Job learned this In That Day, Then Job died, old and full of days.”. Job, To the heart now on the tongue, I have had some Job experiences and truly we must all continue to keep the faith and know that God will work everything out. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Clearly, Job had it all. Oh that others would be as humble as you in this terrible expereince. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD. Being overwhelmed is one of them. God first murders your children to prove a point to Satan. God promise us if we are faithful and trust him he will bless you and I thank him. I dont have the life i want or worked towards but I was certainly blessed with 25 breating years of true love and blessings that God reigned down on me. In all of this, “Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong!”   He blessed God’s name, he worshiped God, and he did not sin. Then Beast wakes up amazed, Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. I am losing everything. I fear he won’t infect too many with his false commentaries. I had no inventory, money to purchase any more inventory, and am still trying to regain my strength. Thank you Mr. Ingram. However no matter how much i wanted to fight and remain angry with him , looking at my blessings and having such a wonderful father as mine even for the short time I had will always outweigh all of my sadness and pain. Prayer and trust in God is the answer to all our problems. I turn understood these to be God’s hints to change the course of my life. You got sick, but you were also healed. This will ultimately change your mind and perspective. I asked why he allowed me to have this pregnancy if being the Alpha and Omega, all knowing God, it would have cone to an abrupt end 9 weeks later. ), He says, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? And after a year, on the day I had waited on for A YEAR I still suffered inequality and injustice. Had heard so much talk of pride, The book includes language from ancient legal proceedings, laments, and unique terms not found elsewhere in the Bible. Let’s open our Bibles to the third chapter of the book of Job. The application for Christians today is that God will bless those who endure to the end and that someday, God will reward us with unbelievable blessings that can not compare with what we have today (Rom 8:18, 28). Whatever, I pray for I usually get the opposite in return. Holy flexibility, God will give you a willow-wimpy sword, With my puny wooden sword, The hakamim , or “wise men”, were a class of philosophers or te achers who believed that He mentioned that God and Satan “plot” jobs suffering and that he is going to argue that the reason for Jobs suffering is not literal. He did his graduate work at Moody Theological Seminary. Read them in the archive below. I am currently a student who has been faced with many challenges , delays in my harvests as failure always dawned on me painfully despite the hard work i put in and the even harder circumstances im in that many others are gifted with better opportunities that bring in success that just wasnt mine or been in my reach. We were just starting to plan our lives together. The more I give God bless. And hurtful to your Warrior-Savior, Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”. Please know that we care and love you in Christ and will pray on your behalf. Dragon’s flame kills and maims, The book of Job is a "link and frame story". This must have bothered Satan because he came to God. It sometimes feels like a cruel joke that I was given hope that I praised him for, only to have it snatched from my grasp. Even the one that is sliding down your cheek now. My Page has become a Swordsman, He is a type of Job, in a sense. Multitudes of livestock were slaughtered. He knows. Everyone is on nerves by pressuring me But after thousands of drops from God’s cross, From the Warrior-Prophet, not a Page, whose name is Elihu! Otherwise, where the Bible is silent, so must I be. The book of Job gives a good prologue that informs the reader of Job's faithfulness to God in the midst of affliction, and God's pleasure in Job for his faith and trust. You’ll remember the fight, No women as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. I think that it is partly because it points out that God actually does not cause us to suffer, only allows it. It doesn’t sound silly at all. Applied drops at a time on your stony heart! Job was the wealthiest, most blessed man, maybe in the whole world. While many seek material blessings in life and Gods hands over All I ever needed and will be extremely grateful for is My 1in a million Dad. Please understand that those who step back just want things to be like they were before this loss. world has he gone? It has made me bitter to the world and wanting to go on . What Do We Know about the Book of Job? (vs 5) The very next verse entails Satan getting before God to tempt Job. Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” (Matthew 10:29) I was graced with opportunity however it is one that brings challenges you have to hurdle through that knocks you down emotionally with no guidance and eats at your faith alot of the time. THE VICTORY IS WON. I will say this much i have sat questioning God many a times especially now and have fought with him sadfully. 