Job in the Bible was a man of God and had many qualities: he was wise, blameless, pure in heart, God-fearing, patient, and a man who turned from evil. A job is a righteous man. He was a faithful man. Job was a rich man who had many kinds of animals and had children. The unclean thought tempted him. He started him killing all the animals. Then the devil made him sick with leprosy and killed his children. The devil saw that he didn’t let him and everything returned to him.
Job was one of the characters in the Bible where his life is told. The book of Job, mentions that he was rich, and had animals and children. He showed a love for God. First God tested Job to see if he had patience. He lost his animals and children and was stricken with leprosy. He showed us patience towards the creator. The moral of the story of Job in the Bible is meant to point out that God has great trust in us, and sometimes allows the devil to scold us and put us through various trials. But if we can endure and overcome them, we will be blessed more than we deserve.
Job’s forbearance was a special one and refers to the biblical text in which the character named Job, despite all the difficulties in his life, the cruel sickness, the hardships, the deprivations, did not lose hope and all that came unpleasantly in his life, he endured with stoicism and patience, helped by the hope-giving and redeeming faith of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
What is the meaning of Job in the Bible?
If Job is a Hebrew name, it would have to be related to the verb lab which means to be enmity and the most plausible meaning would be He who is attacked. It is even more likely that the non-Hebrew origin of this name comes from the North-West Semitic environment: ai-in-Abu, meaning: where is my father?
The meaning of Job in the Bible is enmity. He was a man attacked and enmity by Satan. Job is the Old Testament forerunner of Jesus and his most commendable trait is his perseverance in the face of all troubles. Jesus persevered too, and that fact has special significance for all of us. Despite all suffering, he continued to live a sinless life, perfectly representing the character of God.
Through his suffering, accepted and lived infidelity, and love for God, Job opens the last human resistance before the coming of Christ: on the Cross, the Just One for the unjust, he will take upon himself the sufferings of all men and in love for the Father, he will embrace the destiny of every person.
Biography of Job in the Bible
|Full name:||Job, The Hero of Faith|
|Date of birth:||2185 BC|
|Death year:||1975 BC|
|The thread of life:||210 years old|
|Place of birth:||Land of Uz|
7 sons, 3 daughters
|Death cause:||normal causes|
Biblical places from the times of Job
- Arabian Desert- Is the Arabian Desert the place where Job ran to?
- Edom- Is Edom a biblical region?
- Land of Uz- Where is Uz located nowadays?
Read also: Why did Job suffer? Did Job curse God?
Why was Job a righteous man?
Poor Job had to suffer all the terrible torments and trials that Satan wanted to put him through. It was all at God’s will. He did not give up and trusted even more in the arm of God. He was abandoned by people who despised Jesus Christ. But so we continue the ministry strongly affirming that he will be God’s eyewitness anyway and that anyway all the trials we go through are just an examination of his faith.
Job was considered to be a righteous and blameless man because even though he went through the darkest torment he trusted in the arm of God and received back all that was taken from him. Indeed God gave him back all his things because of Job’s statement, the Lord gave and the Lord took away, blessed be His name.
He is a worthy example of the good and apostolic faith of the Old Testament which highlights man’s submission to God and the acquisition of faith becomes in the face of the greatest trials.
What is the main point in the Book of Job?
The book of Job begins with the introduction of Job, a rich and righteous man. In heaven, there is a discussion between God and the Devil about Job. God allows the Devil to touch Job’s wealth. Thus the sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, and shepherds are stolen or killed, and all ten of Job’s children die in the collapsed house in a storm. We are then presented with a new discussion between God and the Devil. God allows the Devil to touch Job, but with the obligation to spare his life. Job falls ill with a skin disease, his wife urges him to curse God. Three of Job’s friends come to comfort him, seven days and nights they are silent.
The main point of the book of Job is that God sometimes allows pain to know if we are worthy of the blessings He offers us. God allowed Job to be so sorely tried because He tested him to see if his faith was strong.
