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Satan vs. Job...Round Two
03/01/2009
Scripture: Job 1:21-22; Job 2:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4...
Track 3 of 11 in the Job: Endure to the End series
Running time: 55 minutes, 50 seconds.
It didnt take Satan long to do his dastardly work. It is amazing what Satan did to Job. Throughout the book the writer describes what Job looked like, how he suffered, terrible pain and discomfort he experienced. All of this lasted for months and never let up to give him one minute of relief. All of this led to Job being rejected, isolated and eventually relocated to the city dump. He was so hideous looking and smelled so bad that people couldnt stand to be around him.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Satan vs. Job…Round Two

This week, I tried to live my life with a lot more attention to my stuff realizing they are on loan from God. I tried to hold onto my stuff a little more loosely this week. I was doing fine until I started to listen to our new president speak about those who have a lot in life, how they needed to allow the government to redistribute the wealth to those who don’t. The more I listened the more the fury started to well up in my inner being. As I heard the speeches and listened to the commentators on the amount of debt our country is building, I could just feel my fingers tightening around the stuff in my life.

I am to the point in life that I either have to turn off all the news around me so I don’t burst with anger or I am going to have to prepare for a real fight. Have you ever experienced that point in your life before? Things build and build until you are to the point where you are ready to fight. I use to be the person that when someone got in my face, I was ready to deal with the situation. Now that I am older, I would like to think more mature, I find myself looking for calmer waters to settle. I am slower to getting angry and allowing people to push me to the edge. I still have an edge but fortunately it is a lot father away than it use to be.

What does it take to get you really riled? What does a person have to do to you to get you to the point of real anger, the kind that can lead to violence?

Last week when we left Job, his life was crushed by the hand of Satan. God allowed Satan to strike at Job by destroying anything he wanted, but he couldn’t touch Job himself. We saw how quickly Satan moved and the utter destruction Satan leveled at Job. In all the evil Satan did to Job, in the end, Job praised God, worshiped God and responded in the exact opposite Satan expected.

Job 1:21-22 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

After everything Satan did to Job, Job wasn’t going to curse God, find someone to blame or start a war over the loss of his kids and his wealth. Job did not sin. This just had to frost Satan. I mentioned last week that the reader could almost hear Satan cursing the response from Job. That was not what Satan wanted; he did not want Job worshiping and praising God, he wanted Job to curse God. All Satan got was Job’s wife telling Job to curse God and even Job resisted her as well. But Satan is not done.

Round Two
Job 2:1-10 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish£ woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

“When bad things happen they often happen to the wrong person”

What are your thoughts about this statement? True or false? Have you ever been in a spot or have a run in life when you wondered if this statement was true?

There are thousands of cases where terrible things happen to the nicest people. It is amazing the evilness that is our world and how it seems to find the innocent. How many times when a drunk driver gets into an accident the innocent survive and the drunk driver is killed? No, most of the time it is the innocent who are killed while the drunk driver walks away without a scratch. When these tragedies happen, the haunting question is always, why? Why did such a terrible thing happen? And when the bottom of life drops out of those who don’t deserve it, why does it always seem to get worse, much worse?

We have all either experienced situations like this or know of people who have. For many of us all we can do is just shake our heads and think about how unfair life is. What is important to note about all this is, it is unfair from our perspective. Because we might think it is unfair doesn’t make it so. God might see things totally different. In Job’s case, Job didn’t see his tragedy as unfair at all. Instead he praised God and gave Him all the worship. Satan lost round one!

The 2nd chapter stars round 2. It starts off with just as much gloom as did round 1. Again, there was a day. Again God and Satan come face to face. This time things are a little different. The first time Satan attacks he usually does it with surprise. The second time he comes, he comes at us with stunning shock. Satan wastes no time communicating what he really wants to do with Job.

Job 2:2-3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

I want to focus on the word “ruin”. In Hebrew is means, “to swallow”. It is in the verb stem that intensifies the term. When used in the way the writer intended, it gives the idea of a barb, the idea of scrapping away, or even gagging. “You urged me to scrape away at him without cause”.

Job 2:4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.

Satan wasn’t going to admit defeat after he was so confident that his first attack on Job would cause him to curse God. He used an excuse to prove Job’s victory was not his fault. Verse 4 is his excuse.

