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Title: Job, part 2

Job, part 2
  • Job Meets Jesus

  • Can anyone be righteous in the sight of God or
    be pure before his Creator? God does not trust
    his heavenly servants he finds fault even with
    his angels. Do you think he will trust a creature
    of clay, a thing of dust that can be crushed like
    a moth? (Job 417-19 GN).
  • Can human beings be really pure? Can anyone be
    right with God? Why, God does not trust even his
    angels even they are not pure in his sight. And
    we drink evil as if it were water yes, we are
    corrupt we are worthless. (Job 1514,15 GN)

God doesnt trust anyone? We are worthless?
  • Perfect and upright (Job 18 KJV).
  • Abraham But you, Israel my servant, you are
    the people that I have chosen, the descendants of
    Abraham, my friend (Isaiah 418 GN)
  • The LORD would speak with Moses face-to-face,
    just as someone speaks with a friend (Exodus
    3311 GN)
  • David is referred to as a man after his own
    heart (1 Samuel 1314, KJV)
  • Daniel, you are very precious to God (Daniel
    1011, NLT)

God doesnt trust anyone We are worthless
  • Jesus I do not call you servants any longer
    because servants do not know what their master is
    doing. Instead, I call you friends (John

Worthless to God?
  • Bildad
  • Then what about a human being, that worm, that
    insect? What is a human life worth in Gods
    eyes? (Job 256 GN)
  • Job
  • Who inspired you so speak like this? (Job 264
  • God
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his only
    Son (John 316 GN)

Eliphaz again
  • Good people are glad and the innocent laugh when
    they see the wicked punished (Job 2219 GN).
  • The people I love are doing evil things
    (Jeremiah 1115 GN)
  • Tell them that as surely as I, the Sovereign
    LORD, am the living God, I do not enjoy seeing
    sinners die. I would rather see them stop sinning
    and live. Israel, stop the evil you are doing.
    Why do you want to die? (Ezekiel 3311 GN).

Job questions God
  • You think you are better than I am, and regard
    my troubles as proof of my guilt. Cant you see
    it is God who has done this? He has set a trap to
    catch me. I protest his violence, but no one is
    listening no one hears my cry for justice. He
    has taken away all my wealth and destroyed my
    reputation. God has made my own family forsake
    me I am a stranger to those who knew me my
    relatives and friends are gone. Those who were
    guests in my house have forgotten me my servant
    women treat me like a stranger and a foreigner.
    When I call a servant, he doesn't answer even
    when I beg him to help me. My wife cant stand
    the smell of my breath, and my own brothers won't
    come near me. Children despise me and laugh when
    they see me. My closest friends look at me with
    disgust those I loved most have turned against
    me. My skin hangs loose on my bones I have
    barely escaped with my life. You are my friends!
    Take pity on me! How I wish that someone would
    remember my words and record them in a book! Or
    with a chisel carve my words in stone and write
    them so that they would last forever (Job
    195-7,9,13-21 GN).

  • But I know there is someone in heaven who will
    come at last to my defense. Even after my skin is
    eaten by disease, while still in this body I will
    see God. I will see him with my own eyes, and he
    will not be a stranger (Job 1925-27 GN).
  • I still rebel and complain against God I cannot
    keep from groaning. How I wish I knew where to
    find him, and knew how to go where he is. I would
    state my case before him and present all the
    arguments in my favor. I want to know what he
    would say and how he would answer me. Would God
    use all his strength against me? No, he would
    listen as I spoke. I am honest I could reason
    with God he would declare me innocent once and
    for all (Job 231-7 GN).

The most painful thing for Job
  • I have searched in the East, but God is not
    there I have not found him when I searched in
    the West. God has been at work in the North and
    the South, but still I have not seen him. Yet God
    knows every step I take if he tests me, he will
    find me pure (Job 238-10 GN)
  • If only my life could once again be as it was
    when God watched over me. God was always with me
    then and gave me light as I walked through the
    darkness. Those were the days when I was
    prosperous, and the friendship of God protected
    my home (Job 291-3 GN)
  • Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (Job
    1315, KJV).

Jobs conclusion
  • Will no one listen to what I am saying? I swear
    that every word is true. Let Almighty God answer
    me. If the charges my opponent brings against me
    were written down so that I could see them, I
    would wear them proudly on my shoulder and place
    them on my head like a crown. I would tell God
    everything I have done, and hold my head high in
    his presence (Job 3135-37 GN).

