Job: the Story and It's Meaning

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

RESEARCH PAPER
JOB: THE STORY, GOD’S RESPONSE, & ITS MESSAGE

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR WAYNE POPLIN
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS

FOR THE COURSE OBST 592

LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY
DAN S. LESLIE
STUDENT ID: 3675885

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA

14 AUG 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………...III

THE STORY OF JOB…………………………………………………………….III

GOD’S RESPONSE IN JOB 38–42……………………………………………...VI

THE MESSAGE TO BE LEARNED……………………………………………VII

A THOUGHT IN CLOSING …………………………………………………….X

BIBLIOGRAPHY………………………………………………………………..XII

INTRODUCTION
Man is born to sin; expect no release of it in this battle we call life. A clear example of one man’s struggle stands out among the rest. Setting aside the human condition of sin, Job stood as a supreme being still only being a man; who in spite of his troubles, questioning, and doubts, held fast in his devotion and love to God. In the end, Job is vindicated for his faith and devotion. Within this brief paper I will attempt to tell of Job’s story and its meaningful example to be followed by us all. As devote Christians our trails and sufferings should be viewed, as seen in Job's experience, as a witness not only to God's sovereignty but also as a witness to His goodness, justice, grace, and love to the secular world which awaits our fall. Let us now turn to the book of Job, always remembering that sometimes the lesson to be learned is much easier heard, than it is to actually bear.

THE STORY OF JOB
“Have you considered my servant Job?” was the questioned asked of Satan by God. (Job 1:8) This triggers a book of over forty chapters of a man’s suffering and his reactions at the hands of his God. The story of Job basically falls into three tests and then God’s answer to Job’s cries. The summation of the first two tests came at the hands of Satan and his challenge to God. Job had lost everything, his oxen, his asses, his sheep, his camels, and even his children, yet he did not do what Satan had predicted he would. Job stood fast in his belief and faith in God. He did not curse or renounce God, but bowed before the will of God, and said, what we all hope can be said in such circumstances of sorrow and loss, "Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;    may the name of the LORD be praised.”(Job 1:21)

By doing this, Job only angered Satan, which in turn made him want to disprove Job’s faith that much more. So he went to God once again and said, ““Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 but now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 2:4) It was Satan’s plea that losing all of his possessions was not enough, but to take Job’s health and leave him in pain would show that Job would no longer believe, which leads us to the second test. Job was covered from head to toe with painful boils and disease that included, inflamed ulcerous boils (2:7), itching (2:8), degenerative changes in facial skin (2:7, 12), loss of appetite (3:24), insomnia (7:4), hardened skin, running sores, worms in the boils (7:5), difficulty breathing (9:18), loss of weight (16:8), eye difficulties (16:16), emaciation (17:7; 19:20), bad breath (19:17), trembling of the limbs (21:6), continual pain in the bones (30:17), restlessness (30:27), blackened, peeling skin (30:28, 30), and fever (30:30). As Job sat atop a pile of dung outside the city his wife begged him to renounce his faith as he scrapped at the sores covering his body. Job’s answer was pure in heart, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" (Job 2:10)

At this Satan fades out but instead is replaced by another challenge in the form of friendship. Jobs suffer rejection from those closest to him by...
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