“I SHALL COME FORTH AS GOLD!”

Job 23:8-12, verse 10 text.

Job was noted for his perseverance in James 5:11 and unwavering faith in God, in spite of his suffering and moments of frustration and doubt. All the facts known about Job are contained in the Old Testament book that bears his name. He is described as Job 1:1, 3. Uz is probably a name for a region in Edom Jer. 25:20; Lamentations 4:21.

A prosperous man, Job had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a large household, consisting of seven sons and three daughters. He was also “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and eschewed (shunned)evil” Job 1:1.

Satan suggested to God that Job would remain righteous as long as it was financially profitable for him to do so. Then the Lord permitted Satan to try Job’s faith in God. Blow after blow fell upon Job: his children, his servants, and his livestock were taken from him and he was left penniless. Nevertheless, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”1:22.

Satan continued his assault by sneering, Job 2:5. The Lord allowed Satan to afflict Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head, so that Job sat in the midst of ashes and scraped his sores with a piece of pottery. “Dost thou still retain thy integrity?”his wife asked him. “Curse God and die!”Job 2:9. But Job refused to curse God. Look at 2:10.

Job’s faith eventually triumphed over all adversity, and he was finally restored to double his former prosperity. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He died at the ripe old age of 140 years 42:12-13, 16-17. When he gets to heaven, he will see that his family has doubled also.

Job is a model of spiritual integrity– a person who held fast to his faith, without understanding the reason behind his suffering. He serves as a continuing witness to the possibility of authentic faith in God in the most troubling of circumstances. Nelson’s Student Bible Dictionary.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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