Me: I’m in my house sitting in the living room with my wife and I hear a sound that literally caused me to shake!
I hop up without my shoes unlock the door and go outside and I see an old pickup truck speeding down the street, and they turn the corner fast and head out of our neighborhood!
At this point my neighbor is across the street is outside and he’s looking in disbelief at my car.
I come to see what he is looking at and I see that the loud noise was the old pickup truck crashing into my car!
This was the first car that I had ever paid off!
This was the car that I was OK with driving until the wheels fell off!
This car was now totaled, involved in an accident where I was not even in the car!
And the worst part was that we did not have the extra money at the time to make a car payment.
Upon calling the police and insurance company they did not initially want to help me.
They came and looked at the vehicle and said there is no way that the damage was done without it being on the road!
I was devastated!
I never missed an insurance payment and I paid for full coverage!
I had done nothing wrong, yet I was still suffering!
In the end after a lot of phone calls, pictures, and the help of others they finally cut me a check to get another vehicle.
We may share in having family members we thought the world of only to see them die to viscous diseases.
We may have trusted friends with our deepest and darkest secrets and helped them at their lowest points only for them to turn on us.
We may have done our best to raise children up according to the will of God and they end up going astray.
But to say that suffering always comes from sin is not a Biblical concept and here’s why…
V1- A Blameless man who respected God
V2- He was a father
3- He had been blessed with much (rich) (wealthy)
V4- Kids used to have parties
V5- Job would make sure that they were right with God just in case they were no right with God.
Point: Being obedient to God leads to the receiving of good things.
Satan wants to test Job- V 6-19
This heavenly court appears before God.
Satan is there and after God questions his whereabouts, he states that he has been going around the earth.
God mentions that Job is blameless.
Satan says that he only worships him because He has placed a hedge around him, his house, and his things.
Satan basically tells God that Job is only blameless and obedient because of what God has given him and how he protects it.
God allows Satan to destroy everything in ONE DAY!
He loses his children, his possessions, and what seems to be his livelihood.
And it was in an order that grew progressively worse!
His children were taken last!
Point: Job understood that his previous condition was a blessed one.
But then he remembered where he came from, who brought him, and who blessed him.
He seems to say to himself, “while those things were lovely and praiseworthy, there’s only one thing truly worth praising and that is the name of the Lord.”
Point: The way we see suffering is not always the same as God
Satan is still not convinced (2nd Trial) 2:1-9
Satan again is in the presence of God.
God being there mentions how faithful Job is even when Satan wanted God to tear up his life.
God is proud of Job for retaining his integrity throughout all of that.
Satan says that was a fluke and hints at the fact that men don’t really care about the loss of things or people but if you allowed to be attacked to the point of death, they will turn their back.
Satan wants to attack Job physically now.
God allows only citing that Job not be killed.
Job then has boils on his body from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.
It is so unbearable that he begins to scrape the boils from his skin with a broken piece of pottery!
His wife is fed up and asks him to curse God so that he may die instead of suffering.
When Job’s friends first come to him, they feel bad for him and weep for him.
Eliphaz: "Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
Where were the upright ever destroyed?"
Bildad: "Does God pervert justice?
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?"
Zophar: "Yet if you devote your heart to [the LORD] and stretch out your hands to him, if you will put away the ... ()
v. Young Elihu
A young respectful man.
Who waited his turn in hopes that the “wise” old men would have answers?
They did not.
2. God can do no wrong!
a. (CSB) 12 Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
3. The question should not be “What is God doing to me?” but “What is God doing in me?”
a. (CSB) 26 Yes, God is exalted beyond our knowledge; the number of his years cannot be counted.
27 For he makes waterdrops evaporate; they distill the rain into its mist, 28 which the clouds pour out and shower abundantly on mankind.
Point: Choosing the right master & friends is important.
1. Satan may offer pleasantries, but he offers nothing good or useful.
i. & 14
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God does not apologize to Job
God does not explain the conversation between He and the adversary
God challenges Job to do and understand the things that He can do
With my daughters and wife.
They feel immense pain and sorrow for a time
They question what they cannot do
And yet in the end it is for their good.
4. A bond is made in the suffering between the obedient and the master
Point: Let God be God.
Conclusion: In the end Job after losing his wealth, family, and health learns an important lesson.