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Why did God allow Satan to target Job?

“Your God is so cruel. He doesn’t even like the people who worship him like Job. The Bible says Job was an upright man, but God let Satan put him through hell and then at the end of it all, he didn’t even let the guy know why.”

tragedy maskSo say the skeptics. And to add to what the skeptics claim, many Christians teach that God never let Job know why all the bad stuff happened to him. But is that really true?

After all that Job suffered, he and his friends (who were “miserable comforters”) find out in the end why he had to go through the loss of children, loss of possessions, and the loss of good health. But as readers who now see Job from the historical viewpoint, we can see God hinted at why from the very beginning of Job’s story, then expounds on the details at the end of the book. As the cliche goes, hindsight is always 20/20 (if one is wise enough to learn from history).

God allowed Satan to attack Job because:

1. He knew Job’s heart. If God declared Job “a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil,” God, by his omniscience, knew this would ultimately be true of Job no matter what the circumstances, even if the man had some weak moments along the way.

2. He knew Satan always loses when he opposes God.

3. God already had the details worked out for Job’s benefit ahead of time. That’s why he only allowed Satan to go so far.

4. Job’s good relationship with God still had room for deeper revelation. Job’s words were full of godly wisdom. Yet his questioning God (which God allowed, then confronted) showed that he had assumed he had God all figured out when he didn’t. So God had to educate him on a few things by giving Job a glimpse of the Lord’s vast knowledge and understanding of the universe and how he kept tabs on the minutest details in nature.

5. Job needed more humility so God could grant him greater blessings. It is up to the Lord to determine if the path to greater blessings for us will be difficult or easy depending on what changes he sees that we need to make. Job in ch. 42 had to come to the admission that he had made some assumptions about God as if he really understood everything there was to know. He humbly admitted that he really didn’t understand or know all the wonderful things God was capable of. After God confronted him, he declared “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.” He experienced and understood God on a deeper, more intimate level in their relationship that opened up his eyes like never before.

6. It gave God the opportunity to reveal what Job’s friends were really like so Job could help them. God commended Job’s humility and repentance as an example to his three friends and confronted them about how wrong their advice was. He ordered them to repent with sacrifices and to get Job to intercede for them so God wouldn’t punish them for their deceptive doctrines. As soon as Job prayed for them, God showered down all new blessings for Job to the point where he had a double portion of what he previously had and was blessed with new children. He also had a powerful testimony to share with his family in the end.

God’s detractors may ask, “What about Job’s problems?”, but we can respond “What about Job’s blessings in his happy ending?” All of this is summed up by the apostle James in James 5:11 when he tells us, “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end [goal, purpose] of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Harry A. Gaylord

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2 thoughts on “Why did God allow Satan to target Job?

  1. CHALLENGE TO ALL CHRISTIANS.
    Pick any one you want:

    1. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to burn a girl at the stake for “playing the whore”.(Lividicus 21:9).

    2. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to needlessly command the slaughter of infants and children.(1 Samuel‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬)(Numbers‬ ‭31‬:‭17-18‬)(Joshua‬ ‭10‬:‭39-40)(Ezekiel‬ ‭9‬:‭5-6‬)

    3. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to sanction the purchase and sale of human beings(as “property”) into lifelong involuntary servitude to be passed onto one’s children as a “permanent inheritance”. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

    4. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to say that you can beat your slave as long as he/she doesn’t die after two days. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

    5. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to induce an abortion against the mothers will(for being suspected of adultery). (Numbers‬ ‭5‬:‭21-22)

    6. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to command that a human being be stoned to death for picking up sticks on the sabbath.(Numbers 15:33)

    7. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to needlessly kill an innocent child for the sins of his father. (2 Samuel‬ ‭12‬:‭13-14)

    8. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to send bears to maul children for being unruly. (2 Kings‬ ‭2‬:‭23-25‬)

    9. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to stone people to death for having gay sex. (Leviticus‬ ‭20‬:‭13)

    10. Provide the context in which it is morally correct to force a woman who had just been raped to marry the man who raped her. (Deuteronomy‬ ‭22‬:‭28-29)

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    1. Challenge to the ‘Anonymous’ atheist who keeps coming back to this blog even when shown their arguments are invalid:

      1. Lev. 21:9 is about the daughter of a priest. Priests were teachers and enforcers of the law. They taught their families God’s law as well as the whole nation. Therefore, any daughter who chose to be a whore knew she violated the law and had to pay the penalty to show the severity of her sin. Whores spread diseases that didn’t have the cures we have today. Even today, those who play the whore with multiple sex partners are causing the rate of STDs to skyrocket across the country and many of the diseases that were once easily taken care of have developed resistance to medications we developed to end them. So if a person who intentionally chose to be a whore back then knowingly spread deadly diseases, thumbing their nose at the law they were taught, they deserved the death penalty. Now, Anonymous, please provide the context where God says this law is still in effect today and explain why God spared Rahab the whore who even became one of Jesus’s ancestors.

