Job and his suffering—behind
the scenes Job 1:1-
Job and his suffering—Eliphaz,
Bildad, and Zophar respondJob
Job and his suffering—ElihurespondsJob
Job and his suffering—God
responds Job 38:1-42:17
Why do good people suffer?
Why does God allow suffering?
Why do friends abuse the victim?
Why it is important to know the truth. Assumption can be dangerous.
Job Part 1—behind
the scenes Job 1:1-3:26
Job is blessed. He is blessed spiritually and emotionally, with
health, wealth, and wisdom. He is blessed with a good wife, many
children, and many friends. He is blessed to know God, have
fellowship with God, not physically, but spiritually. He understood
about sin, judgment, punishment, and substitution (a sacrifice). He
knew the King of the Universe!
Treasure of salvation (deliverance from God’s wrath): Psalm 3:8 CSB
belongs to the LORD; may your blessing be on your people. Selah
Treasures of material wealth. God does not guarantee material wealth,
but all believers can have spiritual wealth.
Proverbs 10:22 NET The
blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to
Matthew 6:20 CSB"But
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.
Treasures of having the fear of the Lord (salvation), wisdom, and
knowledge: Isaiah 33:6 NLTIn
that day he will be your sure foundation,providing
a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the
LORD will be your treasure.
Spiritual treasures from doing the will of God: 2 Corinthians 6:10
hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give
spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have
Treasures of assurance and the knowledge of Messiah: Colossians 2:2-3
their hearts may be comforted by being knit together in love and into
the all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, into the
full knowledge of the mystery of God and of the Father and of Christ
3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The devil, satan, having access to heaven slanders Job and blasphemes
God’s character by claiming that God has made Job secure and
successful and that is the only reason that Job worships and serves
Two times satan requests God to curse Job. God refuses but does allow
satan to do so.
satan did not haveto
afflict Job, instigate murder, theft, loss of possessions, etc. satan
wanted to do this in his hate for God and for those who serve God.
satan and his followers are liars and murders. Have you ever noted
how many people believe the answer to a problem is murder. We see
this in abortion to murders at work, at events, at school, at home,
etc. John 8:44 NET You
people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your
father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not
uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies,
he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the
father of lies.
An evil heart leads to evil thoughts which lead to evil actions:
Matthew 15:19 WEL For
out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual
sins, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
satan loves to oppose God’s work and God’s people: Zechariah 3:1
he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of
Yahweh; and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him.
satan loves to pretend he is god, so shows himself as angel of light,
which is deceptive, seductive, and disastrous to anyone. This is why
we must know God and His character traits well. His followers also
will pretend to be real apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NIV For
such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as
apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as
an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also
masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their
Why did God allow satan the opportunity to hurt Job, kill his family,
cause a loss of all his goods?
God did not wantthis
to happen. It was not His decreed will; it was His will.
Evil is the absence of good.
Evil is a punishment. Adam was warned by God not to eat the fruit of
the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam did not believe God.
Because of Adam’s sin, the world was cursed.
Some evils that happen to us are from our bad choices.
Some evils that happen to us are from another’s bad choices.
Some evils that happen to us are from the curse on the universe, as
hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, etc.
Some evils are because satan hates anything good, so he wants to
cause pain and affliction. You can see this very thing in abusers. It
doesn’t make any difference what kind of abusers. The abusers may
be a pastor (pastoral abuse), domestic abuse of all types, parental
abuse, child abuse, etc. Note how narcissists, psychopaths, and
others do evil. They are doing the evil that satan loves. If you are
an abuser, pastor, spouse, parent, boss, leader, whatever, you are
doing satan’s will, and you will go to hell to be tormented for
God allowed it. Why?
The universe is cursed. A promised time is coming when
Revelation 21:3-5 CSB Then
I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God's dwelling
is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his
peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He
will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more;
grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things
have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said,
"Look, I am making everything new." He also said, "Write,
because these words are faithful and true.
2 Peter 3:13 LEB But
according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new
earth in which righteousness resides.
Revelation 22:3 NIV No
longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb
will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
God is not a micro-manager as some Calvinists teach. WCF
from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own
will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass...Read
the confession. Read it in context. God ordained whatever comes to
pass including sending most humans to hell to roast and barbecue for
eternity without ever
having a chance to repent.
Do words mean anything? Doesn’t God always tell the truth. God says
this to the prophet: 1 Chronicles 21:10 NET Go,
tell David, 'This is what the LORD says: "I am offering
you three forms of judgment from which to choose. Pick one of them.
From a real offer choice that was spurned: Proverbs 1:29-31 NET
they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD, they
did not comply with my advice, they spurned all my rebuke. Therefore
they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed
full of their own counsel.
Sometimes we can look back at a bad choice we made, even after
praying for God to help us to notmake
a wrong choice.
There may have been warning signs that we ignored.
The warning signs were new and unknown to us, so we didn’t
recognize them. This is a good reason to be aware.
The actions of love, real love as defined by God. How do WE measure?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love
is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn’t brag
about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn’t behave improperly, is not
self-seeking; love isn’t easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list
of wrongs, 6 Doesn’t rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the
truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
calmly endures all things. 8 Love never ends...
We must know that Job did notgive
up the faith. Quite a number of people leave Christianity over abuse,
thinking that God could have prevented this. Why didn’t God do this
for you or me? I don’t know. But, I do know that if we have a
commitment to God, persecution will not cause us to permanentlygive
up the faith.
Please read Job chapter 3, for it shows the utter, total personal
experience of spiritual, emotional, and physical pain. His words have
been repeated many times throughout history, though most would not
Pain is real. If you are suffering, find someone who will really
listen without interruption, offering unasked advice, and someone who
is protective of your character.
Hebrews 10:25 LEB not
abandoning our meeting together, as is the habit of some, but
and by so much more as you see the day drawing near.
Romans 12:15 NET Rejoice
with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
James 1:19 CSB My
dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick
to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
Proverbs 18:13 GW Whoever
gives an answer before he listens is stupid and shameful.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NET Blessed
is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies
and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that
we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the
comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.