Most of you are familiar with the story of Job. He was a man who feared God and he was very wealthy.
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. (Job 1:1-3)
Satan claimed that Job served God not out of sincerity but because God had made him wealthy. God allowed Satan to test Job by taking away his wealth. Job lost his wealth, his children, and his health. His wife urged him to curse God and die. He was also afflicted with three “friends” who claimed that Job had brought his misfortunes on himself by sinning.
Job insisted he was innocent and wanted God to explain the reason for his suffering, but his faith in God never wavered. In the end God did appear to him but rather than explaining the reason for what had happened he asked Job a series of questions that revealed his superiority to Job. As a result Job came to know God better than he had before.
Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1-6)
After he had come to this realization God ended his test and gave him twice as much as he had had before.
And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.He had also seven sons and three daughters. (Job 42:12,13)
(The number of sheep, camels, oxen, and donkeys is twice what he had at the beginning, but the number children is the same. The children who died will be restored at the resurrection so Job really had fourteen sons and six daughters. If the Sadducees of Jesus’ day had read and understood the book of Job they wouldn’t have denied the resurrection.)
The restoration of what he had lost was not the greatest reward that Job received.
After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. (Job 42:7-9)
He was given the privilege of interceding for his friends so that they would not suffer the judgment that they deserved. It was only after he had done this that God restored his material wealth. The power to intercede for others is one any Christian can experience if he serves God faithfully.
Posted on May 16, 2018, in Bible study and tagged faithfulness, fear of God, health, Job, prayer, repentance, resurrection, Satan, testing, wealth. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Job’s rewards.