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Job-He is our Timeless Redeemer

Updated on December 31, 2014

Job 1:1

"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil."
"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil."

Job 1:6

"One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them."
"One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them."

A Prologue on Earth and in Heaven

The scene is set: Job has seven sons and three daughters. Job has a large number of servants. Job owns 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 donkeys. He is, by far, one of the wealthiest men in his time.

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The Lord: "Ah, Satan, I see you have come to seek an audience with Me, along with My angels. Where have you been, and what have you been doing?"

Satan: "Oh, I've just been down there on that planet You created, walking around down there, seeing where I can best use my deviousness. I've also been doing some people watching."

The Lord: "Have you happened upon my servant, Job, yet? He's a very righteous man. He fears Me, serves me, intercedes on behalf of his children because he hates evil and despises sin."

Satan: "If you only knew how much Job would curse You if You did not bless him in the ways that You have. I know these people; more than You do. Remember how I tricked Adam and Eve? Remember how I got the people to curse Moses? Remember how I put pride in the hearts of the kings of Israel and Judah? This Job fellow, if You were to take away everything You have blessed him with, He will curse You."

The Lord: "Number one; you should know better than to test me. I'll let it go, though, because really, you know your future already! Number two; you win. You go back to the earth, to my servant Job, and take everything he has from him. On one condition; you do NOT do anything to him."

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Satan takes great pleasure in seeing that Job is afflicted as Satan was given permission, by God, to do. Messengers came to where Job was and relayed to him the following: The Sabeans had stolen his donkeys and oxen and killed all the servants that were attending the donkeys and oxen. A fire from the heavens burned up all the sheep, along with the servants attending the sheep. The Chaldeans had stolen all the camels and killed all the servants that were attending the camels. A great windstorm destroyed the house where his children were partying and all his children perished, along with all the servants that were there with the children.

Job tore his clothing, shaved his head, fell to the ground and started worshiping God.

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The Lord: "Ah, Satan, I see you have come to seek an audience with Me, along with My angels. Where have you been, and what have you been doing?"

Satan: "Oh, I've just been down there on that planet You created, walking around down there, seeing where I can best use my deviousness. I've also been doing some people watching."

The Lord: "Have you happened upon my servant, Job, yet? He's a very righteous man. Even after you have taken away everything he ever owned, even his children, he still worships me. I guess you don't win after all."

Satan: "Look, if you take away possessions, a man still has his life and health. Take away something more personal from Job, his health for instance, and he will curse you for sure."

The Lord: "We'll see. You go back down there to where Job is and you give him any disease you want, you make him unhealthy. On one condition; you may NOT kill him, you must spare his life."

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Satan takes great pleasure in giving Job such a disease that boils fester all over Job's whole body, from the very top of his head to the very bottom of his feet. Yet, the only words to exit Job's lips were words of praise to his Lord. Job remained righteous and good, even when his own wife questioned his honor to God.

Job 2:13-Job 3:1

"Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights.  No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.  After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth."
"Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth."

Job Speak with Harsh Frankness

The scene: Job is sitting with three of his friends; they've been this way for seven days. His clothes are torn, his head is shaved and his body is oozing from the terrible boils that Satan has taken such great pleasure in giving him.

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Job: "I curse the day I was born. I curse the night I took my first breaths of life. I want everyone who wants a day to curse to curse the day I was born. I don't want that day to ever see the light of day again. Why wasn't I stillborn? Why didn't I die when I was birthed into this world? Why did my mother have to nurse me and nurture me with her warmth? Oh, woe is me! I am a miserable mess!"

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Eliphaz (the Temanite): "Job, what is your deal? You give words of knowledge to everyone you know; yet, here you sit, your children and wealth gone, boils all over your body, and you're discouraged. You've been good all your life; shouldn't that give you some hope for the future? Why are you cursing the day you were born? Is it not that day's fault that you are in the position you find yourself in. Plead your case with God; it is God who corrects, and it is God who restores."

Job: "Why is God against me? What have I done to be punished in this manner? I have never denied Him. And, why am I even talking to you? You are not helping me one bit. You seem to think that I am the cause of all this mess I am in. So, show me what I have done wrong? I have ever said or done anything wrong to anybody?

Bildad (the Shuhite): "Listen, Job; how long are you going to sit here and talk like this? Surely you don't think God is punishing you for nothing? Your children sinned, they died. So, surely, if this calamity has come upon you, also, you have, at some point, sinned as well. Plead with God for His mercy. God will not reject your plea."