      2. I’ll be happy to explain this, right after you explain why atheists have no problem with women killing their unborn babies–which science has proven to be fully human with their own unique human DNA even at the moment of conception. And explain why, when we have medications to soothe the sick and dying until they pass naturally, that atheists want to kill them with euthanasia before they die naturally? And why there is the growing sentiment among non-Christians that it’s okay to kill a child even up to 5 years after they’re born? Then tell me if God still expects this type of slaughter to be in force today.

      3. Why have you chosen to point out a few verses but omit the whole law on servants that has several caveats to it? I pointed them out in this post–> https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/how-god-distinguished-servanthood-from-slavery-in-the-bible/ Now tell me which of these laws God has in force today.

      4. Again, you conveniently ignore the caveats mentioned in my link under #3.

      5. The passage you mention has nothing to do with inducing abortion. What it talks about is an adulterous woman being placed under the curse of sterility for adultery. Now, tell me why so many atheists, including Richard Dawkins, have no problem murdering innocent unborn humans and tell me if God still expects this law to be in force today.

      6. The man knew it was against the law and most likely had no justifiable reason for breaking the sabbath. He knew what the law said, but did it anyway so he suffered the consequences. The Bible shows several times that God desires mercy over sacrifice. Parents who broke the sabbath to circumcise their male babies weren’t punished. But can you prove this sabbath law is still in effect today?

      7. The reason for this is in verse 14, which atheists would never understand since they hate the Lord. If an incident like David’s would cause people to blaspheme God’s name, then it had to be dealt with because the preservation of the reverence God deserves is more important than anything. But let’s talk about more recent history instead of ancient history. Why are atheists, when they’re in power, so hung up on making children of Jews or Christians pay the penalty for having Jewish or Christian parents? For example, China, Communist Russia, Hitler’s Germany, East Germany.

      8. This isn’t why the children were punished. Again, you purposely omit context. God holds children accountable for what they know. Elisha was on his way from Jericho to Bethel in 2 Kings 2. Elijah had just been caught up to heaven and everyone in Jericho and Bethel knew it because word had spread throughout these cities, which had prominent schools of prophets. These kids knew Elisha was a man of God and that his head was shaved as a vow to the Lord because he was known in their town to the people and the prophets in their town. For them to mock Elisha was an utter insult to who he was and who he represented, so Elisha was well within his right to curse them. But if you read the scripture carefully, it was God who decided how to bring the curse to pass. Elisha did not give a specific curse on them to be mauled by bears. He left the specifics up to God.

      9. You atheists hate to admit this, but God created sex as a way for husband and wife to procreate as well as be a pleasure to each other. Even a man & woman’s very anatomy bears this out. Gay sex is a perversion and brings about negative results. When people have sex outside of man/woman marriage, bad things happen like STDs. You should do your research. One of the main groups that are causing the rate of STDs to skyrocket is the gay community. Homosexuality is unhealthy and it led to deadly diseases back then as it does today. People learn this behavior from dysfunctional environments. Does God require homosexuals to be stoned today?

      10. The scripture you mention here isn’t rape, but consensual sex. In the verses right before these verses, which you purposely omitted to promote your lie, God ordered the death penalty for rapists.

      Bottom line is that atheists are so hung up on ancient history that God replaced with the New Testament. Yet in more recent history, like the 20th century up to today, atheists are the ones who have committed the most atrocities and deaths under the guise of socialism & communism. But you so conveniently close your eyes to that truth. Then you wonder why the world is getting worse. Things are getting worse because atheists want to tear down God’s moral laws, which he instituted to strengthen society and keep its weakest members safe. However, atheists hate human life. That’s why they’re for population control, abortion, and euthanasia. It’s perfectly okay for them to take life without any moral justification, but falsely accuse God for justifiably taking life to give out deserved punishments. Atheists are such hypocrites. They only attack God, Bible, and Christians because they love their destructive sins.

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