Friday, July 18, 2008

Thoughts from Job

We all know the story of Job. But have you ever thought to look at it from these various angles?

Then YHWH said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him." (Job 1:12)


Here, YHWH is giving Satan permission do ruin Job's life, as long as he doesn't touch him. Of course, in Job 2:6, Satan is allowed to take away his health, as long as he didn't kill him. Clearly, we can determine that all these terrible things happening to Job are the result of Satan's actions, right?

"The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans attacked and took them" (Job 1:14-15) "The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword." (Job 1:17)


Here, the Sabeans and Chaldeans raided and destroyed Job's possessions. Clearly, we can determine that all these terrible things happening to Job are the result of the Sabean's and Chaldean's actions, right?

"YHWH gave and YHWH has taken away. Blessed be the name of YHWH."


Here, YHWH is given credit for giving Job everything that was destroyed. And He is also given credit for taking all these things away. Clearly, we can determine that all these terrible things happening to Job are the result of God's actions, right?

If God, Satan, and the Sabeans/Chaldeans are all credited for the terrible things that happened to Job, who are we to blame for these evil action? All three? Just one? Or perhaps two?

2 comments:

jimfisher007 said...

Satan did it. Job proved faithful to Jehovah God by keeping his integrity. We know from the Bible, Satan is the god of this system of things.

A bigger picture here is presented. Satan was trying to prove that man serves Jehovah for only what He gives them, so you too are also in this debate. Do you serve God for just what He gives you or out of love.

Jesus proved Satan a lier by proving faithful and so did Job.

With evil things God does not tempt us (James 1:13)

Satan does like he tried to tempt Jesus in giving up His integrity.

Mike-e said...

Yes, Satan did it. But Job claims that God did it. Why else would he say "YHWH gives and YHWH takes away?" If God had nothing to do with it, should he have said, "YHWH gives and Satan takes away?"