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Some things that the book of Job has to say about Satan and why bad things happen.
By John Chopores
Job 1:4 ¶ His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each on his day; and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. RSV
It does not say here, that the sons and daughters of Job were righteous; in fact, they (the sons and daughters) drank together.
Job 1:5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly.
There seems to be some fear in the heart of Job: about his the behavior of his sons and daughters. Did he know something about their possible unrighteousness?
We can see here that not all was righteous in the life of Job:
Fear. No matter how you cut it: fear is not faith! Cf. Ro But he who doubts is
condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is
not from faith is sin
2. His children seem to like to party. Cf. Pr
mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
3. Also, should not each person pray to God him/herself? Job could not do their repenting for them! Cf. Eze "Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness," says the Lord GOD.
Job 1:6 ¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
It is clear, that Satan is not one of the “sons of God”, for he “also” came.
Satan likes to sneak in among the righteous, even though he does not belong with them!
There are two views
on this verse: one is that God is pointing out to Satan that it is a waste of
his time trying to tempt all men, for
some will remain loyal to God anyway; the other is that God wanted Satan to test
Job, so that Job would stop being so self-righteous. Cf. 1Co Therefore let him who thinks he stands take
heed lest he fall.
Either way, if Job had repented (like he did in Chapter 42) early on Job would had a shorter test!
Job 1:7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
Satan is walking the earth, seeking someone to harm. Cf. 1 Peter 5:8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"
Yes, God may let a righteous person go through a test: but that test will not last forever! Cf. Jas 1:2 ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Job was “blameless” in the works of “the Law”; but not perfect in faith. Cf. Php 3:6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Php 3:9 ¶ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
Job 1:9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?
Satan will not admit that God is good in nature and want
humans to be happy!
Job "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
The Devil does not understand (or acts as if, he does not)
true love and loyalty to God!
Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Satan will do as much harm as he can!
No where in the book of Job, does the LORD God ever say: “I command you Satan to harm Job!”
Job While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house,
19 "and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
Please notice, that the “young people” were not praying when this happen: but they were “drinking wine” when it happen. If they were praying, maybe there would have been a “hedge” around them!
Job 2:1 ¶ Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
Satan does like to come into places that he does not belong at. Cf.Rev.12: 7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Job 2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
Satan did not learn from Job, for Satan is still doing the same things that he did in Job 1:7.
Job 2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause."
Satan is always working to harm us! Cf. Zechariah 3:1 ¶ Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him
So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin!
Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
5. "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Job But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job did not (at this point) know who was behind his troubles.
Job may not even have known that there was a Devil. No where in the book of Job, does Job ever mention Satan (the Devil).
Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.
Here we see again, that fear was a part of Job’s life!
Chapter forty two
Job 42:6 Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."
If Job had sought after the answer early on: he could save himself great deal of suffering and time. Cf. Jas 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Job had to come to the
place where, he realizes that being “perfect” in the Old Testament Law was not
enough: he also needed to “live by faith”!
Job 42: 10 ¶ And the LORD restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
More is more! After Job went through the test: he was given more!
Please notice that it was after Job did for others, that he was given more. Job prayed for others, not himself.
Job 42:11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
For all of the “adversity” that Job’s family thought that the LORD had brought: but the book of Job said that “Satan” had brought it! Cf. Job And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
17 So Job died, old and full of days
God won! And Job did ok too..