Job 1v1

Today’s post is from the notes that I used when I was asked to speak at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 2018.

Our church takes the service in the chapel at the HRI twice a year and it is my privilege at the moment to speak into this place at the times we do take it.

I often will rely on something that God has spoken to me through and this time we had been studying Job in our Saturday morning mens bible studies. Job is an Old Testament book that I find fascinating.

Many scholars consider it to be one of the oldest books written, pre-dating the Books of Moses and probably known by Abraham.

If this is in fact the case, it is interesting because it testifies to a deep knowledge of God within mankind well before the Law was given to Moses and supports ails contention in Romans Chapter 1 that mankind is without excuse because God has revealed Himself to us in creation and depending upon how we respond to that, will depend on how God will respond to us. It also helps in a deeper understanding of the great hall fo faith chapter in Hebrews chapter 11.

The book of Job is an epic poem and the last few verses where God speaks into Jobs situation are epic in themselves and offer a deep spiritual insight into the nature and Character of our creator God. These chapters where God speaks are made even more dramatic when one reads them after to toning a froing between Job and his supposed friends.

Anyway the reading is short, the notes are short but I hope that they help your interest in this most amazing of books . Ancient it certainly is. Relevant it certainly is. Thought provoking defiantly, challenging yes. A blessing simply put yes. Read enjoy and be blessed.

Job 1:1-5

Job

A Man Devoted to God

Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was also very wealthy—seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants—the most influential man in all the East!

His sons used to take turns hosting parties in their homes, always inviting their three sisters to join them in their merrymaking. When the parties were over, Job would get up early in the morning and sacrifice a burnt offering for each of his children, thinking, “Maybe one of them sinned by defying God inwardly.” Job made a habit of this sacrificial atonement, just in case they’d sinned.

This morning I want to concentrate on Verse 1:

The English Standard Version puts verse 1 like this:

Job 1:1

Job’s Character and Wealth

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

One of the amazing things that I have found about the Bible is that there is so much we can glean about the Character of God, Man and God’s expectations of us. And oftentimes we can learn so much from just one verse. Job Chapter 1 Vs. 1 is I believe one such verse.

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

Verse 1: There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.

What does this tell us straight away?

The story took place in a geographic Location Uz, even though we may not be sure of the exact location of Uz today. God knew where Job was, God was looking out for Job.

The story is a personal one. It is not just about a man, but is about a man called Job

Thus, God’s dealings are personal – Why is this important? Because God wants to deal with each and every one of us on a personal level. You me, the person sitting next to you, the person in the next bed, everyone on this planet is important to God and He knows each of us by name.

The God of the Bible is a personal God.

Blameless, Upright, Feared God and Turned from Evil – What an amazing epitaph that would be!

What does each of these indicate about Jobs character?

BLAMELESS: Some versions use perfect, but blameless is a better translation of the word. It does not mean sinless, there has only ever been one sinless man and that Was Jesus Christ, and indeed it cannot mean that Job was sinless as he confesses himself at 13:26 the iniquities of his youth.

Fundamentally this speaks of authenticity before God. Whilst still someone who failed from time to time, he knew that his standing before a righteous God was right. He confessed his sins, his wrong doings his failures and maintained his relationship with his creator, even to the point of offering sacrifices on behalf of his children whom he feared might slight the name of God.

UPRIGHT: Speaks of his relationships with others. He is seen to be upright, straightforward, not doubleminded, honest, Genuine?

Job 31:13-23 is Job testimony to the effect of his dealing with other people go away and read it at your leisure.

DO you know anyone who is genuine? When you do come across such people you find that you can trust them, they are authentic, what you see is what you get. They are not hiding anything, they do not have an hidden agenda, they look out for others needs, oftentimes at the sacrifice of their own needs. This is what it is to be blameless before God.

The two greatest commandments are Love the Lord your God with All your heart and with all your mind and with all your soul, and Love your neighbour as yourself. A blameless person seeks to fulfil both those commandments above all others.

FEARED GOD: We don’t know how much Job knew about God, especially if we understand that these events occurred pre-Moses and the Law but there is a sense where that is un-important. What is important? If we don’t realize it yet you will if you continue to read the book of Job, that whoever Job was, whatever his ethnic origin, which is probably not Hebrew/Jewish, Job knew God! Is there a lesson here for us today that its not what we know about God that is vital but that we know Him?

As you read through Job, you will observe that Job believed God was Sovereign, Just and had the power to run the world the way God saw fit, marked by justice and fairness.

TURNED FROM EVIL: Jobs character is marked by daily repentance, habitual turning from evil in thought and deed and word. The sacrifices we read about that he made on behalf of his children all point to this. Not only did he watch out for evil in his own life and turn from it, he also petitioned God on behalf of those he loved.

Job is thus not perfect, but he is bracketed together with Noah and Daniel In Ezekiel 14:14 “Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in a land, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness”

These men all lived prior to the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, so what was the nature of their righteousness? Good works, observance of the Law? They probably did these thing in abundance but it was their faith that made them righteous.

If you do not have faith yet in Jesus Christ, you can turn to him now where you are in whatever situation you find yourself and ask Him to make Himself known to you

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