The book of Job 1:3, in The New Oxford Annonated Bible, states "Job was the greatest
man among all in the East." He was a faithful servant of God, he owned thousands of
animals, and had many servants and friends. Job had a very large family with seven sons
and three daughters. Why was Job chosen to suffer and receive punishment at the hands of
the Lord one may ask? The major themes in the book describe the ways Job deals with
suffering and despair the Lord handed him. How one deals with despair and suffering is
what makes a person who he or she is.
The Lord is not a stranger to suffering. Psalms 69:33-36, states "The Lord hears
the needy and does not despise his captive people. Let heaven and earth praise him. The
seas and all that move in them. For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it; the children of his servants will inherit it; and
those who love his name will dwell there." God does not intentionally inflict despair and
heartache on his believers for no reason at all. I think the despair we experience, and how
we deal with it, is a test to show our true selves.
The Lord does not make us suffer because of what we have done. Through
suffering, we become better people and grow as an individual. You find your identity
through terrible experiences. I have dealt with serious heartache and do believe that I
have grown from it. I have learned how to react to certain situations and how to
I looked up the word "suffering" in the bible, I was directed to Psalms 73:21-26.
It states, "When my heart was grieved and my...
... in God...creator of Heaven and Earth." But there is something remarkable here: the preaching of the good ...
... of the Devil. The Devil approached God and stated that the only reason Job remained in the faith was due to the fact that he had everything. Basically the Devil challenged God saying Let me take everything away from your servant ...
... offering, the servant suffered for sins and therefore God rewards him.14 God's prophesy here refers to the coming Messiah as a Lamb, which is parallel to John the Baptist proclaiming Jesus as "The Lamb of God". It ...
... in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 2.I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 3.He suffered under ...
... on earth and what ever happen in our life is part of the bigger picture. (Gods Plan). The Books of Job set an example that has proved to be a faith-strengthening reinforcement for God's servants throughout the ages ...
... continuation of our life, but in our original holy state. In order to get eternal life, Jesus tells us to love the Lord, love ourselves and love our neighbors, believe and be ...
... all, the Jews were intimately familiar with the ziggurat [which] refers to the fortified sector of the city, i.e. the acropolis, where heaven and earth came together, and in which the political and religious ...
... Henry. 'The Mystery of Molinos'. London Quaterly and Holborn Review, (January 1953): 178: 6-10. Knox, Ronald, A. Enthusiasm. New York: Oxford University Press, 1961 [c1950]. Lea, Henry Charles. A History of the Inquisition ...