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Was it a tornado?? A meteorite??

I wanted to share something that God showed me in my study of Job today. For the purposes of this discussion, let's center our thoughts on vs. 12-18. I've highlighted two phrases that stuck out like a sore thumb to me today. Read them below, and join me in a moment for more discussion.

By Sid MarkPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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I wanted to share something that God showed me in my study of Job today. For the purposes of this discussion, let's center our thoughts on vs. 12-18. I've highlighted two phrases that stuck out like a sore thumb to me today.

Job 1

12 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger."

Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

13 One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

In the phrases outlined, do you recognize that forces of nature were under the influence of Satan's schemes? A tornado, or something similar is what took the lives of Job's children. Fire falling from heaven (possibly a meteorite) burned up the livestock and the servants. God told Satan "everything he has is in your hands.....but on the man himself do not lay a finger". And with that command, also came some power and authority over the wind and fire from heaven. This strikes me as odd. I've always thought that natural disasters were mere unfortunate swings in the weather patterns, or perhaps occurences due to our world's fallen nature. In the example of Job, these were not mere chance occasions. It was a well thought out "spiritual battle" waged against the righteous man. And Satan was able to carry out the plan, in strategic ways to keep out of sight.

Do you notice he used four different strategies, at opportune times to catch Job's family and servants off guard? The Sabeans came during the oxen plowing and donkeys grazing. The fire of God fell from the sky......seemingly without warning. The Chaldeans came in three raiding parties (wonder where they got their marching orders??). And a mighty wind sweeping in from the desert causing the four corners of the eldest brother's house to collapse.......just as the other sons and daughters were gathered feasting and dining.

I think we are wise to learn from Job's life that the battle lines have been waged, and our enemy plays a vital role in the destruction we see around us. In the final chapter of Job, we learn that the righteousness of Job and the restoration of Job's life is found in his repentance and recognition of God's authority over him. We see the mercifulness of the Almighty, and His desire to be honored in all things.

Any thoughts??

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