Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Reflection - Introduction to the Book of Job

Source Website: http://christianity.about.com/od/oldtestamentbooks/a/JZ-Book-Of-Job.htm
By Jack Zavada,  About Religion & Spirituality, Updated on 16 May 2016
 

Job's blessings
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 "Can a favored, righteous person hold on to their faith in God when things go wrong?" In a conversation with Satan, God argues that such a person can indeed persevere, and points out his servant Job as an example. God then allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him.
In a short period of time, marauders and lightning claim all Job's livestock, then a desert wind blows down a house, killing all of Job's sons and daughters. When Job keeps his faith in God, Satan afflicts him with painful sores all over his body.
Finally, God appears to Job in a storm and gives a stunning account of his majestic works and power. Job, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God's right as Creator to do whatever he pleases.
At the end of the book, God gives Job twice as much wealth as he had before, along with seven sons and three daughters.
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The book of Job, one of the wisdom books of the Bible, deals with two issues crucial to every person: the problem of suffering and the sovereignty of God.

Job (pronounced "jobe"), was a rich farmer living in the land of Uz, somewhere northeast of Palestine. Some Bible scholars debate whether he was an actual person or legend, but Job is mentioned as an historical figure by the prophet Ezekial (Ezekial 14:14, 20) and in the book of James (James 5:11).

The key question in the book of Job asks: "Can a favored, righteous person hold on to their faith in God when things go wrong?" In a conversation with Satan, God argues that such a person can indeed persevere, and points out his servant Job as an example. God then allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him.



Can a favored, righteous person hold on to their faith in God when things go wrong?
PHOTO: "Can a favored, righteous person hold on to their faith in God when things go wrong?" In a conversation with Satan, God argues that such a person can indeed persevere, and points out his servant Job as an example. God then allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him.
Job 2:3: Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."
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In a short period of time, marauders and lightning claim all Job's livestock, then a desert wind blows down a house, killing all of Job's sons and daughters. When Job keeps his faith in God, Satan afflicts him with painful sores all over his body.



In a short period of time, marauders and lightning claim all Job's livestock, then a desert wind blows down a house, killing all of Job's sons and daughters.
PHOTO: In a short period of time, marauders and lightning claim all Job's livestock, then a desert wind blows down a house, killing all of Job's sons and daughters. When Job keeps his faith in God, Satan afflicts him with painful sores all over his body.
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Satan afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.
PHOTO: Satan afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes (Job 2:7-8).
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Job's wife urges him to "Curse God and die." (Job 2:9, NIV)



Job's wife urges him to 'Curse God and die.'


PHOTO: Job's wife urges him to "Curse God and die." (Job 2:9, NIV)
Job 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 (Job 2:10).
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Three friends show up (Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite), supposedly to comfort Job, but their visit turns into a long theological debate over what caused Job's suffering. They claim Job is being punished for sin, but Job maintains his innocence. Like us, Job asks, "Why me?"



Three friends show up (Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite), supposedly to comfort Job.
PHOTO: But the three friends' visit turns into a long theological debate over what caused Job's suffering. They claim Job is being punished for sin, but Job maintains his innocence.
Painting by William Blake (1757 - 1827) - Job Rebuked by His Friends, 1805-6
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Job maintains his innocence.
PHOTO: Job maintains his innocence. Like us, Job asks, "Why me?"
But Job maintain his faith in God, "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him..." (Job 13:15)
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A fourth visitor, named Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, suggests that God may be trying to purify Job through suffering. While Elihu's counsel is more comforting than that of the other men, it is still only speculation.



Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, suggests that God may be trying to purify Job through suffering.
PHOTO: Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, suggests that God may be trying to purify Job through suffering. While Elihu's counsel is more comforting than that of the other men, it is still only speculation.
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Finally, God appears to Job in a storm and gives a stunning account of his majestic works and power. Job, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God's right as Creator to do whatever he pleases.



Finally, God appears to Job in a storm and gives a stunning account of his majestic works and power.
PHOTO: Finally, God appears to Job in a storm and gives a stunning account of his majestic works and power. Job, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God's right as Creator to do whatever he pleases.
"Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?" (Job 40:8)
Painting by William Blake  (1757 - 1827) - Illustrations to the Book of Job, The Butts Set, object 17 (Butlin 550.17) "The Vision of Christ"
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God rebukes Job's three friends and orders them to make a sacrifice. Job prays for God's forgiveness of them and God accepts his prayer. At the end of the book, God gives Job twice as much wealth as he had before, along with seven sons and three daughters. After that, Job lived 140 more years.



God rebukes Job's three friends and orders them to make a sacrifice.
PHOTO: God rebukes Job's three friends and orders them to make a sacrifice. Job prays for God's forgiveness of them and God accepts his prayer.
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God gives Job twice as much wealth as he had before, along with seven sons and three daughters.
PHOTO: God gives Job twice as much wealth as he had before, along with seven sons and three daughters. Job's daughters are the Bible's most beautiful women.  They are the only offspring of Job that have their names in the Bible. 1st: Jemimah, 2nd: Keziah and 3rd: Keren-happuch.
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Themes in the Book of Job
While suffering is the chief theme of the book, a reason for suffering is not given. Instead, we are told that God is the highest law in the universe and that often his reasons are known only to him.



A reason for suffering is not given. We are told that God is the highest law in the universe and that often his reasons are known only to him.
PHOTO: A reason for suffering is not given. We are told that God is the highest law in the universe and that often his reasons are known only to him.
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We also learn that an invisible war is raging between the forces of good and evil. Satan sometimes inflicts suffering on human beings in that battle.

God is good. His motives are pure, although we may not always understand them. God is in control and we are not. We have no right to give God orders.



God is good. His motives are pure, although we may not always understand them. God is in control and we are not.
PHOTO: God is good. His motives are pure, although we may not always understand them. God is in control and we are not. We have no right to give God orders.
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Thought for Reflection

Appearances are not always reality. When bad things happen to us, we cannot presume to know why. What God wants from us is faith in him, no matter what our circumstances may be. God rewards great faith, sometimes in this life, but always in the next.



What God wants from us is faith in him, no matter what our circumstances may be. God rewards great faith, sometimes in this life, but always in the next.
PHOTO: What God wants from us is faith in him, no matter what our circumstances may be. God rewards great faith, sometimes in this life, but always in the next.
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Dear Lord, we pray that although we ask 'why me?' during times of suffering, we have faith in You like Job did, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God's right as Creator to do whatever he pleases. We pray that we can continuously, eagerly look forward to the blessings of God’s Kingdom. Amen!
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, we pray that although we ask 'why me?' during times of suffering, we have faith in You like Job did, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God's right as Creator to do whatever he pleases. We pray that we can continuously, eagerly look forward to the blessings of God’s Kingdom. Amen!"
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By Jack Zavada,  About Religion & Spirituality, Updated on 16 May 2016



Reference

[1] Introduction to the Book of Job, By Jack Zavada,  About Religion & Spirituality, Updated on 16 May 2016,
http://christianity.about.com/od/oldtestamentbooks/a/JZ-Book-Of-Job.htm.

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Ezekial 14:14, 20 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekial+14%3A14%2C+20&version=NIV

James 5:11 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+5%3A11&version=NIV

Job 2:3 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+2%3A3&version=NIV

Job 2:7-8 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+2%3A7-8&version=NIV

Job 2:9 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+2%3A9&version=NIV

Job 2:10 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+2%3A10&version=NIV

Job 13:15 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+13%3A15&version=NIV

Job 40:8 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+40%3A8&version=NIV