My ALL in ALL, 2 Feb 2014

February 2

(Reading: Job 1:18-22)

“Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame GOD for anything.”  Job 1:22

(The remainder is paraphrased by me.)

In the book of Job:

There are 290 questions in the forty-two chapters.
Every chapter contains a question mark EXCEPT chapter 29.

The word why is asked twenty-eight times as Job struggled to understand his situation of loss and pain.
Five (5) times in the book, Job affirmed his faith. He refused to give into feeling or thoughts of despair.

It’s because of those 5 times of affirmed faith, that the Bible later spoke of Job as as a model of perseverance,

(James 5 V 11). >”You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard the endurance of Job, and you have seen the LORD’s [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the} end, inasmuch as the LORD is full of pity and compassion and tenderness, and mercy.” (AMP)

************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Job was tragically stricken by Satan in an attempt to prove that human’s are so weak, that when in a place of despair, we will turn against God instead of turning to Him.

After Job’s first trial, Job said “The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away. Praise the name of the LORD.” (Job 1 V 21)

After the second set of problems, Job asked his wife, “Should we accept only good from GOD and not adversity?” (Job 2 V 10)

While his friend(?) Zophar criticized him, Job said of the LORD, “Even if He kills me, I will hope in Him….This will result in my deliverance.” (Job 13 V 15-16)

Job was suffering, yet he declared “I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last. Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh.” (Job 19 V 25-26.)

To Job’s other friend(?), Job confessed, “He knows the way I have taken, when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold..” (Job 23 V 10)

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