Sunday, April 04, 2004

The Life of Job

As promised, though a little late, let's look into Job a bit. I've decided to make this a series of posts because the topic is just so huge. There may be over 20 posts. :) Maybe way over. Hehe.
Job is believed to have lived as in patriarchal times, that is, before the nation of Israel flourished in Egypt.
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job chapter 1, verses 1 to 3
Job was a rich guy. He had a lot of stuff. He lived the good life. We see in Ecclesisastes that it says:
A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat and find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes chapter 2, verses 24 and 25
One can say that Job was blessed by God. But the question of what kind of relationship Job had with God may be difficult to answer because of that very blessing. Looking at the Ecclesiastes passage, it's easy to see why Satan said what he did; guy always tries to cause havoc, doesn't he? ;)
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." 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." "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job chapter 1, verses 6 to 12
Job was a faithful man to God. God knew it and Satan wanted to prove otherwise. And so we see the story of Job about to unfold, a tale of trial and woe, wherein questions are difficult to answer, God seems cruel, Satan seems correct, and Job seems to be a toy. Next time, we'll continue with The Fall of Job. Um, this Job thing may take a while...