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Job Coming forth as gold

Aug 12 2019

Job

Coming forth as gold

The book of Job is probable not a favorite read by many but it does offer surprising

insight into our lives. Job was an actual person and the events recorded were actual

events. The book that bares his name is thought by many to be the oldest book in the

Bible set in the time frame of Abraham though written at a later date.

The name “Job” has two possible meanings:

1. Persecuted one

2. Repentant one

And both meanings can fit this book! The question that most, like Job, want answered is:

“Why do seemingly senseless tragedies invade my life”. What we see in this book is not

solutions but rather a revelation of both the human experience and God. Years ago Rabbi

Kushner wrote a book after his three-year-old son was diagnosed with a terminal disease.

The book was an attempts to answer the difficult question of “Why, God?” and was

called “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” and spoke of the doubts and fears that

arise when tragedy strikes. The first things we learn in chapter 1:1-5 about Job is that he

is not a man one would think would be a candidate for such disasters as he.

• Has moral integrity

• A selfless service to God

Though Job was not privy to what we are in the book we are told in 1:7 of the accuser

who has come before God “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back

and forth on it.” It is here that we have our answer to “Why do bad things happen to

good people”: We have an enemy who according to Peter in 1 Peter 5:8 is our “adversary

the devil walking about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Senseless

suffering comes from a combination of satan’s continual challenge to the goodness of

God’s reign in hearts when we have embraced His love for us. Satan’s premise before

God is that Man’s worship of Him is based upon self-interest of what God gives us and

God’s allowance of Job’s trials proved that theory incorrect. Like Job’s comforters we all

want to know WHY! Oh dear ones, the answer is not in the explanation of WHY but

rather in the revelation of WHO! We could say as Job did in 23:10 that after such a

time of sever trials that “He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall

come forth as gold.”

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!