Job-the Man Who Made Satan Quit (15 Of 15) by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Men of the Bible (15 of 15)
Job-The Man Who Made Satan Quit
Clarence E. Macartney
James 5:11

Yes, James, we have all heard of the patience of Job,
not only those to whom you were writing but those to
whom I am now speaking. Age after age, generation
after generation has heard of the endurance of Job and
has wondered at it. Man is born to trouble as the
sparks fly upward, and from the battle of life he can
have no discharge. But among all the strugglers,
battlers, sufferers, Job is the supreme example of the
man who, in spite of his troubles and in spite of his
doubts holds fast to God and in the end sees the
vindication of his faith.

Everybody ought to read at least one great book before
he dies and enters into the presence of the Truth
Himself. There are many great books; but the consensus
of human opinion seems to be that the Book of Job is
the greatest of all. When you take up Job;
Shakespeare, Milton, Plato, Homer can all go out of
the window. In Carlyle's beautiful tribute in Heroes
and Hero Worship: "Here in this book is sublime
sorrow, sublime reconciliation, oldest choral melody,
as of the heart of mankind, so soft and great as the
summer midnight, as the world with its seas and
stars."

Who was Job? Nobody knows. When did he live? Nobody
knows. What was his race? Nobody knows. Where did he
live? Where was the land of Uz? No one knows. And this
is all the better for the purpose of the great book
because it makes Job a universal man, a representative
of all mankind in his relationship to the world and to
God.

More profound treatises have been written on the Book
of Job than upon any other book of the Bible, and many
of these books on Job may be described in the language
of that sublime book itself: "Who is this that
darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" Many of
these books are so profound that they are obscure. Yet
the message of this great book, although profound,
taking hold upon the deep realities of life, is
nevertheless simple. As deepest waters are clearest,
so is the message of this book.

Now let us turn to the story of Job, but always
remembering that it is easier to talk of Job than to
bear what he had to bear or to act like Job.

"There 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 eschewed evil." John prayed for
his friend Gaius that he might prosper and be in
health even as his soul prospered. Job was a man who
answered that description. He was a good man and had
prosperity of soul. With that prosperity of soul there
went good health and prosperity in worldly things. He
had seven sons and three daughters. The thousands of
his sheep whitened the face of the desert. Five
hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred she-asses plowed
his fields for him, and three thousand camels
transported his products to the markets of the world. ...


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