READING THROUGH THE BIBLE: 2008 - 2010
The Book of JOB
January 2010


Job has 42 chapters.
If you read 3 chapters a day
you will finish the book in 14 days
 
 
If I had to sum the book of Job up in one sentence it would be God saying to Job: It's not about you, it's about ME.
 
THE CENTRAL REASON FOR THE BOOK OF JOB

It is believed by some that Job is the first recorded or written book of the Bible.  There is no mention of covenants or the Torah.  Job was from the Land of Uz. Uz probably refers to a son of Aram and grandson of Shem  (Genesis 10:23). Through his seed came Abram who God later named Abraham. 
 
The book of Job is not a very popular book. It's purpose is debated often with the general focus being why God allows suffering or, Why bad things happen to good people. I heard someone offer another view: Why do good things happen to bad people?
 
This rightly places the focus on God's goodness, His mercy, His love and Grace and, His longsuffering TOWARDS mankind, because man basically believes he is good but good men don't need a Saviour.
 
Though there are several interpretations as to the meaning of Job's name, the meaning "repent" or "return to God" seems to fall inline with the theme of the book. One thing I pray you will remember is that God is showing us this process behind the scenes as He brings Job forth.

As we read Job, God outlines for us what the book is about in the beginning chapters. First---
 
Job 1:5 - Job: And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and CURSED God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Job 1:11 - Satan: "But put forth thine hand now, and touch ALL THAT HE HATH, and he will CURSE thee to thy face."

Job 2:5 - Satan: "But put forth thine hand now, and touch his BONE and his FLESH, and he will CURSE thee to thy face."
 
Job 2:9 - Job's wife: "Dost thou still retain thine integrity? CURSE GOD, and die"
 
In Job the word curse means to blaspheme. It is in fact the opposite of praising and worshiping God. To blaspheme God is to praise and worship satan.
 
Genesis 3:14 -  GOD: And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
 
satan is the cursed one. Here God reveals He is not only GOD (Elohim the Creator) as was revealed in Genesis 1:1,  but the LORD God. Why? Because the Serpent is the devil and satan, who had been cast out of heaven for blaspheming God and attemptig to exalt himself above the throne of God as if he is God. He tempted Adam and Eve and won that round. But God is reminding satan of who HE is here.
 
This helps us understand two things. 1. What satan was hoping to accomplish through tormenting Job. 
 
2. That the book of Job is probably the oldest written book of the Bible, written long before the Torah. satan appeared in chapter one of Job among the sons of God, a term used before the Noahic flood for angelic or spirit beings, both good and evil.


SATAN'S CHILDREN BLASPHEME GOD - THEY ARE LIKE THEIR FATHER
 
The infamous but compromised prophet Balaam was tempted to curse the people of Israel for a price and try as he might he could not because you cannot curse who and what God has blessed (Numbers 22:12)
 
Moses warned the Hebrews, they could choose blessing or cursing based on trusting in the Lord or going their own way (Deuteronomy 28)
 
In the book of Revelation we found that during the Tribulation Period while they are being tormented and near death man still blasphemes God (Revelation 16:9,11,21). This is why we must become brand new cretions - BORN AGAIN from above. God does not change the origin of a seed. So he births us from new seed. Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are of His seed. We lived cursed in the world until Christ. Now we are blessed!
 
At the end of the book we read where believers will dwell with God forever and there is no more curse (Revelation 22:3)
 
 
Apostle Paul writes in the Epistle to the Galatians, chapters 3-5 unfolding for us the revelation of the Gospel that Jesus became a curse for us and through Him we are no longer under the curse of the Law (Torah) that came because the Israelites did not keep all the Torah (Every dot and tittle) and to break one law is to break them all.
 
Only the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour could and did keep the Law perfectly and was therefore the only one who could save and deliver us all.  So in Him and in Him alone we have salavation. Glory to God!
 
Beloved. the Holy Spirit is with and in us to preserve us unto His Holy and heavenly Kingdom.
 
