“Have You Considered My Servant Job?”

Text: Job 1:8

The book of Job describes the sufferings of a righteous man. His friends tried to convince him that he was suffering because he had sinned, but Job maintained his innocence. This lesson examines what God said about Job. Hopefully, He could say the same about us.

Servant of God

  • God called Job, “My servant” – lived during the patriarchal age; acted as a patriarch in that he offered sacrifices (Job 1:5), spoke with God (Job 38:1-42:6), and offered prayers on others’ behalf (Job 42:8)
  • God has always expected people to serve Him (Ecclesiastes 12:13) – different laws at different times; but the expectation of obedience was constant
  • We cannot just claim to serve God – we must do His will (Luke 6:46)

No One Like Him

  • Job was unique – faithful service to God will mean being different from the world (Matthew 5:13-14)
  • He was determined to be faithful no matter what others did – even if his children sinned (Job 1:5), his wife discouraged him (Job 2:9-10), his friends turned against him (Job 12:2-4), or he was the only one (Job 1:8)
  • We must be content to be different (Romans 12:2)

Blameless and Upright

  • These terms are not the same, but related – focus on being complete (blameless) and correct (upright)
  • God wants us to be complete (perfect/blameless) – He has given us His word to make us complete (2 Timothy 3:16-17); only works if we follow His word (James 1:22)
  • God wants us to be correct (upright/righteous) – His word trains us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16); but we must practice righteousness (1 John 3:7)

Feared God

  • God has always expected His people to fear Him (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • We must fear Him today (Acts 10:34-35) – respect for who He is (Hebrews 12:28); recognition for what He will do to the unfaithful (Hebrews 10:30-31)

Turned Away from Evil

  • Many in the religious world have so distorted the Scriptures that they overlook this point
  • Calvinism teaches that we are blameless and upright wholly by God’s doing (nothing we can do) – therefore, sin becomes permissible (Jude 4); though they will not admit this
  • We must put away sin from our lives (Romans 6:1-2) – crucify the old man of sin (Romans 6:6)

Conclusion

  • In a setting like the one described in our text, could God say this of us?
  • Examine yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5) – make any corrections/improvements

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