Job 1:1-5

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By. Pastor Eddie Byun

  • Regarded as the oldest book that is written in the Bible
  • No mention of Israel, temple, laws, covenant, kings, prophets
  • One of the wisdom books; 90% of the book is poetry (Ch1, 2, 42 are the only prose)

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. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

1. There is a goodness in this world
– Uz is not part of Israel which means that Job was not of a chose race, Israelite but a gentile.
– This is to say that God had a plan to save not only Israelites but also gentiles from the very beginning.
– Job was not perfect but he was a genuine believer and lived for God.
– There is a common goodness from God; it is not just for the right people but also the wrong.

2. There is a greatness in this world
– 7 sons and 3 daughters; both 7 and 3 are numbers that represent perfection and greatness Biblically.
– Job was in an ideal world; but our world is broken.

3. There is a darkness in this world
– Job was fearful that their children had cursed God in their heart
– He knows that the ultimate cost of sin is a destruction of the relationship with God
– Burnt offerings are the most expensive sacrifice; a physical reminder of deadly consequences of sin
– When we fear God, we fear Sin

Prosperity gospel is false because it feeds into the notion of ‘if you are good to God, God will be good to you’ but we live in the fallen world, this does not work.
Even when we cannot see God’s plan, you need to trust God and His characters – that’s how you grow and refine your faith.

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