Job: "I am but a mortal man; do I have any righteousness about me? I cannot ask God for an audience; He is too powerful, too wise. He controls all of creation. He does not have time for me. How can I ask God why He did this to me? He can do anything He wants to, He is God. Even if I were an innocent man, what would I, what could I, say to Him? I only know to plead for His mercy. I guess it's true, then, that I am guilty. So, what are you going to do with me? Throw me away, like garbage? I hate my life. And, because I hate my life, I will let my words come freely and say what I choose to say. 'God, why do you hate me? What have I done to offend you? You formed me, You created me, You gave life to me, yet, here I lay, destroyed by you. If I had sinned, You would have been right to punish me; but, I am innocent, I know that I am. Oh, woe is me! Why did you let me be born? '"

Zophar (the Naamathite): "You speak like you are the only one who has ever been put to the test. Surely you have committed some sins in your life that even God has forgotten? You don't know, or have, the same wisdom that God does. If He chooses to do these bad things to you; who are you to speak against Him? But, if you will seek Him and apologize for any evil in your heart, He will have mercy on you.

Job: "I am not so inferior to you that you don't think I do not understand what you are telling me. You are men, just the same as I. Everyone is laughing at me now because of what has happened to me. I am a good man, yet, there are people who do evil and don't have bad things happen to them. Why? God is a great and mighty God, and if He so chooses to do what has been done to me, then He so chooses to do so. I will talk to God; I will ask Him why I have come to such a lowly state. As for you, you are liars; you have all lied to me. I know, as well as you three, that God is great and greatly to be praised. You three just hush. I'll speak to God, and what happens, happens. There are no charges of guilty that anyone can persecute me with. 'God, please, I ask two things of you. One, please quit scaring me with these frightful events in my life. And, two, speak to me. I will listen and answer you the best I know how to. Tell me what awful sins I have committed, and I will make amends that need to be made.'"

Eliphaz: "You are simply speaking now to hear yourself speak, Job. The words you are speaking speak of your sin and guilt. You're shaking your fists at God; of course he's going to take from you what He has given to you. You're pulling down trouble upon yourself."

Job: "Why are you even here? Why are you even talking to me? You're making me feel worse than I have ever felt before. What would you do if the situation was reversed? Oh, what fancy words I could say to you if you were in my place. 'God, please, do not let these men get the better of me.'"

Bildad: "When you get your mind right, Job, then we can talk some sense into you. Who are you that you can get God to leave the important things He has to do to come and take care of you?"

Job: "Why do you torment me with your words? If I have sinned, then I have sinned; it is not your business, only God's."

Zophar: "Job! Why are you talking like that to us? What have we done to you?"

Job: "Okay, then. All right. Let me speak, and when I am done, you go ahead and tease me and torment me some more, if you have a need to do so. My griping was never toward you, none of you. All I am saying, all I have ever said was that while evil people keep on sinning, nothing ever happens to them; but, look at me, I am a man who is good and look at all the bad that has happened to me. And yet, you try to counsel me? You are all fools yourselves!"

Eliphaz: "Oh, Job, you tell us we are fools; but, how are you not so foolish yourself? You were rich and mighty, yet you have turned people away who maybe needed some help. That is why you are wretched and poor now. Repent of your sins now, and God may forgive you yet."

Job: "Oh, if I only knew where to find God at! What would He do if I were to talk to Him face to face? Would He kill me on the spot? No, I don't think so. I have always kept His laws, I think He would listen to me and save me from this awfulness."

Bildad: "How do you think you are going to approach God? You are nothing but a mere mortal man."

Job: "For as long as I live, I will not utter an wickedness against God. I will maintain my innocence. I will never believe the lies the three of you are telling me about all this bad that came to me being my fault. You are all fools. You all talk so foolishly. I yearn to be in God's good graces again, the way I was before all this destruction came to me and my family. 'God, where are you? Please, God, if I have sinned, forgive me; but, show me my faults. I put my trust in you, O Lord.'"

Job 37:21

"Out of the north He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty."
"Out of the north He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty."

Enter Elihu

The Scene: Job and his three friends are bantering back and forth. We can assume that, since Elihu has said that he had been listening to all these men speaking, Elihu has been with the men since the beginning of their time together. Elihu speaks of God with reverence, as should all men. He tells Job, and the other three men, that God is a just God, and that God's way of doing things might sometime make sense, might not make sense.

