This is the 22nd discussion concerning an overview from book of Job, tagged as a book of wisdom. The Apostle Paul wrote the following, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.”
Meaning God breathed, directing His breath into the souls of selected mortals. Who would divinely pen what would become the cannon of biblical literature. Far exceeding 66 books that mortal men determined to be The Word of God.
This was the intended purpose. Each and every word was profitable for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in RIGHTEOUSNESS. So that everyone may be able to cope with what life tosses their way. In the way of challenges. Some may be petty or a nuisance, while others may be overwhelming. (cp 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Forrest Gump got it right when he said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.”
Shortly an exploration of chapter 16 will occur. Previously, we have learned that there is a devil, and he has had audiences with God. That he has free access to roam the terrestrial landscape of earth. Be it by land, sea or air. with one purpose to see whom he may destroy. (cp. 1 Peter 5:8),
That helps us understand, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. Which reads, “And no wonder, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers, also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
During his audiences with God, Satan was asked whether he agreed that that on earth there no man like Job. Causing Satan to reply, “He’s extra ordinary because you protect him and have made him very prosperous. Remove your protection and Job turn against you and curse you!
So, what’s the point? There is no reason to doubt that this ploy has occurred endless number of times. With no one being exempt.
Satan wasted no time crippling Job economically and in personal ways. Again what’s the point? Observe, and keep in mind that God is showing us the elements of terror that Satan has at his disposal. As with Job, he rallied humans to steal from Job. Used those same forces to murder his workforce. And then, inflicted Job with cancerous like skin diseases. Then Satan whipped up a horrendous wind storm that killed his ten children. The point being that all, and more of aforementioned, Satan can duplicate today!
Perhaps this is the difference maker for survival and overcoming. Job prayed, “Naked I came from my mothers’s womb. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (cp. Job 1:21). And here’s the proof, “Resist him, and be steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by all other sisters and brothers through out the world.” (cp. 1 Peter 5:9).
Then Job had to contend with the pious religious hierarchy of his times. Who blamed Job’s crushing woes on his sinfulness. When they were not made privy to the circumstances that that caused his ruination. Sound familiar in any way?
Job did a good job in defending himself. Eventually declaring himself to be righteous in God’s sight. That only infuriated them to attack Job with a more vigorous rage.
And Job resisted them and continued to defend his faith in God Almighty, but it took its toll. So, Job wished that the day of his birth, could somehow be obliterated from from the calendar of history. And, he begged God to leave him alone. So that he might die and find peace in his grave. Convinced that he’d never experience the good life again.
That ends my survey of the first fifteen chapters of Job. And perhaps this is the lesson for all of us to learn. Which is, “There is no event that can occur that is not common to all other people.” (cp. 1 Peter 5:9).
Of course the core teaching is that it goes better, when we are one in Christ Jesus. Not one with Him? Follow the prompts in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.
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