too was abased.
The enigma of
Job is that God calls him a perfect man, yet causes him to have to go through
some horrible events. Why? Job really didn't know God, but thought that
he did. God wanted this fine man to really know Him.
So, one thing after another happened to Job:.Job
1:15-19 "And the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yes, they
have slain the servants with the edge of the sword and I only am escaped
alone to tell you. While he.(Job).was
yet speaking there came also another and said The fire of God is fallen
from heaven and has burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them
and I only am escaped alone to tell you. While he was yet speaking there
came also another and said The Chaldeans made out three bands and fell
upon the camels and have carried them away, yes and slain the servants
with the edge of the sword and I only am escaped alone to tell you. While
he was yet speaking there came also another and said Your sons and your
daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house.
And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness and smote the four
corners of the house and it fell upon the young men and they are dead and
I only am escaped alone to tell you."
Job lived not long after
the beginning of mankind. His dad was Issachar:.Genesis
46:13. Job was at that time."the
greatest of all the men of the east".(Job
lived around 1500 years forward from Adam and in the time of Noah:.Genesis
fixes Job's time as being two ages before Moses."
Tract Society Bible Dictionary:."The
precise period of his life cannot be ascertained,
yet no doubt can exist as to its patriarchal.antiquity.
The book of Job seems to allude
to the flood.(Job
but not to the destruction of Sodom or to the exodus
from Egypt or the giving of the Law in Sinai:.Exodus
34:29-32. No reference is made to any order of priesthood, Job himself
being the priest of his household.(*),
like Noah and Abraham. There is allusion
to the most ancient form of idolatry, star-worship and to the earliest
mode of writing:.Job
19:23,24. The longevity of Job also places him among the patriarchs.
After his trial, Job survived one hundred and forty years. He was an old
man even before his trial began, for his children were established each
at the head of their own household:.Job
1:4; 42:16,17. The period
of long lives had not wholly passed away:.Job
The trial of Job seems to
be sometime before the birth of Abraham.(circa.B.C.E.
don't know how old Job was when he died, but probably about 200, so he
may have died around 1700 years from the beginning of history with Adam.
Job was a righteous man and
good person in that he did good things and that's wonderful:.Job
1:1. But one's own righteous works won't turn him or her into one equal
God's gift must be ours to
be made righteous according to.His.standard.(Romans
chapter 13), for the purpose of
being happy in God. Happiness increases with
Job was well aware of his
righteousness and so were his friends, but God wanted Job to know just
how deep his character for good was:.Job
Job's story is relevant
to today, for all those whose lives are on a successful physical pathway,
Notice the Creator calls
Job a perfect man:.Job
1:1 "There was a man in the land of Uz,
whose name was Job and that man was perfect and upright and one that feared
God and eschews
If there was ever any doubt
who controls it all,
this section below should lay it to rest. If there was ever doubt about
this experience we all on Earth are having, being a
stage for learning, again, this section below should lay it to rest
1:6-11 "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto
Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD and said, From
going to and fro in the earth and from walking up and down in it. And the
LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant
Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that fears God and eschews
evil? Then Satan answered the LORD and said, Does Job fear God for nought?
Have not you made a hedge about him and about his house and about all that
he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands and his substance
is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now and touch all that
he has and he will curse you to thy face."
1:13-19 "And there was a day when his
sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's
house.And there came a messenger unto Job and said, The oxen were plowing
and the asses feeding beside them. And the Sabeans fell upon them and took
them away. Yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there
came also another and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven and has
burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another
and said, The
Chaldeans made out three bands and fell upon the camels and
have carried them away, yea and slain the servants with the edge of the
sword and I only am escaped alone to tell you. While he was yet speaking,
there came also another and said, Your sons and your daughters were eating
and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house. And behold, there came
a great wind from the wilderness and smote the four corners of the house
and it fell upon the young men and they are dead and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee."
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in a scripture verse, use the underlined scripture link which takes you
to the amplified verse(s).
