Concordia Theological Monthly

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book of job, satan, piety, eliphaz, faith, zophar, bildad, grace

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


God desires that anyone who fears Him and serves Him should do that gratis, for nothing. Serving God for nothing, fearing God for nothing-that is the theme that runs through the Book of Job. In the prologue (Chs. 1-2) the author states that Job was a man who feared God and eschewed evil. The lord also told Satan in the prologue that His servant Job was a man who feared God and shunned wickedness. So Job was considered a pious, God-fearing man; there was no question about that, even Satan conceded that point. The question, however, was this: What was the basis for Job's piety? What was the motive behind his fear of the lord? Satan challenged the view that Job's piety was a free gift to the lord.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Job 1:9; Job 2:10; Job 40:2, 8; 1 Corinthians 4:4; Job 6:14; Job 15:15-16; Job 9:2-3; Job 9:30-32; Job 25:4-6; Job 4:17-19; Job 9:33; Psalm 32:4; Job 16:19, 21; Job 9:35;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars