Job 1-2 cont.

Jason Barrett
After the first round of Satan-induced suffering, we see that God is proud of Job. He tells Satan, “See, you tried to stir me up to destroy Job, thinking he would curse me in suffering, but through your testing Job has kept his integrity.” (Job 2:3)

The mutual faith of God to man and man to God is vindicated in the testing of Satan as their faith in one another is now proven.

The book has opened with God willing to put his reputation on the line for his faithful people. We see God sticking his neck out for his people just as much as he expects his people to stick their neck out for him. A sacrificial pattern by God to people that he will repeat over and over again in the Bible.

It should be understood here that the book of Job is looking at a very narrow part of suffering – suffering that is initiated by supernatural powers of evil, Satan. The origin of suffering in Job says nothing to the suffering of enduring cancer, walking out betrayal by a spouse, or even losing a loved one in a car accident – events that are not always understood to have a supernatural force behind them.

However, what we will find is that while not all suffering originates the same as Job’s, the human experience of suffering has universal emotions and struggles. And in that, we can find application to all suffering in the book of Job.

Some points of note from the prologue:

- Job does not have the information we do as to the source of his suffering, Satan.

- Neither does Job know of how highly God esteems Job.

- Finally, and this will be important at the end of the book, God is seen giving Satan free will within limitations. Satan could have left Job alone or he could have done much less to Job than what we see him do. When it comes to Job’s suffering, it is Satan who comes up with the plan to make Job suffer and Satan who actively works to then make Job suffer.