Job 1:1, Job’s Holiness

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job.

//I’ve never been a real big fan of the book of Job, but someday I hope to get in and really study it. I confess, the premise is fascinating. A bit of atmosphere will help explain why Job is considered such a great piece of literature. Bear with me, here.

Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom … “Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised. … I will bring you down,” says the LORD. “Will I not in that day,” says the LORD, “Even destroy the wise men from Edom, And understanding from the mountains of Esau?” –excerpts from Obadiah.

Yes, Edom, the land of Esau, was hated. Guess where Uz, Job’s homeland, was located?

So the subtle introduction to Job contains a kicker, for in God’s own words, “there is none like [Job] on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.” Job is the greatest man on earth, but he is not a Jew. He is a Gentile. The holiest and richest man on earth is a hated Edomite.

Yeah, sometime I need to get in and really study this book. Maybe today … check my blog tomorrow for more.

1 Comment

  1. Yeah, and I think Eliphaz in the Book of Job was part of Esau’s family, or something like that. At least that’s one view, based on the appearance of the name Eliphaz in Genesis.

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