Sunday, April 30, 2023

No 1  Satan has a Knack for Asking Questions

Satan has a knack for asking questions that takes thousands of years to answer. The first question in the Garden of Eden was predicated on his being more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made when he asked the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Gen 3:1,2)The answering of this question spans the time of this world’s existence, and is still in the process of being answered some 6000 years later.

A Second Question

Another question Satan asked approximately 2000 years into the same world’s existence was Doth Job fear God for nought? (Job 1:9). The answering of that question will continue as long as human beings walk on planet Earth. You and me--we both--give answer to that question by the way we live our lives before God (or don’t live our lives before God). This is where our study of Job and the Jobian Way will take us.

Questions Asked Back in Time

Back in some unknown time (before our 6000 years), another set of questions was asked by Satan (Lucifer) of his angel subordinates which may have included such as these: Do you think it is fair for God to exclude me from entering into the secret chambers of the Godhead? Do I not have sufficient wherewithal to participate in the holy discussions? And, aren’t you feeling constricted by all these laws telling us what we can and cannot do and where we can and cannot go? Would you not like to be a part of the change-of-it-all? What he accomplished in the minds of his fellow angels is astounding!

Questions similar to those erupted into the war in heaven (Rev 12:7), and its resultant Great Controversy which extends from those eons long past into our lives today. You and I are fighting in that extended war in heaven--now war on Earth.

The Book of Job

The Book of Job has much to say about that war because the Book deals with the reasons and motives for which side we choose to fight on. Why we fight determines how we fight. Where we fight determines our ultimate destiny. What we are fighting for determines whether or not we are a happy Christian or a miserable rebel. This is complicated by the fact that some rebels are are happy while some Christians are miserable. This complication takes forty or so chapters of the Book of Job to answer.

The Book of Job can bring it all together in our minds. The inspiring saga of Job’s life gives us the path (and counts the steps) from miserable to happy. Satan turned his life miserable. God turned his life happy. There were losses. There were gains. Sometimes things come a-right. Sometimes they come a-wrong. When said and done, I believe Job would not have chosen his story to be any different than the way it turned out to be.

I Want My Life to Be

That’s what I want my life to be--a happy Christian. And that’s how I want my life to stay--a happy Christian.

Satan’s question in Job 1 reverberates through the ages of time, and will be truly and finally answered in the last days of this earth’s existence. Yes, many individuals have answered that question (often with their lives). But it will be in the end of time that multitudes will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, as it were, in solidarity, saying, “We love God because it is right to love God.” There will no observable reason for them to stand thus--as the group of them face the end of their physical lives. As it was with Job, when his evil (Job 2:11) day came, Job faced certain death. For those of the last days, it is in the face of certain death, that they will still continue to say, “We love God because it is right to love God.”

We are a happy Christian when we can say, “I love God because it is right to love God.” Regardless. Do you agree?

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