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The critical lessons of the Biblical Job are missed far too much

The main issues disclosed in the Bible concerning Job are overlooked quite often.
The main issues disclosed in the Bible concerning Job are overlooked quite often.

Christians having a bad day need to dig into the tribulations that faced Job in one day. The story of Job is a composite to understand the things God does and does not do.

Satan was being challenged by God upon the sons of God presenting themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. God declared to Lucifer,

“Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the Earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”.

Job’s faith was counted towards righteousness as Abraham, and since Job had faults it did not mean he was “perfect”, but perfectly within the will of God. As a result, God did place protection about the house of Job and all of Job’s possessions which irritated Satan. A challenge was issued by Satan that if God allowed disaster to come upon Job that he would “curse thee to Thy face”.

God did not initiate the disaster Himself, but removed protection from Job and allowed Satan to have power to plague Job, only God put a restriction of taking Job’s life.

Those paying attention should note that it was Satan that was going to inflict pain and loss on Job, not God. It is consistent with John 10:10 which warns, “the thief comes but to kill, steal, and destroy”.

Satan’s fury was finally unleashed on Job as the Sabeans put to the sword all servants except one and stole the oxen and asses, the Caldeans slew all the servants except one and stole all of the camels, and what was described as “the fire of God” fell from the sky which burned up the sheep and servants and consumed them save one servant.

Satan must have taken particular delight burning up all the sheep which eliminated the stock for animal sacrifices. However, a critically missed observation was articulated to Job from the obviously shell-shocked servant. The servant described the inferno as “the fire of God” and it was the demonstration of Lucifer.

There are places in the Bible where things are truly stated, but are not a statement of truth. This has been the foundation for much suspect theology and errors in doctrine. One should not attribute things being stolen, indiscriminate killing, or destruction of property as a process of things being taken away by God.

Even Job erroneously declares incorrect doctrine when he infamously says, “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord”. Poor Job did not realize who was really the guilty party that ripped him off. The devastation of having his children killed in a freakish great wind that caused the foundation of the house to collapse on them was created by Satan.

Isn’t it interesting that wind storms or natural disasters a categorized as “acts of God” in the insurance industry. Nobody seems to want to credit Lucifer for these demonstrations of woe.

Nevertheless the devil has done some excellent marketing to ensure God is blamed for the acts of destruction Satan actually initiates. The devil is the prince of this world and over the power of the air the Bible discloses. Unfortunately this spiritual truth is overlooked far too much by both the world and Christians that are supposed to be walking in divine enlightenment.

God is the God of the living, not the dead. Anyone God takes He took alive. Those at funerals saying God took them are mistaken concerning who has the power of death, which the Bible clearly credits the devil.

Job had faults and was not without issues concerning God. After suffering through his losses and failing health, Job declares in Job 3:25 what could have connected him to his catastrophes, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”

The power to connect oneself to terrible consequences can be made through fear or doubt and a belief that terrible things will happen. Faith in fear can be a horrific enabler.

Out of the abundance of the heart flow the issues of life is a warning directly from Jesus Himself concerning what a person’s trust is placed. Being convinced of approaching doom can manifest one’s own nightmare.

Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. When one realizes that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, another Biblical principle, one should take great care in what is placed in the mind and what is spoken by the lips.

It can spill out in an undesired reality.

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