IN DUST AND ASHES

Just try to imagine how distraught Job must have felt after this confrontation.

The Book of Job is believed to probably be the oldest Book of recorded Scripture!  Not being one of those intellectual giants of academy, I must find it within myself to be satisfied with their conclusions.

Recall the story of Job!  He was “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (1:1) He had seven sons and three daughters. 

Why anyone would want to own 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, many servants, and “that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.”

The story relates a conversation between Satan and God, with Satan accusing God of protecting Job.  He asserts that if he was allowed to attack Job with physical maladies, Job would curse God, in that he only worshipped God because of God’s blessings.

God allows Satan to test Job.  First he destroys Job’s family, his home, and his animals. When he reaches the zenith of his temptations, he even sends Job’s three friends to endeavor to mix Job’s mind about the reasons that God is a allowing these things to happen to Job.  They do this in back and forth discussion for 40 chapters.  Job’s defense begins with these words:  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  To this the writer adds: “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (Job 1:21-22)  In our modern day classicism: “You can’t take it with you!”

His friends sat for seven days without saying a word because “his pain was so great”.  Job then cursed the day of his birth, but not God, or even sin.  Probably, he even wished that his friends had never come to visit.  We have all experienced such, and should learn when to “zip the lip!”  A few words of prayer would be much more meaningful.

Just try to imagine how distraught Job must have felt after this confrontation.  It is then that God steps in and speaks to Eliphaz, and his two friends. “My wrath is kindled against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.”

Thank the Lord, after His rebuke, all three of these men offer up sacrifices.  God declares that He accepts their confession in doing what He has ordained for them.  And we read: “and the Lord accepted Job.” (Job 42:9)

THEN, God showers blessing upon blessing!  It is described as “The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.  He had seven sons and three daughters.  He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.”  He ended up with 10 in Heaven and 10 on earth. By the way, their names all signify “beauty”.  And Job’s illness left no taint of what he had endured! (42:17)

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