"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."
(Job 1:1 KJV)
Job is a book in the Bible that is said to be the oldest book in the Holy Bible. To help understand a person, what he might say, think or do, one needs to know what he does for a living, where he lived, when he lived, etc. So the Old Testament can tell us a lot if we read it carefully.
Job lived in "the land of Uz." So where was Uz and was it a city or an area? No one seemed to know where it was or what language they spoke. Uz, according to the Dead Sea document, The War Scroll, the land of Uz is mentioned as existing somewhere beyond the Euphrates possibly in relation to Aram, grandson of Noah. In Column 2 verse 11 of the scroll, it says, "they shall fight against the rest of the sons of Aramea (Aram?): Uz, Hul, Togar, and Mesha, who are beyond the Euphrates.". But no one is sure where it was located and if it had a different name at some time.
So from records found in different ancient cities, it can be concluded that Job grew up in an area that was beyond the Euphrates and that he was descended from Aram. This land of Uz marks Job as belonging to the Aramean people which had settled in the upper part of Mesopotamia.
At the approximate time of Job, the form of worship of God being used belongs to the early patriarchal type, with little ceremonial ritual and without a separate priesthood. Job is represented as a chieftain of immense wealth and high rank, blameless in all relations of his life.
The Book of Job tells the story of a righteous man who began to suffer. God allowed Satan to test Job's devotion. In time, three of Job's friends tried to explain his suffering as proof of his sinfulness. Even his wife had advised him to, ”curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9 KJV)
While God didn't take anything from Job, He allowed it to be taken from him and allows even the righteous to suffer. The purposes of this book of the Bible are many but consider 1) Job's unwavering faith in God in the face of his personal suffering and loss (What would we do?), 2) to show us how we should continue our faith in God through all trials we encounter and 3) God is Awesome in His justice and mercy. He has something better waiting for us that we can imagine and we will appreciate it more if we just keep total faith in Him!
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