JOB STUDY, PART I, 23.10.19

There is much to be learned from studying the book of Job.

STUDY CORNER will break the STUDY into 2 or 3 sections for purposes of simplifying and making personal meaning. 

Part I focuses on the process, purposes of God’s testing, as well as Job’s response to that testing, and the qualities and characteristics of the individual that determine the type of response made.

Job 1:19
Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

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JOB CHAPTER ONE:

1There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. 

2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 

3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 

5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. 

7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 

11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, 

14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, 

15 when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

18 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. 

19 Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 

21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb,

    and I will be naked when I leave.

The Lord gave me what I had,

    and the Lord has taken it away.

Praise the name of the Lord!”

22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

I PETER 5:8

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

GALATIANS 5:25

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

GALATIANS 5:25
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

EPHESIANS 6:10-18

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 

11 Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 

14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 

15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 

16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 

17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere

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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). In the face of all this, God actually gives Satan the go-ahead. He gives Satan permission to attack Job, with limitations that he cannot take his life.

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.

Scriptures/References: 

Job, Chapter 1

1 Pet.5:8

Gal.5:25

Eph.6:10-19

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/job/1-6.htm

Scriptures from NLT

“Face of Time” by Jason Upton (http://betwww.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/jason_upton/face_of_time-lyrics-1128446.html; https://youtu.be/aXnNatG8Zxc ). 

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