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Case of Job
The case of Job is a remarkable one, and has probably been in the mind
of every one who has ever had the Bible in their hands. Turn to the
first chapter of the book of Job and follow his case with this idea
in view. "There came a day when the sons of God came to present themselves
before the Lord, and Satan came also among them." What right had he to
sons of God were God's representatives in the different parts of the universe.
Adam was a son of God, and he was put on this earth to have dominion under
God over it. But he betrayed his dominion, and Satan stepped in and took
his place, and so, when a council was called for the representatives of
God to come together to counsel about their territory, Satan came also.
roll was called, and Earth answered, Here. But it was Satan, not Adam,
who answered. "And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the Lord and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it."
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8. The Son of man
came not to destroy men's lives but to save them. He went about doing good.
the Lord said unto Satan, 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?"
Satan answered the Lord and said, Doth Job fear God for naught? Hast Thou
not made an hedge about him and about his house, and about all that he
hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance
is increased in the land. But put forth Thine hand now, and touch all that
he hath, and he will curse Thee to Thy face." These are the very characteristics
you see, the Lord says to Satan, "My servant Job, although he is in your
territory, yet he remains loyal to Me."
yes," says Satan, "but that does not prove anything. Anyone would do that
for the regard that you show him. It is not love that binds Job to you.
He is serving you for his reward. Anybody would do it."
you see the complaint there? "You have put a hedge round him. Unfair. He
is in my dominion. I should think anybody would be loyal to you on those
was said in a council in which there were representatives from all the
universe. He there made the same charge that he made in heaven.
of deciding the matter there in an arbitrary way, the Lord said, "Behold
all that he hath is in thy power, only upon himself put not forth thine
hand." You know how it went, One after another Job's possessions were taken
from him, and last of all his children were slain, and he was left perfectly
alone. Then he was advised to give up everything.
in all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."