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Jan 6-12-08 Satan


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here:
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Jan 6-12.

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Jan 6-12-08 Satan

  1. 1. Carefully Observe Job Job 1:8 NET So the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil."
  2. 2. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Hast thou considered my servant Job? - Margin, “Set thine heart on.” The margin is a literal translation of the Hebrew. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Job 1:8 LITV And Jehovah said to Satan, Have you set your heart on My servant Job because there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Schultens remarks on this, that it means more than merely to observe or to look at - since it is abundantly manifest from the following verses that Satan “had” attentively considered Job, and had been desirous of injuring him. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>It means, according to him, to set himself against Job, to fix the heart on him with an intention to injure him, and yahweh means to ask whether Satan had done this. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>But it seems more probable that the phrase means to consider “attentively,” and that God means to ask him whether he had carefully observed him. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Satan is represented as having no confidence in human virtue, and as maintaining that there was none which would resist temptation, if presented in a form sufficiently alluring. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>God here appeals to the case of Job as a full refutation of this opinion. The trial which follows is designed to test the question whether the piety of Job was of this order. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>That there is none like him in the earth - That he is the very highest example of virtue and piety on earth. Or might not the word ( כי kîy) here be rendered “for?” “For there is none like him in the earth.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Then the idea would be, not that he had considered “that” there was none like him, but God directs his attention to him “because” he was the most eminent among mortals. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>A perfect and an upright man - The Septuagint have greatly expanded this statement, by giving a paraphrase instead of a translation. “He was a man who was true, blameless, just, pious, abstaining from every evil deed.” (Barnes) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Job's afflictions began from the malice of Satan, by the Lord's permission, for wise and holy purposes. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>There is an evil spirit, the enemy of God, and of all righteousness, who is continually seeking to distress, to lead astray, and, if possible, to destroy those who love God. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>How far his influence may extend, we cannot say; but probably much unsteadiness and unhappiness in Christians may be ascribed to him. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>While we are on this earth we are within his reach. Hence it concerns us to be sober and vigilant. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Looking To Devour <ul><li>1 Peter 5:8 NET Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Looking To Devour <ul><li>See how Satan censures Job. This is the common way of slanderers, to suggest that which they have no reason to think is true. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Looking To Devour <ul><li>But as there is nothing we should dread more than really being hypocrites, so there is nothing we need dread less than being called and counted so without cause. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Looking To Devour <ul><li>It is not wrong to look at the eternal recompence in our obedience; but it is wrong to aim at worldly advantages in our religion. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Looking To Devour <ul><li>God's people are taken under his special protection; they, and all that belong to them. The blessing of the Lord makes rich; Satan himself owns it. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Looking To Devour <ul><li>God suffered Job to be tried, as he suffered Peter to be sifted. </li></ul><ul><li>Satan has no power to lead men to sin, but what they give him themselves; nor any power to afflict men, but what is given him from above. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Looking To Devour <ul><li>All this is here described to us after the manner of men. The Scripture speaks thus to teach us that God directs the affairs of the world. (MHCC) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Looking To Devour <ul><li>Job 1:12 NET So the Lord said to Satan, &quot;All right then, everything he has is in your power. Only do not extend your hand against the man himself!&quot; So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Looking To Devour <ul><li>All that he hath is in thy power - Margin, as in Hebrew “hand.” That is, all this is now committed to thee, for it is manifest that hitherto Satan had no power to injure even his property. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Looking To Devour <ul><li>He complained that God had made a hedge around all that Job possessed. </li></ul><ul><li>Now it was all entrusted to him in order that he might make full trim of the faith of Job. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Looking To Devour <ul><li>The grant extended to his sons and daughters as well as to his property. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Looking To Devour <ul><li>Only upon himself put not forth thine hand - Job himself was not to be visited with sickness nor was his life to be taken. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Looking To Devour <ul><li>The main accusation of Satan was, that Job was virtuous only because God encompassed him with so many blessings, and especially because he had endowed him with so much property. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Looking To Devour <ul><li>The trial, therefore, only required that it should be seen whether his piety was the mere result of these blessings. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>Job 2:3 NET Then the Lord said to Satan, &quot;Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>And he still holds firmly his integrity, so that you stirred me up to destroy him without reason.&quot; </li></ul>
