Job 1 begins with this description of a man of God – “that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil….greatest of all the people of the east.” He was a man who walked with God and was very blessed with 10 kids and lots of livestock and servants. The kids were partiers, and Job had a plan to intercede on their behalf after they sinned and cursed God with their hearts. Job was a parent who prayed for his kids. He didn’t necessarily parent them directly, but did lift them up before God for their sin. What a beautiful example is furnished by Job to Christian parents!
Job was ‘blameless.’ This does not mean Job was sinless, but blameless. There is a huge difference. Sin is vertical, blameless is horizontal. . . . as Job lived before the watchful eye of his peers, no one could justly charge Job with moral failure. His reputation was without any shame. He lived with integrity with everyone around him. Satan comes to God with an agenda to destroy. God brought up Job as a subject for discussion, and God brought up Job in the sense of bragging about Job’s godliness and character. Satan takes the challenge with the limitation that he can’t kill Job.
Guzik tells us in his commentary that Satan considers the saints of God; yet what does the devil see when he considers the saints?
- He sees them and is amazed at the difference between himself and God’s people; he sees us and knows that though he has fallen, these earthen creatures stand.
- He sees them and is amazed at their happiness; he knows too well the misery of his own soul, but he admires and hates the peace in the soul of the believer.
- He sees them and looks for some fault, so that he may find some small comfort to his own black soul and hypocrisy.
- He sees them – especially great hearts among the saints – and sees those who block and hinder his foul work.
- He sees them and looks for opportunity to do them harm.
Satan has a mission to kill, steal and destroy. And now his sights are on Job.
Satan wastes no time attacking. In a day, Job lost his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, servants and all 10 kids. They are destroyed in four different events, but all are gone. What does Job do? “Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped”. Job was in shock and had to be overwhelmed, but he did the one thing he knew to do – he worshipped God. Then he put it all in perspective when he said “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” It was a very bad day for Job, but scripture tells us that “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”