Introduction to the Book of Job. 17 January 2008. Names of the Book. Hebrew: Iyyob, meaning either “persecuted one” or “repentant one” Greek: Iob Latin: Iob. Author of the Book. Unknown; possible authors: Job Elihu Solomon Isaiah
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17 January 2008
“Uz” might have meant “east”
Land of Uz
Land of Midian (where Moses lived for 40 years)
The Lord spoke to Job out of a whirlwind
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil … having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
- Ephesians 6:11,14-18 NKJV
But He knows the way that I take, and when He has tested me I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
Consider it a pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.(Romans 8:28)
Be aware of the spiritual battle going on around you, especially in the area of interpersonal relationship. Satan loves to divide and conquer.
Put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6) – truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God and prayer
Avoid the tendency to assume that your suffering or others’ suffering is due to sin, because innocent people suffer too.
Don’t assume that you know with certainty what God is doing in your life or someone else’s life. We walk by faith, not by sight, so we can never be 100% sure.
Learn to trust God’s goodness and power in the midst of trials and suffering or through tough circumstances.
In the midst of adversity and tragedy, don’t ask “Why?” ask “Who is causing it?”
Put your hope in God no matter what.
Develop an eternal hope, and don’t expect God to do things for you in this life that He hasn’t promised to do for you in the Bible.
Ask God to help you become like Job – His obedient servant, whom He can trust to pass through any of Satan’s attacks.