Job

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This morning I did a short Bible study based on opening the Bible and going with whatever I found there as the topic of my study.
I opened the Bible to Job 2.
This is when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord. And Satan also came among them.
I compare this with the current situation when the sons of God present themselves before the Lord. We do this every time we come before Him. Notice from Revelation 12:10 that the accuser is STILL there and he was accusing the brethren before God day and night. The scripture however says that he is cast down.
What gave me comfort was that this time, according to this same scripture in Rev 12:11 the brethren overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. The devil is a liar and he will continue making it out like he has the right to accuse you day and night. Jesus already cast him down. It is for us to remember the Blood of the Lamb, the price that was paid for our freedom. The Blood speaks of our redemption from the Kingdom of Darkness in to the Kingdom of Light. So we can testify that we belong to the Lord. We can testify that whatever accusation is laid against us by the Accuser, the price has been paid in full and we have been declared NOT GUILTY. We overcome.

Back to the study. So I’m reading Job 2 and I’m asking in my heart, “Why did the Lord answer Satan, chat with him and even alert him to Job? And why did He then proceed to allow all this misery to fall upon him? Why even allow Satan this leeway?”

Starting from the Beginning

So I went back to the beginning of the book. We find that Job has 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 she asses and “very great household”. He is described as the greatest of all the men of the East. The East in the Bible requires its own study, which I hope to do soon. For now, let’s remember that the Magi who went to adore Jesus at his birth were wise men from the East. So these people have a connection which is very interesting with the Messiah. They were looking for Him. I named this blog after them because if you’re really wise, you’ll be looking for Him too. Even if you’re from the spiritual East which means simply a place of being away from God. Maybe you’re from a culture that is far away from God or your household is faraway from God.

Ok, back to Job. We find that Job has 7 sons and 3 daughters. The sons party every day and they invite their sisters to join in. Job offers sacrifices CONTINUALLY because he is afraid that they have sinned and cursed God in their heart. So he does this continually to cover his children by the burnt offering he gave for each one every day. Can you picture how much time Job was dedicating to maintaining a covering of sin for his kids? And his kids just kept on with the cycle of parties. It sounds a bit crazy. BUT, this activity of Job’s was registered by God (even though Job was a man from the East, associated with rebellious people in the Bible starting with Cain) and he was blessed with family, influence and wealth.
The blood of bulls is what was being used to maintain this covering. Job must have attended the altar he had to the Lord all the time. The whole scenario raises questions about him being a man from the East and yet knowing how to attend to an altar to the Lord. How did he know the proper way to do this? Leviticus is quite specific about what happens to you if you try and do this unworthily. Well, he tended to this altar to the Lord and did it so well that the hedge that was around him was inpenetrable by Satan and this made Satan so frustrated! This is the setting of the ensuing discussion between Satan and God.
After we learn about how Job tended to this altar to the Lord by burning sacrifices continually, the next place we are taken to is the scene where the sons of God are presenting themselves before the Lord, and Satan is among them.

Who are the sons of God? Angels?

Let’s look at the sons of God presenting themselves before the Lord. Who are the sons of God? Are they angels as in the situation in Genesis 6:2-4? Here we read that the sons of God were clearly different from the daughters of Men, which led to giant offspring that caused defilement in the land. Clearly this is not humans from different parts of town interacting. It was a mixing of heavenly creatures with earthly ones, which is why the crime was severe enough to bring on the Flood of Noah. If it was intermarrying between Cain’s line and Abel’s line, then we should see a flood every time this happens in the Bible. However, if we follow Cains’ line, we find:
– Jubal (ancestor of those who play the harp and organ),
– -Jabal (nomadic herdsman)
– Tubal-Cain (forger of all instruments of bronze and iron )
– and Naamah
People still do these things in the Earth today…so somehow Cain’s genes got through. And yet no flood. It is possible that Naamah was Noah’s wife. Need to investigate that lead…

Who are the sons of God? Adam’s Descendents who worship the Lord?

To start with, Luke outlines the genealogy of Jesus and shows that Adam was the son of God:
Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God (Luke 3:38).
To answer who are the sons of God,
John 1:12 reads: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
Romans 8:14 says: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
1 John 3:1 reads: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
So Adam was a son of God and his descendents were not. Jesus came to reinstate this position by paying the price on the cross for our sins which were separating us from God. We are adopted back into the family of God after we receive Jesus as our saviour. When we come before our Father in prayer, we are sons of God presenting ourselves before His Presence. Is there a distinction between angels and sons of God?
Job says this: Job 38:1-7
1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The morning stars are angels (Rev 1:20 and Revelation 6:13). The sons of God are us. As eternal spirits, it should not surprise you to know that you’re older than you look.

