Bible Study Book of Job
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Bible Study Book of Job. In one day Job suffered the death of his ten children; the loss of most of his servants, and the loss of all his oxen, sheep, donkeys, and camels. How did he respond?



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1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job 1:1, 11-12, & 20-22, ESV

1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” 4 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”
Job 2:1-6, ESV




Bible Study Book of Job


This Bible Study Book of Job was originally part of a series of devotions written in 2008 while going through the Bible chronologically. Therefore it is not an in-depth study of Job in the Bible. There are 12 devotions (including this one) from the Book of Job.


Bible Study Book of Job: Satan Appears before God


Today's devotion  covers the character of Job; Satan's appearance before God two times asking permission to test Job; Job's loss of children, property, and health; and the introduction of Job's first friend, Eliphaz. We will learn much more about Eliphaz and Job's other friends in future days; I thought it would be good today to note the conversations between God and Satan.



What was the character of Job? Look at verse 1 of chapter 1, There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.



Satan, the great accuser, appeared before God one day to accuse Job. As God pointed out the Godly character of Job, Satan replied, "Sure he's blameless and upright. He has everything!" In order to test Job, God allowed Satan to bring pandemonium upon him.


Bible Study Book of Job: Response of Job



In one day Job suffered the death of his ten children; the loss of most of his servants, and the loss of all his oxen, sheep, donkeys, and camels. How did he respond? In verse 20 of chapter 1, Job said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”



On Satan's second appearance before God, he explained Job's faithfulness to God by saying in Job 2:4-6, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”



Job 2 then continues, 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips
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What are we to learn from these first few chapters of the book of Job? Does Satan still appear before God as the great accuser of Christians today? Yes! We are so caught up in our everyday lives that we often forget the living and active spiritual realm that exists all around us. Is Satan free to do whatever he desires with us? No. He is only allowed to go as far as God permits him to go.


Bible Study Book of Job: Does Satan Accuse Believers Today?



Does it horrify you to think that God might allow Satan to harm believers today? Remember this; God is a great and wondrous God. In everything He does, He is growing us and nurturing us so that we may become more and more like Christ. Not one hair of your head falls without His knowledge; He uses us to be a witness and a testimony before all of the non-Christians around us. Often that testimony is shown through the trials to which we are subjected. But, during those trials, God is with us to lead, comfort, and guide us every moment of every day.


Bible Study Book of Job: Conclusion



Did God cause all of these troubles to fall upon Job? No. God allowed the troubles to fall upon Job, but Satan was the origin of everything that fell upon him. Praise God for a righteous and holy God who guides us and keeps us every single day of our life here on earth. Pray today that when Satan, the Great Accuser comes before God to accuse you, you might be found as faithful as Job.






More Devotions from the Bible Study Book of Job


Christ the Arbitrator, Job 6-9

Defenses of Clay, Job 10-13

A Witness in Heaven, Job 14-16

My Redeemer Lives, Job 17-20

Appointed by God, Job 21-23

Where is Wisdom? Job 24-28

The Heart of Man, Job 29-31

Elihu Responds, Job 32-34

Majesty of the Almighty, Job 35-37

God Speaks, Job 38-39

Now My Eyes See, Job 40-42





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