Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Job’s authorship

Who wrote the book of Job?

Some say it was written by one of his “three miserable, comforter” friends.  Eliphaz is the one usually accredited with penning it.  (However, of course, God, the Holy Spirit was the author!)

2 Peter 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Job is one of the grandsons of Jacob.  His father was Issachar, one of the 12 sons of Jacob and, thus, head of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Genesis 46:13

And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.

Job was written around the time when Jacob and his sons went down into Egypt.

Job means ‘persecute.’  The book of Job is actually a type of the future Tribulation when the Little Flock is persecuted.  How do we know that?  James tells us about Job and uses him as an example of how the Little Flock should endure.

James 5:10-11

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Hopefully this helps!

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