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Job's satan

Job's "satan": an angel of evil? (but not, of course, a "wicked" angel!):


I would suggest that in all that this "satan" says of Job there is no sign of wickedness, only limited understanding seeking clarification. He declares his unwillingness to believe that Job's "righteousness" is anything but self-serving:

"Then Satan answered the LORD, Does Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse thee to thy face" (Job 1:9-11).
As if to say, 'All my experience of this race of humans tells me that when they serve God they do so only for selfish reasons. Let us see how he reacts to severe trials.'

And so God gives over to this "angel" the testing of Job:

"Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself do not put forth your hand" (v 12).
Now compare this v 12 with v 21: "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Who was it that took away Job's health, wealth, and family?

And with Job 2:10: "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"

And also with Job 19:21, where Job says: "Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me!" Doesn't this equate the "satan" with "the hand of God"?

And so, all through Job 2, "Satan" continues to hold out for his own assessment of things, while God agrees to bring more and yet more trial upon Job... until, eventually, it may be assumed, "Satan" is finally satisfied with the integrity of Job.

Is this fair? Is this the way God acts? Of course. The NT is filled with discussions of the trials brought by God on His faithful ones, to perfect or purify their faith.

And from his trials, extreme though they were, Job emerges as a man of tested and perfected faith... a fitting type of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was to come, and who would himself suffer "unfairly" and "unjustly" as a way of showing (to men... and to angels?) the way into the most holy place of the Father.

Also, please note 1Pe 1:6-12:

"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls. The prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look."
In this passage (and, compared with Job) we see:

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