|Job 1 |
1 [This is the account of a man, Job, whom God designated twice as an upright and perfect man. God allowed Job to be tested by Satan to make him even stronger in his faith, trust, patience, and dedication to God. Job is our example of how to undergo suffering permitted by God for our benefit, which all must endure to be rid of sin. Job lost everything in a matter of minutes: his servants, his wealth, and his sons — all destroyed by Satan to test Job's faith; but he was restored to even greater stature in the end. Job increased God's glory by proving that God's created sons can be totally incorruptible, despite Satan's best attempts to undue God's work. Because Job was afflicted, Job's friends accused him of being evil and ridiculed his claim to righteousness — just like Christendom denies purity or perfection is possible today, and ridicules anyone who states otherwise. Fortunately our trials, though very hard, are not nearly as severe as Job's, whose courage, patience, trust, and faith are recorded to encourage all who seek God and undergo his supernatural suffering; for there is not a son accepted by God who has not undergone severe supernatural trials as discipline, even scourging.
From the Word of the Lord within: "As you read this book, marvel at the knowledge of all of these ancient heathen men, who did not have a single scripture; yet their words are full of fine Christian principles."
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one who feared God, and eschewed [hated, avoided, shunned] evil.
2 Seven sons and three daughters had been born to him.
3 Also his wealth was seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she asses [donkeys], and a very great household [of servants]; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.1
4 Now his sons would go and feast in the house of each on his [birth]day, and they invited their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And when the days of their feasting were finished, Job would summon them to be sanctified. He would rise up early in the morning and offer burnt offerings2 according to the number of them all because Job thought, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Job did this regularly.
6 Now there was a day when the sons [angels] of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going all around in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
8 The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God and eschews [hates, avoids, shuns] evil?"3
9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?
10 Have you not made protective walls around him, around his house, and around everything that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his wealth has increased in the land.
11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face."
12 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not put forth your hand upon he himself." So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
13 Now there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house;
14 And a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the asses were feeding beside them;
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yes, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
16 While he was still speaking, another messenger also arrived and said, "The fire of God has fallen from heaven,4 and has burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
17 While he was still speaking, another messenger also came and said, "Three band of Chaldeans have raided us, taking our camels away with them; yes, and they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
18 While he was still speaking, another messenger also came and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,
19 And behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I am the only one who escaped to tell you."
20 Then Job arose, tore his clothing, shaved his head, fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I depart; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
22 In all this Job did not sin, nor did he accuse God foolishly.5
1 Job's wealth such that he was the greatest of all the men of the east. So here was a perfect man who was rich? It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money. Rich or poor can love money. Rich or poor can have little regard for money. Remember, it is written, give to the poor, and I will repay you, Prov 19:17; and God loves a cheerful giver, 1 Tim 6:5. You will read further on that Job was a generous man to the poor. You will know that you love money when you struggle to write out a big check to the poor; but take heart, the more you give to the poor, the easier it is because you are slowly transferring your love from money to God. And the more you are building up treasure in heaven — permanent treasure that does not rust or get stolen, or get lost in the stock market. The reason it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven is because he is usually very attached to his wealth, and unless he learns to share very liberally, he will never be able to enter. But a rich man who sincerely seeks God will somehow either learn to give his excess (Note, not all his money, his excess) money away freely, or God will arrange for it to be taken away from him; with God there is a way for all things are possible.
Many of the ministers today preach the gospel of prosperity; they imagine godliness to be a means to gain, from such withdraw. God will bless a man with material wealth, but only after he has crucified his selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial; for if he blesses him while he is still living and controlled by the selfish, fleshly, sinful nature, a man would only consume the blessing on satisfying his lusts and pleasures. But after he is dead to the flesh, then God will bless him, knowing he will spend his blessing in noble and good deeds to the glory of God. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and favor and glory; he will withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly. Psa 84:11.
2 Job was a gentile who lived before the law of Moses because there is no mention of the law in the extensive discussions with his friends. Neither is there a mention of circumcision, so he also lived before Abraham. Note! Job lived before any scriptures. Job was not Jewish. So how did Job and his friends know all of these sweet scriptures in this book? How could Job have become upright and perfect without scriptures?
Is it not obvious that Job and his friends sought God and listened to the voice of the divine power and spirit within them to be taught and changed by grace? We know that the Light, who is Christ, enlightens every man who comes into the world, John 1:1-4,9; and that we are to believe in the light to become children of the light and so walk in the light, not darkness as we have been, John 12:36,46. So the light, the spirit, the word, the grace, the truth taught these men; and taught Job more perfectly. Natural learning results from colleges, books, Bibles, and hearsay from other men vs. being taught by Jesus, and being taught by the Holy Spirit, and taught by the anointing you have received, and being taught by grace to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Job offer burnt offerings. Long before Abraham there was the flood that only righteous Noah and his family survived. When Noah came out of the ark, he offered burnt offerings on the altar of every clean animal and every clean bird. So, Job probably learned from the righteous descendants of Noah. As you read through Job, you will see how they all speak of the light, rebelling against the light, the paths of the light, the ways of the light, being cast into outer darkness, having one's whole body filled with darkness, light given to a man hedged in by God, a land of darkness, darkness itself, those who grope in the dark without light, flames that dry up one's branches, being consumed by the breath of God's mouth, and much more. These men all had more knowledge of God than all of Christendom today: In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4-5. The darkness of Christendom does not comprehend the light; none of the wicked [those still sinning] shall understand, Dan 12:10.