2:1-7 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the LORD and Satan came also among them to present himself before
the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence
come you? And Satan answered the LORD and said, From going to and fro in
the earth and from walking up and down in it.(what
was he doing?.1Peter
5:8). And the LORD said unto Satan,
Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the
earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God and eschews evil?
and still he holds fast his integrity, although you move me against
12:10), to destroy him.without
cause. And Satan answered the LORD and said, Skin for skin, yea, all
that a man has will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now
and touch his bone and his flesh and he will curse you to your face. And
the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in your hand, but save his life.
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore
boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown."
So just why did the Creator
allow all the bad things that happened to Job? I mean, Creator called Job
perfect and said that there was no cause to afflict him! Does the Creator
1:2 "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie....."
When reading through the
book of Job, it becomes evident that Job indeed was a very good
man, but a man more concerned with doing good than having a living relationship
with the Creator. He just did not understand about living in the present.
He was so inflexible
in what he knew to be right that this shut out any new light. The things
of the spirit are dynamic,
always changing yet always based on God's unchanging character quality,
that of love:.Malachi
3:6; 1John 4:16.
Job loved to do right things.
The Creator wanted a daily living relationship with this fine man, as He
does with us all. The Creator wanted him to live
with the power of God active; not as many today, living as though
the comfort things of God are their raison
Job had the anxiety
of distrusting his ability in meeting requirements he felt were
necessary in order to be pleasing to the Creator he believed was 'off some
place in the sky' and apart from him. As a result of that thinking, Job
did his utmost
to fulfil what he had decided was to be his duty.
Job had an issue with trusting
the Creator and just being Job, instead of being Job that always needed
to do more, that always had the need to verify his life:.Colossians
3:3 "For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.".Job
3:1-13,23; 6:4,9; 7:20;
Job is a good example of
a man who failed to live in
the present, who failed to just 'be', that is, until he had no option
but to, by having to deal with all the woes
presently afflicting him. He always did many good things, yet could
not seem to find contentment with the Creator
in his life.(*).
Even though he knew for certain of the Creator's
existence Job's mind was on the many good things he did and
on the many good things he thought he should still be doing, not on his
being already solid with God.
Be content in quietness.
In meditation time, know that you are enough and this will lead
into greater spirituality, that is, the more your contentment is.
Job was always thinking
of the past and the good things that he could do for others in the future.
Even though what he was thinking about was all the good things that he
did, he couldn't figure out why he had the problems that surrounded him,
since he did so much good, which he really did!
Was the Creator not taking
notice he thought? If the Creator was, why then were all these bad things
happening he wondered. The Creator was about to awaken him. Job eventually
learned that his ways, though very good, were not all the Creator's ways:.Isaiah
55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, says the LORD."
Job missed the point that
the universe is a living universe, a universe of life responding to him,
responding to what was in his mind and, just what was in his mind that
determined his attitude? He was
filling his cupboard with good works, more and more good works. And this
part was good, because we do reap
what we sow and Job reaped much good because he was a very good
But Job was being submerged
by his own works. He knew what to do that was right for others, but he
seemed to lack knowledge of how just to relax and just be.
Job perhaps saw himself
as a 'human doing' not a 'human
being', perhaps somewhat complacent
within the image he held of himself. Job saw himself as his works and was
content in this as the dialog with his friends reveals. But hard things
began to happen that affected his world.
The Creator looks on the
heart and so engineered some things to help Job out of his self-imposed
and for an example to those who would look into Job's life, as we are doing
15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for
our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might
Job was always acting
from the surface, doing his good works. Creator wanted him to look
deep into himself. One does this through examining his shadow
side and through meditation.
Job's mind was constantly
filled with works of his good past and a looking forward to continuing
his generous works in the future. Nothing wrong with that, but what was
the real Job could not be known by even him, because he never lived
in the present in his mind long enough to have a good look at himself.
It's almost as if he didn't want to discover himself in case he may find
something not so good. Job decided what his life would be and that
would be a giving to others as he had much he could share. The Creator
saw something deeper Job needed.
To live in the present.(presently
minded), one must have his mind on
what is in front of him.right
now. It seems like Job had a hard time facing himself. He had a concept
of the Creator that wasn't correct; it was that this Creator is 'out there
somewhere' and separate from Job, when in fact God
is us as we believe ourselves to be one
with all that is. In this we can be content. The Creator is reproducing
Himself. What we believe ourselves to be is what we are and that's what
back to either bless or curse us:.Deuteronomy
Job, like all people stuck
at the ego level of existence, was stuck in the belief
of separateness of all things in life, not then able to see as he should
have, that everything
is all one. In that we can be content,
content, but not complacent.
