The Mount Zijon Assembly of Jah
JOB ... Man of Patience
The human race is beset with difficulties:
Death and loss of loved ones
The loss of possessions
Suspicion, slander persecution, war
The list is endless and the question 'Why doesn't the Creator - if He exists - intervene? is on many lips. The book of Job should be compulsory reading for all believers: because it provides invaluable insight into the government of the mighty universe and of the conflicts that occur in the court of heaven. It also reveals the kind of being Satan is, how his mind works and how distrustful he is of the Almighty's intelligence and judgement.
Job's bitter experiences, his personal sufferings and a look at the spiritual conflict between Jah and Satan, all provide inside information that will equip the believer to face life's trials, no matter how bad they may happen to be. The book of Job is a spiritual first-aid kit. Study it!
1. JOB'S ENORMOUS WEALTH
Job was one of the richest men of his day. He was greatly blessed of Jah. His possessions, family relationships and social standing were of the highest grade. He had arrived at a position of wealth and respect most men only dream about.
- There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared Jah, and eschewed evil. 2: And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3: His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
2. SATAN'S ACCUSATION
It is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the mind of Satan. He put forth accusations against Job and Jah which every mind in the heavenly court found abhorrent. Job, Satan dared to suggest, was not serving Jah for nothing! Job was doing so for payment. In other words the Most High was bribing Job in order to prove that the Holy law could be kept. In effect Satan claimed that Jah was buying human allegiance: He was enticing mankind with material possessions to obey His law. And Job, continued Satan, was the best example of this alleged 'Holy bribery.'
"Remove the benefits and Job will curse you to your face." Satan suggested.
Job 1:9 - Then Satan answered Jah, and said, Doth Job fear Jah for nought? 10: Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11: But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
3. THE TRIALS OF JOB
I have called this section the Trials of Job. It could as easily be called the Trials of Jah, because both were on trial at that testing time.
Job, to see if he was worshipping Jah only because of incoming payments:
The Almighty Jah, to see if He was: (a)
asking too much of mankind as regards obedience, (b)
was able to correctly judge human motives and (c)
was able to tell the end from the beginning.
All heaven watched and waited as the test began and Job's calamities began to mount. Within days Job had lost virtually everything.
TRIAL / LESSON ONE: - Remain faithful with or without possessions.
- And Jah said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jah. 13: And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 14: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16: While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of Jah is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 17: While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18: While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 20: Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21: And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jah gave, and Jah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jah. 22: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged Jah foolishly.
TRIAL / LESSON 2: - Remain faithful even in bad health
Strange as it may seem, Satan was still unconvinced that Job still genuinely worshipped the Most High; with or without possessions. Satan then obtained permission to devastate Job's health. Within days he reduced Job to a human wreck.
- So went Satan forth from the presence of Jah, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8: And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. 9: Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse Jah, and die. 10: But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of Jah, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Remember: All heaven was watching ... And still is!
TRIAL / LESSON 3: - Remain true to Jah even though others accuse you of falsehood.
The next section (Chapters 3-37) is a catalogue of human reasoning, and judgement, most of it completely missing the mark. Job's friends (?) coming to the conclusion that Job has probably secretly sinned and that is why Jah is punishing him with:
The loss of his children
The loss of his possessions and wealth
The loss of his wife's love
The loss of his health
And finally the loss of their respect; for they had concluded that Job was a secret sinner: and this was the reason for his awful calamity.
Amid all this Job maintained his faith. Note his words…..
Job 19:23 - Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24: That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
(Comment: which they were) 25: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see Jah: 27: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
TRIAL / LESSON 4: - Do not question Jah, because we do not know all the facts
Then Jah spoke. In a series of questions, none of which Job could answer, the Most High pointed out the futility of men's judgements which are seldom - if ever - based on a knowledge of ALL the facts. Job realizing the smallness of his opinion says:
Job 42:5 - I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
How about you? How about me? Do we realize the smallness of our opinions? Think long and hard about that fact, before you make your next move!
LESSON / TRIAL 5: - Be prepared to forgive your accusers
This is Job's hardest trial. He has loved the Most High with all his heart and all his soul: even when his wealth and health were gone. Can he now love his neighbour as himself? Jah steps in with a final test, which astonishes all heaven and leaves Satan floundering in total shame.
Job 42:7 - And it was so, that after Jah had spoken these words unto Job, Jah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8: Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9: So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as Jah commanded them: Jah also accepted Job. 10: And Jah turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also Jah gave Job twice as much as he had before.
In other words, forgiveness for sins of suspicion, misrepresentation and slander will only be forgiven if the victim, Job in this case, agrees to it. Take warning!
4. THE PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS
In the book of Revelation we are shown a picture of Jah's assembly in the last days. On a spiritual level every true believer is faced to varying degrees with situations similar to those Job went through:
Loss of wealth and material possessions
Loss of health
Loss of loved ones, family and friends
False accusations, suspicion, misrepresentation and slander
How will you cope? Will you, like Job, look past all the trials of life to the resurrection of the just when, because of your faith, you will see Jah and live forever! Or will you blame the Almighty for calamities which come your way? Perhaps your faith is currently being tested - to breaking point! I do not know. Like Job, perhaps even you do not know. But whatever the reason, you cannot afford to lose your faith: or give Satan the satisfaction of thinking that you only serve Jah for the temporal benefits (wealth, health, power, favour etc.)
Yes, how is it going to be with you?
Will you be patient like Job. Or will you give up your faith, perhaps even blaspheme Jah - and die?
Satan had said to Jah: "He (Job) will curse you to your face"
Job's wife had said: "Curse Jah and die."
Job - the Scriptural Man of Patience - passed every test. I pray that all who read this will remember the lessons the patriarch Job has for us all. Listen to what the Apostle James says about Job……
- You have heard of the patience of Job!
It's quite evident that James learned the lesson. He wrote it down in a book also! The question is, Will you? Will I?
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