From Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study by D.L. Moody:
An Englishman once remarked to me: “Mr Moody,
did you ever notice this, that the book of Job is the key to the whole
Bible? If you understand Job you will understand the entire Bible!”
“No,” I said, “I don’t comprehend that. Job the key to the whole Bible!
How do make that out?” He said: “I divide Job into seven heads.
first head is: A perfect man untried. That is what God said about Job;
that is Adam in Eden. He was perfect when God put him there.
head is: Tried by adversity. Job fell, as Adam fell in Eden.
head is: The wisdom of the world. The world tried to restore Job; the
three wise men came to help him. That was the wisdom of the world
centred in those three men. You can not,” said he, “find any such
eloquent language or wisdom anywhere, in any part of the world, as those
three men displayed, but they did not know anything about grace, and
could not, therefore, help Job.” That is just what men are trying to do;
and the result is that they fail; the wisdom of man never made man any
better. These three men did not help Job; they made him more unhappy.
Some one has said the first man took him, and gave him a good pull; then
the second and third did the same; the three of them had three good
pulls at Job, and then flat down they fell.
“Then in the fourth place,”
said he, “in comes the Daysman, that is Christ.
In the fifth place, God
and in the sixth, Job learns his lesson. ‘I have heard of Thee
by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I
abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’ And then down came Job flat
on the dunghill.
The seventh head is this, that God restores him.”
Thank God, it is so with us, and our last state is better than our
first. A friend of mine said to me: “Look here, Moody, God gave to Job
double of everything.” He would not admit that Job had lost his
children; God had taken them to heaven, and He gave Job ten more. So Job
had ten in Heaven, and ten on earth—a goodly family. So when our
children are taken from us, they are not lost to us, but merely gone
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible