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“Although the theme of this book from the time of the patriarchs is not directly related to worship, there are several important aspects, principles and characteristics of Biblical worship that may be gleaned from it and which demonstrate that even outside of the immediate covenant community, those who feared God understood and conformed to the Divine regulation of worship.”

The essence of worship is bowing to the sovereign will of God (Job 1: 1-22)

“All that we know of Job’s character is what is revealed to us in this book which bears his name. In summary of his character, four specific attributes are mentioned, coming from both the author of the book and directly from the mouth of God.

a. He is described as a perfect man referring not to moral perfection, but rather to the fact that he was complete in his integrity.
b. He is also said to be upright, which means that his actions conformed to God's standard of goodness.
c. He is called one that feared God, or held Him in reverence and was therefore careful to do His will.
d. And it is said that he shunned evil or rejected whatever was opposed to God's law.

Here we find that the definition of a perfect and upright man is that he fears God and rejects evil. He is a man who knows his place, and who purposes to keep it. This is the character of the one who knows that his Redeemer lives.

God had savingly revealed Himself to Job, so that even in the land of Uz there was found one who understood that the essence of worship is bowing to the will of the sovereign God. We are told something also about Job’s religious practice. He lived in the days of the patriarchs before the ceremonial laws of worship were revealed through Moses, and yet, like Noah, he understood the necessity of burnt sacrifice. He knew that sin demanded payment, and the covering of blood was necessary to atone for man's transgressions. He acted as priest in his own household, by offering sacrifices for his seven sons, and the providential arrangement of his family resulted in a special service of atonement every seventh day continually. Thus God sovereignly revealed His will to Job, and the patriarch steadfastly conformed his priestly role to God's design.” (Comin, 177-178)

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