Summary: A brief look at Job 1 and 2. It took me about 50 minutes to deliver this message.
This is a message about how we're taught unbelief, how we’re taught to question God’s goodness in all situations. One of the reasons the Lord is starting to show me some things about how we teach unbelief is because in those areas where there is wrong belief, there is no faith. In those areas where your doctrine is off, there is no faith.
One of Satan’s primary goals is for us not to live up to who we are as sons and daughters of God. So wherever he can get folks like me to teach you things that are not in agreement with God and His Word, or take scripture to make it look like what God intended, then he is slowly but surely eroding our faith.
Tonight we’re going to take a look at Job. One of the thing we need to understand here at the beginning. There is a difference between knowing something and being able to tell someone else why you know that something.
Tonight, if what I share with you is not new, perhaps it will help you to be able to share this with someone else.
Turn to 2 Timothy 2. Paul writes in verse 2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
My goal tonight is to share with you what God has been sharing with me. Hopefully I’ll do it in such a way that you’ll be able to teach others also. Now to Job 1.
(1) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
(6) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
I’m going to hit this quickly and keep going. There a lot of folks who believe that the “sons of God” here in Job are the same type of “sons of God” in Genesis 6. There are not. When you read the Bible you have to keep verses and passages in their setting, in their context.
The “sons of God” in Genesis were not angels. They were descendants of Seth. The “sons of God” here are angels. So, one way to reduce the confusion is to say these “sons of God” were created beings. God was their source.
(7) 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.
Where have we heard this before in the New Testament? It’s found in 1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” This is how Satan operates. So, what do you think Satan is doing here in Job 1:7? He tells us that he is seeking someone to devour
(8) And 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?
(9) Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
(10) Hast not thou 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.
Notice how Satan is describing God? The describing was true in the Old Testament. It’s true in the New Testament. God blesses. Satan devourers. Let that sink in ladies and gentlemen.
(11) But put forth thine hand (power) now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
(12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power (hand); only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Now turn to chapter 2.
(1) Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
(2) And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Ladies and gentlemen, in this verse we see why the angels had gathered in the presence of the Lord. How do I know this? Each time Satan appears God asks him “What have you been doing?” So the angels were reporting back to God and giving an account of their activities. This must be something that occurred regularly because Satan, having been God’s top angel, knows when it takes place.