Job

Job 1-5

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Job is so faithful God refers to him  in verse 1:8 as “my servant Job”. (I wonder how God would introduce me…ummmm).

Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Job would worship God and make sacrifices on behalf of his kids, knowing their hearts.  This just was amazing to me that a document this old would concrete the idea that sin is a heart issue! Not just our actions.

This story is written as a narrative so I think it is very easy to “picture” the reading.

Chapter 1.  Let’s look at a few things.

  • verse 6.  Satan still has to give an account to the Lord.  God is Superior.
  • verse 7. Where does Satan hang out for fun?  Roaming around on Earth. Remember Satan is not in Hell (yet).  We need to remember that in our everyday walk.
  • verse 9. Satan says paraphrased, “Job Loves you because you have BLESSED HIM, strip him of everything and He will curse your name”.
  • And what follows is God ALLOWS Satan to test Job.

Results of the test?

“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.”

 

Score: Satan 0      Job 1


Chapter 2.  So now Satan says…OK, you can take everything away from man BUT mess with his HEALTH and you will lose him!  So God ALLOWS Satan to give him boils so bad from head to toe that he uses broken pottery to scratch them!   (We also now see why Satan left the wife…to add to his misery)

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Score: Satan 0      Job 2


Chapter 3 (summary) I wish I had never been born!  Why would this be a life God made?

Then we meet Job’s 3 friends: (and the shy guy)

  1. Eliphaz the Temanite, he is a descendant from Esau (yes of course we will read this in genealogy pages later, exciting I know! )  No wonder he gives bad advice, look at Esau!.
  2. Bildad the Shumite,  a descendant of Abraham so he will appeal to family traditions.
  3. Zophar the Naamathite, not sure where he is from.  He sort of shoots from the hip on his advice.
  4. A fourth friend, Elihu the Buzite, who bites his tongue for a long time, is the “kid” at the table who stays quiet.  But he WILL eventually speak.  His genealogy can be traced to Abraham’s brother Nahor 🙂

The customary 7 days of mourning was given and then the 3 cycles of conversation will begin.  Each cycle will get shorter and shorter as these knuckleheads will run our of things to say to Job.

The “friends” are looking for a logical cause and effect relationship for the reason of these calamities.

  • Job is suffering
  • God is just and would not allow a person to suffer without a good reason
  • Therefore, Job must have done something bad to deserve this suffering

Today we read the first conversation with Eliphaz who suggests that Job is suffering because he is being punished from a sin he must have committed, and that if he takes his case to the Lord and repents all will get better.

Eliphaz says in Chapter 4:

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?
As I have observed, those who plow evil
    and those who sow trouble reap it.
At the breath of God they perish;
    at the blast of his anger they are no more.

 

Ummm, I might be Eliphaz… Have I really said that?  Yes!  “Well, look at how she is acting…I am not surprised by the outcome”.

Let’s look at Eliphaz’s advice for turning this day around: Chapter 5

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
    miracles that cannot be counted.

Oh my stars! I am Eliphaz! “Hey girl, maybe if you start going to church, praying, or hey better yet…me and my friends are starting a bible study…you should join us” (well that’s a start for her) Well, it’s not like I am yelling at her “Turn, or burn!”

Tomorrow Job will speak again and then Bildad will respond. Certainly, I am not Bildad too???

6 thoughts on “Job 1-5

  1. I find it interesting that Satan didn’t ask about Job. God asked Satan if he had ever considered His servant Job… God wasn’t responding to Satan. He initiated the encounter (v 8)

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  2. So sorry for the late night response. Gotta read and study when you can, right?! So my mom just got me a beginners bible, which I was actually offended when she handed it to me… Now I’m finding it intriguing as it has introductions to characters, key phrases, key verses ect and it’s actually teaching me more and pointing out things I never would have even thought about. How it explains it in my version is Satan shows up to God being like well, I’ve tested the people of Earth, have you no one better than I can test. That’s when God points out Job, he is “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” It’s basically the ultimate test from God. Satan says people like Job ONLY love God because of the good things he provides, if you remove those things then the love for God would melt away. God’s reputation is put on the line at this point. Would Job continue to trust him even while his life is falling apart? This is a crucial question: Would Job turn against God? – How I’m viewing it is God basically taking his most faithful and saying test them to your fullest, they will not fail.

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  3. I thought the same as Stephanie …like why is He just putting Job out there like that? Not once but twice…like he wasn’t even on Satan’s radar.
    And if he was, Satan didn’t seem to care until the challenge was intiated… And thank you so much for breaking down Eliphaz’s remarks because I was kind of confused..I thought it sounded like he might he saying the right thing but I wasn’t sure..maybe I too can identify with him and that’s why it sounded right?🤣🤦‍♀️

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  4. I too noticed that God brought up his servant Job. I wasn’t really understanding why he would do that. I actually thought it was kinda mean but assumed he was testing him. Glad y’all mentioned this. I don’t feel so confused when I see other people’s posts. 😊

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  5. So I meditated on this for quite some time. In Genesis, God asked Adam “Where are you?” Obviously, he knows but he is showing Adam and Eve their consequence of disobedience led to a permanent separation. Well God made the same statement to Satan. “Where have you been?” Also, showing Satan we are now separated. This must have infuriated Satan because it was highlighting God’s Sovereignty and hierarchy.. I can picture Satan saying “You think you are so much better than me!” Well, God is, and Satan wanted to be in His shoes and that is the whole reason he got cast down! (Focus Szymanski….no time to jump into Isaiah!).

    Satan said he was roaming the Earth. Why does he roam the Earth? To steal our JOY. Joy and Happiness are two very different things. Job had happiness on the blessings God had bestowed on him. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. That comes from the Lord. Satan wanted to steal Job’s JOY in the Lord. God had nothing to prove to Satan. Satan was going to roam the earth looking to steal joy from many, God knew he was at it already by making him admit “down here roaming”. He didn’t set Job up for failure, He was highlighting is Sovereignty. You can steal a righteous person’s happiness, but not his Joy!

    Does Job love God more than his children, his status, his money, and his material goods. YES.
    To God, being first is the most important thing! And throughout the scriptures Satan’s goal is to not make God first in our life. (He even tries this on Jesus in the desert).

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