Morning 29 – Job 1-2

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William Blake, pub. 1826

Pray, Read, Pray, Reflect…

KEY STATEMENT:

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” (1:9).

How does this question of Satan’s set the stage for the events of these two chapters?

OUTLINE:
I. The Testing Of Job’s Faith (Job 1-2)
A. Job Was Blameless (1:1-5)
B. Satan’ s First Challenge (1:6-22)
1. Satan’s Attack (1:13-19)
2. Job’s Response (1:20-22)
C. Satan’ s Second Challenge (2:1-10)
1. Satan’s Attack (2:7-9)
2. Job’s Response (2:10)
D. Job’ s Three Friends (2:11-13)

SUMMARY:
Job was a righteous, blameless man who had apparently been blessed greatly by God (1:5 – cf. 1:6-12; 2:1; 38:7; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9)

Job lost everything he had in one day, including all of his children (1:13-22)

Job’s faith is challenged again by his “Adversary” (2:1-6, 9, 11-13).

OBSERVATIONS:
Job Has Won These First Two Contests (cf. James 5:10-11; Hebrews 10:35-39). It also asks us to consider our own faith… would we continue to trust God and love Him, when suffering for reasons we do not understand?

Satan Is Introduced As Man’s “Adversary.” (1:6; cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1; Psalm 109:6; also Judges 9:23; 1 Samuel 16:14; 18:10; 19:9; 1 Kings 22:19-23).

He is able to work through people (1:15,17; 2:9; etc.) and has power over natural forces (1:16,19; 2:7).

Behind The Scenes

2 Kings 6:8-18; Daniel 10:1-11:4; Matthew 18:10; Ephesians 2:1-3; 6:12; Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9

There is a spiritual war going on for the souls of mankind. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

QUESTIONS:
1) Describe how righteous Job was (cf. 1:1,5; 23:12; 27:4; 29:12-16; 31:1-11,24-25,29-30).
2) Does Job suffer because he is the worst of men or the best of men?
3) Is the amount of our suffering a proper indication of our faithfulness?
4) Does God ever tempt us (James 1:13)? Why does He allow Satan to tempt us?
5) Why does Satan think that Job only serves God for selfish reasons? What is Satan’ s motivation for everything he does?
6) Can God know of man’ s faithfulness to Him, before man acts (cf. Genesis 22:12)? In other words, did God create a being who can act independently of God’ s foreknowledge of what he will do?
7) Is God the only one who has power over nature (1:16,19)? What about sickness and disease (2:7; cf. Luke 13:16)?
8) Where does suffering come from (2 Corinthians 12:7-12)? What use can God make of it?
9) Was Job right in his conclusions (1:21; 2:10)? Is this the beginning of his confusion about all these events?

CLOSING THOUGHT: The Adversary was allowed tempt Job – possibly to demonstrate a lesson to him and maybe even to condemn them, showing that a humble man was competent of obeying God when the great angels of heaven who fell could not. (Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:4)

God allowed this because it served the purpose of proving to all that there is such a thing as a unselfish virtue and having a firm faith in Him all can pass the oppression set upon us. Remember through this entire ordeal, Job never wavered.

Pray and Give Praise!

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