The book of Job is full of lessons which seem to have been ignored. Everybody knows of the lesson of patience, but that was nowhere near the only thing the book of Job tells us.
Right off the bat, the book of Job in the first couple of chapters destroys the traditional teaching that Satan is in a place called Hell inside the Earth. Satan is not in his prison yet, which is why God had to ask him where he was. If Satan was confined within the Earth, why would God have to ask him where he was? The bottomless pit has not been opened yet. Satan has not been kicked down onto Earth yet by Michael and his angels. Those things have not happened yet. Many prophecies, especially in Revelation were written in the past tense because those prophets were taken to the future. To them it was the past tense. Not us. Satan is the rider of the pale horse. He is named Death and Hell will follow him. Jesus also separated Satan’s realm from those God does not find worthy with the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man loved his money more than God so after he died he was punished. The only thing that separated them was a gulf. The original Greek word there was “χασμα” (kas-mah), which means “gulf” or “chasm”. That’s all that separated them. While the rich man and those God didn’t find worthy are tormented, they are not with Satan yet. When Satan is let out, he is allowed to try to deceive those that still need to make a choice. Those that are deceived then will try to make war with the saints, but God stops them and ends that age. Then the books are opened and judgment is given. Those that make the wrong choice in the next age will be forever punished. That will be it for them. Just as Satan was allowed to persecute Job, he will be allowed to persecute our creation to weed out the unfaithful from the faithful.
When Jesus returns, that ends this age and this age alone. The phrase “end of the world” was a mistranslation. The original Greek word was “αίων” (ah-KHEE-own), which is their word for “age”. Jesus’ return ends this age and begins a new one, which is explained in Rev. 20. Without knowing this, Rev. 20 cannot be made sense of.
Another lesson is about destiny. So many people of faith come up with cliches that contradict what is written perhaps to make themselves feel better. “Everything happens for a reason”. “It was his/her time to go”. These are contradicted in Job and Romans 8. Job’s so-called friends and teachers told him he must have done something to make those bad things happen to him, even though it was plainly written that God had nothing to do with those bad things that befell upon him. It was Satan. What did Job do to deserve what happened to him? Nothing. Was it his destiny to have those bad things happen to him? No, it wasn’t. Not everything that happens is because God is doing it. That’s a great lesson that the book of Job plainly explains. Sometimes things just happen. That’s life in this human flesh.
Romans 8 also explains that the only people who have a real destiny are the election of grace, or God’s elect. The reason why only they are predestined is because they’ve already been judged and they were judged innocent. That’s right. There are those amongst our creation that were judged before they were even born. Jeremiah gives an example of this in 1:5 where God told him that He knew him before he was in the womb and sanctified him and ordained him to be a prophet. What did Jeremiah do in this human flesh to be named a prophet? Nothing. He was already found to be worthy. Jesus also said “for many are called, but few are chosen”. He didn’t say “few are chosen and the rest are called”.
Every now and then, God will tap everyone on the shoulder. To say that is destiny though is very wrong and lacks understanding. How about making your own plan? If you live your life according to what is written and diligently seek Him, He will reward you. Then He might find enough faith in you to put you on a certain path, but that is still not destiny. You still have choice. As a matter of fact, this whole age is about the ability to keep free will. That is why Satan is not serving his sentence yet. God is allowing Satan to weed out the unfaithful from the faithful so that way in the future those that have free will won’t follow or become future Satans. The angels are done making their choice. Our creation, however are not done. Satan is going along with this because he wants to take as many of us down with him as possible. Satan tempting Job to do the wrong thing is a lesson for us all. Satan persecuted Job just as he will the rest of our creation.
Another important lesson is to not always believe your teachers. If you ask your teachers questions that go against a particular doctrine, don’t nod like bobblehead dolls when they give you an answer that you know doesn’t make sense or sounds right just so you don’t have to wonder about that question any longer. Jobs friends/teachers had no idea what they were talking about and God punished them for speaking for Him in an ill manner. If you speak for God, you better get it right. God dislikes nothing more than those that represent Him to flub up what He says to suit their own purposes. If your teachers teach things that are plainly the opposite of what’s written, then go somewhere else or simply learn on your own. Find some other people who also have nowhere to call “church” and make your own church. I hear some explanations from these so-called teachers when I challenge their doctrine and the nonsense they spew is something I can tell they don’t even buy, nor expect anyone else to buy. If that sounds familiar, then you should find another place or make one of your own. Just because they have a title as teacher of Christianity doesn’t make them right or that God is speaking through them. Jesus speaks against five of the seven churches of Christ. The two He finds no fault in don’t exist yet, as they are written in Revelation 2 and 3. Diligently seek Him. That means asking those questions you know you have and truly try to find the answers. Don’t just say “God works in mysterious ways” so you’re done with it. God isn’t so mysterious once you get to know Him. To do that, one must pursue with all due diligence to understand His Word.
Speaking of Job’s friends, another great lesson was whether or not Jesus would be a socialist. Eliphaz the Temanite accused the wealthy Job the same way socialists in the media accuse rich people they don’t like. Eliphaz told Job that God was punishing him because all the things he had took away from those that didn’t have much. He said Job took the clothes off of the naked. He didn’t feed the hungry. He didn’t give water to the thirsty. He made it harder for the widow. Do these sound familiar to you? Eliphaz could be Al Sharpton. Even with these accusations, Job was the most righteous man on Earth according to God Himself. How would Job be portrayed now by the supposedly caring socialists? Yes, there are many lessons to learn from the book of Job.