Job 2:7-10

Job 2:7-10 (English Standard Version)
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes.

9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job has now gone from being the richest in the land, having seven sons and three daughters, livestock and servants, to having his children all die in a freak accident and all his possesions stolen or destroyed.   Now destitute, he is covered in sores and even his wife has turned against him.  This is the reward he is apparently getting for being blameless and upright, as the Lord himself has said, “…there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”  This just doesn’t seem right but as Job said himself, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”

Ezekiel 14:20 even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness.

So, what right do I have to complain when things don’t go my way if Job, one of the three men mentioned in the Bible for their high standing with God, is made to suffer? and going forward in history, Jesus the only son of God would suffer being rejected by his own people, beaten and killed.  Job even rebukes his wife as he sits in the ashes.  In Jewish custom one would place ashes on one’s head as a symbol of mourning but Job goes even further by sitting in ashes, yet he has no complaint with God.  Is all of this foreshadowing Christ; the righteous son of God made to suffer because of the sin in the world.

To those who question why there is suffering in the world, the answer is that it’s because there is sin in the world.  Satan does not have to work hard to find weakness in us and exploit it.  Yet we can not blame Satan for our sin, for just as he didn’t force Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he can not force us to sin.  God always provides a means by which we can resist sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

And yet still we sin, setting our course for hell.  If it were not for the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, that is where we would all be going.  So let us not speak as one of the foolish and let us put our faith in Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father,
Your name is holy beyond human comprehension and we are sinful beyond our own understanding.  You offer us salvation and we can offer you nothing that you haven’t given us in return.  Thank you for giving us your Word that we might hear it, understand and by faith in it be saved.  Please give us the wisdom to understand and faith in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
Amen

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