His wife gave him no support, for she suggested he end his misery by cursing God. Hence, Jobâs friends use the name Shaddai to speak of Godâs transcendence, as well as His sovereign power. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Interpretive Challenges: The most critical interpretive challenge involves the bookâs primary message. The tension between the âpatientâ Job and the âimpatientâ Job contributes to the overall message of the book. Here is Paul's list of ways to be a faithful servant: - Pray and give thanks to God. These cultural/historical features found in the book appear to place the events chronologically at a time probably after Babel (Gen. 11:1â9) but before or contemporaneous with Abraham (Gen. In the end, God flooded Job with more blessings than he had ever known. He will not say âgood and faithfulâ if we have not been faithful. By spreading out some of the elements of this great theme, we can see the following truths in Jobâs experience: 1) There are matters going on in heaven with God that believers know nothing about; yet, they affect their lives; 2) Even the best effort at explaining the issues of life can be useless; 3) Godâs people do suffer. But Job questioned the extent of his sin as compared to the severity of his suffering. Within the canon of Old Testament Scripture, the distinctive contribution of the Wisdom books is that they expound the relevance of the foundational covenant revelation through Moses to the great issues of manâs life in this world, more specifically, of manâs life apart from the peculiarly theocratic context of Israelite history. Engaging in âtheodicy,â i.e., manâs attempt to defend Godâs involvement in calamity and suffering, is shown to be appropriate in these circumstances, though in the end, it is apparent that God does not need nor want a human advocate. It shows Job as a real person. Ezekiel 14:14, 20 and James 5:11 show that Job was a historical person. He does deny that his suffering is a result of sin. These are more than small exceptions to the rule, thus forcing Job to rethink his simple understanding about Godâs sovereign interaction with His people. Finally Zophar describes the ways of the Almighty as beyond human comprehension (11:7â10). A Faithful Servant â Sermon for CATM â January 20, 2008 James 1:12 Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. A faithful servant points people to the living God, not to himself. (2) The Sabeans and Chaldeans are portrayed as nomadic marauders (1:15, 17), indicating an early date. Historical Setting â¢ Numerous details in the Book of Job indicate a patriarchal setting for its events: (1) Jobâs wealth is measured in livestock (1:3; 42:12), the same way Abraham and Jacobâs wealth is measured (Gen. 12:16; 13:2; 30:43; 32:5). Iâm not a sailor, but I do know how to throw a lifesaver to a drowning person. 8. THE CHRIST OF JOBÂ Job acknowledges a Redeemer (see 19:25â27) and cries out for a mediator (9:33; 25:4; 33:23). What I want you to consider is what is the meaning and context of well done, good and faithful servant? Adeney : Matthew 24:45-51 : Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Elihuâs speech on Godâs greatness and His sovereign majesty over nature (36:1â37:24) serve as a prelude to the climax of the book: the Lordâs answer to Job (38:1â42:6). With this in mind, the meaning and context of Matthew 25:23, well done good and faithful servant makes perfect sense. The name Å¡adday is used of God 31 times in Job (compared with only 17 times elsewhere in the OT) and was a name familiar to the patriarchs (see Gen. 17:1; Ex. Mormon Teaching Ravi Zacharias (Must See) - Duration: 8:58. Being Faithful to God and His Word. Readers find themselves, putting their proverbial hands over their mouths, with no right to question or accuse the all-wise and all-powerful Creator, who will do as He pleases, and in so doing, both proves His points in the spiritual realm to angels and demons and defines His compassion and mercy.