I have two thoughts here:

Thought One

So it is my humble opinion that the sons of God presenting themselves before the Lord were sons of God in the spirit, just another day in Heaven. And Satan could join because he had usurped Adams’ place there by causing him to fall from his place of dominion over the Earth. The throne of Adam was now Satan’s which is what gave him legitimacy to be there. In Genesis, we know that Adam was given dominion:
Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

This is the dominion that Satan took when Adam fell. This is the same dominion that he used to tempt Jesus:
Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Thought Two

The sons of God could be the people on the Earth who had started calling on the Name of the Lord in Enos’ time.This seems unlikely though because it is the Blood of Jesus that unlocks the way to adoption and being able to become a son of God.

Presenting Yourself Before the Lord

If we look up “presenting oneself before the Lord”, we come across Exodus 34:2 where Moses was being told to present himself before the Lord on Mount Sinai after smashing the first covenant tablets. God asked him to come up the mountain so that He could give him fresh tablets to replace the broken ones.
If we go back further, we find a man named Enos who was Seth’s son. The Bible simply tells us that it was in Enos’ time when men began to call on the Name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26).
If we go back a little further, we find Cain and Abel and they brought offerings to the Lord. Bringing offerings goes before presenting yourself to the Lord as you commune with him. So it could be that these offerings were indicative of a situation of “presenting oneself before the Lord”.
Then if we go all the way back, we find Adam and the Lord fellowshipping in the garden in Genesis then Adam, Eve and the Lord fellowshipping in the garden. They were naked and not ashamed. No offerings mentioned. The communion they enjoyed was just like between the members of the Godhead. Does the Holy Spirit need an offering to meet with the Son? Or the Son with the Father?
After they fell, they ran away from the Presence of the Lord and hid themselves in the trees of the Garden. They knew they needed a covering to be near the Lord. So they tried to make one from leaves. It is interesting to note that the Presence of the Lord did not leave the Garden. It was Adam and Eve who were booted out and blocked from coming back by a fierce sword and angel guarding the way to the Tree of Life. God Himself made them a covering by slaughtering an animal. It is also interesting to note that the first death happened at the hand of God. I personally believe that animal was a lamb, (THE LAMB that we see in Revelation slain) which is why the Bible describes Jesus as the Lamb of God who was slain at the foundation of the world Rev 13:8…so when Abraham was prepared to slaughter Isaac, he was doing something that was done in the spirit by God in the past with His own beloved begotten Son, and then fulfilled in the physical when Jesus came in the flesh.)
I think this makes Satan really mad because there is no atonement for him.

Who is allowed in the Presence of the Lord?

Satan still went to the Presence of the Lord and went forth from there, with a permit from the Lord to harm Job. When Adam and Eve sinned, they could not stand in the Presence of the Lord anymore, they ran they hid they felt shame and nakedness. They separated themselves from God. Why were they driven from the Garden, from the Presence of the Lord? Why was the serpent was not driven out? If Adam and Eve stayed in the Garden, they would eat from the Tree of Life and live forever. They would be like God: eternal and knowing good and evil. The difference is that they would still have their sin nature and therefore they would not be able to avoid doing evil things. God knows both good and evil but can totally resist evil all the time, He is perfect, He is love.
They would actually be like Satan, an eternal being in a fallen state with no chance for atonement. So they were driven out, so that in time, they could be let back in when Jesus had become the atonement in the flesh for them. Meanwhile, Satan could still come and go in the Presence of the Lord (Job 1:6; 1:12; 2:1; 2:7). He has a different timeline for judgement and expulsion (Revelation 12:7; 20:1-3; 20:7-10). Until then, Satan can come and go as he likes and make accusations concerning you every time you do something wrong. He can bring up every thing you have done to break a law in the Bible. It is up to YOU to testify the truth, that he has been cast down because of the victory of Jesus, the atonement has been paid. IN FULL.

How did Satan get a permit to harm Job?

