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JOB – Book of “Suffering”

Key Verse:  Job 1:21, “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;                                          blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job’s Loss of Children and Health – Chapters 1-2

Job Laments His Birth – Chapter 3

Counsel of Job’s Friends – Chapters 4-37

God Answers Job – Chapters 38-41

Job’s Family and Health Restored – Chapter 42

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The Relevancy of Scripture

It is often said the Bible is irrelevant for today; out-of-date, old-fashion. It is referred to as not applicable to today’s fast-paced modern society and situations. There has been a push in many circles to disregard its doctrines, its reproofs, its rebukes, even in some areas of Christianity. To neglect the most relevant Book of all time is to man’s great peril, for in its pages one finds the struggles common to all mankind in every age and the victories God gives to overcome them.

It was Job who suffered the loss of loved ones and disease in his body (Job 1-2).

The three Hebrew children Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced refinement in the furnace of affliction as teenagers (Daniel 1-3).

Moses struggled with anger issues in killing the Egyptian taskmaster when he thought no one was looking and striking the rock when God had told him to only speak to it (Exodus 2; Numbers 20).

Peter was boastful of following Christ, even dying for Him, only to deny Him three times when confronted by others on crucifixion morning, suffering great shame for his act (Matthew 26).

The Apostle Paul suffered severe hardships at the hands of those who sought to silence his witness of the change that had taken place in his heart (Acts 22-28; II Corinthians 11).

There was the rich young ruler obsessed with riches, Zacchaeus’ promising to restore fourfold if he had defrauded anyone, Cain’s murder of his brother, David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth having to glean for sustenance, Solomon’s quest for knowledge, Jairus’ search for a cure for his daughter, and on and on (Luke 18,19; Genesis 4; II Samuel 11, Psalm 51; Ruth 2; Ecclesiastes 1; Mark 5). The Bible is full of human situations, tragedies, hope, redemption, love and the promise of receiving everlasting life though Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures overflow with examples of lives lived that are beneficial to living in today’s world with today’s people. Man has always had to reign in his emotions and be kind to his neighbor. He has always needed the peace of God to rule in his heart and mind to live successfully in this world and in the world to come. The precious words of Almighty God found in the Bible are just as relevant today as they were when Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked the earth, along with everyone else who lived during Bible times, including Jesus’ disciples when they walked the dusty trails beside Him listening to His very words, the Word of God.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime

were written for our learning,

That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures

might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

A Personal Relationship

There are those who view God as a distant figure, not one to be involved in individual lives on a personal level. But Scripture reveals He is altogether involved in the lives of those who come to trust Him and place their complete faith in Him. God gave Noah explicit details on how to build the ark to the saving of his family (Genesis 6). The Lord came to Job after his three friends proved unsuccessful in comforting him in the loss of his children and possessions, speaking to him of the greater things of God that make everything else pale in comparison (Job 38-41). The Lord personally spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh with word destruction was coming for their wickedness (Jonah 1). Even Isaiah personally heard from the Lord when it was asked of him, “Who will go for us?” and he answered, “Here am I: send me” (Isaiah 6).

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He told them to begin, “Our Father, which art in heaven” (Matthew 6). They were to address God as their Father, a familial term indicating relationship. Paul lays out in Galatians 4 what it means to be adopted into God’s family upon acceptance of His forgiveness of sin, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (a term of endearment). Paul continues, “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

God desires a personal relationship with each one of us just as He had with Adam and Eve in the Garden before their disobedience. Just as the first inhabitants of earth were cast out of the Garden for their sin, being separated from God, God desires we come back into a right relationship with Him through Christ. He stands ready to forgive. All we have to do is accept His free gift of salvation and become His child, crying “Abba, Father.”