Chapter 1: This story is a narrative, and chapter 1 is easily read so I will just point out small things I took note to:
- Job has a habit of worship in his everyday life.
- Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
- not perfect or sinless, he put his trust in God, lived a life of integrity
- He was wealthy
- He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
- He was wise
- “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
- Without meaning to, we sin. Lev. 4 will talk about unintentional sin.
- Satan may be here on earth since being cast out of Heaven, but the scriptures affirm he is not everywhere at every time
- Satan still falls under God’s authority
- God knew Job. (He knows you). God knew his by name, his possessions, and his heart (He knows yours ❤️)
- God was the one that offered Job. He knew him so well He had confidence in him. (hmmm, would He have confidence in me?)
God takes Satan’s challenge that if Job was stripped of his wealth, his servants, his business, and his children, Job will remain faithful.
And it happens in a day! What does Job do? What does he not do?
“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.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing
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!
The icing on the cake is Mrs. Jobe! NOW we know why Satan left her! 😤
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Just sin greatly and get the show on the road!)
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.
Score: Satan 0 Job 2
Chapter 3: I read chapter 3 several times. Correct me if you think I am wrong but it does not say “I wish I was never born”, instead it says “I wish I died when I was born”. The difference is Job knows there is an afterlife. (Look at verse 3:13-19…thoughts?) ❤️
21 to those who long for death that does not come,
who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with gladness
and rejoice when they reach the grave?
Reminded me of Paul, in prison:
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil 1:21
Chapter 4- Eliphaz (cheat sheet)
Today we read the first conversation with Eliphaz who suggests that Job is suffering because he is being punished for a sin he must have committed and that if he takes his case to the Lord and repents all will get better.
“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
Where were the upright ever destroyed?
Listen, I am Eliphaz. “No wonder “that” is happing in her life, look at how she is living”. “This wouldn’t be happening right now if she was living for the Lord”. As if I know! I have an ugly heart.
12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
my ears caught a whisper of it.
Me: sitting at church “Oh, I hope Linda is here! This message is for her!” or better yet “I was doing my devotional and I got a Word for you”. (I really am buying a shirt that says “I am Eliphaz”.
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.
As If!! As if God would choose him for this mission? Clearly, the score would not be 0-2. “Hey girl, go have some quiet time and take it to God” (Well, that is good advice BUT Eliphaz is assuming that if he goes to the Lord and repents…all will be right and this trial will be lifted..
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
This is where in my “advice-giving” I throw some scripture on it to get that warm and fuzzy feeling.
27 “We have examined this, and it is true.
So hear it and apply it to yourself.”
What? I wasn’t aware that Eliphaz knows the Big Picture of the events taking place. Oh that’s right. He doesn’t!
Tomorrow Job will speak again and then Bildad will respond.