This is the first in a series of messages on the book of Job. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of February 17, 2013. This message deals with the character and integrity of Job. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.
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Job 1:1-5 / A Righteous Man
- Job is considered to be the oldest book in the Bible.
- Job was a contemporary of Abraham.
- Job was righteous and very wealthy
- Job acted as a family priest
- Job was not an Israelite.
- Job lived in Uz, of which the location is uncertain; although, it was probably in the Arabian peninsula.
God shows that man CAN serve God simply out of love for Him. Righteousness alone, will keep a man faithful to Him.
Job is mentioned by both Ezekiel and James, so we can be sure he was real, and not fictional. In fact, twice in Ezekiel, God mentions Job along with Noah and Daniel.
The book of Job is classified as poetry. While it contains many poetic elements, we have to be careful with such a classification.
Many people have used the poetic nature of the book as a means to not take it literally.
One thing we need to remember, is that no matter how poetic it sounds, Job is a record of actual conversations.
Conversations between satan and God, between , Job and his friends, and between God and Job. We need to first see it in this light. As such, many of the rings his friends say, are incorrect. Every word of God is pure, and in some cases it perfectly records the words of man, which are not.
Job was blameless and upright.
This does not mean that he was perfect or sinless, it means that Job wholeheartedly wanted to please God.
He feared God and shunned evil. He knew what God wanted from him. In fact, a fear of God is very beneficial.
There is nothing wrong with a fear of God, in fact it is healthy. It’s much the same as when you did something wrong as a child, you feared your parents.
That doesn’t mean that you didn’t love them. It means that you acknowledge their authority and their ability to punish you for what you had done.
This fear is the cornerstone of awe and reverence and respect. Without fear, the other three wouldn’t exist.
The Bible tells us a couple of ways in which a fear of God is beneficial to us.
- 1) Fear is a motivator for obedience.
In fact, Job shunned evil. This was almost certainly due to his fear of God.
- 2) The fear of God brings wisdom and knowledge.
The fear of God is a good thing and a healthy thing. It is beneficial to us, and it is an attitude that we must cultivate in our daily lives.
Job was a man of integrity, he was well respected by others. Because of his fear of God, Job had great wisdom, and people sought his counsel.
Job was highly blessed by God.
We see here, that Job had great wealth.
Wealth is not necessarily a bad thing. A Christian can have wealth, as long as it does not divert from his worship of God. A person can only serve one master.
Job’s children were able to enjoy the best of everything. The general picture of their happy life is clear.
The son’s most likely had their own residences, while the daughters still lived at home.
It’s important that we don’t arbitrarily develop a negative image of these feasts, because no disapproval of them is mentioned in Scripture. In fact, few details are given, we don’t even know how often they were held.
verse 5 simply says “it MAY be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” No statement is made that they actually did.
In fact, the phrase “eat and drink” in the O.T. is often linked with rejoicing. There is no basis to imply the use of alcohol, based on this phrase.
We see Job’s dedication to his role as a father.
Job showed deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his children. Fearful that they might have sinned unknowingly, he offered sacrifices for them.
Job was simply a concerned parent, making intercession for his children, as all parents should – even if we know of no wrong they have done.
Parents today can show the same concern by praying for their children. This means “sacrificing” some time each day to ask God to forgive them, to help them grow, to protect them, and to help them please him.
Job acted as the family priest, as any godly father should. Job is a good example, not only in the good times, but also in the bad. For we are told that Job never lost his integrity.
Indeed, God Himself calls Job blameless and upright.