Slandering Job Ok so who was Job besides an old guy with a funny name? We don’t exactly know much about him. It surprises many people to find that Job is the oldest book of the bible (keep that in mind because its important later).  It is thought to be written by Moses, Job,  Elihu, or Solomon.  It was written around 2000-1800 B.C. The key people were: Job Mrs. Job Eliphaz Bildad Zophar Elihu        Our inclination is to think : “Oh, poor Job, nice guy, this sure don’t seem fair.”  Yes and No. Job did seem to open the door for this by his worrying. When we worry, we open the door for satan to slide notes under it that being suckers, we read. Notes that effectively mess with our minds. If there is a single crack in the door, a chink in the armor, satan has a way in and once in he wont leave until we’re dead. In Job’s case it happened here: and my worst fears have all come true. (Job 3:25 )  Job had been worrying about disaster. Click, latch opened, I tiny ribbon of light shows into the darkness of the other side and it attracts attention. There is a lot to Job that we just don’t have the answer to, a lot that we can only make our best guess about. Most of it doesn’t matter either way, we just have to keep in mind that a lot of what we have about Job is our opinion. It only becomes a problem if we teach our opinion as fact, and if we bash other people because their opinion doesn’t match ours. Some people disagree with one of my possibilities and that’s ok, what would be wrong is to insist that one of us is right and the other is wrong UNLESS we have clear biblical support on a matter. One example arises here: One day, when the angels had gathered around the LORD, and Satan was there with them, (Job 1:6) The question is obvious. If Evil can’t exist around God then how was satan there? And more intriguing, WHY did the whole conversation take place?  God already knew the outcome, He didn’t need proof. So it had to be for satan’s benefit. Again, WHY? My opinion; one answer answers both questions: Satan hadn’t rebelled yet and God still loved him. Some people find it very hard to accept that God ever loved satan (I wont name names) but clearly He did. If this was the case, and again it’s only my opinion, satan would still be in their presence, still be in heaven, and possibly this was God trying a last time to teach satan about the wee little humans. Maybe it was the incident over job that was the final straw that caused satan to rebel. Job, was, after all the oldest book written of the bible, so it took place a long way back. Just my opinion. Moving on, the book is an account of Job’s so-called friends trying to get him to see his crimes and fess up. This is my basic point for this lesson, and I get bashed and sent to hell several times a week over it. But Ironically, I get my support from Job himself;  “Until the day I die, I will refuse to do wrong by saying you are right” (Job 27:5)  I can’t back down on this but maybe I can make a case sufficient to get people to understand. It MUST be understood that (here comes the bashing) The Bible is God’s truth BUT not everything contained in the bible is the truth Take a few seconds to get out your clubs and torches, a few of them long wooden pitchforks, Chihuahua’s glued to long sticks, whatever you have laying around that can be used to run a heretic out of town. I’ll sit here and wait. Back so soon?  Well armed?  Torches lit and tar warm? That’s good, your ready. Now, Job’s friends spend a lot of time and words trying to convince him of how evil he is, which he isn’t. There in lies the problem, they all don’t intentionally lie, they make the wrong conclusions which cause the whole conversation to deteriorate to a usless persecution. It also must be remembered that everything they say about God is true, it just doesn’t fit the circumstances. Below are 10 examples of things said that are in the Bible but aren’t true: But now, put out your hand against all he has, and he will be cursing you to your face. (Job 1:11 ) With nothing I came out of my mother's body, and with nothing I will go back there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; let the Lord's name be praised. ( Job 1:21 ) But now, if you only put your hand on his bone and his flesh, he will certainly be cursing you to your face. (Job 2:5) Have you ever seen destruction come to an upright man? or when were the god-fearing ever cut off? What I have seen is that those by whom trouble has been ploughed, and evil planted, get the same for themselves. (Job 4:7-8) May a man be upright before God? or a man be clean before his Maker? Truly, he puts no faith in his servants, and he sees error in his angels; (Job 4:17-18) Does God give wrong decisions? or is the Ruler of all not upright in his judging? If your children have done evil against him, then their punishment is from his hand. (Job 8:3-4) But if you put your heart right, stretching out your hands to him; If you put far away the evil of your hands, and let no wrongdoing have a place in your tent; Then truly your face will be lifted up, with no mark of sin, and you will be fixed in your place without fear: For your sorrow will go from your memory, like waters flowing away: (Job 11:13-16) Truly, he will put an end to me; I have no hope; but I will not give way in argument before him; (Job 13:15 ) For your mouth is guided by your sin, and you have taken the tongue of the false for yourself. (Job 15:5) I was in comfort, but I have been broken up by his hands; he has taken me by the neck, shaking me to bits; he has put me up as a mark for his arrows. His bowmen come round about me; their arrows go through my body without mercy; my life is drained out on the earth. I am broken with wound after wound; he comes rushing on me like a man of war. (Job 16:12-14) This whole conversation was based on the assumption that Job must have done something heinous to incur this wrath when in fact it was just the opposite, God allowed satan to attack him because He knew Job would stand through it. Job wasn’t a punching bag, he was God’s champion. We all know how the affair ends, God rumbles up, chews Job out for making assumptions he should have known better than to make. His friends are also put in their place, Sacrifices are made, prayers are said, all is fixed. And Job receives more than was taken away. By the way, one of the standard clichés in the bible also isn’t true: "We bring nothing at birth; we take nothing with us at death. The LORD alone gives and takes. Praise the name of the LORD!" (Job 1:21 ) Satan took away, satan always takes thinks away. God gives us things, even when satan takes them God gives us more and better the we lost. I am a walking breathing example of that. My wife is an example of it. My cat Leroy is an example of it. God doesn’t want us to do without, He wants us to be happy and complete. Seems like we too are guilty of accusing God falsely.  
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