Monday, July 10, 2017

The story of Job


The story of Job 1
Job was a good and upright man who feared God, and turned away from evil.
The story of Job 2
He had a large household with seven sons, three daughters and many servants.
The story of Job 3
Job was the richest man in the whole land, and he owned much livestock


The story of Job 4
– seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred oxen, and five hundred donkeys.
The story of Job 5
Thinking his children may have sinned and cursed God ...
The story of Job 6
… Job rose early and made an offering to the Lord, for each family member.


The story of Job 7
One day the angels and Satan presented themselves before the Lord.
The story of Job 8
The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’
The story of Job 9
Satan replied, ‘From roaming around on the earth.’


The story of Job 10
Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Job is a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.’
The story of Job 11
Satan answered, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? You have protected him, and blessed the work of his hands.
The story of Job 12
‘But stretch out your hand against everything that he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’


The story of Job 13
The Lord replied, ‘Everything Job has, you can have, but do not lay a finger on Job.’
The story of Job 14
So Satan left to put his plan into action.
The story of Job 15
A messenger came to Job with bad news saying; ‘Attackers have killed your servants and stolen your donkeys and oxen. I alone have escaped to tell you.’


The story of Job 16
Then a second messenger came to Job saying; ‘The fire of God fell from heaven, and burned the sheep and servants, and I alone have escaped to tell you.’
The story of Job 17
Then a third messenger came to Job saying; ‘Attackers stole your camels, killed your servants. I alone have escaped to tell you.’
The story of Job 18
As Job was reeling from all this bad news, a fourth messenger arrived, ‘A tornado struck the four corners of the house, and it killed all of your sons and daughters, and I alone have escaped to tell you.’


The story of Job 19
Job reacted by worshipping God saying, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.’
The story of Job 20
Satan said to God; ‘Skin for skin, a man will give all that he has to save his own life, stretch out your hand, and strike his flesh and bone, and he will surely curse you to your face.’
The story of Job 21
God replied, ‘Very well, Job is in your hands, but you must spare his life.’


The story of Job 22
So Satan left the presence of God with a plan to make Job curse God.
The story of Job 23
Satan afflicted Job with painful sores, from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
The story of Job 24
In great distress, Job cut his hair, and took some broken pottery to scratch his sores.


The story of Job 25
Job’s wife said to him, ‘Curse God and die.’
The story of Job 26
Job replied, ‘You speak like a foolish women. Shall we accept good from God, but not trouble?’
The story of Job 27
Job’s friends came to comfort him and all three cried when they saw his distress.


The story of Job 28
They sat down with him for seven days and nights, and no one said a word, because they saw how great his suffering was.
The story of Job 29
After seven days Job spoke saying, ‘Why did I not die at birth? Then I would be with kings who built palaces that now lie in ruins. The small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master.
The story of Job 30
‘The thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.’


The story of Job 31
Then Job’s friend Eliphaz answered; ‘Think how you have instructed many. Your words have supported those in trouble, but now trouble comes to you and you stumble.
The story of Job 32
‘As for me, I would advise you to seek God. Happy is the man that Almighty God corrects.’
The story of Job 33
Job replied, ‘A despairing man should have the kindness of his friends, but my friends have let me down. Show me where I have been wrong! What does your arguing prove? Is there any wickedness on my lips?


The story of Job 34
‘What is man that you examine him every morning, and test him every moment? If I have sinned, what have I done to you? Why have you made me your target?’
The story of Job 35
Job’s friend Bildad answered, ‘How long will you speak these things? Your words are like wind. Does God meddle with justice? Does God change His judgement?
The story of Job 36
‘Such is the destiny of all who forget God. The hope of those without God perishes. God will not reject a blameless man, or strengthen the hands of the evil man.’


The story of Job 37
Job replied, ‘How can a man be righteous before God? God is holy and mighty. When He passes me I cannot see Him.
The story of Job 38
‘Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain? There is no-one acting as a go-between to put my case to God to remove His rod from me.
The story of Job 39
‘I hate my life, so I will complain freely. I will speak of the bitterness in my soul. I wish that I had died.’


The story of Job 40
Job’s friend Zophar answered, ‘Will your empty talk reduce men to silence? Will no one rebuke you for what you have said? I wish that God would speak up against you.
The story of Job 41
‘If you would put your heart right with God and be forgiven your sin, then you could lift up your face without shame.’
The story of Job 42
Job replied, ‘Truly, you are the only wise people, and wisdom will die with you! I have become a laughingstock to my friends, the one who called on God and God answered.


The story of Job 43
‘Though He slay me, I will still trust Him. I will carry on my ways before Him. He is my salvation, for no godless man could stand before Him.
The story of Job 44
‘You are all such miserable comforters. Surely even now my witness is in heaven.
The story of Job 45
‘I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will take His stand on the earth. When I die I shall see God. I will see Him with my own eyes.’


The story of Job 46
So these three friends of Job stopped answering him because he believed his life was right with God.
The story of Job 47
Another young man that had joined them spoke out saying, ‘I am young and you are old, so I was afraid to give you my opinion as I thought your many years should teach you wisdom. But it God who gives understanding.”
The story of Job 48
‘Old men are not always wise, nor do the old always understand justice. Listen to me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said on God’s behalf.


The story of Job 49
‘God is excellent in power and in judgement, He will not afflict.’ Everyone stopped speaking.
The story of Job 50
Then God spoke to Job in a whirlwind. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world? Who determined its measurements? On what were its foundations laid? Or who laid the cornerstone. Surely you know!
The story of Job 51
‘Where were you when the morning stars sang together, and the angels shouted for joy? Have the gates of death been made known to you? Have you understood the vast expanses of the earth?


The story of Job 52
‘Who gives food to the raven, when its young cry out to God?
The story of Job 53
‘Have you given the horse its strength? Do you clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
The story of Job 54
‘Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread his wings towards the south in winter? Does the eagle soar at your command, and make its nest in an unreachable place?


The story of Job 55
‘The wings of an ostrich flap joyfully. She does not care that a stranger might trample on her eggs, for God did not give her wisdom, or a share of understanding.’ The Lord continued to question Job about the wonders of His creation. And Job remained silent.
The story of Job 56
Then Job answered the Lord saying; ‘I know you can do everything, and no plan of yours can be withheld. You asked, “Who is this that gives counsel without wisdom?” I have spoken of things that I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’
The story of Job 57
Then the Lord spoke to Job’s friends; ‘I am angry with you, for you have not spoken what is right as my servant Job has. Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your foolishness.’


The story of Job 58
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity, giving him twice as much as he had before.
The story of Job 59
So the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his early days. He once again became the wealthiest man in the land. Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and then died.


The story of Job
Job tries to understand the adversity afflicting him.
Job

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