What Can We Learn From Job 1:1-9
1. The theme of the book of Job [in this study] is forgiveness and understanding our place in our relationship with God.
2. Job lived about 400-475 years after the flood so he was probably a contemporary of Abraham.
3. Job was perfect and upright – he was complete in himself as a man and follower of God. He had arrived at this understanding in his life because of 2 things he recognized and practiced:
-he feared God: Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”
-he eschewed (avoided like a plague) evil: 1Thes. 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Matt. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
-Everyone asks themselves 3 questions:
-Who am I?
-What is my place on this earth/in history?
-How can I live a peaceful life?
-Job was “complete” because he knew the answer to all 3 questions. He was the greatest man in the east blessed with children, animals, households, and wealth.
4. We too can be complete in ourselves by following Job’s simple principles: fear God and eschew evil. This is accomplished by:
-Understanding we have a choice to make (renewable every morning): follow me or follow God. Prov. 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” [Yes, I know I said psalmist.]
-Understanding that wealth, power, position, blessings (the good times/mountain highs) do not have to corrupt – it is our choice.
-Understanding that tragedy, heart-break, pain, and suffering (the bad times/valleys) do not have to separate us from God. Job was about to experience the worst day of his life. It wasn’t going to change his commitment to God.
5. Job was a model father [parent].
-he sanctified his children = he prayed for them daily asking God’s protection, provision, and direction for them
-he offered sacrifices on their behalf = he interceded for them to God
5. Job was truly sincere in his devotion to God. We too should be genuine in our relationship with God.
6. Job lived in a time before the Bible was written so his relationship with God was a little different than ours is (and yet maybe not quite so different). While God doesn’t speak directly to Job until chapter 38 (out of the whirlwind), Job explores his relationship and existence in detail throughout the book.
7. Sometimes the Old Testament provides us with scenes that tax our understanding. There has been a long debate over the “sons of God” found in verse 6 along with why Satan was present and his answer to God’s question of what he had been up to. Like I said in class, I wouldn’t have wanted to have to be a part of this scene. We’ll examine the specifics more closely in our next lesson.
8. Satan is still the great enemy of God and mankind and still “going to and fro in the earth” and still “walking up and down in it.” 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
9. Satan was not impressed with God’s observation of Job. He accused God of blessing Job to the point of Job being foolish to not follow and serve Him.