Job’s Family And Background

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Integrity

Job lived in the land of Uz which was somewhere in the Middle East (v. 1). Will anyone serve the Lord if he doesn’t receive personal gain from it? This was Satan’s subtle suggestion as he accuses Job of serving God because it pays. This attack was on the integrity of God, for it suggested that the only way He can get people to worship Him is to promise them wealth. God said Job’s character was impeccable and gave four characteristics of his life:

  1. Perfect - This did not mean that he was sinless but that he was well-balanced, a man of integrity, open, transparent; and he lived up to the light that he had.
  2. Upright - This relates to his relationship with others, and means he was faithful, loyal, and he was a man of high moral character.
  3. Feared God - This doesn’t mean a trembling fear, but he had an awesome respect for God.
  4. Eschewed (avoided) evil - He rejected evil, and as a deliberate act of will turned aside from temptation and opportunities to do wrong. In other words, he walked his talk.
Job was a very wealthy man, but more importantly, he was a happy family man and a godly man (vv. 2-3). We see here a remarkable close family, with love expressed among the brothers and sisters. He was a very concerned father whose greatest fear seems to be that his children would sin (v. 4), so he offered sacrifices for them (v. 5).The next scene opens in heaven with conversation between God and Satan (vv. 6-7). God gives a good report of Job (v. 8) and Satan accuses God of putting a hedge around Job (vv. 9-10). God permits Satan to take all of Job’s possessions (vv. 11-12).

Application

What would I have said if I had been in Job’s circumstances? Perhaps - Why me?  Many people have cursed God to His face and left the church for less than what Job suffered. I must always remember that I am merely a steward of God’s possessions and not the real owner.

Job 1:1-12 (English Standard Version)

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

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