Satan wants to hurt you in the worse way he can

Job Bible Background

06.24.2017 – Old Testament: Job 1.13–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 1–3 on June 24, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Satan hates God and hates God’s people, such as Job. He asked God’s permission to attack Job, and God allowed Satan to attack all that Job had, but Satan could not touch Job himself. Therefore, Satan went after everything that belonged to Job, all his sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, and Job’s ten children, along with all of the workers who took care of Job’s animals with the exception of one in each case,

Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” (Job 1.13–19). 

Did Satan make a mistake, letting one man survive from each group? Did Satan have a moment of compassion? No and no, but he allowed one man to survive so as to increase the blunt to Job’s heart. As one man reported to Job, another came right in and announced another disaster, heightening the effect.

Do not play around with Satan. He has every intention of destroying you. Put your faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and stand against the punches that Satan uses to try to knock you out.

Questions:

  • How have you handled suffering?
  • What part do you think Satan plays in your suffering?

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