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Introduction
Names of Sickness
Why sickness abounds today
The "Permission" of Evil
Are the days of miracles past ?
Why is there no healing as we see it in the Bible ?
My Church does not teach healing
Why is bodily healing important ?
Death
Aging - A Divine perspective
Sickness among Old Testament Heroes
Sickness among Ministers in the New Testament
Why are people with strong faith and godly lives sick ?
Premature deaths
Does God teach through sickness ?
Don't miss this subject. It is the heart of the school. Causes for sickness
Paul's thorn in the flesh
The case of Job
The man born blind in John 9
Difference between Healing & Health
Medical Science and Healing
Why some are not healed
Reasons for healing today
Some methods of receiving healing
Some difficult Old Testament scriptures
Healing in the light of the Law and Judgement
The healing ministry of Jesus Christ
Healing outside the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Is there healing in the Atonement ?
He did, He can, He will
Healing & Church Growth
Conclusion
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The case of Job

. Most believers who have suffered sickness and diseases have at some point of time during their illness identified themselves with Job and have become familiar with many portions of scripture from the book of Job. We often get the impression that a casual or general conversation or a great celestial game is going on between God and satan, in which we, for reasons unknown, are the pawns ! The book of Job has some grand facts to teach us about the majesty and sovereignty of God. But let us consider some lesser-known facts that will help us on the road to Divine Healing.

Christians should read the Book of Job in the light of Redemption, the Life and Ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord and the Atoning Work on Calvary. In fact, this is the way any portion of Scripture should be considered today.

Job was a godly and upright man, yet he was afflicted with sickness. God, later healed him and blessed him abundantly. On reading the account of Job, many wrongly conclude that God allowed Job to suffer sickness in order to bless him.

Please consider these lesser-thought-of facts about Job:

1. Job was a godly man, but he was not perfect in the sense that he was not complete in godliness neither was he perfection personified. This could not happen without a rebirth, a recreation of the spirit. (See Eph 4:24) The word ‘perfect’ in the book of Job should be rightly read as mature, one who lacks nothing in physical strength and beauty, morally complete and innocent, ethically pure with sound integrity It refers to his moral and physical state and actions. It is not referring to his spirit which had the fallen nature of Adam.

2. The scriptures teach us that man could be made spiritually perfect only when the blood of Jesus, the perfect sacrifice was shed (Heb 10:1, 10-14). Job however was living under the old covenant or dispensation that could not make a man perfect. (See also Heb 11: 39, 40)

3. Job was a man who lived in a state of fear. In Job 3:25, he says, “For the thing which I feared greatly is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come upon me.” His fear was that his children having received the blessings of God would forget God and so sin against Him. The Bible does not mention that Job’s children sinned against God. (See Job1:5 ) Job, living before Christ was revealed, was not in a position to enjoy “the perfect love of God which casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). Neither did he have the written promises of God concerning the righteous man’s children. Eg: the promise of Isaiah 54:13, “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”

4. When God said unto satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth…?" (Job1:8), it is assumed that God was boasting about Job to Satan. The word considered is rendered “turned your attention to, fixed your eyes upon or appointed yourself to” Meditate and remember that we do not know the tone in which God uttered these words ! Rather, God, knowing the evil thought in satan’s mind was in all probability, thundering at him or speaking to satan as a fallen angel, the perpetrator of evil and the Great Deceiver and saying, “ Have you already fixed your eyes on my servant Job?”. God knew that satan intended evil against Job.

5. It was satan and not God who smote Job with boils (Job2:7). Satan received permission from God to do so, because:

  • Adam, His trustee and ruler of the earth had permitted evil on the earth.
  • Job had permitted fear into his life, which opened the way for the attack of the devil, for, fear is of the devil. Remember that God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).

6. While discussing Job, we have to remember a firm fact about the time in which Job lived. At the time of Job, there was no mediator between God and men (Job 9:33, Job 33: 23,24). Job laments his lack of a mediator and Elihu, Job’s friend reveals the power of a mediator.

But bless God, now there is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1Tim 2:5).

7. Not much is heard about the repentance of Job. But the Bible records that Job spoke unwise words during his affliction , for which he repented later.
Job 42:1-6
Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Like many of us today, Job’s knowledge of God was second hand information or based upon pure observation and not on first hand revelation. But God is merciful and takes us from tribulation to patience to experience to hope and the manifestation of perfect love (See Romans 5 : 3 - 5).

