The Book of Job is a different book, It’s a book of poetry and a book that raises the question. Why do bad things happen to good people? Chapter 1 starts out with Job in the land of Uz. An unknown location. Job who is blameless and upright feared God and was blessed. He had 7000 Sheep, 3000 Camels, 500 Yoke of Oxen and 500 female donkeys. He had many servants, a lot of land and 7 sons and 3 daughters. Job had so much fear of the Lord that he would wake up early and offer a burnt offering for his Children in case they sinned.
Meanwhile up in Heven there is a scene that unfolds. You see God surrounded by heavenly beanings named Sons of God. And being steps forward named the Satan the name meaning “the accuser”. Satan has been walking to and from on the earth, I guess looking for who he can accuse. And God said “have you considered my servant Job?” And Satan answered, you protect Job and you bless him, thats why he fears you. If you took away your blessing from him, he will curse you. So God allowed Satan to have destroy everything that Job had except he wasn’t allowed to touch Job.
So, one day all of Jobs sons and daughters were eating under on roof and within a moment, all of his livestock was killed by neighboring enemies, fire fell from heaven and burned up his sheep and servants, and the place his kids were eating was blown down by a mighty wind. He lost everything. So Job went, tore his robe, shaved his head and cried out, The Lord gives and he takes away, then He blessed the Lord.
Meanwhile up in Heaven you see God speaking with Satan again, “Have you considered my servant Job? Then satan responded: If you allowed me to touch his flesh and his bones then he will curse you. God responded: go, but don’t kill him.
Now, Job and 3 friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite. They came to visit Job because they heard of his hardship. They traveled far to see him. And when they saw job they tore their robes, wept and didn’t say a word for 7 days.
This next part is a poem from Job lamenting his birth.
The poem starts off with, Let the day that I was born perish, when a poem starts out with I wish I was never born, Its not going to be a happy poem.
At this point, Job was frustrated and very emotional and for most of Chapter 3 Job continues to find creative ways to ask God why he was ever born in the first place.
And Thats where my reading ended. The take away? There is no takeaway, this is the opening first scene to a long story, a long journey to learn something new about the Character of God. I can’t wait to see what happens next.