  32. 32. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>4 But Satan answered the Lord, &quot;Skin for skin! Indeed, a man will give up all that he has to save his life! </li></ul>
  33. 33. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>5 But extend your hand and strike his bone and his flesh, and he will indeed curse you to your face!&quot; </li></ul>
  34. 34. Carefully Observe Job <ul><li>6 So the Lord said to Satan, &quot;All right, he is in your power; only preserve his life.&quot; </li></ul>
  35. 35. Permission Granted <ul><li>But put forth thine hand now - Satan felt that he had no power to afflict Job without permission. Malignant as he was, he knew that God only could subject the holy man to this trial - </li></ul>
  36. 36. Permission Granted <ul><li>another proof that Satan is under the control of the Almighty, and acts only as he is “permitted” to act in tempting and trying the good. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Permission Granted <ul><li>And touch his bone . Afflict his body so as to endanger his life. The words “bone” and “flesh” denote the whole body. The idea was, that the whole body should be subjected to severe pain. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Permission Granted <ul><li>Behold, he is in thine hand – </li></ul><ul><li>He is at thy disposal. </li></ul><ul><li>But save his life . </li></ul><ul><li>This was to be the only limitation. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Permission Granted <ul><li>It would seem that he had the power to make any selection of disease, and to afflict him in any manner, provided it did not terminate fatally. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Permission Granted <ul><li>The keen sorrows which Job afterward endured showed the malignancy of the tempter; evinced his ingenuity in inflicting pain, and his knowledge of what thc human frame could be made to bear. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  41. 41. Works of Satan <ul><li>The world-wide and age-long works of Satan are to be traced to one predominant motive. He hates both God and man and does all that in him lies to defeat God's plan of grace and to establish and maintain a kingdom of evil, in the seduction and ruin of mankind. (ISBE) </li></ul>
  42. 42. History of Satan <ul><li>The history of Satan, including that phase of it which remains to be realized, can be set forth only along the most general lines. He belongs to the angelic order of beings. </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>He is by nature one of the sons of Elohīm. ( Job 1:6 ) </li></ul><ul><li>He has fallen, and by virtue of his personal forcefulness has become the leader of the anarchic forces of wickedness. </li></ul>History of Satan
  44. 44. History of Satan <ul><li>As a free being he has merged his life in evil and has become altogether and hopelessly evil. As a being of high intelligence he has gained great power and has exercised a wide sway over other beings. </li></ul>
  45. 45. History of Satan <ul><li>As a created being the utmost range of his power lies within the compass of that which is permitted. It is, therefore, hedged in by the providential government of God and essentially limited. </li></ul>
  46. 46. History of Satan <ul><li>The Biblical emphasis upon the element of falsehood in the career of Satan might be taken to imply that his kingdom may be less in extent than appears. </li></ul>
  47. 47. History of Satan <ul><li>At any rate, it is confined to the cosmic sphere and to a limited portion of time. It is also doomed. (ISBE) </li></ul>
  48. 48. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>A third general consideration, based upon data given in the earlier section, should be urged in the same connection. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>In the New Testament delineation of Satan, his limitations are clearly set forth. He is superhuman, but not in any sense divine. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>His activities are cosmic, but not universal or transcendent. He is a created being. His power is definitely circumscribed. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>He is doomed to final destruction as a world-power. His entire career is that of a secondary and dependent being who is permitted a certain limited scope of power - a time-lease of activity. (ISBE) </li></ul>
  52. 52. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>Luke 4:5 NET Then the devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>6 And he said to him, &quot;To you I will grant this whole realm — and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>Satan here claims possession of world power and Jesus does not deny it. It may be due to man’s sin and by God’s permission. Jesus calls Satan the ruler of this world. (RWP) </li></ul>
  55. 55. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>John 12:28 NET Father, glorify your name.&quot; Then a voice came from heaven, &quot;I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.&quot; </li></ul>
  56. 56. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>30 Jesus said, &quot;This voice has not come for my benefit but for yours. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Satan Essentially Limited <ul><li>32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.&quot; </li></ul>
  59. 59. Job’s So Called “Friends” <ul><li>In regards to Job’s so called “friends” that seem to continually tell Job what a sinful person he must be, what are we to take from them? </li></ul>
  60. 60. Job’s So Called “Friends” <ul><li>I am of the mind we should live out our lives in such a way that nothing bad can be said about us. </li></ul>
  61. 61. <ul><li>Let’s take some instruction from Paul’s exhortations to Titus. </li></ul><ul><li>Titus 2:6 NET Encourage younger men likewise to be self-controlled, </li></ul>Nothing To Talk About
  62. 62. Nothing To Talk About <ul><li>7 showing yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, </li></ul>
  63. 63. Nothing To Talk About <ul><li>8 and a sound message that cannot be criticized, so that any opponent will be at a loss, because he has nothing evil to say about us. </li></ul>
