Job 1

I have attempted to offer the thoughts from the text that I think is the primary focus of that particular section. It may be that you will have another idea, perhaps even complimentary. A book that I used sparingly, but one that I think is very good for summary thoughts on various sections of Job is the book by Homer Hailey (Commentary on Job, Religious Supply, 1994). 

  1. The time of which the book of Job relates, it is generally thought, would be about the time of Abraham. There is no specificity mentioned in the book. Job was not a Jew. Job was a historical figure. He is mentioned three times outside the book (Ezekiel 14:14, 20 and James 5:11). Because of the New Testament reference he is better known as a patient man. Patient, in the context in which Job experienced, is steadfastness.
  2. Job was a man of great wealth (1:1-3). Job was also a righteous man who loved his children and worshiped God always (1:4-5). A man of great wealth, righteous, but also a man with a target on his back (1:6-12). Job’s experience of catastrophe (1:13-22).
  3. Application. How can one even begin to appreciate what Job experienced? He had ten children and suddenly they are gone! I have never lost a child (let alone ten!), but the pain, I think, would be almost unbearable. Not only did he lose his most prized “possession”, but the material wealth he had was also gone. This is simply incomprehensible! This is the only word that can be used to describe the situation and, by the very use of the word, it describes nothing. Job humbly bows before the Lord and to Him turns (cf. John 6:67-69). How is it that we can do anything less? As Job turned, however, he asked questions that he felt he received no answer to, and this proved to be a significant test for him.