Summary: Why God allowed Satan to test Job


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Last time we looked at a number of issues that suggested the path of evil is a necessary part of God’s purpose of raising man to his destiny of becoming “in the image of God”.

• We can’t leave the subject of evil without taking a closer look at the story of Job as we get a unique insight into what is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm.

• This is usually something we are not privy to, yet as we will see, can have a serious impact on each of our lives.

The book begins with God calling a heavenly council to which Satan is also commanded to attend.

Job 1:6-12 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

• This account gives us an important insight into the spiritual hierarchy of the cosmos.

• Although Satan has enormous power, he cannot thumb his nose at God; he is obligated to present Himself to God when God commands it.

• So the first thing we should realise is, God ultimately is in control of events.

• 7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 8 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.”

• Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I would appreciate God turning the spotlight on me in his conversations with the devil.

• But as the book unfolds we begin to see why God has set in motion events that are designed to address a particular spiritual problem Job has.

• Although God draws attention to Job being blameless and upright, there appears to be an important underlying spiritual problem that needs to be addressed.

• As we saw in our earlier sessions, there is always a higher purpose for what transpires, and as we shall see, in this case it will lead to the development of a healthier and closer relationship between God and Job.

• Through Job’s response to his dilemma we will see he has a distorted view of God and how He runs the universe.

• But this scenario again raises the perplexing question, “Why would God, who is all powerful, allow the tempter to continue his work unless there is a purpose for it all?”

• In the same way God could have shielded Adam and Eve from the devil, He could just as easily have shielded Job from the temptations of the devil, but He doesn’t.

• Instead, we see God drawing attention to Job and the devil being used to fulfil God’s purpose.

• This account confirms our earlier point that both good and evil are something we have to experience in God’s higher purpose of creating us in His image.

• Satan has a part to play in the process but it is always under God’s control.

• It’s also interesting that although God perceives Job has a spiritual problem Satan seems to be unaware of it or the fact He is being used by God to fulfil His purpose in Job’s life.

• He is so bent, wicked and twisted he simply sees it as an opportunity to inflict evil on Job and destroy Job’s relationship with God.

• We will later see the same blind spot revealed in the crucifixion of Jesus.

• While Satan saw the crucifixion as an opportunity to destroy Jesus, His death instead resulted in the salvation of the world (1 Corinthians 2:8).

• In the final analysis God will work things out to fulfil His purpose even if it means turning lemons into lemonade (Romans 8:28).

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