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Job: A Lesson in Friendship

  The Junior Tree of Life


BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will allow you to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as you read this booklet ( EPH 5:18 & 1JO 1:9).
IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are believing on His Son
Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that
decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (JOH 3:16 & ACT 16:31).


To say that Job was an amazing man of God is an understatement. Job was a man of unquestionable character. JOB 1:1 says it perfectly when it describes him as “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Job had been blessed by God with seven sons, three daughters, and great wealth. We’re told in JOB 1:3 that he was “the greatest of all the men of the east.” Then one day, his faith in God was tested when God allowed Satan to have a go at him. With Satan’s testing, Job ended up poor, sick, abandoned by his wife, and living on the street. What a test!

It all began one day in Heaven when Satan came to present himself before God. You can look at this as Satan checking in with God. JOB 1:7 tells us what was said between them: The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” No doubt Satan had been checking out what mankind was up to. He was extremely interested in those people who were faithful to God. This was something He was very jealous about and did not want. Now of course, God knew what he was  up to. First He asks Satan where he’s been and then He says to him: “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (JOB 1:8) It’s like God is saying, “I know what you’re up to. You’re obsessed with people’s faith in me. You’re jealous of it, and here is Job, one of my most faithful servants.

“Then Satan answered the LORD, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? " Have You not made a hedge about 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.  But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.’"(JOB 1:9-11)

So basically, Satan’s arrogant answer to God is that Job’s loyalty comes from all the blessings that God has given him. Satan then says that if God took away all of Job’s blessings, Job would curse God to His face and turn away from Him. But God has faith in Job’s love. So He decides to give Satan a chance to prove it by allowing him to test Job to the extreme. The only restriction is that Satan cannot kill him. What follows is one personal disaster after another. Job loses everything. His sons and daughters are killed. Everything he owns is taken away. He becomes very, very sick. His wife turns on him becoming mean and hateful. Although he wavers, his love and faith for God is not broken. 

An important part of the testing involves Job’s three friends - Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. They come to see Job and each of them sympathizes with his troubles. They even stay with him for seven days and seven nights. But they all come to the same conclusion: that Job must have brought all of this on himself. They believed that he must have committed some sins and his only way out was to “get right” with God. They saw all the horrible things that happened to him as discipline or payback from God for something that he did.

Bildad was particularly sure and delivers this self-righteous lecture to Job in: “How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a mighty wind [or a lot of hot air]. Does God pervert justice or does the Almighty pervert what is right?” (JOB 8:2-3) Bildad believes that everything that is going wrong in Job’s life is his own fault, so it’s time for Job to stop complaining and accept what’s happening to him. Then Bildad really piles on: If your sons (who had been killed) sinned against Him, then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.” (JOB 8:4)  Bildad is really rubbing it in, telling Job that his sons (and daughters) were killed because they were also sinners.

In Verses 5-7 Bildad says, “If you would seek God and implore the compassion of the Almighty, If you are pure and upright, surely now He would rouse Himself for you and restore your righteous estate.” In other words, why don’t you just admit that you have sinned and beg God to stop. “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.” Bildad has no clue that Job is being given the opportunity to glorify God in this testing. He’s insisting that it’s all about discipline and that Job has to confess his sins.

Bildad is guessing that Job has turned away from God and he keeps trying to convince Job. He thinks he knows all about Job’s relationship with God. NOT! The truth is that Job is a believer who is far more advanced in the spiritual life than Bildad. But Bildad doesn’t know this and in his ignorance, he calls Job godless and carnal. Do you see how wrong it is to judge other believers’ relationships with God? A person’s relationship with God is between him and God.

Bildad believes the root of Job’s problem is that he is too materialistic and has neglected God. He doesn’t understand that this is so NOT true. With a friend like Bildad, who needs enemies? Job needed impersonal, unconditional love from his friends. What he got was criticism, judgment and useless advice.

If you have money and lots of nice things, everyone will be your friend. If you lose your material wealth, many of your so-called friends will disappear without a word! It’s only in really tough times that you will discover who your true friends are.




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