Job’s second hand information, based on observation and moral and ethical intuition led him to experiences by which he could boldly declare words to this effect, “ God, I have all these days only heard about you and worshipped you. I have had my own understanding of you. But now my spiritual eyes are opened and I am able to see you !

Amen ! Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God ! If Job could catch a glimpse of the Redeemer centuries before He came and manifested His works, how much more easily we should be able to see the Lord of Glory today with our spiritual eyes.

Oh sick and ailing precious child of God, your faith may be little or great, but has it been put to work to the point where you, as Job of old can cry out, “I see the Lord !”. Those with all knowledge, having been prayed for by many wonderful servants of God, but still suffering with chronic or terminal illnesses, this is the experience that the Lord wants you to have, so that the abundant and full blessings of God may work in your body. May the Holy Spirit open our spiritual eyes to see the One who was prepared to even die for us.

8. Bible scholars are in agreement that the book of Job was one of the earliest books to be written in the Bible. Job therefore, had no other written scriptures to rely on. Why, Job did not have even the old and precious promises of Psalms 23 or Psalms 91 ! Is it not remarkable that that grand saint endured all, with virtually nothing written and given in his hand as we have today ?

9. Job’s suffering was short lived. It probably lasted only 9 months, according to many Bible scholars. After that, he lived under the blessings of God for 140 years. This shows that the end plan of God is to redeem, restore and bless and avenge the adversary of our lives.

10. Job, like many today, praised God for the works of the devil. Job 1:21. In this verse the statements of Job are faithfully and truthfully recorded but all the statements of Job are not the truth. It was his perception. God is not a killer. We know this from the life of Jesus who said that He had come not to destroy lives but to save them. God does not kill for He Himself gave the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”(Exodus 20:13). However, God’s acts of destruction are in the defense of His own people, or in His wrath and judgment which necessitates the execution of a sentence – as a Judge meting out justice . (See "Healing in the light of the Law and Judgment")

LESSONS FROM JOB

The main lessons we learn from the book of Job is - God’s sovereignty, splendor and Job’s enduring suffering and affliction patiently, in the face of injustice. In James 5:11, we read, “Behold, 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 cited Job as an example of one who was healed, not one who died of sickness and disease.

Wilford Reidt, son-in-law of John G. Lake, makes these further observances concerning Job,

"Job in his time, did not have the written promises of God. Promises prevent past evil performances. Today, we have promises to prevent every evil that befell Job, from occurring in our lives."

Past Evil : Satan had God’s permission to attack Job (Job 1:12, Job 2:6).

Present Promise : We have God’s assurance to protect us from the attacks of the devil. Psalm 41: 2 “The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth : and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

Psalm 91:10 "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

Jesus said, in Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy : and nothing shall by any means hurt you."


Past Evil : All Job’s children were destroyed (Job1:12, 19).

Present Promise : Luke 9:54-56 “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of for the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them……


Past evil : Satan caused a split in Job’s family. He turned Job’s wife against Job (Job 2:9).

Present Promise : The New Testament teaches harmony in the home ( Read Ephesians 5: 22-25).


Past Evil : Job thought that God had smote him with boils (Job1:21), when actually satan had done it (Job2:7). Job was not in a position of understanding to know that it is God’s will to heal and not to afflict with sickness.

Present Promises. In the New Testament, we see that it is God who heals.(Acts 10:38) and it is satan who causes infirmity and bondage (Luke 13:11-17).


Past Evil : Satan had power over Job.

Present Promise : Jesus had given us all power over the enemy (Luke 10:19).


Past Evil : Job did not have sufficient understanding of God. Job 42:3 says, “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.“

Present Promise : We have been given wisdom and knowledge in Christ to understand many of the mysteries of God. (Read I Cor 1:30) Further we know that if we “submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will flee from you” - James 4 : 7.


Past Evil : In the midst of his sickness, Job prayed for death (Job 6; 8,9).

Present Promise : When sick, we are to pray for recovery and God will heal us. James 5:14-16 - "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."


Dear child of God, we can learn many lessons from the book of Job, but please do not think that you should walk in the shoes of Job. Please read on and finish all the topics, and you will begin to see Jesus Christ as the Healer of sick bodies.   Back to top of page


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