This is interesting. Concerning Job, Satan got a judgement from the Lord that permitted him to harm him. This harm was allowed “without cause” – words of the Lord Himself concerning Job. In fact, Job was on the Lord’s list of the Super Upright [See Ezekiel 14:14 and Ezekiel 14:20 where the Lord said even though these creme-de-la-creme of the Upright (Noah, Daniel and Job) and were in the city, they wouldn’t be able to save their kids or anyone else. Only they themselves would escape the coming judgement] So we can see what the Lord thought about Job..
In Job 16:16-21, Job has this complaint about his situation at the hands of Satan said, “My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God….O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!”
Job is convinced that even the records in heaven attest to his uprightness. But still he recognises the need for someone, an advocate to plead on his behalf. A need for what we now have in the Blood of Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. We have someone who pleads on our behalf so that we have a judgement in our favour whenever the Accuser starts his tirade against the saints! Such good news!

Motivations for Living Right

If we look closer at Job’s motivation for his uprightness, it wasn’t coming from a place of love for God. He made all those sacrifices from a place of fear. He even said in Job 3:25-26 “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, And that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; Yet trouble came.”
When you greatly fear something, that is the opposite of faith. Faith is believing God’s word on something. Fear is believing Satan’s word on something.
I believe that even though Job was in the top 3 upright people on who’s who of uprightness, the presence of fear in his heart meant that there was room for Satan. I think this is why Satan got a judgement to afflict Job “without cause”. There was no law he had broken except he was petrified. When you walk in fear, you can’t walk in faith. How can you be so petrified if the God of the universe is your God? Maybe we should look at how it all turned out. In the end, Job has twice as much stuff as before and he gets 7 sons and 3 daughters. But something has changed. You don’t hear about his kids parties and endless sacrifices…As much as Job loved his first batch of kids, they don’t sound like they were particularly upright. They were known for partying and boozing, both the men and women. They also didn’t offer sacrifices on their own behalf, he had to do it. He had to send for them to perform these cleansing rituals. Maybe if they didn’t party continually, he could have rested from sacrificing on their behalf continually.
Now let’s look again at his life after he was restored. His daughters are described as the most beautiful in the land (not the biggest lushes in the land). They were even named, Kezia, Jemimah and Keren-Happuch. They even got an inheritance with their brothers. These three ladies fascinate me. I’m going to look into them soon.
And Job lived to 140 years old to see 4 generations of his children. That sounds very different from his life before. It seems to me that this situation introduced Job to God in a real way and he understood that the love of God is the correct motivation for worshipping Him, not fear. If you live in fear, you’re still not safe. If you live fear, you’re missing out on a relationship with the Lord. One of the hallmarks of the Presence of the Lord in your life is that you experience His perfect love since He is love, and this casts out all fear [1 John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.]. Notice the terms here: casts out refers to a person being chucked out. Fear is not a feeling. Fear is actually a spirit and perfect love casts it out so that it stops filling your head with fearful thoughts that are basically outlining what the Kingdom of Darkness has on its agenda for you. If you believe the spirit of fear, then you’ll be like Job ad one day you’ll say “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, And that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; Yet trouble came.” Job 3:25-26.

The Presence of the Lord is the Difference Maker

On the other hand, If you have a relationship with the Lord and you invite the Lord and His Presence to live in your heart, there will be no room for the spirit of fear to petrify you. Instead of listening to fearful thoughts from the Kingdom of Darkness, you will have faith-filled thoughts coming from the Kingdom of light. When you read the Word of God, you can find out exactly what the Kingdom of Heaven has on its agenda for you. You can CHOOSE to believe that instead. And that is called faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). You can’t believe something you have never heard. So read your Bible and hear what it says concerning your situation! Believe that. Soon, your life will flourish the same way Job’s did. It will literally be like night and day when you compare you life before you made room for the Presence of the Lord and after you did.
As God is answering Job near the end of the book of Job, Job just kinda decides to shut up when he realises that the right one to fear is God! Fear of the Lord (not anybody else) is the beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding; Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.) And spoiler alert: The Fear of the Lord is a spirit too, not a feeling! I’ll go into this in the second part of this series: Job Part II


Refs
Job 1:1 – Job 2:8
Job 2:1; 2:7
Job 3:25-26.
Revelation 12:7; 20:1-3; 20:7-10
Revelation 12:10-11
Revelation 13:8
Exodus 34:2
Genesis 6:2-4
Ezekiel 14:14-20
Romans 10:17
Proverbs 9:10
Proverbs 10:27

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