Next, let’s see Job’s specific manifestations of fearing God and shunning evil. Apart from the first and last passages, let’s look at verse 5 of chapter 1, which is one of Job’s specific manifestations of fearing God and shunning evil. This manifestation is related to how he feared God and shunned evil in his daily life. Job’s prominent manifestation is that he not only did what he should do to fear God and shun evil, but he often offered burnt offerings before God for his sons. Continue reading
1) God’s Word
(Job 1:8) And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil?
(Job 1:12) And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only on himself put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
2) Satan’s Answer
(Job 1:9-11) Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.
(Job 1:20-21) Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
After God said to satan the word, “all that he has is in your power; only on himself put not forth your hand,” satan went away. Then sudden violent attacks came upon Job: First, the oxen and asses were taken away and the servants were killed; then the sheep and the servants were burned up and consumed; then the camels were taken away and the servants were killed; finally, his sons and daughters were deprived of their lives. Continue reading
Job’s fear and obedience toward God are an example to mankind, and his perfectness and uprightness have reached the peak of the humanity that man should have. Although he did not see God, he experienced the real existence of God. He feared God because of his experience, and obeyed God because of his fear of God. He let God take away his everything without any complaint and prostrated himself on the ground and told God that even if God took away his flesh at that moment, he would be willing and have no complaint. He had all these manifestations because of his perfect and upright humanity. Continue reading
What was God doing when Job underwent these sufferings? God was searching, watching, and also waiting for the result. When God was searching and watching, how did he feel? Of course, his heart ached bitterly. Did God regret allowing satan to tempt Job because his heart ached? The answer is: No. Because he was sure that Job was perfect and upright and feared God and shunned evil, and he just gave satan a chance to confirm Job’s righteousness before him and also gave satan a chance to expose its evil and meanness, and even more gave Job an opportunity to testify his righteousness and his fearing God and shunning evil to the world, to satan, and to all God’s followers. Continue reading