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Elihu (son of Barakel the Buzite of the family of Ram): "Job, listen to me. Even though I am a young man, and you are my elder, I implore you to listen to my words. As for you three, not a single one of you has said anything that has made any sense. You haven't helped Job at all, and you call yourselves his friends. Job, we are the same, you and I, we are both men, and both of us were made by the same God. You have been spewing words about being free from blame; but, you contradict yourself by saying God has found you guilty and is punishing you. God's wisdom is great, and what He does for one person, He may, or may not, do for another. God cannot be wrong; God cannot do evil. God does NOT pervert justice. He sees you, Job; in all your being, He sees you. Just for a little while, Job, consider all the wonders God has shown to you. Job, when you seek God, you will find Him."

Job 38:4

"Where were you when I [God] laid the earth's foundation?  Tell me, if you understand."
"Where were you when I [God] laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand."

The Lord Speaks

The Lord appears before Job, in response to Job's plight. God's speech, however, does not explain Job's suffering. Neither do God's words defend His own justice. God does not confront the commands that Job spoke aloud to his friends, nor does God give any response to Job's presumed innocence. When the Lord speaks to Job, God makes a vast contrast between Job's human weakness and HIs own divine wisdom.

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The Lord: "Job! Really?! You want to talk to me; yet, your words have no knowledge to them. It's time to face the music now. I will question you and you will answer Me; you will not question Me, nor will I answer you. I created this planet that you call your home. I tell the morning when to come. You have seen but a small portion of this earth; it is a vast earth. I tell the weather what to produce, whether it be snow or hail or lightening or wind or rain. I set the stars in the heavens. I created the high mountains, and I created also low valleys. I created every animal with each one having its own characteristics and traits. If my hands were able to create all that you see, and all that you don't, why would you try to discredit my justice? Job, can you save yourself? Can you look at each man on this planet and know his heart? If so, then, Job, I give you leave to take care of things as you see fit."

Job: "I am sorry for my failings, God. Please forgive me. For I spoke without understanding or comprehending all the wonders my eyes have seen. You told me to listen to You, and I have. My ears have heard every word You said; but, my eyes have also seen Your glory."

Job 42:16

"After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation."
"After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation."

Epilogue

After God admonishes Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar for their having spoken ill of God, they are commanded to take seven bulls and seven rams to Job to sacrifice. God tells the three men that He will hear and listen to Job intercede on their behalves. At which time, the Bible tells us that God head, and accepted, Job's prayers for the three men.

The Lord then made Job a wealthy and prosperous man once again. His wealth was twice that of what he had originally had; even his relatives gave him gifts of silver and gold. Job was given twice the number of animals he originally had; 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 donkeys. And, then, Job was given seven sons and three daughters.

When the time came for Job's natural life to end, he had indeed become more blessed than ever before. He had lived long enough to see his children's children up to the fourth generation. He lived another 140 years, and then he died [old and full of years].

Why do the righteous suffer?

Satan will come to each of us and say, "God rewards righteousness with posterity; but, your righteousness is an act of selfishness because you only want the blessings. If God takes away all you have, you will curse Him. In so doing, you will follow me."

We must say, "I will praise God as much in the storm as I will in the peace and quiet. Get behind me, Satan. You are lower than the dust of ground and beneath my feet you will stay!"

Satan, try as he might, could not get Job to curse God. There is another instance that comes to mind when Satan tried to get a man to curse God...

Matthew 4:5-7--"Then the devil took Him [Jesus] to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. 'If you are the Son of God,' he said, 'throw Yourself down. For it is written: "He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone." Jesus answered him, 'It is also written: "Do not put the Lord your God to the test."'"

Job 19:25

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth."
"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth."

In Job, He is our Timeless Redeemer

Hosea 11:1--"When Israel was a child, I love him, and out of Egypt I called My Son."

This verse is a reminder of God's redemption of Israel from her bondage of slavery in Egypt. Yet, it goes beyond even that. It is a prophetic statement of the coming of the Redeemer of the world...Jesus, the Christ.

Luke 19:10--"'For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."


Jesus came to redeem, or buy back, His people, you, me, all of us.

Titus 2:14--"Jesus Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good."


From the beginning of time to the end of time, the Lord redeems those who belong to Him. We will soon see His second coming, and will live eternally with Him in paradise. This makes me very excited! How could I not be excited! My Redeemer lives!!!!!!

Stay Tuned...

In the Psalms, He is the Morning Song...

The book of Psalms is a compilation of 150 psalms, or sacred hymns, written by King David, King Solomon, Asaph (commissioned by David to sing in the House of the Lord) and many other writers who are anonymous.

The Psalms show a simple trust in the God of all creation, a sense of the sin that one commits, an appeal to God whenever one is in trouble and the knowledge that all of creation is held in the hands of God as cherished and love.

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