Daily Archives: 2015-09-02

The Church of Almighty God | 1. Evaluation of Job from the Bible and God

(Job 1:1) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil.

(Job 1:5) And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

(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?

What do you see is the main point of these passages? The three short passages of scripture are all related to Job. Although the content is not much, it makes very clear what kind of man Job is. Here, by giving an account of Job’s daily actions and behavior, it tells everyone that God’s evaluation of Job is not groundless, but based on reason and evidence. The three passages of scripture tell us that both men’s evaluation of Job (Job 1:1) and God’s evaluation of Job (Job 1:8) are based on his actions and behavior before God and men (Job 1:5).

First, let’s look at the first verse: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil.” This passage is the first evaluation of Job recorded in the Bible. It is the comment on Job from the writer of Job, which of course also represents men’s evaluation of Job. The evaluation is: that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil. Then, let’s see God’s evaluation of Job: there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil. (Job 1:8) Of the two evaluations, one is from men, and the other is from God. They are two evaluations with the same content. It clearly shows that Job’s actions and behavior were known to men and were also commended by God. That is to say, Job’s behavior before men accorded with his behavior before God. He always laid his actions and intents before God for God to search, and he “feared God and shunned evil.” So, in God’s eyes he was the only one on earth who “was perfect and upright, and feared God and shunned evil.”