Blame God

God did it...

He did it, Yeah, “God did it.”

Whenever something bad happens to a loved one or a friend, God is the first one everyone blames, including Satan. Job, was a man who suffered greatly in his day, but not at the hands of God. It happened one day that the Lord asked Satan a question saying, from where do you come? So Satan answered the Lord and said, from going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it (Job 1:6-7). Now, you have to understand something about Satan, his purpose for walking the earth was to find someone whom he may ruin, destroy, and devour (Pet.5:8).

God, knowing Satan’s motives for prowling the Countryside, asked him another question, saying to him, have you considered My servant Job. Then God described Job to Satan in three sentences,
God said;

1) Job was blameless & upright,
2) Job feared God,
3) And he shunned evil

Furthermore, Job was living a blameless life, he was the husband of one wife, Job was temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, and a teacher of the scriptures. Then the Lord said to Satan; there is none like Job on the earth
(Job 1:8). God’s description of Job angered Satan, and he said to the Lord, does Job respect and reverence you for nothing, have you not put a hedge of protection around him, around his household, and around all that he owns?  
Furthermore, Lord, you have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased, and he is a wealthy man, because of your blessings. 
Satan also said to God, I can not even get my hands on him, because of your protection, but, take away his possessions, and Job will curse you to your face! Satan’s goal for all Christians is the same as his goal is for Job, to cause enough havoc, pain, and suffering in their lives, so there is a possibility
they might also blame God, and curse Him to His face. Although God said no,’ He will not curse Job, He did say to Satan, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person (Job 1:12).

Now Satan’s first attack on Job was when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brothers house. Tell me, why would Satan wait for this particular day, when Job’s children were eating and drinking in their oldest brother’s house to launch his attack on Job, tell me, why? Now listen, Job had a fear problem, he feared that while his children were feasting together, it may be that his sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts And Job would sanctify his Children, and he would offer burnt offerings to the Lord on their behalf
(Job 1:1-5). Remember, we know God did not attack Job, but Job does not know that. Now pay attention, If Satan attacked Job on the day his family was partying and Job feared that his kids would curse God in their hearts, who do you think Job will blame, that’s right, God. Now it happened that in one day, Job lost all his livestock, his servants, and his children (Job 1-13-19); Satan had thought that he  won the battle, “Now Satan said,” Job, will surely curse God to His face.   

But he underestimated Job’s loyalty to the Lord.
And instead of cursing God, Job worshiped God. And concerning his possessions, Job said: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there (Job 1:20-21). Job, also said, the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job did not curse God, nor did he charge Him with a wrong (Job 1:1-22). Job passed the first test, Satan could not turn him against God, nor could Satan get Job to curse God, Or think or say anything bad about his God.

How about you, how much testing can you endure before you curse God to His face? And this is what it is; your faith is on trial, your belief in God is being examined by the testing you endure. In the book of James, Christians are told to count it all joy when they fall into various trials. Why would James say such a thing to someone like Job, who has experienced so much pain and suffering in such a short period?

In the book of John, Jesus said Christians would face great difficulty, affliction, or distress (Jn.16:33). James said these trials are various, meaning different types of testing. Some trials come because we are human, like sickness, accidents, disappointments, and death. Other trials come because we are Christians (1-Pe 4:12). But because Satan fights us, and the world opposes us, we too can expect trials! (2-Ti.3:12). Jesus said unless your righteousness exceeds the Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt.5:20). 

at did Jesus mean by making such a statement? Well, let’s take a look at some facts, all through the new testament, Jesus called the Scribes and the Pharisees hypocrites, a hypocrite is someone who pretends to be something they are not. So, Jesus is saying the Scribes, and the Pharisees Righteousness is false, it is not genuine. Jesus is saying false faith will not get you into heaven (Matt.5:20). In the book of James Christians are told that the testing of their faith produces patience (James 1:3),

Why would James tell us to be patient during a trial? Find out the answer to this question in our April Newsletter when we discuss part two of the book of Job. Furthermore, to help you better understand Job’s loss at the hand of Satan, answer the questions below. 

Question & Answers:
 1) How many sons did Job have?
     Answer _____________. (Job 1:2).
2) How many Daughters did Job have?
    Answer_______________. (Job 1:2).
3) How many sheep did Job possess?
    Answer________________. (Job 1:3).
4) How many Camels did Job own?
    Answer________________. (Job 1:3).
5) How many oxen did Job have?
    Answer _________________.(Job 1:3).
6) How many female donkeys did Job own?
    Answer__________________ (Job 1:3).
7) What type of Household did Job have?
    Answer___________________(Job 1:3).
8) Why was Satan walking back and forth on the       
    Earth? (Job 1:7). What did Peter call the devil?


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