4. The life that Jesus promised is abundant doesn’t necessarily mean in this life. Just take his outstretched hand. That’s a tough situation. Loretta M. Granger. As God tells Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah. It is time Christians gave up this mumbo-jumbo and followed the model set before them by Jesus who sacrificed his life for the sake of those whom he loved. “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8) And he was undone. •    In chapters 38-42, God speaks to Job and restores him. It is as God once said in Isaiah 45:9, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. I first came to read the bible as a devout atheist with a curiosity of all religions. It was actually Satan, and he just allowed it. In That Day it’s, You might feel numb today. You may not know how he’s going to do it, and that’s okay. Amen. What was Job’s response? For God tells us he is near the broken hearted. And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless. And when I read his story I feel truly scared where God is concerned. my memories Leviathan whom we fought, I think that the story of Job is a lot like what I am going through. To: AE. Can’t anybody see? The Book of Job, book of Hebrew scripture that is often counted among the masterpieces of world literature. Is where Christ-in-You is at! killed. Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. This is such a powerful testimony my friend. JOB SUMMARY. closure, I lost my husband 1/12 years ago after a long illness, And with kind, wooden, bloody swords, they removed blind fetters. Its purpose is to illustrate God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during a time of great suffering. The book of Job is Narrative History. I know these are harsh words, but truthful ones. This is great, wonderful and helping. Don’t give up. When, as rigid Leviathan, you with great enmity: hated your betters! I sense this man it teaching a man-centered, “me-ology” and not biblical theology. I would like to mention however verse 10 which says “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” This is the conversation between God and Satan. Hello Zulfah. God is faithful, he will never live you nor forsake you. Job becomes discouraged, partly because of the blame game played by his friends. The Leviathan, his Page, I have But of late, there has been so much more to add. By Robert Winkler Burke They will have eternal joy and fellowship with God. One year into building it I was diagnosed with cancer. The Angels in heaven has called my husband’s name on February 4,2019. By the smallish sword, The New Testament refines and clarifies what it is to be a Christian that prevents a misguided and brutal understanding of the principals of God. You might say, Even eating has lost its value in my life. Really. Satan’s name means “adversary” and he has been called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. Well, it serves me just about right! He thinks differently than we do. God gives us His peace and joy is set before us for what is coming in the kingdom. The setting for this narrative is in patriarchal times. I have suffered quite a bit in my life. It feels like a dream right now. so the story of Job leaves me hollow. those things didn’t need to be down there, my late husband’s Your unhealthy but your wife, and children are healthy. Introduction To The Book. How can Satan ever appear before God and ask God to test the faith of Job? I am trying to keep the faith but it has been very difficult. Job’s friends tried to console him but they soon started to blame him for his own troubles inferring that he must have sinned in order for all these trials to come upon him. Might He also brag about you and your righteousness found in Jesus Christ? But realize in Christ God will not allow you to be suffered. a long miserable life to sit and think about what they have Cruelly taking advantage of my nearness, You will too if you continue in the faith, to trust God and pray. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) He’ll get what I have in me: I AM! And for the last year it literally felt like I went throug hell, but through it I submitted to God and did everything through him. Thanks for stopping by! Job’s response of faith and patience is not and ordinary, human response. even when I really didn’t have it to give, how am I supposed Let us take up our cross, not seeking just to be empty vessels, but to die, so we no longer live but Christ lives in us. my heart That to cannot be answered except for God’s love. God grants His permission, only within certain boundaries. Jesus was innocent and yet died for you if you have trusted in Him but if you’ve never repented and trusted in Christ, you will find the hardest time ever (Rev 20:12-15) so first settle your own salvation before criticizing God or the Bible or the Book of Job. You have shelter and food for your family. asked what she wanted to talk about because they have But his justification quickly turns to self-righteousness and that is sin before God. The book of Job begins with a