January 3, 2019

Job 1-2    


Key Verses for Today:  Job 2:7-10


Has anyone every 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 the Arabic is the word for, “Repent” or the 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.”


If you are wondering where the land of Uz, the setting of the Book of Job, is located, it is clear that the scholars do not have a precise location.  It is believed that it could have been in modern day Jordon, Dhofar, Bashan, or modern day Uzbekistan.  It is safe to say, at least for now, no one knows with certainty where Uz, of Job’s time, was located.  Complicating matters; the word Uz was used by the Israelites to describe a region and not a specific place within that region.  It could be anywhere.  


Some scholars believe The Book of Job, written by Moses, my be the oldest book of the Bible.


In chapter 1 of Job, angels present themselves before God, accompanied by Satan.  God asks Satan what he has been doing.  Satan tells God he has roaming about the earth.  (Roaming about the earth is Satan talk for causing trouble.) In response to Satan, God tells him about the faithfulness of Job as set out in verse 8: Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like Him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuts evil.” (NIV)


Satan then tells God that if He didn’t protect and provide for Job that Job would turn against Him (GOD).  God then 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 took advantage of the opportunity destroying everything Job owned and killing Job’s three sons and three daughters.  Job laments and seeks God in his sorrow but does not turn against God.


In chapter 2, 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.


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)


As you read through Book of Job consider his affliction, the deal that Satan made with God, in light of the highlighted portion of verse 2:10(b).  It is important 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.  


Take some time to meditate over and pray over Job 1 and 2 seeking understanding and direction for your life from it.  As you reflect on Job it is important to keep in mind that this is a moment of Job’s life: It is not Job’s life journey.