January 5, 2023
DAY 5 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: Job 2:7-10
Has anyone ever said to you, “You have the patience of Job?” Today we begin our study of Job’s journey, a journey of testing by Satan, his wife, and his three friends Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. The word Job translated from Arabic is the word for, “Repent” or Hebrew which means “Persecuted.” Most scholars believe the title of the book Job is derived from the Arabic word. It appears no consensus has been arrived at regarding the meaning of the title: “Job.” Some scholars believe The Book of Job, written by Moses, may be the oldest book of the Bible.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Job 1-2. Read Job 1-2. Let’s journey!
Job 1-2: Angels present themselves before God, accompanied by Satan. God asks Satan what he has been doing, and the conversation turns toward Job, whom God describes as blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuts evil.” (Job1:8) Satan tells God that if He didn’t protect and provide for Job, then Job would turn against Him (GOD). God allows Satan to go after Job, allowing Satan to do anything to Job’s property and family but prohibiting him from laying a finger on Job. Satan destroyed everything Job owned and killed Job’s three sons and three daughters. Job laments and seeks God in his sorrow but does not turn against God. Satan returns to God and tells God that if God had allowed him to physically harm Job that Job would reject God. God allows Satan to attack Job physically but does not allow Satan to kill Job. (Job 1:1-2:13)
Our focus verse for today:
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. 9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (Job 2:7-10, NIV, underline added)
Take note of the underlined portion of 2:10b. It is important to keep in mind that God did not bring the afflictions which Job suffered upon Job, Satan is responsible for Job’s afflictions, God merely withdrew His protection from Job for a period of time. This is a moment of Job’s life: It is not Job’s life journey. What moment of your life are you in? What moments have you already experienced?
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