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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series
Mark The Perfect Man
Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace. Psalm 37:37 AMP
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The Man Job
Job is described as the greatest man of all the people of the East [Job 1:3]. He lived sometime after the great flood from which God spared the family of Noah, who also had a son named Shem, one of whose sons (named Uz) settled the region that became known as the land of Uz (which was later conquered by he Horites, then the Edomites; and the region became known as the land of Edom).
Job was a man who did the right thing for the right reason. Therefore, he lived a blameless life. He had a reverence for God that so undeniable, that God himself had confidence in Job’s integrity and faith.
Job was certainly also a praying man. He made intercession for his children [Job 1:5]. He must have had a deep love for God, as this is the only way that one could become perfect toward God.
Job was not attacked because he had sinned. He had not strayed to the right or left from following after God. Job was targeted by the accuser of the brethren (Satan) because Job had favor with God. Ultimately, Satan is jealous of what God holds dear – being that he is fallen from that place of honor to which he can never reposition himself. He saw Job’s life as a challenge.
In the days of King David, though God had said that he would remove the kingdom from the rule of Saul, still David would not put forth his own hand to slay Saul, but did run from Saul’s presence at his opportunity, in order to avoid altercation. Moreover when a servant recounted the last moments of Saul as having been slain by the servant’s hand – though it was at Saul’s request, that servant was not spared. David said that the servant should have feared God and not been willing to slay God’s servant no matter the premise. It is written: “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.”
Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. Job 1:6 AMP
Job went four rounds with Satan in today’s reading. In round one, Satan thought he had Job beat; but God pronounced the score: “In all this, Job sinned not…” [Job 1:22]
David had enough reverence for God to fear killing Saul even though God had promised David the kingdom. Satan, however, didn’t think twice before initiating war on a servant of God, a man whom God himself claimed as perfect. This enemy mocked Job, saying that Job trusted in God for no reason – that anyone could claim a heart of trust when they had no opposition [Job 1:9]. This enemy claimed that Job’s faith was like a beauty that was merely on the surface because Job was prosperous [Job 1:10]. A faith without roots would not be able to withstand trials.
What manner of Spirit would have the audacity to accuse God (in His omnipotence) of not knowing who He was dealing with. Satan must have thought himself smart to have identified something he God had overlooked. That pride came before his own destruction.
It is written, the Good Shepherd knows those who are His [John 10:14]
Still, Satan stood in the presence of the Lord [Job 1:12] as he brought a case against Job. If the enemy can go boldly to communicate with God, how much more should the righteous make supplication. One of the biggest problems with the enemy is his need to get the credit for everything – it is a manifestation of the pride of life and part of the reason he has an issue of jealousy.
Notice that in each calamity that Job suffered in the loss of his children and herds, the enemy sent one messenger who said, “I alone” am escaped to tell you. Satan always wants to be the big I with a you that is ever decreasing – the complete opposite of Jesus, who said that He must go away so that the comforter would come. Satan tries to position himself as the “good guy” – who is keeping you informed, when he is the same one who is causing the dearth that he is speaking of.
God knows the end from the beginning. He already knew that Job would worship him with or without possessions of any kind [Job 1:21]. God already knew that Job was not a slave to the tongue; that he would not lash out at God when trouble came [Job 1:22].
It was David who wrote in psalm, “Mark the perfect man…” [Psalm 37:37]. This “mark” can be translated, “notice and duplicate.”
Again there was a day when the sons of God [the angels] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and the accuser) came also among them to present himself before the Lord. Jo 2:2
Job’s first afflictions at Satan’s hand were smitten in the selfsame day. It is written that as the first messenger spoke of its calamity, the second messenger came; and while he was yet speaking the third messenger came; and while he was yet speaking, the fourth messenger came. The Bible does not tell how much time lapsed after Job had lost all his possessions, before the second conversation took place in the second chapter of Job.
It is written that God will not give burdens above what we can bear. However, He also instructs us to cast our cares upon Him. If you truly do this, there is nothing too hard for you, because you do not bear your own burdens, but do immediately cast them upon Him who cares for you. When Job suffered the losses of Chapter 1, he afterward did not fall into a depression, but instead WORSHIPPED God. What a great faith that Job could fight back the negative emotions and find a place of total submission to God despite his trials.
