As I began reading Job I found verses 4 and 5 of the first chapter of Job fascinating. Let’s study this section together using the four “S” or step study approach. First spread out the information before you.
Job’s seven sons were like modern day, affluent young adults. Their father was very wealthy and they enjoyed the benefits it gave them. They took turns having feasts in their homes with their sisters and had a great time eating and drinking. The impression you get as you read these verses was that these were full course events and they participated or partied until they had run their course. There is no clear statement they were doing anything wrong, but it implies they might have been, because when the party was over Job would arrange to have them purified. Then he would get up early the next morning and make a sacrifice of burnt offering for each of them. His reason is stated clearly. He thought, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
This was Job’s regular custom when his kids had a party. There is a hint that his kids had a reputation of notoriety, referred to by Bildad in chapter 8, verse 4: “When your children sinned against God, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.” There’s more information on the children in this book, but we’ll deal with that later.
In our next visit I’ll sort and structure this information into an outline. The title I gave to the outline is: Parental Care for the Spiritual Welfare of Adult Children.