Let us digest the book of Job from the Holy Bible in the summary below. It was during a tough time in my life that I got down to really study the book of Job. I was really inspired and learnt how Job handled himself during his trial period. Especially with his emotions.
Let us learn from Mr. Job.
- Job was blameless.
- He feared God and stayed away from evil.
- He had 7 sons, 3 daughters, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 team of oxen, 500 female donkeys.
- He was proactive to purify his children from sin by offering sacrifices to God.
- The bad news was sudden.
- He worshipped and praised God for his loss.
- He said nothing wrong about God. His wife tried to make him convince God and die.
- He immediately defended God by not letting his wife’s bad advice to settle in him.
- Job’s three friends sat on the ground WITH him for seven days and seven nights (1-week celebration).
- They were with him whiles he was alive and going through suffering and pains from his loses and sickness.
- They did not wait for him to die before coming for a 1-week celebration.
- He almost gave up on God but still, he trusted and hoped in God.
- God will not reject a person of integrity.
- Seek counsel from the old.
- Watch your tongue.
- He admitted he was guilty before God.
- You can’t solve the mysteries of God.
- Be silent.
- He believes he has God.
- Be a good comforter.
- Encourage others.
- Job complained about what God has done to him.
- He knew he had done no wrong.
- He looked up to God always.
- Job’s friends believed he had sinned against God and was punished by his wickedness.
- Job knew his stand with God, he knew he was innocent.
- Honest people can reason with God.
- He knew God was testing him.
- Job’s friends persecuted/mocked him.
- Job knew his friends’ explanations of his state are lies.
- Job’s final speech confirms he knew what the wicked do and go through.
- The fear of the Lord is true wisdom, to forsake evil is real understanding.
- He made a covenant with his eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.
- He did not lie or deceive anyone.
- Lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished.
- Job was fair to his servants and treated them equally to himself.
- He helped the poor, shared his food with orphans like a father, cared for widows, homeless and needy.
- He did not trust in his money or felt secure in his wealth.
- He did not rejoice when his enemies faced disaster, he did not curse or seek revenge.
- He opened his doors to everyone (servants and strangers).
- He confessed his sins openly.
- He did not fear the crowd.
- He knew he was very innocent and was ready to stand before God in judgment.
- Focus on the goodness God is doing and is about to do.
- Forget about the judgment to your enemies, for God is our judge.
- Do not be seduced by anger or wealth. God needs your full attention.
- Glorify God’s mighty works with songs of praise.
- Be wise by showing God reverence.
- The nature of animals and their habitat was given by God, including how they behave and think.
- Like the horse laugh at fear and do not be afraid.
- It is better to keep silent than to say much and criticize God.
- No one dares to disturb a wild animal, who then can stand up to God.
- Job’s response to God was very humble, showing reverence to God.
- Job repented of all that he said against God.
- Job spoke accurately about God.
- Job’s friends obeyed God and God accepted Job’s prayer on their behalf.
- When Job prayed for his friends, God restored his fortunes twice.
- Job’s friends consoled and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him.
- Job lived 140 years, living a long, full life.
- His trials were in the first half of his life (0- 70 years).
- His two times blessings were in the second half of his life (71-140 years).
- Job lived to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.
BEFORE AND AFTER SUMMARY OF JOB’s BLESSINGS
|1st Half (0- 70 years).||2nd Half (71-140 years) Double Blessings.|
|7 sons||7 sons|
|3 daughters||3 lovely daughters|
|7000 sheep||14,000 sheep|
|3000 camels||6,000 camels|
|500 teams of oxen||1,000 teams of oxen|
|500 female donkeys||1,000 female donkeys|
THE ANIMALS GOD DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF JOB.
THE BEHEMOTH AND THE LEVIATHAN.
- Eats grass like an ox.
- Powerful loins and muscles of its belly.
- Tail as strong as a cedar.
- Tightly knit sinews of its thigh.
- Bones are like tubes of bronze.
- Limbs are bars of iron.
- Only God can threaten it.
- Its best food is found in the mountains where all wild animals play.
- Lies hidden by the reeds of marsh under the Lotus plant.
- Lotus plant gives it shade.
- Not disturbed by the raging river or concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it.
- No one can catch it off-guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.
- You cannot catch it with a hook or put a noose around its jaw.
- You cannot tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike.
- It will not beg you for mercy or implore you for pity.
- It will not agree to work for you, to be your slave.
- You cannot make it your pet like a bird or play with.
- Merchants will not buy it or sell it in their shops.
- Its hide cannot be hurt by spears.
- Its head cannot be hurt by a harpoon.
- You cannot lay your hand on it.
- It is useless to try to capture it.
- The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down.
- Its limbs have enormous strength and graceful form.
- No one can strip off its hide or penetrate its double layer of armour.
- No one can pry open its jaws, its teeth are terrible.
- Its scales are like rows of shields tightly sealed together. They are close together that no air can get between them.
- Each scale sticks tight to the next. They interlock and cannot be penetrated.
- When it sneezes, it flashes light.
- Its eyes are like the red dawn.
- Lightning leaps from its mouth- flames of fire flash out.
- Smoke streams from its nostrils.
- Its breath kindle coals for flames shoot from its mouth.
- Its neck strikes terror wherever it goes.
- Its flesh is hard and firm and cannot be penetrated.
- Its heart is hard as a rock, hard as a millstone.
- When it rises, the mighty are afraid, gripped by terror.
- It cannot be stopped by a sword, spear, dart or javelin.
- Iron and bronze are like straw and rotten wood to it.
- Arrows cannot make it flee, stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass.
- Clubs are like a blade of grass and it laughs at the swish of javelins.
- Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass.
- It ploughs up the ground as it drags through the mud.
- It makes the water boil with its commotion.
- It stirs the depth of the water like a pot of ointment.
- The water glistens in its wake, making the sea look white.
- Nothing on earth is its equal.
- No other creature is so fearless.
- Of all the creatures, it is the proudest.
- The kings of beasts.
This and many more are what I got from studying the book of Job from the New Living Translation Holy Bible. If you are going through tough times, never give up. Be resilient. Keep trying everything you can to keep yourself busy and not idle. Be truthful to yourself and keep hope alive.
In my own understanding, the animals God described, the behemoth and the leviathan were believed to be myths during Job’s time. But I think they got extinct a long time ago. I believe the behemoth is a herbivorous dinosaur and the leviathan is something like a dragon.
What do you think? Let’s chat if you have any comment. Thanks.
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