A Sweet Savor Contact Miscellaneous Audio Messages Penmen

Job 2:10

“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What, shall we receive good at the hand of Jehovah and shall we not receive evil? In ALL this Job did not sin with his lips.”

It is impossible to even attempt to try to comprehend what happened to Job in a relatively short period of time. Job was not privy to the events that had taken place in the heavenlies where God authorized and empowered Satan to vent himself upon this chosen servant. He had no warning or advanced notice yet twice, without provocation, The Adversary is dispatched against his enemy. The, born of the Spirit, servant of Jehovah is the enemy of Satan and Satan, the father of all lies, is the invenerate enemy of God’s elect. This one who withstands and opposes the children of the Most High, because of the pride that was created and discovered within him, strives to be like the Most High and to ascend to the throne of glory, fame and power. Yet he is a wicked, crooked serpent that has hooks in his jaw and is led about bu the will of God. He is the antagonist of all that is Holy, righteous and pure yet God created him complete for His purpose and called him ‘good’.

This one who opposes the people of God opposed His Son and resisted the High Priest of the salvation of Jehovah (Zech. 3:2) and he was rebuked by Jehovah. Although he desires and lusts after the notion of being like the Most High he can never be Michael, that great prince, which stands for the children of His people in the time of trouble (Dan. 12:1). This is not an angel but the Angel of the Lord who is God, Yeshua Meshiach is His name. He is the epitome of all that is Holy and pure and He is the exact opposite of the wicked one. Michael is God and Satan desires to be like God. The work of Yeshua is truth and all His works are truth and justice but the word of the Adversary is a lie and all his works are diametrically opposed to truth and justice. Therefore, he does not come to Job with a calamity, he comes with wickedness to defeat his enemy. He is not given to make things uncomfortable for the servant of God, he is granted to afflict him with great wickedness and a sore evil. As Michael contends for the children of His people the Adversary strives to destroy them.

The first time the orders were given for to dispatch the adversary, he is given to take all that job had. First he sends the Sabeans to take the oxen and assess and kill the servants. These Sabeans are ‘of the oath’ or ‘promise’ and they remove from Job the beasts of burden that were preparing his field for planting and feeding of the fruit of the field. (Job could not prepare the field for the seed by the arm of the flesh nor come before God with the fruit of the earth.) Then the fire of Jehovah came and burned up the sheep and the servants as God removed the sacrifice that Job might present unto Him. (The refiners fire purged away the dross of the earth, wood hay and stubble and revealed the precious living stone within.) Thirdly the Chaldeans came and carried away the camels, the means for transportation and again killed the servants. (The ‘clods of dirt’ of the plowed field {Adam} were broken up and the field was made ready to receive the seed (Matt. 13:8).) Finally, a great wind came out of the wilderness and killed Job’s children. ( The breath or Spirit came from the pasture to nourish and cause Job to grow). Jehovah God had sent His slave, the Adversary, to prepare Job by the means of wicked affliction for the good purpose of the will of God to prove the gold, silver and precious stone of the child of grace. “My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (Jms. 1:2f)

Job’s reaction to these evil catastrophes is, by the grace of God; “Then Job arose, rent his mantle, shaved his head, fell down to the ground and worshiped God” (1:20). His worship was pure and holy as he ascribed all power, righteousness and glory unto the Sovereign ruler who causes all things to come to pass. He did not charge God with any folly or accuse Him of being culpable for the wickedness. JOB DID NOT SIN (he did not miss the mark)!!! He measured up to the standard of the Holiness of God because he worshiped Him in Spirit and truth and glorified Him in all things by the Spirit that dwelt in him. This cannot be accomplished by Adam for the natural man knows nothing of the Spirit or the things of God. As continually as Adam attempts to hit the mark and falls short of the glory of God so the child of grace measures up to the standard of the Holiness of God and cannot miss the mark.

Now the Adversary, who is ignorant that he has just performed the will of God in preparing Job, again is summoned before the throne and again he accuses God of iniquity. “Skin for skin yea all that a man hath will he give for his life” (2:4). Satan calls for God to do unjustly and touch Job; “put forth thine hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will curse thee to thy face”. God cannot do anything evil. He cannot deny Himself and He cannot perform anything contrary to His will. He stands for His people and is not persuaded or influenced by the accusation of the wicked one. He authorizes Satan to touch the bone and flesh of Job as He sustains His child in the adversity. Satan desired to separate and destroy Job just like he desired to sift Peter as wheat, but nothing can separate a child of grace from the eternal love of the Father.

“So Satan went forth from the presence of God and smote (began beating upon) Job with sore boils (wicked blistering ulcers) from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head” (2:7). Satan took away the ability for Job to stand before man. He afflicted him so he could not walk, he blistered his hands so he could not work and he covered his head in shame so as to prevent him from worshiping. Once again, God removed the ability of Adam to do anything before Him by the hand of that crooked leviathan who is lead about with hooks in his mouth (Ezk. 29:4), completely and ignorantly obedient to the designs of God. The servant of Jehovah is the enemy of Satan and the wickedness of Satan is the tool of God for the good of His servant.

Satan is also given to touch the bone of Job’s bone and the flesh of his flesh in the person of his wife. She speaks the doctrine of Adam as she asks, ‘are you still so stubborn as to think yourself innocent before God?’ Surely God would not be doing this to you if you were clean and perfect in His sight. Her statement confirms the belief that God is a respecter of persons and a rewarder or condemner because of their works. Whether she is a chosen vessel of God unto glory is not the issue here, the doctrine she speaks is the inherent doctrine of every son of Adam. This is the setting for the text and the response of Job.

Job rebukes his wife and states that she speaks as one who has not been taught by the Spirit of God. The foolish women he refers to is the same strange woman of the Proverbs who is devoid of wisdom. He tells her that she speaks in the same manner as one who believes in their heart that there is no God (Ps. 14:1). These are corrupt and have done abominable iniquity and nothing good (Ps. 53:1) and the reproach that she is setting before him is a blasphemy of the name of God (74:18). His statement to her is in the form of a question but if she indeed is devoid of wisdom, she cannot answer it. He compares two diametrically opposed precepts to each other and proclaims that they both come from one source. The good (Heb. ‘towb’) that he speaks of is the same good that God pronounced upon ALL of His creation and is the same good as the tree in the garden. The evil (Heb. ‘ra’) that he compares to this good is 180 degrees the exact opposite. It is not less good or something that is upsetting and unfortunate. These are as opposite to each other as light is to darkness and are as separate as night is from day. As holy, and pure is the one so evil and wicked is the other yet they both come from the Lord and giver of all things, who created all things by Himself, through Himself and for Himself. According to the perfect will of God all these things work together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rms. 8:28). And still Job DID NOT SIN with his lips!!! Again he hit the mark.

The three companions of Job are not antagonists. They heard of the EVIL that has befallen him and they came to comfort him. They could not recognize him for the distortion of his body from the affliction and the agony that he is under. They identify with him as they lifted up their voices and wept, rent their mantles, cast dust upon their heads and sat down in the dust with him. They remained speechless for seven days as they observed his exceedingly great grief. They had no answer as to why God had done this and no comfort for Job. They were physicians without a cure.

God had revealed Job’s greatest fear unto him and caused it to come to pass. He was in pain, distress and fear but his faith did not fail because it could not fail. He did not sin because the incorruptible seed remained within and although the refiners fire stripped him of all he had in this world yet was his end greater than his beginning. This is only possible and could only come to pass because God has ordered all things safe, sound and secure. He cannot change and neither does His will, His work, His way and His WORD; “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee” (Josh. 1:5).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 17, 2012