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Job – Faithful In Spite of Suffering
sources: http://christianity.about.com/od/oldtestamentpeople/fl/Job-Faithful-In-Spite-of-Suffering.htm by mary fairchild
Job is one of the most famous people in Scripture, yet he is rarely listed as a favorite Bible character.
Except for Jesus Christ, no one in the Bible suffered more than Job. During his troubles, he remained stubbornly faithful to God, but surprisingly, Job is not even listed in the Hebrews “Faith Hall of Fame.”
A number of signs point to Job as a real, historical person rather than just a character in a parable. In the opening of the book of Job, his location is given. The writer provides concrete details on his occupation, family, and character. The most telling signs are other references to him in Scripture. Other biblical authors treat him as a real person.
Bible scholars place Job in the time of Isaac. As a patriarchal head of the family, he offered sacrifices for sins. He made no mention of the Exodus, Law, or judgment on Sodom, which had not happened yet. Wealth was measured in livestock, not money. He also lived about 200 years, a patriarchal lifespan.
Job and the Problem of Suffering
Job’s dilemma was frustrating because he had no knowledge of the conversation God and Satanhad about him. Like his friends, he believed good people should enjoy a good life. When bad things started to happen, he looked for a forgotten sin as the cause. Like us, Job could not understand why suffering happens to people who don’t deserve it.
His reaction set a pattern we still follow today. Job got his friends’ opinions first rather than going directly to God. Much of his story is a debate over the “Why me?” question.
Besides Jesus, every Bible hero is flawed. Job, however, even got an endorsement from God. Perhaps we have trouble identifying with Job because we know we don’t approach his level of righteousness. Deep down, we believe life should be fair, and like Job, we’re baffled when it is not.
In the end, Job did not get a definite answer from God about the reason for his suffering. God restored, by double, everything Job had lost. Job’s faith in God was steadfast. He held to what he said early in the book: “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;” (Job 13:15a, NIV)
Job became fabulously wealthy and did it honestly. The Bible described him as the “greatest man among all the people of the East.”
Job was singled out by God as someone who “is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” He performed sacrifices on behalf of his family in the event anyone inadvertently sinned.
He fell victim to his culture and thought his suffering must have a traceable cause. He felt worthy of questioning God.
Life Lessons from Job in the Bible
Sometimes suffering is not related to anything we have done. If it is allowed by God, we must trust him and not doubt his love for us.
The land of Uz, probably between Palestine, Idumea, and the Euphrates River.
References to Job in the Bible
Job was a rich landowner and livestock farmer.
Children: Seven unnamed sons and three unnamed daughters killed when a house collapsed; seven later sons and three daughters: Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch.
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.” (NIV)
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “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.” (NIV)
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. (NIV)
(Sources: Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robert Jamieson, A.R. Faussett, David Brown; Life Application Study Bible, Tyndale House Publishers Inc.;gotquestions.org)
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