One example of Job's belief
in separateness, of which there are many in the entire book of Job, is
Job was brokenhearted because
of all the bad things that happened to him, so much so that he even didn't
want any good to come again in his life; he was really down in heart:.Job
This Psalm, although not
specifically about Job, could certainly apply to the way he must have felt
Job knew that he loved the
Creator and wondered why these bad things happened to him all of a sudden:.Job
7:21 "And why do you not pardon my transgression and take away mine
iniquity? For now shall I sleep in the dust and you shall seek me in the
morning, but I shall not be." Job 10:21
"Before I go whence
I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death."
13:26,27 "For you write bitter things against me and make me to possess
the iniquities of my youth. You put my feet also in the stocks.(a
device consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes for confining the
ankles and sometimes the wrists, formerly used for punishment).and
look narrowly unto all my paths.(allowing
borders to ensure his life went nowhere),
you set a print.(a
cut in the foot so he couldn't really go anywhere).upon
the heels of my feet."
Job felt his Creator was
him and used allegorical
language to depict
his plight. Creator
was constraining him. Job was to learn some more things about the Creator.
One was that He was a generous
A lesson in the book of Job:
That no matter how disconcerting
life may become at times, maintain
with God. Decide to do so and take effort on your
decision. Action is important upon decision.
Another: No matter what peak
we feel we may have reached, the Creator has ways to cause us to become
even more like Him. And when God is finished with these episodes in our
learning, He restores.
The Infinite One causes
some to 'get burned' in life. Why?.Psalms
34:18 "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saves
such as be of a contrite.(means
'crushed', 'broken' of ego
He did both with Nebuchadnezzar
57:15 "For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity,
whose name is Holy.(wholeness):
I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite
and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the
humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah
66:2 "For all those things has mine hand made and all those things
have been, says the LORD. But to this man will I look, even to him that
full of himself like
of a contrite
spirit and trembles
at my word.".Matthew
Our weaknesses can drive
us closer to the help we need from God. Our weaknesses bring the troubles
so often necessary to get us to think about motivations
for our actions. Weaknesses come from wrong thinking, bad thoughts causing
you to feel weak. How to
become strong in living.
at what Paul thought of his weaknesses.
is having an outlook which includes others, an attitude that wants to seek
to do the best it can for others, an attitude capable of curbing
an extravagant lifestyle to be more effective in showing compassion.
way to change.
engineered circumstances to bring Job into a relationship with Him:.John
15:2 "...every branch that bears fruit, he purges
it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
Creator is no different with
3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not....." Hebrews
13:8 "Emmanuel the Christ the same yesterday and to day and forever."
When a person feels on top
of it all, when things are going well, sometimes we think that 'we've made
it'; we're full, we
feel great. The weather is beautiful, you're healthy, have a nice car
and home in a good part of town, have good friends, etc. Ancient Job was
of similar lifestyle and there's a lesson there about him for us.
the wrong kind, that of focusing upon the self towards developing a superiority
complex, can then creep in on us. We know we're doing well and we want
it to continue and we strive
to ensure that
it does and we endeavor
to make sure things even
get better. This fulness
in our lives leaves little, if any room for interest in much else. For
example, when things were such that you felt as though you were the 'center
of the universe', how much time did you devote to the things
of the spirit. We can easily miss the real reason
we are here.
What does the Holy Bible
say about this state?.Psalms
39:5,6 ".....verily 'every man at his
Hebrew is 'every man standing', or, 'established').is
involved in nothingness, when considering the eternal scheme of things
as the Creator does:.1Corinthians
Surely every man walks in a vain show. Surely they are disquieted in vain.
He heaps up riches and knows not who shall gather them."
We have nothing the Creator
wants or needs.(*),
except a relationship
with us. Primarily,
it's the other way around. We have much to receive from Him, however, a
man or woman who feels full.(feels
he has it all).is
often too full to accept more..
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