In the book of Job satan attempted to do what he continues to try and do----to curse what God has blessed. He desires mankind to blaspheme God in order to set up his own kingdom, to replace God.
 
 
Where does what Job greatly feared come in?
 
Reading Job reminds me of Martin Luther who was a priest of the Catholic Church and lived in fear, trying to do all the right things, who thought that God's righteousness and salvation was dependent on what he could do to please God until the mercy of God drew Him to a scripture that changed his mind and heart and transformed his life.
 
He then received Jesus Christ as His Saviour and Lord. God gave him a miniostry that has gone down in history. Before, he was a servant. After, he became a son. It was no longer him trying to obtain righteousness in himself or his deeds, but depending on the righteousness of God that is in Christ Jesus. This is the journey of Job. God called Job righteous. Why? He calleth those things that be not as though they were.
 
EXAMPLE: Jesus went to the Cross for the whole world past, present and future, but only those who confess and believe on Him will be saved. The Salvation is there for all men but all men will not recieve the offer of Salvation. Job was righteous before God but remember, God is allowing us to see behind the scenes. He is bringing Job to repentance that what God has ordained for him will become a reality--righteous standing before God. We are simply shown what God was going to do for Job all along. Just as He has done for us.
 
Anyone can confess they trust God but when the goodies stop and the trials and persecutions begin that is when the metal is tested. Do we love God or do we love the stuff he has blessed us with? That is what satan came before God to determine: Take all he has and he will curse you to your face. God said, (in my own words) I don't think so, but go ahead, shoot your best shot---but don't touch his LIFE.
 
Many in this world who are not yet in the Kingdom but will be,  are suffering like Job because the enemy has to try and redirect them before they actually recieve Jesus Christ through the Gospel. Others refuse to be saved at least for the time being because they believe God will take everything they have accumulated in this world---like Job.
 
Yes, God allowed Job to be persecuted, tormented and to suffer loss. It sounds like the same thing that believers go through all over the world. From here in the U.S. to Africa to China and over to Russia etc etc. Believers suffer for the faith we have in Christ in one way, or the other. Job lost possessions, family and his health.  Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy --

2 Timothy 2:1-3

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

In other words Paul admonished him to accept men who would not compromise the Gospel in the face of persecution or even torment from a world that opposes Christ. Job is like a composite of suffering believers in a world boiling over with evil and darkness. It doesn't mean we will all be touched with everything Job endured. He is a picture of what all believers collectively endure while living in THIS world.

As you read Job keep this in mind. It will help you understand the book better. From the end of chapter 2 until chapter 38, what we see is what is prevailing today. We talk much about God, much wisdom being spoken about God. Books about God but...

CHAPTER 38

God listened until chapter 38 and then HE speaks. Finally in 42:6 what do we read? Job REPENTS in dust and ashes. God calleth things that be not as though they had already happened. He proved Job and Job was found faithful. Job is the story of the persecuted believer in Christ the Messiah.

Job was literally restored and recieved double what he had before. Not in the sweet by and by,  but in his life time. It is also a spiritual picture of the believer of whom Jesus said the thief cometh to steal, kill and to destroy but I have come that ye might have life and that more abundantly (John 10:10)

Paul said in Philippians chapter 4, that whatever state he was in he had learned to be content. That he had learned to be both full and hungry, to have and to suffer need, that he could do all these thing through Christ who strengthened Him. This is what Job learned. He went from a shallow relationship with God to blessed intimacy and he no longer feared those things that could come upon him.

 

Remember what Jesus said about being his disciple in Luke 14:25-27

And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Now that word hate does not mean what we think. It means that unless you love Jesus more than you love the relationships you have with your family and friends you will not be able to be a disciple of his. Our emotional and blood kinship to others will be a hinderance. This is real Christianity and this is what Job faced.

 

 

CHAPTER 46:7-17

Beloved, if God allows you to go in, it means HE has already planned to bring you through---abundantly for His glory.

 

CHAPTER 1:20-22 - Job's name means repentance or return to God...

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 

Be blessed because you are!
Glory to God!