How could these men know so much? It appears that these men were living in a time when the influence of the earth's past destruction by flood and the teachings of Noah were still very fresh in men's minds, so the knowledge of God was great; particularly with the memory of the flood that had destroyed the whole earth — what an incentive to learn about God and not stray into evil again! This is strongly supported by Job 15:18-19, and Job 22:15-16. Contrast today's fear of God; is there any fear of God today, even in Christendom? Since there is little fear of God today, there is little knowledge of God today because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; without fear and resulting wisdom, our generation is like Nineveh, who didn't know their left hand from their right hand. Job of course had superior knowledge; his friends were more limited, but even they surpass all the teachers of Christendom today. The words of Job and his friends show an understanding of God that is beyond this generation's imagination. My commentary is limited to the verses, which have survived translator's mistaken assumptions of their meaning, and of which I have knowledge. But my understanding is incomplete to unravel the deep, deep meanings of many of the vaguely translated verses throughout the Book of Job. This Book is one of the least understood in the entire Bible, and it is the deepest in the revealing of God and the heavens.
Despite the extensive writings in the Old and New Testaments on the Light, you will find no in-depth references to the Light in all of post-New Testament writings, until the writings of the Early Quakers, who wrote extensively about the Light. (For the overview masterpiece of the Quaker writings on the light, read George Fox's A Testimony of the True Light of the World: on this site.) George Fox also wrote extensively about all the heathens in the Bible, who had no scriptures at all, and yet who acknowledged the great God of the heavens, as the one true God— all of whom were instructed by the spirit of God within their hearts, for God is a god at hand, and not far off, Jer 23:23.
3 The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God and eschews [hates, avoids, shuns] evil?" Job was righteous; God said he was upright. Job was perfect; God said he was perfect; Job hated, shunned, and avoided evil; God said so. As you read this book, you will see Job's righteousness and perfection. When God said that Job was: perfect, upright, shunned evil, and held his integrity under testing, it was before the Law had been issued; and long before Christ came and died on the cross; long before the Spirit of God was poured out on all mankind; and before Christ made it possible to have union and fellowship with God by entering the Kingdom of Heaven within us. So, God has called a man upright and perfect, other than Christ. And as the scriptures state, so God also considered Enoch, Noah, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Hezekiah, Asa, and David, (though David's was not lasting because of his adultery, and Asa fell hard in his last years). The difference is that Christ makes it possible to go beyond a man being purified, being made perfect. Christ makes it possible for that man to become an entirely new creature, to sit with Christ in the heavens, to be sanctified, to be holy, to be a part of Christ himself, who never fell, and who never will fall; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union is now available to all who go to him for change. Christ offers to all a perfection that is forever, which cannot fail because you become a part of Christ who never fell and never will fail.
After the Law and before Christ, the only people who received the favor of God were those who walked close to conforming to the Law's requirements; those who ignored his Law, were disregarded by Him, Heb 8:9. Because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, with only a belief in His name, with humble sorrow for the past, we can approach God and receive the operations of his changing grace to purify our hearts and consciences; whatever our burden of past sins may be. So, thousands in the early Church attained purity, holiness, perfection, union with Christ and God, and were translated to their kingdom while still on earth. Thousands of 17th Century Quakers attained the same perfection to live in union with Christ and God, living in their Kingdom while still on earth. With faith in what Jesus speaks to us, by grace and the cross, He can now make you perfect in every good work to do his will, Heb 13:11; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union is now available to all who go to him for change. And yes, like Job, we too must be tested before we receive the reward of the increase in his Spirit, the Spirit of Love. (See How to Wait on God and Benefit from His Purifying Power for the testing). And a little while after that, staying faithful, not tiring of faith energized acts of love, he returns in His glory to establish his Kingdom in your heart and to be your Lord forever.
4 The fire of God has fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; This fire was not from God, it was from Satan. Angels, even fallen angels have incredible powers. Don't underestimate the power of the fallen angels; they can read your mind, and this is their least capability. They read your mind so they know exactly how to tempt you. They even watch your reasoning and pretend to be God giving you a twisted excuse to do evil, thinking you are doing God's will. Yet greater is he [Christ] who is in you than he who is in the world. And they are only allowed by God within the limits he sets, which he constantly monitors to be sure they are not exceeded.
5 Job shows a perfect man's complete trust and faith in God. His statement of Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I depart; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD, will live forever as an exemplary statement of faith and trust. Yet God is making Job even more perfect.
More perfect than perfect? Yes, as John Gratton said: "So it is plain, men may be really, perfectly, sincerely, children or branches, yet may grow from strength to strength, faith to faith, in and by the spirit of the Lord, yet be perfect children, and grow to be young men, and overcome the wicked one, and still grow to be fathers, and still press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded. This is the perfection we mean; we do not mean such a perfection as that nothing can be added to it."
The purpose of God's trying a man is to make him pure like gold: I will make a man more precious than fine gold; a man even [more precious] than the gold of Ophir. Isa 13:12. For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. Mal 3:2-3...But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24. And unless you have been purified, unless your selfish, Satanic spirit has been crucified, you are unable to worship God in spirit and truth; to do so requires the Spirit of God to provide your mouth the words of prayer, praise, and worship.