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)


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