From 'Old Testament Prophets: Job'
Anotated by Don R. Hender
'JOB WAS NOT an Old Testament Prophet, and yet, as a man of
this probation, his life, testimony, commitment, and
endurance in his trials can be an inspiration to us.'
|I do not think that Job considered himself to a perfect sole. But he did know that he was a righteous man and that the afflections placed upon him were not due to his wickedness as the Jewish leaders tended to preach. Job knew that whether good or bad, good people do suffer the unfair afflections of this life and just as often, good things do happen to bad people without any respect to that person's wickedness. Only in the everlasting long term of eternity will the balances of true justice be fulfilled. And Job would not let his trial, afflictions and life's unfairness cause Job to waiver from his conviction and trust in God.|
[This Section Is Given As if Job Is Narrating His Story]
I was known as a man who feared God and avoided evil.2 The Lord blessed me with seven sons and three daughters, and He granted me great material wealth, including “seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred [donkeys], and a very great household.” 3
Satan believed that I would cease to be righteous and that I would curse the Lord if I no longer prospered tem¬porally. The Lord allowed Satan to test me but would not allow him to harm me physically. Satan caused my live¬stock to be stolen or destroyed and sent a strong wind to knock down my house, killing my 10 children inside. Rather than cursing the Lord, I “rent [my] mantle, and shaved [my] head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped” the Lord.4
When Satan saw that I would not curse God, he wanted to test me with physical trials. The Lord allowed Satan to do so but would not allow him to take my life. Satan afflicted me with “sore boils from the sole of [my feet] unto [my] crown.” 5 Still I retained my integrity, refusing to curse the Lord. My friends mourned with me.
My friends told me that my suffering was caused by my own wickedness and that I must repent, but I knew that I was a righteous man.6 The Lord later commanded my friends to repent. They were told to make a burnt offer¬ing and to have me pray for them.7
After seeing my faithfulness, the Lord caused my great suffering to cease, and He blessed me with “twice as much as [I] had before.” 8 I now had “fourteen thou¬sand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand [donkeys],” as well as seven more sons and three more daughters.9 The Lord truly rewarded me richly for my faith and patience.
I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, both in my afflictions and in my prosperity. I boldly testified: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” 10
Job did actually live and his life's experience is true. Yet Job is not identified as to any family ancestry, time or place. He could have lived during a wide range of time during Old Testament times. And for purposes of revealing God's true principles and precepts, Job or who his life may be applied to, could have happened at any time, any where, and to anyone who may have ever lived during this life's earthly probation.
In the preexistence, God, our Heavenly Father, presented to His children, his spririt sons and daughters God's Plan of Happiness which would provide a Savior and Redeemer whereby all who ever comes to earth might obtain God's greatest blessing of eternal life. And this irrespective of person, irrespective of time, place and ancestry of the children of men by which they may come into and live in this temporal mortality, all, all, will have and receive the opportunities promised them by God in the preexistence of being able to become a part of God's Eternal Celestial Kingdom and receive of God's Celestial blessings for God's children.
Whether or not a person ever did hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this life time, whether or not a person lived but a few moments of to vast old age, in any land, at any time and in any circumstance; there is a way provided under God's great plan whereby they will have the opportunity to hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept Christ as their Redeemer. And they will be given that opportunity in conjuction to this earth's second estate before the final and great judgment of God at the end of days.
How is this possible? I seen the faces of babes on television dying of hunger who have yet even learned how to speak and understand. Perhaps one approach to this understanding is to ask the question, 'What are you going to be doing for the next 1,000 years? On the page concerning the Millennium are some details concerning the little known details of God's Plan of how this opportunity is going to be provided to all men. And a link there to 'A Heavenly Manifestation' further explans and details some of the things which will be happening on the other side of the vail of death where the spirit of departed man lives on.
[Fact Box: Job]
1. Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Never Give Up,”
2. See Job 1:1.
3. See Job 1:2–3.
4. See Job 1:7–22.
5. Job 2:7.
6. See Job 22–27.
7. See Job 42:7–9.
8. Job 42:10.
9. See Job 42:12–13.
10. Job 19:25–26.
" . . . we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." ~ James 5:11