Satan is very quick with an answer to God’s compliment of Job. Satan knows the very nature of man. In verse 4, what fact does Satan know about man?

Self-love and self-preservation are very powerful commanding principles in the hearts of men. Men love themselves better than their nearest relations, even their children, that are parts of themselves, will not only venture, but give, their estates to save their lives. But Job was different; different in the fact that he the man was spared. Yes he lost his fortune, but he still had his health. Yes, he lost his kids but he and his wife could have more. As long as Job the man was off limits, the game was unfair.

I want to spend just a moment on the statement made by God, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” What is God saying here to Satan? Can Satan actually incite God to do things against us?

Satan stands as our accuser day and night accusing us of our wrong doings. He tries to incite God to destroy us and to punish us according to what we deserve. But God never leaves us; he never abandons us in times of trials and hardship. As Paul experienced:

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Job 2:5-7 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

It didn’t take Satan long to do his dastardly work. It is amazing what Satan did to Job. Throughout the book the writer describes what Job looked like, how he suffered, terrible pain and discomfort he experienced. All of this lasted for months and never let up to give him one minute of relief. All of this led to Job being rejected, isolated and eventually relocated to the city dump. He was so hideous looking and smelled so bad that people couldn’t stand to be around him.

Job 2:8-9 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

If we do a quick flashback to verse 3, “And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason”, we see Job’s wife hitting him right where it hurts. Unknowingly she puts her finger on the one quality that God used to answer Satan about Job. Her question tempts Job to no longer hold onto that quality. This is the moment Satan has been looking for. Just say it! Just curse God and then you can die and get rid of this misery you find yourself in. You can hear Satan begging and hoping for those small little words, Curse God. Everything hung on Job’s response to his wife.

We have talked a lot about Job, but what about his wife? From what we know about her, someone describe what she is like? Is she an evil person?

Before we get too far down the road in condemning Job’s wife, we really need to give her some slack. Usually when we hear about Job and his plight, somewhere in the conversation his wife pops up and usually no one has anything good to say about her. Unfortunately she is no longer around to defend herself or to explain why she responded the way she did. I want to suggest 4 reasons why:

1. She too lost 10 kids. Until you have lost all your children at the same time, we need to guard against anything critical of anyone who is in that depth of grief.

2. She too suffered the loss of their possessions and wealth. Suddenly, she too was reduced to the same level of poverty that Job experienced.

3. For years she had enjoyed being the wife of the greatest man from the east. There was honor with that and moments of public acknowledgement. She probably had inner joy being married to Job.

4. She lost her companion. She no longer had her beloved to enjoy. Now the romance was gone, no more private moments. She probably had no hope that this will ever change

In verses 8 and 9, we don’t know the tone of voice she said her response. If she was totally devastated and blamed Job for their horrible situation, her response would sound one way. But if she were still in love with Job and hurting because he was hurting, maybe her response would sound differently.

This all sounds familiar. Satan pulled out one of his tried and tested plays from his evil playbook. In order to get Job to curse God and sin, what tactic is Satan using that he had used before and it worked perfectly?

Job’s Response:

Job 2:10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

This statement just had to blow Satan’s mind. He lost again. The temptation that brought the fall of man, the temptation that caused Adam to sin bounced right off of Job like nothing. In fact, not only did he stand firm and scold his wife, he asked probably one of the most important questions man everywhere needs to consider.

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

What about you? Are you willing to accept the good God brings your way but when the tines of trouble show up, you want nothing to do with it? What kind of friend is a person who only hangs with you when things are great but leaves when trouble shows up? Are we any different with God?

I don’t think the question Job asked was one that was to be answered, but a question to be pondered. Most likely Job had already considered his situation and was already pondering this question. Paul himself also taught the very same principle. He knew exactly what Job was trying to say.

Romans 9:19-21 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

I want to end with three important principles. I like to end my class with some things that you can take back and try out in your life.

1. Since our lives are full of trials, we need to remember there are always more to come. Job later will state the following:

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

2. Since our world is fallen, we need to understand that those who love us may give us wrong advice. Don’t be fooled!

3. Since God is sovereign, we must prepare ourselves for blessing and adversity. Why? Because He is God and God is unpredictable. Don’t be disillusioned.

We have to remember what the Psalmist wrote about God and who He is:

Psalms 115:3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.