Summary: Our response to what's going on in our lives, matters. How can we show others Who we serve if our reaction to God is sinful? If we cannot even respond with reverence … how will we live properly?

Job’s Worst Day

Job Sermon Series, Part 2

Introduction (Job Slide)

- The book of Job is going to be a very challenging study for us

- Most people think this is about a man named Job who had a rough life

- However, we can easily fail to focus on the main character … God

- I believe this book will be a spiritual mirror for us … starting today

- Read Job 1:1-22

- Pray

Point 1 – Was Job a real person?

- One of our key questions today is, was Job a real person?

-- The short answer is yes … but let’s ensure we can understand why

- The prophet Ezekiel spoke about him as a historical figure in Ezekiel 14:14

- James, Jesus’s half brother, identifies him as one tested by God in James 5:11

- Paul quoted two times from Job as references of who God is

Romans 11:35 (Job 41:11)

1 Corinthians 3:19 (Job 5:13)

- The bible tells us he lives in the land of Uz (modern day Uzbekistan)

- The loses he experiences were carried out by a real enemy, Satan

-- Also, the losses he experienced were executed by real groups of people

-- Throughout this time, Job was comforted by real people from identifiable tribes

- He lived during the time of the Patriarchs, probably ~ 2000 BC

-- This would be the same as the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

-- He lives to be well over 200 years old, common for patriarch’s time

- His wealth is measured in livestock, commonly done in patriarch’s time

- His leadership at home shows that he was the priest of his family

-- This identifies that Aaronic old covenant priesthood was not yet established

- Heirs include his daughters (Job 42:15); Mosaic law prohibited: Num. 27:8

-- Also tells us that he lived BEFORE the Law was given (Mt Sinai) in 1445 BC

- Job uses “Shaddai” (God Almighty) 31 times; common use for God’s name

-- Only used 17 times elsewhere in the OT (refers to prelaw, Patriarchal period)

- But the big question: Why is any of this important?

-- These facts are critical so that WE will know, and understand that this is real

-- This book is not a fairy tale, it is not an “analogy for better living today”

-- It is a historical account of what happened in a man’s life by God’s design

- Re: Wed night: What is at stake is the glory of God revealed to us

-- Honor SHOULD be given to God when the righteous suffer patiently for Him

-- APP: We can face trials with our heads up … knowing that God is at work

- TRANS: So, let’s dive in and explore Chapter 1 together

Point 2 – Setting the Stage

- Job was a man who was considered blameless before God (v1)

-- He was not sinless (there is a difference in those two words)

• Blameless: beyond reproach in personal character and conduct

• Sinless: literally, without sin (led a perfect life)

- Bottom line: No one could rightly charge Job with morale failure

-- He also feared God: he lived in awe, respect, took God seriously

- Job had seven sons, and three daughters; enjoyed unity in family (v2)

-- His family met regularly to celebrate and enjoy dinners/parties (v4)

- He was also a very successful business man (v3)

-- 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 donkeys, bunch of servants

-- In the community, he would be considered “one of the wealthiest”

- Additionally, Job was a man who cared very deeply about his family (v5)

- After each family gathering, he would offer sacrifices for each of them

-- He would dedicate each child to the Lord; signifying they were the Lord’s

-- APP: Rather than holding onto them, he offered them to God willingly

Point 3 – Heavenly Conversations

- Amazingly, we get an incredible treat … to see inside God’s throne room (v6)

-- We are allowed to see a conversation that (no doubt) still takes place today

- God, in His throne room, is being attended too, and reported to, by His angels

-- These angels have been in the world; and have come to update God

-- In the midst of this, Satan also comes to give his report of what’s happening

- Take note: This is our enemy, this is the one who threatens us today

-- However, even he comes before God in submission to report on his activities

- God asks him, “Where have you come from?” (v7)

-- IMP NOTE: God knew exactly where he was and what he was doing

-- This is not a parent asking a child, where have you been … quite opposite

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