_ Some believe the book of Job is the oldest book written occurring during the time of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There are more questions than answers on the background of Job. The book starts by saying he was a man in the land of Uz, but more importantly it says, “that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” He had very little light on the Truth, but he walked in all of it.
The Bible speaks of Job in 2 other places:
Ezekiel 14:14 says, Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it (Israel), they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.
James speaks of Job’s suffering and his patience, and the outcome God had in mind for him. James 5:10-11 says, My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
In Job chapters 1 and 2 we see Satan incite God against Job two times. God is not willing to do any harm to Job but is confident Job will stand strong under the attack of Satan when God’s hedge was removed.
It is important to note that all the assaults of Satan could be seen as just natural occurrences (attacking armies and natural disasters). I believe we let Satan get away with too much under the guise of it being just natural occurrences.
It’s been said that “fear” is having faith something negative will happen. Job had faith in God but Job 3:25 lets us know he had fear operating also, “… the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.”
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Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan