GENESIS: The Patriarchs:JOB.6/3/2018

GENESIS: The Patriarchs:JOB.6/3/2018

Job’s motives for worshipping God had been challenged by Satan during a confrontation in the heaven.

 

Job’s Terrible Trials –  Job 1 & 2

Oxen and donkeys stolen and farmhands killed; Sheep and herdsmen burned by fire; Camels are stolen and servants killed; Sons and daughters die in a mighty wind; Job is struck with boils.

 

Job’s wife

Job 2:9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”

 

Job’s fickle friends

Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu: “Repent and turn back to God”

Job 11:14-15 Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear.

 

Job 22:21-23 Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored – so clean up your life.

 

Job’s response

Job 13:15 God might kill me, but I hope in him. I am going to argue my case with him.

 

Job 16:19 Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high.

 

Job 23:10 But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.

 

Job’s reply to God’s questions

Job 40:4-5 I am nothing – how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”

 

Job 42:1-5 Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I – and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

 

Job’s Blessings

Sees the glory of God; sees himself as God sees him; vindicated by God before his friends; discovers the joy of praying for his friends; health is restored; comforted by brothers and sisters; given double his former wealth; given 7 more sons and 3 more daughters; lives 140 more years.

 

Reasons for Job’s Sufferings

 

  • Satan might be silenced Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5

 

  • Job might see God and himself

Job 42:5-6 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

 

  • Job’s friends might learn not to judge

Job 42:7 After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.

 

  • Job learns to pray; Redemptive suffering

Job 42:10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!

 

 

God Redeems all suffering!

My Decision Today!

 

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