prologue (Job 1-2), which describes a wager between Satan and God, in which Satan (“the adversary”) bets God that Job–a particularly pious man–will abandon his piety and curse God if all his wealth and well-being are taken away. '” (Psalm 46:10) 55:9). He loves those beautiful tiny sparrows. You may find yourself feeling numb for a while, but when you start to feel anxious, this is a perfect verse for you. Why did Jesus have to suffer and die for us who didn’t deserve it? 4:19? Truly there were some who continued to live right but they may have been close to those who were responsible for the hedge being broken. He's pretty much the coolest guy alive and life is good. “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Israelites categorized Job within their wisdom literature. Am happy infact am really happy. Please help me to understand!!!!! I could say that I have lost everything but I Will Not. To fight Leviathan, your neighbor! I am trying to help take care of my mother. I have lost all my savings, self esteem and confidence I ever had. I will not go to Are not your sins endless? All was going well with Job. And when we’re in grief, we understand even less. You’ll be given, to do the large work that remains! Page 1 Page 2 Without provocation, another friend, Elihu, suddenly enters the conversation. Leviathan scorches me in full-blown rage! You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry, though you were a powerful man, owning land– an honored man, living on it. You will sometimes feel all cried out, but the smallest thing can stir your heart and a wave of tears will wash over you again. I need payer and support to remain faithful and never doubt God’s love for me and His presence in my life…even in this greatest trial of my life. They mistakenly blame his sufferings on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job. Who took your blows nobly, Someday in eternity, God will likely make it clear why Christians suffer – why something terrible was allowed to happen or why their child was allowed to die. A God who makes the faithful suffer in order to make Satan happy is certainly not the God that Jesus preached. I am at the brink of losing my house as I can no longer make repayments. One of them was half-correct in that God wanted to humble him, but this was only a part of God’s test. I can see what you mean by Mr. Darwin’s bitterness coming from losing his daughter, but Job lost all 10 and never turned away from God. “parents” (and I use the loosely!) Trumpets: loud victory cries! Once the Holy Spirit advised me of coming into ministry, I was shocked beyond my wildest dreams because I had absolutely no clue why I was suffering. ”. Elihu wrote all of Job’s book, be this way? At first Job’s friends try to help Job but they quickly turn to accusing him of some sort of hidden or known sin. This story has an incredible ending. You have no fear of what man or woman can do. Is there sin in all suffering? Now we must all learn the same! As long as God knows, shouldn’t that be all that matters? The book of Job opens in verse one by telling us that Job was a blameless, upright man who feared God and turned away from evil. I was feeling right then and it still how I feel now. nothing to talk with her about. God sees your weariness. I have had my share of trials and tribulations for the last 3-4 years. I really have enjoyed what I have read. in my basement were disposed of because they said that Job is an unlikely candidate because the book’s message rests on Job’s ignorance of the events that occurred in heaven as they were related to his ordeal. Other people may not want to enter into your grief. Also ask yourself each day what are you thankful to God for. Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertise. The deceased one was named Joe so wanted a name almost like Joe. We will all suffer in this life. Then He humbles Job by asking a series of questions that could never be answered by anyone other than Almighty God; for example, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? We do almost everything together. One of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh, which means the Lord will provide. But suffering is not always a result of sin as we see with Job. available one morning a week to help me get done what I need Fight any temptation to believe God’s not trustworthy. I need to pass my certification exams so I can hopefully start making money and I cant even concentrate and it is just taking for ever. Summary. It’s a BIG thing, Of course these questions can’t be answered (surprise!!!) It’s unlikely that God told Job it was Satan that hurt him, but God may have been rebuking Satan’s statement that Job only obeys God because he is blessed (which we see is false). I’m no theologian but i gathered that he is writing commentary from the liberal perspective. You do not know? This woman is nothing compared to God. I John 4:4). I have lost nearly all my family (Job) as they United together to try and rob me of my inheritance as they were jealous of my parents love (Joseph). it came out: God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began. For those who reject God today, they may have suffering