Archive for April 30th, 2011

Job 2

Job 2 moves further in the battle between good and evil that is played out in Job’s life.  Satan comes to God again and as he does, God holds Job up as one who is walking firmly with Him.  “Have you considered my servant Job”?  Same words we heard in the first round in chapter one.  God calls out Job as a man who is walking “blameless and upright…who fears God”.  Job is a good man living God’s way.  Satan challenges God around the reason why Job is living the way he is – because God has protected him from being personally afflicted.  Sure he has lost all his children and possessions Satan says, but you didn’t let me touch him directly.  So Satan asks for another shot at Job.

All that a man has he will give for his life…. stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face”.  God give Satan the green light to try again to drive a wedge between Himself and Job.  “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life”.  The power of evil doesn’t give up – if he fails in his last attempt – he has plenty more up his sleeve.  Satan never loses sight of his goal to kill, steal and destroy us.  We must not lose sight of that.  We are in a spiritual battle and caught in the middle.  We are the battleground.

Satan comes against job and inflicts him with “loathsome sores”.  He is covered head to foot and is more than miserable.  At this point his wife has had enough and asks “Do you still hold fast your integrity”?  It was a short discussion with a one word answer – yes.  Job chastises her as a foolish woman and remains true to God.  “In all this Job did not sin with his lips”.  Job knows that God did not cause his suffering.  There is a big distinction between being the cause, and allowing it to happen.  We tend to blame God as the reason for the bad things than happen.  God doesn’t make them happen.  Satan is the author of evil.

Three of Job’s friends hear of the situation and they came to him.  Good lesson here – when friends are hurting – we need to respond.  Often we fail to do so because we don’t know what to say or do.  Here are some great ideas from Job’s three friends of how to react when a friend is suffering:

  • raised their voices
  • wept
  • tore their robes
  • sprinkled dust on their heads
  • sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights
  • no one spoke a word to him
  • saw that his suffering was very great

Bottom line is that they dropped what they were doing and they went to be with Job.  They didn’t say a word for 7 days.  They were with him – sitting in the dirt – being part of what he was going through.  That is the kind of empathy we are called to do.  We need to minister to folks where they are!

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