Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Job Chapter 1
Metaphysically Interpreting Job 1:1-5
1:1There 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 turned away from evil. 1:2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east. 1:4And his sons went and held a feast in the house of each one upon his day; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
July 6, 1947: Job 1:1
With what implied teaching does the Book of Job open? That the righteous suffer equally with the guilty. Job "was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and turned away from evil."
Metaphysically Interpreting Job 1:6-12
1:6Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them. 1:7And Jehovah said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 1:8And Jehovah said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and turneth away from evil. 1:9Then Satan answered Jehovah, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 1:10Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 1:11But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will renounce thee to thy face. 1:12And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thy hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah.
July 20, 1947: Job 1:8
Is it proper to accept our present condition as the best that can be? No. We should accept it for what it is, but not without an effort to improve it. To accept the good in so far as we perceive it and work toward continual improvement is to build up a reserve with which to meet what comes as well as to bring our own to us.
Transcribed by Tom Schulte on 9-11-2013.