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June 11, 2023

What an example!

Job 1:1-22

As we approach Father’s Day, we are going to look at a man

that is not credited necessarily for being a father as much as

something else. We all have probably heard the saying that has

made Job a household name. “You have the patience of Job.”

Job endured more things than possibly anyone else in the

history of the world. If it could happen to a person, it did to Job.

In the 5 th verse we see the love and concern he had for his

children. As we read his sons loved to have feasts from time to

time where they would invite all their brothers and sisters to

join in. Job apparently did not attend these parties but was

concerned about what might be going on at them. So, when he

knew the feasts were over, he would get up early in the

morning and offer sacrifices on behalf of his children to God.

These sacrifices were the type that would cover sins against

God that might have been committed during these feasts.

In the very first verse, we read he sees Job was undeniably a

righteous and upright man before God. God had blessed Job

and his family in part because of this faithfulness and Satan was

telling God, “If you allow me to take away these blessings Job

will not be such a faithful person.” The only reason, Satan said,

that he is staying true to you is because of your blessing and

protection of Job and his family. So, God said to Satan, “Do

what you want to Job but you cannot take his life.” So, on it

began. We read how Satan had all of Job’s livestock carried off

or killed. Then Satan saw to it that at one of the sons feasts the

building collapsed, killing all of his children. After he was told

the news from the one surviving person from the feast Job’s

reaction was, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and

naked I will depart. The Lord gave the Lord has taken away.

May the Lord be praised.” In all this Job did not sin by charging

God with wrong doing. Obviously, Job did not know it was

Satan doing all these things to him. It is true God was allowing

Satan to do these things to him and his family. Satan was

stunned that Job did not instantly turn from God and expressed

anger, even hatred and rejection of God but he didn’t. Satan

then said to God, “If you allow me to harm Job physically then

he will curse you God.” God said, “Very well you can take his

health but you cannot take his life.” So, Satan brought serious,

painful health problems to Job. In the midst of this trial Job’s

wife even said to her husband, “Why don’t you curse God and

die? That does not sound very nice or reassuring from Job’s

wife, but I am sure she was confused and disillusioned from

losing her children, their possessions and now watching her

husband go through these health problems. She knew there

was nothing she could do to help and felt maybe it would be

better for her husband if he could die.

If we were to reread all of the book of Job, you would see his

frustration and disappointment about all the things he was

going through but never would he ever truly blame God for all

his troubles. Even Job’s friends piled on wondering how he

could remain faithful to God through all the problems that

seemed to never go away. Every time someone questioned

Job’s faithfulness to God, Job would give an inspirational

answer saying, “What right do we have to expect anything from

God?” Once again Job made it clear he wasn’t happy things

were happening to him as they were but recognized God’s

sovereignty in all things. After all the things Job endured, when

his close friends tried to come up with explanations that were

not in agreement with God we see what Job said to the Lord

how God dealt with Job’s friends and what ultimately happened

to Job in verse 42 and the final chapter.

Let us read this amazing conclusion to all of the things Job

endured for such a long time.

Job 42 Then Job replied to the LORD:

2  “I know that you can do all things;

    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

3  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’

    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

    things too wonderful for me to know.

4  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

    I will question you,

    and you shall answer me.’

5  My ears had heard of you

    but now my eyes have seen you.

6  Therefore I despise myself

    and repent in dust and ashes.”


7  After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am

angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me,

as my servant Job has.  8  So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant

Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I

will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken

the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”  9  So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the

Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted

Job’s prayer. 10  After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and

gave him twice as much as he had before.  11  All his brothers and sisters and everyone

who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and

consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him

a piece of silver [a]  and a gold ring. 12  The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more

than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a

thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.  13  And he also had seven sons and

three daughters.  14  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the

third Keren-Happuch.  15  Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as

Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

16  After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to

the fourth generation.  17  And so Job died, an old man and full of years.

We see God was merciful first of all to Job’s three friends that

also did not understand what and why all these things were

happening to Job. God made it clear to Job’s friends how wrong

they were about everything and then had Job himself do the

things that brought his friends back to a right relationship with

Him. Then we see God restored everything and more back to

Job when God said to Satan, “You can now see what a

tremendous man Job is and what an amazing example he is to

everyone around him.” Job was once again blessed with 7 more

sons and 3 more daughters. We see God blessed Job’s

daughters with beauty unlike anyone else. Job even did what

was not common in that day by giving his daughters an

inheritance along with their brothers.

In the final two verses of the Chapter 42, we are told Job lived

140 years. He saw his children and their children to the 4 th

generation and so he died old and full of years. Job was a

tremendous example to everyone who knew him. After

everything he endured God make sure his children, his

grandchildren even to his great, great grandchildren learning

from this man of God. Everyone can learn from this

tremendous man of faith, this tremendous man of God.

I pray that somehow all of us men can apply some of the

wisdom and faith Job has showed us in our lives. The fact also is

shown to us in this example that God does and will reward our

faithfulness. I pray also that none of us ever have to go through

anywhere close to the things Job went through, but I would

love to be a man God was so confident in that he would

consider me to be worthy to go through some of the trials Job


The book of Job is such an inspirational book. I would

encourage you to read it again when you have a chance. What

an example Job is for everyone that reads and considers his

incredible life. Men, what a challenge it is to have the patience

and faith of Job. The fact is though that Job was a man just like

us. May we strive to be fathers, husbands, friends like Job was

to all of those around him. God will be with us helping us every

step of the way.

Pastor Larry


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Henricks; Tate Sawyer; Jonah Martina; Jan Bower; Larry

Traxler; Michelle West; Michelle’s mom; Carolyn Hirsch; Eli

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healthcare workers and first responders; victims of disasters;

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Brethren; Ukraine

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for National Junior High Conference this month; for the youth of

this district.

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