by James Merritt

"The Mystery Of Misery"
By James Merritt
Job 1:1-3


1. I want to introduce you to a man named Job. He was the Ben Cartwright of the Old Testament. He was a great, gracious, godly man who was universally loved and respected both on earth and in heaven.

2. He was a man marked by great faithfulness. "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." (v.1) The word for shun in the Hebrew literally means "to turn off." Job was so holy, so consecrated, that sin was a complete turn-off to him. He was as pure as the driven snow. There were no skeletons in his closet. The IRS could not find one thing wrong with his tax returns. The FBI could find no blemish on his character. He was twelve inches to the foot, three feet to the yard, sixteen ounces to the pound. This is not what Job said about Job, this is what God said about Job. "Then the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?'" (v. 8)

3. He was a man marked by a great family. "And seven sons and three daughters were born to him." (v.2) Not only was his family a large family, it was a godly family. "So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, 'It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.' Thus Job did regularly." (v.5) At the end of every day all of his sons and daughters would gather together with their father and have family devotions and worship the Lord together.

4. He was a man marked by great fortune. "Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so ...

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