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The Daughter Of Zion

Job and the Adversary


More about Job. In rereading the book again this year I came across an interesting piece of the puzzle of the book itself. In my previous installment I spoke about the fact that Job's self righteousness and darkening of sound counsel came from not knowing God. But I forgot about the other side of the coin. There is something else Job is totally clueless about. Satan and how he works.

This is Spiritual understanding and if you are NOT relating to the Living God you will NOT understand the relationship of the King of Glory and the Adversary who is defeated and will be defeated int he already/not yet paradygm.
Job 9:24
“The earth is handed over to the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it? (NASB)
"The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it? (NASB 1995)
Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who is he? (Young's Literal Translation)

This is a one liner that most people including myself miss in the general overall read of the book. That only goes to show us all that EVERY WORD is important in Scripture for EVERY WORD has impactful meaning.

Basically Job reasons that the world he knows belongs to the Evil One or The Satan. In Adam's sin and fall of humanity the Evil One has certainly wrested an upper hand, or so it would seem. There is a "He" who covers the face of the judges. Another way to rea it of course, is that the World as Job knows it, is apparently handed over to evil men. The Creator blinds or covers over the faces of the judges of the world. Judges or lawgivers or law enofrcers in Job's day might have been very corrupt. But the last part of the verse is the part I want to zero in on. If it is not He then who is it? If God the Creator is not doing this and is not handing over the world that Job knows, to evil and corrupt mankind that pervert justice by "blinding the judges", nost often with a bribe, then WHO?

So we discover that Job is ignorant of BOTH players in his story. He also doesnt know Satan and in his time Satan has "Kratos" or Dominion over most mankind. Only the lineage of Jesus and a smattering of a few rare individuals who call upon the Name of the Creator God, might be considerd "Righteous". These God might "hedge in".

Most Believers these days are like Job of old. When God nails Job with the accusation of darkening sound counsel as one speaking without knowledge, He also nails the so called Comforters as saying things that are not right about Him. Basically Job, not knowing that there are TWO players in his drama, lays blame on God who, incidently, does say that He was INCITED to turn on Job for NO REASON. But we all see or those who read Job: A Closer Look <link> know that God was up to something wonderful. Because He found Job to be this Upright man a perfect man who had nothign to do with evil and who feared the Living God, that Living God was about to introduce Job to Himself and enter into a real relationship with Job.

But we also have to understand that while Job's Comforters blamed Job and plainly stated that somehow Job must have "sinned" for God will punish sin that this is why God was DOING this to Job. But God was doing NOTHING. The Challenger to God was the orchestrator of all Job's misery and EVERYONE was missing it. Job blamed God for wronging Him and the other blamed Job for incurring this apparent wrath. But lets look again at that heavenly dialogue.

First off what does God say about Job? (Job 1:8)
"And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary, The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”"(NASB)
In the Hebrew this is best understanding of the verse. Twice God makes this statement about a man who will "Darken sound counsel for talking without understanding"
The American Standard uses the word Perfect for Blameless. This ought to tell us something because Jesus tells us to be Perfect and God is Perfect. Blameless as God is Blameless. Having a Blameless integrity as God has a Blameless integrity.

What does Satan say here?
The first time he says,"Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?" (Job 1:9)
"Have You not made a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land." (Job 1:10)
"But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face." (Job 1:11)

But does God Put forth His Hand? Does He?

"Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not reach out and put your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD." (Job 1:12)

In a way He does, for later on when He again speaks to Satan He will say, "The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds firm to his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”"(Job 2:3)

But is it actually God DOING the action as Job believes or is God PERMITTING the action to be done by another? Yet God will turn and become an Adversary to those who do not keep the Law, whether under Mosaic Law with Temple and Priests or under Christ who KEEPS the Law in our stead and empowers us to keep it with Him, by His Spirit. But does God turn and do? Yes in many cases He does orchestrate against those who ARE His enemies but in this case... no. He allows the Satan to do his worst and trusts in the character of the "servant".

The second time he says, "Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has, he will give for his life." (Job 2:5) "However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face."(Job 2:6) Once again Satan is saying God YOU put forth YOUR hand and... But God in a way does and in a way DOESNT actually DO anything but ... give permission to another to TOUCH the life of one of His own. One's Servant is THEIR OWN.
"So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”"
Both times Satan leaves the Presence as soon as he has permission to act.

Folks right about now you should be seeing a pattern here. For God is He who is the Same Today Yesterday and FOREVER. Not a man to repent of change His mind or lie. (Num 29:13) and of Christ who is God The Son, Hebrew 13:8. Havinf established this fact we also have to understand that He doesnt CHANGE His modes of activity. Since His personage and character dont change and being absolute in Perfection He sees no reason to change His behavior, are we blessed, then we might want to pay attention to His actions here. In Job: A Closer Look, I believe I made mention of Jesus and Peter but if not I will do so here. Job and Peter have a unique sharing in Scripture, Sifting. Job had no idea who his God was or of the Adversary so he dealt with the sifting radically differently than does Peter, but we dont actually have the fly's eye view of what Peter went through in his grief at failing God do we? Did he identify with Job? Scripture graciously is silent to preserve the Dignity of the first Apostle.

Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to sift you men like wheat;" says Jesus to Peter (AKA Simon) after Peter declares that he will follow Jesus to death and die for or with Him if need be. That is a bold vow that will not hold under pressure. God demands that ALL vows be fulfilled or down comes the wrath. Jesus prays..."but I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”" He may also very well have petitioned God to forgive the vow once the Cross work was accomplished. Scripture does not say.

So Christian, when you have a Hiroshema day or period of life and you are wondering what you did to deserve this, know that in Christ you EARNED this not so good very bad day or period of life but are FORGIVEN and ACCEPTED in The Beloved. Thus though you DESERVE what is happening as a result of Wrath you are actually undergoing a time of trial , testing, sifting, separation, sorting, stripping. It is all part of the process of Sanctification and it can be very messy, ugly, and painful to go through. It's end is glorious.
However, Christian, sometimes you are not MEANT to endure it but to take it to God and find out what is between you and the LORD and having cleared that up turn on the Enemy with the Sword of the Spirit the Word of God. Only do that when directed.

Job not knowing anything of spritual warfare spoke from his pain. His words are permissable venting that have some echos in the Psalms. Yet in the Psalms we see that David also makes the right declarative statements of the God he KNOWS. That is the difference in sucessfully handling adversity and not successfully handling adversity.

But the secret here is in the interchanges. God GIVES PERMISSION for Satan to act. Satan cannot act and must cease and desist where God does NOT permit him to act. Why else are we in Christ as living armor and are told to STAND in the evil day? We are also told to pray for the Saints or rather for our brothers and sisters.

Think about it.

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