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“Job” in the New Testament

By Fergus Davar

Hi people I am writing again. Yes, this to is from a sermon I heard today at Church by a visiting Pastor. The Word today is from the book of Job from the Old Testament of the Bible. I have previously written using extractions from the book of Job but that was on a different topic “God is Sovereign”, this time the aim is to show you how to trust God even in the face of trouble. I will use this  man of God, Job for an example.

The Job in the Bible was a very wealthy man with 7 sons and 3 daughters; he had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and many servants. The Bible says that he was the greatest man in the east. Now there was a day where all the supernatural beings who served God, assembled before God & among them was Satan. God asked Satan as to what he was doing? and Satan’s reply was roaming around aimlessly (doing nothing for God). Then God boast of his servant Job to Satan but Satan tells God that the only reason Job was faithful to Him was because he was richly blessed but if all he had were to be taken away then he would curse God. God hears this and to show that Satan is wrong .again, he allows Satan to take charge of all that Job has but warns Satan that he should not harm Job. Now let’s see how this takes its toll. A messenger comes in and tells job that the Sabeans robbed all the donkeys, & killed the servants that were ploughing the nearby field with oxen. Before the messenger even finishes saying everything another servant comes in and says that lightening struck all his sheep & shepherds and killed them all. Before even he could finish, another servant comes in saying 3 bands of Chaldean raiders attacked and killed all the servants present there and then and robbed the camels. As though this could not get any worse, while this servant was still speaking another servant comes in and tell job that his children were feasting at his eldest son’s house and a strong wind came in and brought the whole house down killing them all. Just imagine this happening to you or me. If I were to loose all that I had even my children if I had any, I would have lost my mind. Whoever would have been left in my family would have had to put me in the mad house. But let me quote to you Job’s reaction.

Job 1:20:22

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.

21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Satan then had to go about his usual day to day task of eating his own words, as Job was still upright. Satan later in the book of Job, attacks Job and Job breaks out with severe skin disease and gets sores all over his body. Job’s friends are of no comfort at all to him, in fact they tell Job and he is paying for the sinful life that he is living. Let me quote to you part of Job’s answer to his friends. Here Job is talking about God.

Job 23:8-14

8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;

9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.

10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

11 My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.

12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

13 But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.

14 For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.

You can see form verses 8-9 that Job subconsciously admits that he does not know what God is doing. However from verse 10 Job consciously knows for sure that God knows the Job’s plight right there and right then & Job is going to come out of all this as precious as gold because he is in God’s hands. Now, I would like to draw a parallel between Job 23:8:14 from my Old Testament & Luke 8:4-15 from my New Testament. Let me quote Jesus’ Word from Luke 8:4-15 for you.

The Parable of the Sower

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:

5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it.

6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.

8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,

10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.

15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

You can see from Luke 8:8, Jesus says that “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”. Now common sense

will tell you that it does not literally mean what it says. It is the people who “listen” to Jesus’ word and put it into work in their lives that are said to have “ears” because these are the people who “listen & obey”. Now you cannot say that you are “listening” if there is no reaction to what you have heard. Also listening to Jesus, is listening to God because Jesus is God in union with His Father and the Spirit. Let’s now go back to the book of Job, Job 23:11-12 will show you how Job had “ears” (listened & obeyed). You can add 2 and 2 and see that Job obeys the word of Jesus. You may come up to me and say “hey there is no Jesus in the book of Job or in the whole Old Testament for that matter” & my reply to you will be that you know God just as well that the people of the Old Testament, check Jeremiah 4:22 or let me show you the same in the book of Job itself. From Job 23:8-9, you can see that Job, in search of spirituality moved forward backward right and left but Job could not see God or even learn of what he is doing or even know (perceive) God. So you see Job did not know the identity of God but he knew that God was with him and that is why Job says in verse 11 that he has followed God every step of the way and never gone astray. From verse 12 you can see how seriously Job takes God’s word. Even though Job may not know God’s unique identity, God talks to Job because that is how God intends to let Job know that God is leading him. From Luke 8:11 you can see that the seed is the word of God. Now to show you that the Sower of Seed is Jesus as God Himself & not as a mere messenger, let me quote to you Luke 6:46-49.

Build Your House on the Rock

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:

48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

You can see from verse 46, Jesus again raising the issue of he who has ears let him hear. Verse 47 will show you that Jesus is taking the “ownership” of what he says, as he says “my words” and shows that he is not speaking as a messenger or prophet but is speaking as God Himself. You may have got the gist of the story or Job by now. Even though disaster struck him, he held on to the word of God. You can also see from Luke 6:48 the example of a person you holds on to the Word of Jesus, disaster strikes but the man still stand because he “listens & obeys” the Word of Jesus. Job from the Old Testament is an example of a man in Luke 6:48 who built his house on Jesus’ Word & Jesus is that same God in Old Testament whose Word Job treasured more than his own food as in Job 23:12.

I would also like to quote to you from my Bible to show you Jesus’ love for His people. Jesus shows how much he loves His people through this parable. To keep you informed parables are earthly stories that Jesus often used to explain spiritual realities of the Kingdom of heaven to the people.

Luke 15:8-10

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?

9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’

10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

To conclude, I would like to show that Job was blessed even more than previous, for holding on to Jesus and following him closely. Job came through all of this as gold (Job 23:10).

Job 42:10-17

The LORD Restores Job’s Fortunes

10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.

12 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch.

15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations.

17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days.

By Fergus Davar (Saved by HIS grace), just a pen in His Hand.

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