Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 18, 2007

The Story of Job

The Story of Job

Original Question:

Is the book of Job a legend or did the events prescribed in that book really happen? Why would God need to test Job? Why should Almighty God have to prove anything to Satan? Surely God was aware of the response this faithful servant would give! And why should Satan be allowed to torment the people of God for his enjoyment?

My Answer: I honestly believe that the moral behind the account of Job (why do bad things happen to the righteous?) Is more important than its historicity. Parables are frequently used in Scripture to teach truths.

However, I don’t believe there is any good reason to doubt Job’s existence or the events that happened in his life. James 1:12-14 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”

In Job’s case, it wasn’t so much a matter of God testing him as God allowing the devil to tempt him. The devil is a powerful enemy who originally aspired to be equal to God, which lead to his fall from grace. While his power is limited in comparison to God’s majesty, this doesn’t stop him from trying to turn as many as possible away from Him.

Job is any example of a person who questioned why he was being tested, but did not ultimately turn away from God. Unfortunately, many do and this is the most powerful weapon Satan has at his disposal. Despite the fact that the devil is permitted to tempt us, we have good news: The devil and his fallen angels will be defeated once and for all at Christ’s Second Coming.


Responses

  1. In chapter one it clearly states, that Job was not taking authority over his sons behaviour, which means that the devil had the right to come in to torment Job.
    I read it as Job was a righteous man but was not without sin.
    Further reading a servant of one of his companions points this out, which brings repentence, which in turn brings restoration, or times of refreshing as in Acts 3 v 19= Repent so that times of refreshing may come
    So many times we read without reading, we hear the story of Job so many times but when we study it we see the sin


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