Thoughts on Job Part Two: Eye-Catching Verses

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.

Quick  Summary:

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.

Thoughtful  Verses

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.

Comparable  Verses

Verse  12:24  was  alarmingly  similar  to  the  story  of  Nebuchadnezzar  running  in  the  wild  in  Daniel:
Job  12:24
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

 

Dan  4:24
This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:

Dan  4:25

That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
I  think  there’s  a  possibility  Job  was  prophesying  Nebuchadnezzar’s  short  exile  here  because  they’re  so  similar.
The  verse  below  from  Job  reminds  me  of  the  verse  in  John  referring  to  Judgement  Day.  Not  many  books  of  the  Bible  in  the  OT  do  speak  of  Judgement  Day  so  if  that’s  the  case,  that  would  be  interesting.
Job  21:30
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
John  12:48
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Alright,  that’s  it  for  now.  Job  is  a  book  about  endurance,  hardship  and  God  trying  our  hearts.  If  you’re  going  through  something  right  now,  just  remember  this  verse:
Job 23:10
 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
It  can  be  tough  and  lonely  when  you’re  going  through  something.  If  you  feel  like  God  is  distant  right  now,  just  remember,  the  teacher’s  always  silent  when  the  student  takes  the  test. 😉
I  have  one  more  blog  to  do  on  Job  concerning  his  seeming  knowledge  of  Torah.  I  hope  I  gave  you  a  little  spiritual  insight,  if  not,  maybe  you’ll  like  the  verses  I  picked  out  below  from  the  Bible  itself.
Extra  Verses  that  I  found  Beautiful:
This  verse  seems  to  speak  of  Yeshua (Jesus.  I  like  to  use  his  name  in  Hebrew)
19:26
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job  5:17
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
Job  42:1-2
Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job  speaks  of  how  he  wants  his  words  to  someday  be  written  in  a  book  and  they  were!
19:23
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
19:24
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
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