"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised" (Job 1:21).
The book of Job is significant to both secular and non-secular groups as a pillar for many fundamental truths. The story of Job's extensive amount of torment he faced, and persevered through, serves as a prime example for many to follow. Although the book is chiefly considered a model for Christian ethics, it has been explored by both secular and non-secular groups. Contrary to popular belief, the book of Job is not only about the Lord's servant and the many ways he suffered. This essay will identify why many believe that this book is only concerned with Job's sufferings, and in contradiction show that there is an abundance of issues within, with many lessons to be learned. .
Job was a man with what the public viewed as a perfect life. He had a wife, seven sons, and three daughters. In addition to having a well rounded family, his wealth continued in his possessions that included seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, one thousand oxen, and five hundred donkeys. While Job was a family man, he was also known very well in his community, and sometimes even considered the greatest man of the East. More important than all of this, Job feared God and shunned evil.
The Lord said to Satan in chapter one, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Satan was sure that no matter how much Job loved the Lord, if Job were to lose everything he had, surely he would curse the name of the Lord. The Lord proceeded to tell Satan that everything Job has is in his hands, but he was not aloud to touch the man himself. Satan proceeded in attempting to destroy Job, allowing his oxen and donkeys to be stolen, burning his sheep and servants, having his camels carried away, killing all of his sons and daughters, and virtually destroying everything that Job held dear in the world.