  • I wont ask to speak with God why should I give
    him a chance to destroy me? Gods power is so
    great that we cannot come near himNo wonder,
    then, that everyone is awed by him, and that he
    ignores those who claim to be wise. (Job
    3720,23 GN)

  • An Enemy
  • God allows the Enemy to exist
  • God allows the Enemys kingdom to dominate this

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  • For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good
    people alike, and gives rain to those who do good
    and to those who do evil (Matthew 545 GN).

  • "In the work of redemption there is no
    compulsion. No external force is employed. Under
    the influence of the Spirit of God, man is left
    free to choose whom he will serve. In the change
    that takes place when the soul surrenders to
    Christ, there is the highest sense of freedom."
    The Desire of Ages 466

  • God could have destroyed Satan and his
    sympathizers as easily as one can cast a pebble
    to the earth but he did not do this. Rebellion
    was not to be overcome by force. Compelling power
    is found only under Satan's government. The
    Lord's principles are not of this order. His
    authority rests upon goodness, mercy, and love
    and the presentation of these principles is the
    means to be used. God's government is moral, and
    truth and love are to be the prevailing power.

  • "The man who attempts to keep the commandments of
    God from a sense of obligation merelybecause he
    is required to do sowill never enter into the
    joy of obedience. He does not obey. When the
    requirements of God are accounted a burden
    because they cut across human inclination, we may
    know that the life is not a Christian life. True
    obedience is the outworking of a principle
    within. It springs from the love of
    righteousness, the love of the law of God. The
    essence of all righteousness is loyalty to our
    Redeemer. This will lead us to do right because
    it is rightbecause right doing is pleasing to
    God." Christs Object Lessons 97,98

  • "A sullen submission to the will of the Father
    will develop the character of a rebel. By such a
    one service is looked upon as drudgery. It is not
    rendered cheerfully, and in the love of God. It
    is a mere mechanical performance. If he dared,
    such a one would disobey. His rebellion is
    smothered, ready to break out at any time in
    bitter murmurings and complaints. Such service
    brings no peace or quietude to the soul." MS 20,

  • Omnipotence is not to be understood as the power
    of unlimited coercion, but as the power of
    infinite persuasion, the invincible power of
    self-negating, self-sacrificial love. 
  • G.B. Caird

  • Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the
    fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.
    Power based on love is a thousand times more
    effective and permanent than the one derived from
    fear of punishment.
  • Mahatma Gandhi

The Son of God appeared for this very reason, to
destroy what the Devil had done (1 John 38)
Jesus himself became like them and shared their
human nature. He did this so that through his
death he might destroy the Devil (Hebrews 24)
  • "The earth was dark through misapprehension of
    God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened,
    that the world might be brought back to God,
    Satans deceptive power was to be broken. This
    could not be done by force. The exercise of force
    is contrary to the principles of Gods
    government He desires only the service of love
    and love cannot be commanded it cannot be won by
    force or authority. Only by love is love
    awakened. To know God is to love Him His
    character must be manifested in contrast to the
    character of Satan. This work only one Being in
    all the universe could do. Only He who knew the
    height and depth of the love of God could make it
    known. Upon the worlds dark night the Sun of
    Righteousness must rise, with healing in His
    wings. Mal. 42." The Desire of Ages 22 (1898)

  • As a deceiver, Satan wins support for his cause
    and programme by something other than what he
    truly represents. If this is the case, simple
    demolition of the deceiver will not suffice
    unless or until his true character has become
    manifest. Such a perception of the cosmic
    conflict depends on the presentation of
    evidence for its resolution. To the extent that
    the deceiver wins support by purporting to be
    what he is not, he must be unmasked by evidence
    to the contrary, that is by the evidence of his
    own actual deeds

  • The crucial point relates to the fact that a
    conflict of this nature cannot be resolved by
    force. Inevitably, this requirement exposes at
    least one troubling risk that is intrinsic to the
    non-use of force If the deceiver is partly to be
    unmasked by the evidence of his own actions, it
    means that he will be granted the opportunity to
    bring his design to fruition. Satan must be
    allowed to commit evil for his evil character to
    be manifest. The political risk to the divine
    government of this projected policy, not to
    mention the theological risk, hardly needs to be
    elaborated. (Sigve Tonstad, Saving Gods
    Reputation, pages 110,129).

