The book of Job chronicles God’s testing of Job. We will look at two dialogs between God and Satan, their consequences, and Job’s response.
Does God tempt men? No. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” (James 1:13) However, as we will see, God does allow Satan the ability to test believers.
God’s dialog with Satan (Job 2:1-6)
“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.2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”
God initiates the conversation (Job2:2)
God speaks highly of Job (Job 2:3)
Satan’s response (Job 2:4-5)
God allows Satan to touch his bone and his flesh. Puts limits on Satan (Job 2:6)
Job smote with boils (READ Job 2:7-8)
Job’s wife: Curse God and die (Job 2:9)
If it wasn’t bad enough that Job lost everything, now God allows Satan to attack his body. When we are not feeling well, we are apt to do strange things.
What will Job do now? Will he curse God?
Tomorrow we will see.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001