time-lyrics-1128446.html; https://youtu.be/aXnNatG8Zxc ).
Through all this, instead of cursing God, Job worshipped: “Then he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. Adonai gave and Adonai has taken away; blessed be the Name of Adonai.” Through all this, Job did not sin nor did he cast reproach on God” (v.21,22).
There is a lesson here for us, also, in how God works. He may, at His sovereign will, choose for us to be subjected to demonic attack in order that He test our faithfulness to Him, our loyalty, our love for Him, and our trust in Him. But He is in charge. And when we willingly submit to His testing, we will come through in victory, stronger, and with ever more blessings, for our obedience, loyalty, trust, surrender and submission. Let us walk in the Spirit, in full surrender, that we will be able to worship, in the midst of our suffering, as Job did.
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