The Life of Job - Like The Last Days

Isa 22:12-13
The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine!

"Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"  

One of my favourite biblical characters is Job, as servant of God who lived in the Old Testament probably before the patriarch Abraham. He was a man who suffered tremendously like no other man had. He lost all except his wife and his own life. The Bible says Satan challenged God claiming that Job was faithful to God only because he was blessed with abundance and if his abundance and treasures are taken away, he will turn away from God. So Job lost all his seven sons and three daughters, all the livestock and servants. But Job did not turn away and accepted his fate. He said in Job 1:20-22:

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Later Satan again appeared before God and incited Him into yet another test for Job:

"Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."

The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life." (Job 2:4-6)

And so Job was stricken with a wasting disease which is perhaps even worse than death. He was covered with boils from top of his crown to the sole of his feet.

God knew better than Satan because God is omnipotent and he’s not. God had a better plan for Job and He knew in advance that Job will not waver in his faith.

To understand the wisdom why God allowed Job and his family to suffer, let us take a look about Job’s situation prior to this very difficult trial.

Job 1:1-5, emphasis mine.

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.

In spite of his wealth we can find that Job has the following problems:

  • His sons are all prodigal and never feared God. They lived on their own with their own houses. Read a similar story of a rich son seeking independence in the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.

  • Because of plenty, his sons did not need God and have cursed God regularly. Jesus taught that it is almost impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 19:23)

  • He has difficulty teaching his sons

For the sons of Job their end came like a thief. They were eating and drinking at the oldest brother’s house when disaster after disaster visited them:

  • Lost all the work animals, oxen and donkeys (Job 1:13-15)

  • Lost all sheep, the source of livelihood (v16)

  • Lost the camels, big transport animals (v17)

  • All Job’s sons and daughters died – life taken (v18)

Reminder for us today:

  • Wealth should not poison us

  • Continue to live in fear of God

  • Let us weep and wail and not eat, drink and be merry

  • We need to pray always for the Last Days are coming

God may be pleased that Job gave sacrifices and burnt offerings for his sons and daughters but ultimately, it is the soul who sins who bears responsibility for his own sins. One person can pray for another’s forgiveness but forgiveness requires repentance by the sinner. In Job’s case, his sacrifices and offerings were credited and accepted by God but it did not result to the forgiveness of his 7 sons and 3 daughters since they didn’t have any remorse and neither asked for forgiveness. They continued with their feasts and cursing regularly.

Ezek 18:19-20
"Yet you ask, 'Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

Other things we learned from the Book of Job:

  • Job was prayerful man and endured to the end

  • He never turned away from faith, always offering sacrifices

  • Sufferings come to a believer not because of punishment but for a greater reward (Job 42:12).

  • A prayer of a righteous person has a powerful effect if a sinner being prayed for is willing to accept change and will repent (Job 42:8-9).

In the last days, many people, even to some Christians will suffer the same fate as Job and his children:

Job was rewarded for standing firm to his faith. Later on he became well and his wealth became twice as much than before. 7 sons and 3 daughters were born to him anew and no one else in the whole land was more beautiful than his daughters.

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