Satan must have been flabbergasted by Job’s response. As was said before, he saw Job’s faithfulness as a challenge. Being his stubborn self, he would not relinquish the fight or accept that he had been overcome in round 1.
Satan was sure of himself that a man afflicted in his body would not only give all that he had to be well [Job 2:4]; but that man he thought would also curse and renounce God to His face. This time, Satan ups the anty, saying that Job will do worse than curse God [Job 2:5]. Surprisingly, Satan has lost no confidence in the weakness of flesh, although he failed royally in round 1 as Job strayed not from the faith.
Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and immediately fulfilled his job of which He had spoken. How many times have you known what God wanted you to do, and procrastinated? Oh that we would be tenacious and not slacked in fulfilling God’s will.
When Satan smote Job with sores that covered his body from head to toe [Job 2:6], Job accepted what he could not change and did what he could do. He tended to his wounds; and Job did not charge God foolishly.
After two failed rounds, Satan must have been nervous that Job would prevail at last, thus he called for reinforcements. He was a lying spirit in the mouth of prophets and he is called the tempter – because no man is tempted of God. So, we know that words spoken to entice Job to sin were planted by that serpent; and He first spoke to Job’s closest companion.
We do not know exactly how Job’s wife responded to round 1. However, in verse 9 of Chapter 2, we get a glimpse of her frustration. And it is clear that she must not have been at least in part a woman of faith, because Job calls her out on poor speech as if it was unexpected. She must have thought that if Job died, the seeming curse on their family would cease. She must have been nervous that the evil was getting closer to her person. She uttered the exact goal of Satan. No doubt the enemy planted the phrase in her mind, that she should entice Job to curse God and die.
Job’s reaction to his wife’s outburst shows that it was not an accepted response in their family culture. And the one sentence we receive from Job’s wife may not have been the entire conversation. This is perhaps only the pinnacle of her thought process at that time. Still, Job did not reason sinfully with his wife, but maintained that God is sovereign; and again Job did not sin with his lips [Job 2:1o]. Job’s heart was perfect, else his mouth would have betrayed God – because the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart .
Job’s body was so sorely vexed that three of his friends who came to visit and condole him could barely recognize him.
12 And when they looked from afar off and saw him [disfigured] beyond recognition, they lifted up their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe, and they cast dust over their heads toward the heavens. 3 So they sat down with [Job] on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief and pain were very great. Job 2:12-13
You might have thought that Job’s trial was over – seeing that for first time there is exemplified compassion toward him. However, Job was still under attack. Even his friends who must have known his faithfulness toward God, also questioned Job’s integrity after that his comfort seemed to abate and his calamity worsened.
Sometimes, your pain can make even your friends uncomfortable. They may not know how to respond to your grief. They might not know what to say or how to approach you when you are in a test. Job’s friends sat with him for seven days and night without speaking a word to him, though they wept with compassion. For one week, they comforted Job in silence.
What happens when your trial lasts longer than your friends can bear?
After these seven days more, Job cursed his day of being brought into this world. He felt the pangs of depression. Satan must have said, “Ah-ha! – Job is now weak.” From this stage, Satan entices Job’s friends to again tempt Job. Suddenly, the men who had sat silent for seven days, were accusing Job of iniquity – hidden sin that they supposed must have been the premise to Job’s life disruption. You can almost hear Job’s friends mocking, “I thought you believed in God. If you really had faith, this would not be happening to you.” In later chapters you can read that Job’s friends also accused him of not being able to get a prayer through – since their eyes God was not listening to Job [Job 5:1].
Is not your [reverent] fear of God your confidence and the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope? Job 4:6
Job’s friend went from condolence to criticism. After seven days of weeping with Job, Eliphaz finally speaks and his words are not comforting, but condemning. He then sites His own experience to “verify” that Job must have sinned [Job 4:8] (which thing Eliphaz judged incorrectly). And then it is clear that Eliphaz’s ideas are not his own – but someone, or something has been whispering to him [Job 4:12]. Job’s friend may have meant well, but Satan was using him against Job to prey in Job’s time of distress.
God hated the Amalakites because they fought dirty. They did not fight a man to his face, but attacked their enemies’ women and children to weaken the opposing warriors before standing against them.
God made Job’s friends to see their folly and stood up for Job after that his wife and friends were bamboozled into speaking against him.
Bible Encyclopedia. “The Land of Uz.” .christiananswers.net/dictionary/uzthelandof.html
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