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October 31, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Luke 17-18
Audio: Luke 17-18

Job 1 (ESV)

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

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  1. Suffering

    There are a lot of unknowns in life and we have more questions than answers. We actually know very little about a lot of things. As we will soon learn, the book of Job presents a lot questions – many of which go unanswered.

    One thing that is clear in the first part of this opening chapter is Job was "blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil" (Job 1:1). But evil did not turn away from Job but pursued him relentlessly.

    The heart of Job's suffering stems from an exchange between God and Satan. Satan accused Job of only fearing God because God had blessed him. So God allows Satan to inflict suffering on Job in every area of his life with the exception that Satan was not permitted to take his life.

    As soon as Satan leaves God's presence, Job's suffering begins – starting with the loss of his property and children.

    Job's response?

    "Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord'" (Job 1:20-21).

    Then we learn "Job did not sin or charge God with wrong" (Job 1:22).

    So often we give glory to ourselves when good things happen to us and blame God when things go wrong. Job does neither. He recognized the sovereignty of God in both what he had and what he had lost, and he praised God in the midst of devastating loss and soul-wrenching grief. 

    We may not understand why God allows suffering or why he allowed Satan to inflict so much suffering on Job, but we do know that God is able to (and does) set limits on suffering according to the purpose of His will. The only power Satan has is the power given to him by God.

    As this book unfolds there will be many more questions presented to us; but we will also learn a lot about the character of God, the character of people in suffering and ultimately, where Job's hope (and our hope) rests in the midst of it.

  2. ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” Psalm 111:10

    Job lived a blameless, upright life. Being blameless doesn’t mean he was perfect, as we know Scripture says all fall short of the glory of God and we have all sinned. Taking all of Scripture into account, I believe being blameless and upright means Job lived purposefully and intentionally with such devotion toward God that he honored and glorified the Lord in everything he did — even in the intentions of his heart.

    Job said to his friends,

    “And [God] said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28

    Fearing God gave Job the kind of love for his children that he cared deeply about their souls. While most parents want their children to be happy, protected, healthy and successful, and thus might pray for those things, what Job would have wanted most for his children was their right standing before God. We see this in the way he would send them off after a celebration. Job would consecrate (set them apart to God) and then offer sacrifices to God on their behalf: 

    “For Job said, ‘It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.’ Thus Job did continually.”

    I want my love for Wolf to be shown first and foremost in my prayers and my pleading with God on behalf of my child’s soul. 
     

    To know God as Job did is to fear Him, because we know He is the God above all gods — the God who created the heavens and the earth and everything in them, including the heavenly beings who bow down to Him. We know He alone holds life and death in His hands, and He alone is able to render perfect judgment of the world and all peoples. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God we read about in Scripture who not only pours out wrath on the disobedient, but also shows mercy and compassion to a sinner and who alone can save his soul.

    Jesus says about fear that we are to not fear man, but to fear God, who can destroy even our souls in hell:

    “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

    And when we know God as He is, our love for our children will be first and foremost a desire for them to be right with God. The state of our children’s souls will be ever on our mind and heart, and our prayers for our children will reflect that desire above all other prayers for them. 
     

     

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