Imagine the plight of Job? A man who was already pre-disposed to wondering if he had “done enough” to please God. Job 1:5When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Then it hits. Imagine his first thoughts; What did I do wrong? Is this my fault?
Consider the agony of Job who loved his children so dearly … and then in an instant … they’re gone! Guilt? Oh my? If only I had presented more burnt offerings for the children?
Why is God angry with me?
Worse yet, imagine Mrs. Job’s position; What have you done! You brought this on our house! My children are dead! The servants are dead! The livestock are dead. We are financially ruined! What have you done you bastard! For all I care you can just curse God and die!!!
Interesting that God initially allowed Satan to do as he wished except for one thing, he couldn’t lay a hand on Job. His children were killed. His workers were killed. The livestock was gone. Why didn’t Satan take Mrs. job?
You got it. Satan knew. Perhaps the most crushing blow of all was Mrs. Job turning on her husband in his moment of extreme need. Oh how difficult that must have been for Job? Do you think he loved his wife? I think so. What an incredible man!
Of all the animals, none was found sufficient for Adam. Adam needed Eve. God designed it that way. He trusted Eve. He relied on her. I suspect that Job had done the same.
Imagine Job’s plight?
And then it gets worse. His three “friends”. Don’t we all have friends like those. Well meaning, self-righteous, blind guides.
Imagine Job’s condition towards the end. In physical torment, emotional anguish, mental confusion, abandoned by his wife, and berated by his friends. And yet he desires God. An amazing man! So amazing that, prior to John the baptizer, God specifically mentions him as one of the three greatest men ever. Eze 14:14even though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver themselves,” declares the Lord GOD.
Eze 14:20even though Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “they could not deliver either their son or their daughter. They would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”
As we know, Job’s friends had it all wrong. They displeased God. Job 42:7It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.
As Job forgave and prayed for those men, healing began. What an astounding picture of Jesus.
As you know, God blessed Job with twice what he had lost … except for children. Ten for ten. What must it have been like for Mrs. Job to humble herself and bear children again? She must have been convinced that Job still loved her, still wanted her. Perhaps she leaned her place before God?
Do you suppose that she taught her three daughters to respect and support their husbands?