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FRAMEWORKS: Job 2: Job under attack (Pt.2)

 

v.1-3 Again before Satan, the Lord praises Job, now for having stood

v.4-6 Satan queries whether he could still stand in sickness

v.7,8 Job is afflicted with sores

v.9,10 Job refuses to let his wife provoke him

v.11-13 His three friends come and sit with him

 

 

v.1-3 Again before Satan, the Lord praises Job, now for having stood

 

v.1  On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 

v.2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 

v.3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” 

 

[Notes: A short time has passed and then exactly the same thing happens in heaven as we saw in 1:6-8 except now God's appraisal and praise of Job includes the fact that he had not reacted badly to Satan's initial attacks.]

 

 

v.4-6 Satan queries whether he could still stand in sickness

 

v.4  “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 

v.5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 

v.6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” 

 

[Notes: Presumably, as anticipated Satan challenges how Job would act if he himself was afflicted. The Lord allows him the power to attack Job's body but must not take his life. If we are to see the human capability to resist the attacks of the enemy, he must be allowed to threaten his health. The history of persecution and Christian martyrs clearly shows that God allows His children to sometimes have their lives terminated prematurely, even as He did with His Son.]

 

 

v.7,8 Job is afflicted with sores

 

v.7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 

v.8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. 

 

[Notes: The following attack on Job is simple – painful sores that covered his entire body. Job's attempt at self help and removing the sores, clearly did nothing to alleviate the pain and anguish he felt as we will see in the next chapter.]

 

 

v.9,10 Job refuses to let his wife provoke him

 

v.9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 

v.10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. 

 

[Notes: The testing is taken a stage further by the presence of his wife who, in the words of the Message version challenges him with, “ Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!” He will have nothing of this.]

 

 

v.11-13 His three friends come and sit with him

 

v.11 When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 

v.12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 

v.13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

 

[Notes: We really know hardly anything about the three friends. Eliphaz is an Edomite name and Teman was a village in Edom. Bildad and Zophar are men of completely uncertain background. Their initial responses are excellent: they hear what has happened to Job and decide to go and comfort him; they sit in silence with him for seven days, a practice often followed since by those seeking to comfort mourners.]

 

Lessons:

1. 1-3 of ch.1 still apply.

2. Job's wife is an example of how NOT to comfort.

3. Job's friends are initially good examples of comforters who simply empathize and don't come as ‘fixers'.]

 

CONTINUE to Chapter 3