Job 2

Job 2 has Satan coming again to God after his first attempts to defeat Job failed.  He tried four major attacks, yet Job remained faithful to his God.  When asked what Satan was up to he said “going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it”.  That is Satan’s approach.  He prowls around like a lion seeking whom he may devour.  He has a single mind – to kill, steal and destroy those who know God.  He is a very real enemy and has each one of us in his sights.

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, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”   God is impressed with Job and his faithfulness.  Job has walked with God, and God knows he is going to continue.  But Satan throws down another challenge to “stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face”.  If God will just let Satan attack Job himself, he’ll fold.

So God concurs and allows Satan to attack him with the restriction that he spare his life.  So he is covered with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.  His wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.”  She can’t stand the sight of his suffering.  But Job rebukes her and tells her that God is still the provider of all good and evil – He is in control.  And amazingly, “In all this Job did not sin with his lips”.  Job was in immense pain but never accused God of his situation.

Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite show up to show him sympathy and comfort him. He was in bad shape and ‘when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him”.  His situation is dire, and they could not finds words to express their sympathy.  So “they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great”.

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