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Test of the Righteous Job on the Human Field


God, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on earth; he is blameless and upright a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Satan, “You have blessed the work of his hands… But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 1:8-11 abridged).

A deal between God and Satan emerged in heaven to test a premise: *Could there be a righteous person on earth if God’s supportive help is taken away from him? This being at the center of Job’s life experience, the drama portrays the human response to this both of the sufferer (job) and the witnessing friends. The oddity of their responses, though natural, worked on two factors: One, both parties were ignorant of the real issue discussed in heaven, two, they were reacting to what they were seeing and experiencing on earth by applying religious rules.



Job, the story of a suffering man


      As discussed in the preceding introductory chapter, the central issue in the story of Job can be stated in two parts, as: 1. The issue debated in heaven between God and Satan, and 2. The issue that played out on the human field. Here are their definitions:

     One: The issue between God and Satan was: Whether or not man’s righteousness is based purely on man’s true faith and love of God independent of His blessings and protection as a reward (external support). God held that such righteousness based on faith and love of God stands by itself, as in Job, even without God’s support.  Satan held that such righteousness in faith and love of God cannot stand independently; if it did it fails; therefore it is dependenton God’s support. 


The profile of Job’s faith, and the message it affords

     Unique is the character of a man in affliction such as Job.  Through all his affliction Job did not charge God with wrong doing (1:22).  In expression of true faith, Job even wouldn’t resent God’s crushing hand on him, even though he was crying out in pain.   Yet, Job would only desire to say to God: “Do not condemn me, but tell me what charge you have against me” (10:2). “If I knew where to find him (God);…I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments” (23:3, 4). “When he has tested me I will come forth as gold… I have kept to his way without turning aside… I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (23:10-12). And about his life he would declare, “I have no concern for my life”(9:21). Admitting thatno man would be declared innocent when God begins to judge, he would, with certainty ask God: “Show me where I have gone wrong” (6:24).Finally, regardless of what God might do with his life, Job declared contentedly, “Though he slay me yet will I hope in him (13:15).

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