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9 Then Satan [satan] answered [`anah] the LORD [Yahovah], and
said ['amar], Doth Job ['Iyowb] fear [yare'] God ['elohiym] for nought [chinnam]? KJV-Interlinear
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, 'Does Job fear God for
asks in general, if Job respects and is in awe of God, because of pure love, or
is there some other reason that Job worships God.
Job or anyone for that matter, base their feelings and beliefs on what their
circumstances of life are? Or, are their
beliefs steadfast regardless of their circumstances?
you happy when things are going good for you, and angry when things are not
going good for you? Do your feelings and
attitude change with your situation in this life? Is your life a roller coaster ride of
happiness then depression?
will be the ultimate test. Job is
extremely wealthy, and extremely successful.
this the reason that Job worships God?
Is God a convenient object of worship when one is rich? Likewise, is God a convenient target of
complaint when things do not go well in life?
God owe us a life? Do we deserve, or can
we earn our right to wealth and prosperity in life?
we are successful or lucky in life, is it due to our abilities and do we
deserve the credit, or is it due to Gods provision? If we are unsuccessful or unlucky in life, is
that due to our fault, and should we blame ourselves, or is it Gods fault? Why did God place us on this earth anyway? If not to be happy and content with our life,
during this life, then what?
we willing to worship God in all circumstances, or only when things are going
well for us?
our worship tied to our prosperity?
Do we worship only because there
is a promise of compensation, or blessing, or favors? Or, is our worship selfish and based on
mercenary values? Only recognizing God
when He blesses us.
our worship based on gratitude, because we have been delivered from some type
of accident, or illness, or problem?
Does gratefulness drive our attitude, because we have received
any of these are the case, then Satan's question is valid. Is our worship or charity, based on receiving
something, or tied to our good fortune alone?
And therefore, if so, then our worship is phony.
here, implies that no one will worship God, if God turns His own hand against
them, And here is the contempt and hypocrisy
is good. God is perfect. God wishes only the very best for humanity
and all of creation. God does not arbitrarily
turn His back on creation, nor arbitrarily inflict suffering onto people.
takes his own beliefs and attitudes and superimposes them onto God. Satan will treat people with fickle and
arbitrary misery. Satan is corrupt and
evil. God is not.
faith is not mere gratitude for blessings received, nor is it dependent on ones
circumstances. True faith exists for the
genuine love of that which is right and true, and fair and just. And God is the source of all that is right
and true, and fair and just. True faith
desires freedom and prosperity, and security and happiness for others as well
as self. True faith is an aching to the
very center of the soul, for that which is good, and the elimination of that
which is evil.
challenging Job's motives, Satan discloses his own selfish motives. Evil always accuses others of that of which evil
itself, is guilty.
never judges, never challenges, never complains, never accuses, in any area of
life in which it has no right to do so.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.