A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness. Job 10:22
I read the verse above about five times. It’s a verse about death but it’s written beautifully! (It’ll have the hairs at the back of your neck stand out if you say it in Hebrew.) The book of Job is a very poetic and deep story. There are many verses that are very compelling and meaningful.
Job was a wealthy man, blessed and favored of the LORD. God spoke of Job one day in his courts saying, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Satan is among those in the court and insists that if God were to let him lay his hands on Job, that he would curse God to his face.
God agrees to this and lets Satan vex Job. Everything is taken from him and even his wife tells him to give in, but Job holds strong. Job’s three friends come along and tell him that only a man who has sinned against God would have such evil brought on them, but Job claims his innocence. They speak and try to convince him of doing evil for many chapters until another man, a fourth and younger friend, appears. He speaks differently with Job, trying to convince him also of doing wrong before God appears to him from a whirlwind. After God asks Job rhetorical questions, Job humbles himself and God gives him everything he had and more.
When I started Job, I immediately found verse 1:5 showed Job’s thoughtfulness and devotion to God when I read that he made burnt offerings to the LORD just in case his sons sinned and cursed God in their hearts. That’s pretty amazing! He went the extra mile that he didn’t have to. No wonder God talked about this guy!
It doesn’t take long before you get to the part where Satan asks for permission from God to torment Job. And a mouth-dropping part that is; to get insight into a conversation in God’s own court!
I noticed that once Satan got permission, evil happened to Job all at once. First his livestock were taken, second his servants were killed and third his seven sons and three daughters were killed. (1:14-1:19) This got me thinking. Evil like that doesn’t always happen to us all at once. Sure, bad things happen, but not in that magnitude. Job was told all at the same time what had come upon him, while his servants were yet speaking. God lifted his protection from Job and evil happened all in the same moment. It made me think that God is protecting us every day much more than we realize.
And even more amazement from Job, after all this happened, he got on his knees and worshiped. Job 1:21
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.