Text: Job 1:1, Job 1:6-12
Speaker(s): Pastor Will and Marie Robinson
The book of Job gives us a glimpse behind the veil that separates earthly life from the heavenly.
9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? (i.e Do we only go to church, pray, sing songs of worship, give offerings or help people because God has been good to us?)
10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Isaiah 58:11 (ESV) – 11 And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” (Job might have said: “Ahem, may I say something, please?”
God was (is) in control all the time!**
12 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (As it relates to Satan, see below)
- God grants permissions.
- God Himself dictates terms.
- God Himself defines boundaries.
- God Himself determines purpose.
James 5:10 – 11 (ESV) 10As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
Job 42:10 – 11 (ESV) 11Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him** for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
Job (sometimes we are) was wrong about God
Job 42:1 – 6 (ESV)
1Then Job answered the LORD and said: 2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Job 19:11 He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary.
Job 33:10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counts me as his enemy,
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”