JOB – LESSON 2
Job was a very wealthy man. Being in the location of Uz which was near the trade route between Egypt and Babylon likely was a benefit. (Halley.) He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen (1,000 oxen), 500 female donkeys, and a very large household of servants besides his seven sons and three daughters.
Despite his massive wealth, he took no great pride in himself as he was a virtuous and righteous man. Unlike their father, his spoiled brat adult children reveled in a party lifestyle. This grieved Job such that he regularly rose early in the morning to offer burnt offerings to God to cover their sins and sanctify them in case they had sinned. (Job 1:1-5.)
Job’s piety clearly annoyed Satan. There came an appointed day when “the sons of God” were allowed to present themselves before Jehovah. Satan came with them. God asked Satan where he had just come from, and Satan replied that he had been roving all over the earth. (Job1:6-12.)
God asked Satan what he thought about His righteous man Job. Satan accused God of keeping an (angelic) hedge of protection around Job and had greatly blessed him. Satan laid out a challenge.
Satan, in essence, said (my paraphrase), “Does Job fear (revere) God for no reason? You have given him a wealthy life of ease. I’ll bet that if you remove his protection so that I can take everything from him and make his life miserable that he will feel that he has served you in vain. Then he will surely turn away and curse you.”
God accepted Satan’s challenge. He told Satan (paraphrased), “okay, he is in your hands now. Take your best shot, only do no harm to the man himself.” Satan accepted the challenge and went to work on it.
God was confident of Job’s devotion and his integrity. How did this play out? We shall see tomorrow.
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