Job embodies the theme of the righteous man who suffers even though he is innocent. He is already mentioned in the book of the prophet Ezekiel, along with Noah and Daniel, as a model of the righteous man. The book’s prologue, incidentally, tells us that Job was not a Jew but a resident of the land of Uz, south of the Dead Sea, where the inhabitants of that city were renowned for their wisdom. The placement of Job in a foreign land and a patriarchal environment is meant to convey a clear idea: when it comes to the right to suffer unjustly, it strikes a chord not only for Israel but for all humanity in general, which has always been sobering.
Why is the story of Job important?
God accepts the defiance and places all of Job’s material possessions at Satan’s disposal so that one by one the loss of his wealth is blamed on Satan’s evil work. But because Job, despite the pain of these losses, keeps his piety and faith unaltered, Satan intends to subject him to a new, even harder test and has asked God for permission to intervene on Job’s own body: horrible boils strike Job from head to foot.
According to biblical accounts, the story of Job is important because it portrays the forerunner of Jesus in the Old Testament. Though not Jesus, Job was nevertheless a faithful and righteous man who brought glory to God through his life. He was sorely tried by the devil, just like Jesus. He was unjustly accused, just like Jesus.
Filled with bitterness, Job smeared himself with ashes on a pile of rubbish. Where he scratched at his prickly, smelly skin with a splinter. It is the image of extreme misery, the image of the righteous Job who suffers and endures with confident resignation. But nothing can affect this man’s trust and faith in God.
Key Verse related to Job
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep and three thousand camels, and five hundred yokes of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
What is unique about the book of Job?
This book is named after the main character. Etymologically, Job derives from Arab or iib, meaning to spite. Job can also mean enmity. It follows that Job is a symbolic name, which retells his history. Elihu emphasizes, on several occasions, that man must obey without resistance to all that God sends and renounce to penetrate the mysteries of Providence, which remain hidden from man. To bring out this last idea, the poet brings out God himself, who describes some of his created works.
The uniqueness of the book of Job reflects future New Testament events, which Jesus will also have to endure. Job’s suffering, though intense, only partially reflects the sufferings that Jesus, his Redeemer, would patiently endure for him and us when he would rise again in the end, on earth.
The author of the book of Job deals with one of the most vexing issues of our earthly life: what the righteous man suffers for here on earth. So the author’s main purpose is, according to many exegetes, to unravel the problem of suffering.
- Job is aware that in eternity he will see God: I know that my Redeemer is alive and that He will, on the last day, rise again from the dust this my skin which is crumbling and out of my body I will see God. I will see Him and my eyes will behold Him, not another’s. And for this longing, my guts yearn within me.
- God’s utterance to Job is not an answer, for He does not explain to him the cause of the suffering he has gone through. We understand from this that man, even the great, cannot comprehend God in his reasoning.
- The book of Job is an explanation of evil and injustice. It is addressed to all those who do not understand the presence of evil in the world.
The Old Testament does not in any of its books teach the whole teaching about demons. But in various books, from the earliest ones to those close to the time of the Messiah’s entrance, some passages speak about demons. From these, we know the activity of these evil spirits and the powers they have been given. If everything depends on God and if God is impenetrable, it is impossible to judge His acts.
Thank you very much for reading our article and being a part of this story, I also hope you found answers to your questions about the Old Testamental Fournerer of Christ. I suggest you play the following quiz to test all your biblical information about Job and his book. May God keep you safe! Have a great day!
Quizlet about Job
Explanation of Biblical Words
|angry¹||relating to the nerves, belonging to the nerves. Consisting of nerves; being caused by nerves. Nervous system = the totality of nerve centres and centripetal and centrifugal transmission pathways in the body|
|barren²|| not bearing (sufficiently), not productive; unproductive
|venison³||dish, raw meat|
|swear⁴||affirmation, promise, solemn pledge made by a person (often by some formula in which divinity is invoked) to tell the truth about certain facts; oath|
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