in this life and in the after-life. God has prepared a great miracle for you. Consider these quotes: “Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and it was left to me to retain one work only, I should save Job.” (Victor Hugo) “…the greatest poem, whether of ancient or modern literature.” (Tennyson) Some may not, but they still hurt with you. Then…his life unraveled. Read the book of Job from the Bible with full chapters, summary and outline, Bible commentary, and our favorite verses to help you study and understand Scripture. What can we learn from the Book of Job? In short, it is my belief that Job is a teaching of principles and not a literal story. Being still, you will be able to remind yourself that although things seem chaotic, God is still God. Please hold on and don’t give up. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?”  We can not question God’s motives. Does God ever tell Job that he did not take everything away from him. Touch me with the blood of God’s Son! Why does it have to That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you” (Job 22:5-10). But when you’re quiet, that’s when you can also unlock some of your memories as well. That’s impossible. According to biblical scholars, the Book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. ch. I have always loved the story of Job. It just seems like the more I pray, the worse things get. granddaughter (my husband was an only child) because they to help me get on my feet but everything is getting in the You liquidated your assets but had money to help the financial distress you went through. And Christ-in-You, To treat its heart with care! { 72 comments… read them below or add one }. Job’s friends argue for a doctrine of distributive justice, stressing man’s worthlessness before God, man’s ephemerality and ignorance, the need to turn to God in penitence, praise of God, the disciplinary power of misfortune, the happiness of the penitent and the claim to possess a wisdom greater than Job’s. But you’re scared because you don’t know what your future holds. The “why” will have to wait for someday in eternity. Satan must have been angry at Job’s response. This could indicate that God is in all things going on this world. I have no money but I had a little left form my int- I have gone back to college And one day we will understand the things that are unclear to us now. We felt like soulmates, we have almost the same similar things in our lives, same diseases we have, allergies to food and drugs. 2. After days and months and years, Keep the faith. The story of Job is pure fiction created to facilitate the debate on some serious philosophical questions. I will hold my head in my hands however for being angry with god and not trusting that he knows best even when i cant see his plan. what powerful testimony to your strong faith in God. Why did Jesus have to suffer for 3 hours of brutality in the hands of men and then 3 hours on the cross in agony when it was nothing that He did. I spent the last couple of days crying looking for my relief. They think something I believe that when we suffer we are just partaking in the suffering of Jesus which was very, very severe that as human beings we cannot endure it. Or did he just tell Job not to question things? All Job’s innocent servants were murdered. I just finished reading your article. God gives a person eternal life and nothing can cause Him to take it back. And in the first chapter of the book of Job we saw that Job could fairly well understand God’s ways. I am on welfare through no fault of my own, I have no car, no One night I was up late and wrote down what I really needed that and God BLESS. This brings God’s righteous indignation upon Job’s friends (Job 42:7-17). That beast is hard to hide! God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began. and it just came out like a poem. One day, Satan (“the Adversary”) appears before God in heaven. I need some advice please. I can only sympathise with people who take the story of Job as holy truth in its literal sense. But the Christ-in-You: Page-Warrior start! How you’ll hate that forgiving blood of Jesus, “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. It may not be what I wanted or the life I wanted, but it is a life he wanted for me, and I have to trust that it was the best one for me. The book of Job is part of the Old Testament collection of Wisdom Literature, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Faith that is not practiced is dead as a dodo. When Leviathan pride dies! Hello Graham. Fighting Leviathan, With a Wooden Sword! “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9. It is appointed to mankind to suffer. It has now been over three years since I have brought home a paycheck to help support my wife and three kids, I feel like such a heel. And I asked God why several times today, I’m not a bad father, I’m not a bad person, I was at the height of my life when everything crumbled. So just like Job , i am humbled and touched and regain faith reflecting on this scripture and the essence of my life that lies within Gods merciful hands. way. Days still hurt and bring tears that i cant control with missing my dad. money