January 10, 2019

JOB 3-4    


Key Verses For Today: Job 4:7-8 Matthew 5:45


Let’s reflect back on Chapters 1 and 2 of the book of Job before we look at chapters 3 and 4 today.  Satan comes to God telling Him that he is looking for someone to turn against God who dwells on the earth.  God directs Satan’s attention to Job.  Job was a righteous man who loved God with all of his heart and being.  God allows Satan to do anything he wants to Job’s family and worldly possessions, God will not allow Satan to kill Job.  Satan is allowed to attack Job’s health, short of death.  Satan takes away Job’s wealth and kills his children.  Satan afflicts Job with boils.  After all this, and contrary to the advice of his wife (Job 2:9), Job still refused to curse God!


In Chapter 3 we find Job asking why these terrible things have happened and continue to happen.  Job begins a thorough self examination of himself as he asks God what has happened in his life.  


In Chapter 4, one of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, who’s purpose for coming to see Job was to comfort him, decides to confront Job instead.  Fundamentally, Eliphaz tells Job that he must have a secret hidden sin because God does not reward His true followers this way.  


“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?

Where were the upright ever destroyed?

8 As I have observed, those who plow evil

and those who sow trouble reap it.  (Job 4:7-8, NIV)  


He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, 

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  (Matthew 5:45b, NIV)


It appears that the Jewish people of this time believed that God rewarded the righteous by protecting them from all forms of evil.  God gave them good health, prosperity, and protection from the actions of evil doers.  The failure to be righteous would result in all sorts of calamity entering your life.  This principle, shared by all three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, is the Principle of Devine Retribution.  


Eliphaz meant well, but failed to understand who God is.  Eliphaz did not understand Job’s relationship with God.  Eliphaz’s first error was assuming God was doing this to Job.  Although God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith in God in all things, short of taking Job’s own life, God did not inflict the suffering Job experienced on him.  Satan did! God considered Job a righteous man meaning retribution would not be justified.  Satan set out to prove that Job’s love of God was predicated on the blessings (Wealth, Health, Family) Job had received from God.  Satan believed that if all of Job’s blessings were taken from Job: Job would curse God.  What do you think? More on Job next week!


As you meditate, contemplate, and prayer over Chapters 3 and 4 of Job ask God to use your Journey Through The Bible In A Year to reveal Himself to you.  At 1:20-21 and 3:11-19 Job appears to reflect on peace in death and the separation from all worldly wealth, cares, and concerns: Do you think these passages of The Bible reveal a deeper understanding of God than his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar? Take a moment to contemplate, or journal, what is really going on here.