How does the Biblical Job from The Book of Job feel about his home or homeland?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Though it is not directly stated in the text, a few things can certainly be inferred about how Job felt concerning his home and homeland.

According to the Old Testament, Job was so blessed by God that he was "the greatest man among all the people of the East" (Job 1:3).  He had a house full of children, fields full of animals, and a large number of servants.  He was wealthy and prosperous.  But he is described as one who "feared God and shunned evil" (v.1).

Based on this description, we can infer that Job was nothing but grateful for his blessings.  We also know that though he loved his children very much, after events of celebration (eating and drinking for several days), Job would send to have them purified.  He would sacrifice a burnt offering just in case they "sinned and cursed God in their hearts" (v.5).  This shows that though Job himself was a follower of God, he did not believe his children to be.  He worried about the sins of his family and the condition of their hearts and took upon himself to carry out ritualistic cleansing on their behalf.

Despite his great love for his family, we see that Job is actually devoted to God above everything else.  The rest of the story outlines the many terrible and horrific things that God allows to happen to Job's family, his land, his animals, and all of his wealth.  Through everything, Job never once turns his back on God.  He endures the hardship giving God the praise all the while.  He displayed the same humility and reverence for God in his time of wealth and prosperity as he did when everything was taken away, showing that he prioritized material things (his home and homeland) beneath God.

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