Job is so faithful God refers to him in verse 1:8 as “my servant Job”. (I wonder how God would introduce me…ummmm).
5 Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
Job would worship God and make sacrifices on behalf of his kids, knowing their hearts. This just was amazing to me that a document this old would concrete the idea that sin is a heart issue! Not just our actions.
This story is written as a narrative so I think it is very easy to “picture” the reading.
Chapter 1. Let’s look at a few things.
- verse 6. Satan still has to give an account to the Lord. God is Superior.
- verse 7. Where does Satan hang out for fun? Roaming around on Earth. Remember Satan is not in Hell (yet). We need to remember that in our everyday walk.
- verse 9. Satan says paraphrased, “Job Loves you because you have BLESSED HIM, strip him of everything and He will curse your name”.
- And what follows is God ALLOWS Satan to test Job.
Results of the test?
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Score: Satan 0 Job 1
Chapter 2. So now Satan says…OK, you can take everything away from man BUT mess with his HEALTH and you will lose him! So God ALLOWS Satan to give him boils so bad from head to toe that he uses broken pottery to scratch them! (We also now see why Satan left the wife…to add to his misery)
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Score: Satan 0 Job 2
Chapter 3 (summary) I wish I had never been born! Why would this be a life God made?
Then we meet Job’s 3 friends: (and the shy guy)
- Eliphaz the Temanite, he is a descendant from Esau (yes of course we will read this in genealogy pages later, exciting I know! ) No wonder he gives bad advice, look at Esau!.
- Bildad the Shumite, a descendant of Abraham so he will appeal to family traditions.
- Zophar the Naamathite, not sure where he is from. He sort of shoots from the hip on his advice.
- A fourth friend, Elihu the Buzite, who bites his tongue for a long time, is the “kid” at the table who stays quiet. But he WILL eventually speak. His genealogy can be traced to Abraham’s brother Nahor 🙂
The customary 7 days of mourning was given and then the 3 cycles of conversation will begin. Each cycle will get shorter and shorter as these knuckleheads will run our of things to say to Job.
The “friends” are looking for a logical cause and effect relationship for the reason of these calamities.
- Job is suffering
- God is just and would not allow a person to suffer without a good reason
- Therefore, Job must have done something bad to deserve this suffering
Today we read the first conversation with Eliphaz who suggests that Job is suffering because he is being punished from a sin he must have committed, and that if he takes his case to the Lord and repents all will get better.
Eliphaz says in Chapter 4:
7 “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.
9 At the breath of God they perish;
at the blast of his anger they are no more.
Ummm, I might be Eliphaz… Have I really said that? Yes! “Well, look at how she is acting…I am not surprised by the outcome”.
Let’s look at Eliphaz’s advice for turning this day around: Chapter 5
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.
9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
Oh my stars! I am Eliphaz! “Hey girl, maybe if you start going to church, praying, or hey better yet…me and my friends are starting a bible study…you should join us” (well that’s a start for her) Well, it’s not like I am yelling at her “Turn, or burn!”
Tomorrow Job will speak again and then Bildad will respond. Certainly, I am not Bildad too???