Job 1:1,10 Job was quite unconscious of the fact that he is being used by God as an object-lesson to all generationsand to all people.
He knows nothing at all about the conference that has taken place concerning his life. To the apostle Peter Jesus said, ” Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: “ (Lk.22:31).
The book of Job is of great value as a revelation of the forces that are at work against the life of the righteous.
Job was no mythical character which is clearly proven in (Ezek.14:14).
Job was Perfect. “Perfect and upright, one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (v.1). As a person, he was all that a man in those days could be in holiness of character.
There was “none like him in the earth,” this is not his own testimony, but the statement of Him who knows what is in man, “The Lord knoweth them that trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).
Job was perfect, not in the sense of being sinless, (Rom.3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” but in the sense of being; plainly devoted to God and what was right.
He was transparently upright, according to his knowledge and ability “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Lk.12:48).
His character is in strong contrast to the multitude of men who, like the woman in the Gospel, “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.” (Lk.13:11). She was bowed down with the love of her age.
Love and lust arc bonds that bind the souls of people as with iron bands, “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.” (Ps.107:13,14,), “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (Ja.1:15).
Note Job’s substance, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen,” etc.; “so that he was the greatest of all the men of the east” according to (v.3).
Good people are not always rich, but God had surely put a premium on the goodness and faithfulness of Job, by allowing him to become the wealthiest man in the country.
The best man will always be the richest, if not in material goods, certainly in the more enduring treasures that are spiritual and Divine, “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (II.Cor.6:10).
The perfect man will be upright, will fear God and hate evil.
Job was very Wise. Job rose up early in the morning and offered burnt-offerings for all his family, for he said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
When it is a question of pleasure-seeking it is so easy to forget God, and to act in such a way as to dishonour His holy Name,“I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Rev.2:4).
It is not enough for the “perfect man ” that his family should be healthy and happy and prosperous in the world, he longs deeply, and spares no sacrifice, that they might each one live and walk in the fear and favour of God. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecc.12:13).
Job had learn that Sin against God is that one thing which his upright soul has learned to hate, “And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven,” (Lk.15:21).
He was Protected by the Lord, “Hast Thou not made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he bath on every side?” (v.10).
Satan seems to have known more about the unconquerable position of Job than Job himself, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal.5:1).
Job’s fear of God had made him safer than he thought, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: “ (Ecc.12:13).
Never forget, the God of yesterday is the same God to-day and forever.
Hedges of the Lord’s making are too thick even for the cunning hand of Satan, (Mk.16:17). Without God’s permission his great power is utterly useless against us, “God is our refuge, therefore we will not fear.”
Job was a marked man. “The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job ?” -Then Satan answered, “Doth Job fear God for nought?” (v.8,9).
Job, being a perfect and upright man, was an object of special consideration to the Lord and to Satan. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter,And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: (Mt.16:18,19).
He was a marked man for the favour of the Lord, and for the envy and hate of Satan, both God and the Devil marks the perfect man, “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.” (Psa. 37:37).
Why was Satan so desirous to have Simon Peter that he might sift him as wheat? Did he dread lest that warm impulsives nature should be wholly yielded to the cause of Jesus Christ? “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:” (Ac..2:14).
Heaven and Hell marks the holy man. Let us put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.