to get one, all my utilities are about to get shut off, my Nelson’s comments say that the true identity of who wrote Job has remained throughout time: a mystery. I need some advice. That it’s a pride-fight and that Leviathan isn’t a dinosaur true! close then I would hate to see if didn’t! As someone who has lost faith, I don’t understand god’s plan for suffering and even if I did understand – what if I (or many other people who suffer) dont like that plan. Who fights evil, just like me! Tell Me, if you know all this”. No longer enemies, but fast friends, Read up on it and think my new found friend will be named Job! Hello John. I never imagined I could ever truly lose such a wonderful dad. Job Bible study outline—contents by chapter and verse. Tell Me, if you have understanding” (Job 38:2-4). Find inner strength and comfort through the Word and Worship. I may not follow the teachings and religion of christianity but the faith in the story of job and the love of God and jesus never fails to leave my heart filled. Why was it necessary for God to prove to Satan that Job indeed had unwavering faith in Him? Some lady prayed about my life for the sufferings I’m going throught today and God gave her Job.Firstly you have to understand that I was once muslim and turn to chrishtianity due to my sickness I had seven years ago.I was scared of dying then and I accepted Jusus as my Lord and saviour.Now this lady says that in her understanding why God gave her Job was because of everything going so wrong in my life that I was to go back to my birth religion.I’m scared to go back just now God is going to punish me and will get sick again. You’ll say, as Job did, I repent! God then brings him to an understanding that believers don’t always know what God is doing in their lives. Here we can plainly see Job’s reaction:  he worshiped God, he said that he came into this world with nothing and will return with nothing, the Lord has taken away all he had except his wife – and his wife told him to “curse God and die” – and Job also blessed the name of the Lord. Like the refiners fire, God often uses suffering to produce righteous character in believers. I agree with Philip too Bronnie. Sometimes we have nothing to do with why we suffer but others do who are close to us like friends and families. Job knows that this is not the reason and tries to justify himself against their accusations. I find the Old Testament mostly difficult to read, and it strikes me as Man’s interpretation of God that was a somewhat brutal understanding of God’s teachings; not surprising as it was a brutal world. I gently touch with sword, and out come drops of red. Like some other ancient compositions, the book of Job has a sandwich literary structure: prologue (prose), main body (poetry), and epilogue (prose), revealing a creative composition, not an arbitrary compilation. The story of Job opens with a scene in heaven where the devil comes to accuse Job before God. Then it lays down and coughs up its heart, Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (1:22). The book’s theme is the eternal problem of unmerited suffering, and it is named after its central You’ll then, rigid ones, be on the, Praying for you right now. I’m not sure why. Key personalities of this book include Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite, and Elihu the Buzite. If you like what you're reading, you can get free daily updates through the RSS feed here. •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. 5. In the end, Job answers God by saying, “I, have declared that which I did not understand. A strange work: yet not small! And God IS trustworthy. I know when you are quiet your mind will fill up with all thoughts about the one you miss. I am sure it will help many…. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2021 Telling Ministries LLC. Elihu explains to Job that God communicates with humans by two ways—visions and physical pain. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) Thank you “S White.” I know that God never wastes suffering and always uses it for His glory…just look at the cross! So then, pride of religion and its rigidness, Think of the situation. In GODS name JIm Bostic. i was amaze to the story of job. Sometimes He wants those who suffer to be more dependent upon Him. Nurture your faithful seeds. Would you just forget the death of your children simply because more children are born to you subsequently? blamed her for his death, they have destroyed my good rep- From the cross, from the cross, ows and the fatherless close to Him. I enjoyed reading this story. been forsaken. I was talking to a theologian last night and he had written a commentary Ecclesiastes. Hello my friend. My Friends I desperately need your help. I cant compete with that but I will trust that he is safe and in the Arms of Our Loving God. This verse is a reminder that God cares about you, which means he cares about anything you are concerned with. Its subject matter is the all-important question, "Why, in a world over which Yahweh has jurisdiction, should innocent persons have to suffer when at the same time the wicked escape suffering and are permitted to have comfort and security?"