Job 2:1-6

Job 2:1-6 (English Standard Version)
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” 4 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”

Chapter two begins very much like chapter one.  The sons of God, which we assume to be the angels of God’s court, are gathered before God.  Satan presumably sneaks in and God calls him out again and again turns the focus to Job.  In chapter one Job had a very bad day, as bad as anyone can imagine, his sons, daughters and servants are killed; livestock and possessions have been stolen or burned up; he is left only with his wife, house and a few servants.  This would be like getting a phone call telling you that all of your family has been killed then finding that your bank account has been emptied and your car has been stolen, all in one day.  Everywhere you turn you find you are ruined so what can you do but turn to the one who is always the same and that’s what Job does; he turns to God and worships.  Of course, this is easy to say when all is well but what would we really do in this situation?

How many of us would just lose it and start screaming or sobbing or drinking and casting blame on everyone and everything, including God.  Yet of Job God says, “He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”

Still Satan is not going to admit defeat; maybe he’s thinking that Job didn’t really care about his family or all those things, he’s just glad to have escaped with his own skin.  On the other hand, even if Satan knows he is defeated, that God is right and Job will never curse God, Satan still seizes the opportunity to cause Job more pain.  God doesn’t argue the point but hands Job over to Satan to be tested further setting only one limit, spare his life.  Now this restriction is important to the test, since dead men can not curse God and even if God raised him from the dead that would interfere with the test. 

So that’s it, do your worst just don’t kill him; what faith God has in Job.  God already knows the outcome but that doesn’t help poor Job and at this point his bad day is about to get worse and this is just the beginning of the test.

Heavenly Father,
Without doubt we would fail a test as great as Job went through, for as you say there is none like Job on earth.  We are grateful that in your great mercy you have sent your son, Jesus Christ, to be our Lord and Saviour for without him there would be no hope for us.  Please open our hearts to receive the wisdom in this book that we may grow more like Jesus in our ways and to always worship you as our God.  This we ask in the great name of Jesus’


2 Responses to “Job 2:1-6”

  1. syinly Says:

    Thanks for reminding me of Job’s story. In this time when it seems the world is falling around us it’s good to remember somebody went through worse.

  2. Jim,

    For the past couple of Wed nights our pastor has been preaching from Job, there is alot of good nuggets in there. Thanks for sharing…Chris

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