What kind of test was Job subjected to without his knowledge? What was the issue in the contest?
Job 1:6-12. What happened to Job’s life when God removed His protective hedge? 1:13-19; 2:7. What common belief did Job’s friends hold about suffering? 4:7, 8. People suffer for many reasons. Much misery comes from our own poor choices, though the cause of some misery isn’t our own fault. Even God’s forgiveness doesn’t necessarily interrupt the chain of consequences that follow as a result of the poor choices we make. People also suffer indiscriminately from the violence of Satan, the elements, and human nature. “Job and his friends were steeped in a tradition that claimed that suffering was always punishment for specific sin [4:7, 8]. Job was not aware of such sin, and was faced with the predicament of finding an explanation for his misfortune.”The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 3, p. 494:4, “Theme.” Read Job 1:20, 21. These verses record Job’s reaction to his first round of suffering. As Job realized, affliction and loss can deepen our own gratitude to God. Appreciation for the simple bl