  64. 64. They Should Be Ashamed <ul><li>Here is Alexander Campbell’s “Living Oracles” translation: </li></ul><ul><li>Titus 2:7 LONT In all things make yourself a pattern of good works: in teaching, show incorruptness, gravity, </li></ul>
  65. 65. They Should Be Ashamed <ul><li>8 wholesome speech which can not be condemned; that he who is on the opposite side may be ashamed, having nothing bad to say concerning you. </li></ul>
  66. 66. They Should Be Ashamed <ul><li>This must be our goal! To live such a pure life so those who would oppose God are ashamed because they can find nothing to condemn us with. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Bring Them To The Truth <ul><li>You know my love for Eugene Peterson’s “Message” translation. Here is how the Message reads: </li></ul>
  68. 68. Bring Them To The Truth <ul><li>Titus 2:7 MSG But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, 8 your words solid and sane. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Bring Them To The Truth <ul><li>Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around. </li></ul>
  70. 70. Bring Them To The Truth <ul><li>Isn’t this the ultimate goal, to convince or persuade those who doubt, disbelieve, or even hate Christians, the pure life in Christ is the best and only way to live? </li></ul>
  71. 71. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>Shall we look into the suffering of Job? Why did he have to suffer? It seems he demanded to know why he, a righteous person, had such terrible suffering. </li></ul>
  72. 72. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>In his time there was no knowledge about such things. We know God’s desire for us in Christ. We know what to expect in return for living for Christ. </li></ul>
  73. 73. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>James 5:10 NET As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name. </li></ul>
  74. 74. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>11 Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job's endurance and you have seen the Lord's purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. </li></ul>
  75. 75. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>The Lord gives Ananias a promise of Paul’s suffering. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 9:16 NET For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.&quot; </li></ul>
  76. 76. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>I take you back to a verse we read earlier. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 5:8 NET Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. </li></ul>
  77. 77. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>9 Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. </li></ul>
  78. 78. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>10 And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. </li></ul>
  79. 79. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>Wait a minute! These verses aren’t talking about the same kind of suffering Job went through. They are talking about something totally different. Are they? </li></ul>
  80. 80. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>They are talking about suffering because we are Christians. Wasn’t Job suffering because of his obedience to God? It was because he lived rightly. </li></ul>
  81. 81. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>1 Peter 4:12 NET Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. </li></ul>
  82. 82. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>13 But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad. </li></ul>
  83. 83. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God , rests ( Isaiah 11:2 ) on you. </li></ul>
  84. 84. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. </li></ul><ul><li>16 But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name. </li></ul>
  85. 85. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>“ shared in the sufferings of Christ ” Let’s think about the sufferings of Christ. In just the “Passion Week” He was spat on, ridiculed, beaten, flogged, & murdered. </li></ul>
  86. 86. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>If we suffer because of wrongdoings, we deserve it. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing in Christ suffering we are promised: when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice. </li></ul>
  87. 87. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>Have I taken too great of liberties in this lesson as it relates to Job? I hope I haven’t. Do you recall James seems to relate our suffering to Job. </li></ul>
  88. 88. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>James 5:10 NET As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name. </li></ul>
  89. 89. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>11 Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job's endurance and you have seen the Lord's purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. </li></ul>
  90. 90. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>Rejoice sharing in Christ suffering. As a result you will share in his glory. </li></ul><ul><li>We will read this week how the 2 nd part of Job’s life was blessed more than the 1 st . </li></ul>
  91. 91. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>Mark 10:29 NET Jesus said, &quot;I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel </li></ul>
  92. 92. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>30 who will not receive in this age a hundred times as much — homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions — and in the age to come, eternal life. </li></ul>
  93. 93. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>Jesus promises we will get back 100 times what we lose because of Him and the Gospel. Note He said, “ all with persecutions ” so suffering is involved. </li></ul>
  94. 94. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>Let’s live our lives so pure God’s opponents will be ashamed because there is nothing to accuse us of. </li></ul>
  95. 95. The Reward Is Great <ul><li>When suffering and insults come our way rejoice we get to share in Christ’s suffering. </li></ul><ul><li>In doing so we may share in His Glory. </li></ul>
  96. 96. Suffering Is Promised <ul><li>What needs to be adjusted in your life to live pure? Your obedience to Christ, attitude, language, thoughts, whatever needs adjusting now is a good time to start! </li></ul>