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. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever experienced a time when your life was so messed up you wanted to ask God what was going on? Job did.
Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, hat I might come even to his seat! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. (Job 23:2-4)
If you read Job 1-4 it is easy to see why he felt that way. He feared and obeyed God and God had blessed him with great wealth and with ten children. For a long time he had lived a prosperous and happy life, and then suddenly everything began to go wrong. Read the rest of this entry
In addition to the suffering he experienced, Job had to endure the belief by his friends that his suffering was the result of some sin he had committed. Eliphaz the Temanite asked these questions, “Who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?” (Job 4:7) The implication was that the innocent and upright never suffered, so Job’s suffering was evidence of his guilt. Eliphaz clearly had no idea what the right answers to his questions were, but we do because of what God has revealed to us since then.
“Who that was innocent ever perished?” The only innocent person who ever lived was Jesus Christ. The rest of us are sinners who deserve death. Jesus didn’t deserve to die but chose to do so in our place so our sins could be forgiven.
“Where were the upright cut off?” At Calvary, where Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice to atone for our sins.
Have you ever believed that God was treating you unfairly? I think everyone has at one time or another. I know I have and the Bible tells us about a man named Job who felt this way.
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.
His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Job feared God and turned away from evil. He cared about the welfare of his children and offered sacrifices for them in case they had sinned, and God had blessed him with great wealth. It appeared that he was all set to live a life of piety and comfort. Read the rest of this entry
When God tested Job to prove his loyalty three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, came to him to comfort him. They assumed that Job’s suffering was the result of some sin he had committed. Eliphaz asked these two questions,
“Who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?”
When Eliphaz asked the questions they were unanswerable because Jesus Christ had not yet appeared on earth. Now that he has come we know the answers.
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