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  • You must have often wondered why the Enemy does
    not make more use of His power to be sensibly
    present to human souls in any degree He chooses
    and at any moment. But you now see that the
    Irresistible and the Indisputable are the two
    weapons which the very nature of His scheme
    forbids Him to use. Merely to over-ride a human
    will (as His felt presence in any but the
    faintest and most mitigated degree would
    certainly do) would be for Him useless. He cannot
    ravish. He can only woo.

  • For His ignoble idea is to eat the cake and have
    it the creatures are to be one with Him, but yet
    themselves merely to cancel them, or assimilate
    them, will not serve. He is prepared to do a
    little overriding at the beginning. He will set
    them off with communications of His presence
    which, though faint, seem great to them, with
    emotional sweetness, and easy conquest over
    temptation. But He never allows this state of
    affairs to last long. Sooner or later He
    withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their
    conscious experience, all those supports and

  • He leaves the creature to stand up on its own
    legs...It is during such trough periods, much
    more than during the peak periods, that it is
    growing into the sort of creature He wants it to
    be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of
    dryness are those which please Him bestHe cannot
    "tempt" to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them
    to learn to walk and must therefore take away His
    hand and if only the will to walk is really
    there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do
    not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never
    more in danger, than when a human, no longer
    desiring, but intending, to do our Enemy's will,
    looks round upon a universe from which every
    trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why
    he has been forsaken, and still obeys. CS
    Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Jesus and Job
  • Then the Devil came to him and said, If you are
    Gods Son, order these stones to turn into
    bread. (Matthew 43)

  • But Jesus answered, The scripture says, Human
    beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every
    word that God speaks. (Matthew 43-4 GNB)

  • Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy
    City, set him on the highest point of the Temple,
    and said to him, If you are Gods Son, throw
    yourself down, for the scripture says, 'God will
    give orders to his angels about you they will
    hold you up with their hands, so that not even
    your feet will be hurt on the stones.'
  • Jesus answered, But the scripture also says, 'Do
    not put the Lord your God to the test. (Matthew
    45-7 GNB)

  • Then some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees
    spoke up. Teacher, they said, we want to see
    you perform a miracle. How evil and godless are
    the people of this day! Jesus exclaimed. You
    ask me for a miracle? No! The only miracle you
    will be given is the miracle of the prophet
    Jonah. (Matthew 1238-39 GNB)

  • Some Pharisees and Sadducees who came to Jesus
    wanted to trap him, so they asked him to perform
    a miracle for them, to show that God approved of
    him. (Matthew 161 GNB)
  • You were going to tear down the Temple and build
    it back up in three days! Save yourself if you
    are Gods Son! Come on down from the cross!
    (Matthew 2740 GNB)

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  • Just as he arrived at the gate of the town, a
    funeral procession was coming out. The dead man
    was the only son of a woman who was a widow, and
    a large crowd from the town was with her. When
    the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity
    for her, and he said to her, Don't cry. (Luke
    712-13 GN)

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Jairus Daughter
  • He took her by the hand and said to her,
    Talitha, koum, which means, Little girl, I
    tell you to get up! She got up at once and
    started walking around. (She was twelve years
    old.) When this happened, they were completely
    amazed. But Jesus gave them strict orders not to
    tell anyone, and he said, Give her something to
    eat. (Mark 541-43 GN)

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  • A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came
    to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help.
    If you want to, he said, you can make me
    clean. Jesus was filled with pity, and reached
    out and touched him. I do want to, he answered.
    Be clean! (Mark 140-41 GN)

The prayer of a good person has a powerful
effect. James 516
  • Daniel, dont be afraid. God has heard your
    prayers ever since the first day you decided to
    humble yourself in order to rain understanding. I
    have come in answer to your prayer. (Daniel

  • The angel prince of the kingdom of Persia
    opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one
    of the chief angels, came to help me Now I have
    to go back and fight the guardian angel of
    Persia. After that the guardian angel of Greece
    will appear. There is no one to help me except
    Michael, Israels guardian angel. He is
    responsible for helping and defending me (Daniel
    1013,20 111 GN).
  • spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia