January 4, 2024
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DAY 005: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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 the Hebrew word which means “Persecuted.” Most scholars believe the title of the book Job is derived from the Arabic word. The book of Job is not set within a specific time period of history, rather the author has left the historical details vague so that we may focus on what is being said, and the questions being raised. A careful reading will reveal that many continue to ask the same questions today!
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Job 1-2. Read Job 1-2. Let’s journey!
Job is not identified as an Israelite, nor are any of his friends, however, they all know about God and have a relationship with Him. However, throughout this book, we see that their assumptions about God and how He runs the universe are challenged. Job rises and questions these assumptions while his friends hold fast to their beliefs.
Job 1-2: Angels present themselves before God, accompanied by Satan. God asks Satan what he has been doing, and the conversation turns towards 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)
Read chapters 1 and 2 and ask yourself these questions: What was the cause of Job’s suffering? What prevented Job from sinning? Have you faced similar challenges in your life? What was your response?
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