Next, let’s read the scriptures about Job undergoing the second temptation.
3. Satan Tempted Job the Second Time (suffering from sore boils all over)
1) God’s Word
(Job 2:3) And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.
(Job 2:6) And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
2) Satan’s Word
(Job 2:4-5) And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man has will he give for his life. But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
3) How Job Treated the Trial
(Job 2:9-10) Then said his wife to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die. But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
(Job 3:3) Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Job Treasured God’s Way More Than Anything Else
The scripture records the conversation between God and Satan this way: And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil? And still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause. (Job 2:3) In this conversation, God again asked Satan the same question. This question shows us that Jehovah God made a positive evaluation of Job’s behavior and living out in the first trial, which was the same as He made before Job was tempted by Satan. That is to say, before the temptation, Job was a perfect man in God’s eyes, so God guarded him and his family and also blessed him; he was a man worthy of God’s blessings in God’s eyes. After the temptation, Job did not sin with his lips because of the loss of his possessions and sons and daughters, but instead he still extolled the name of Jehovah. His actual behavior made God applaud him and give him a full mark. That was because in Job’s eyes, of all his possessions and his sons and daughters, none could cause him to forsake God for their sake. That is to say, God’s place in his heart could not be replaced by any of his possessions or his sons and daughters. In the course of Job undergoing the first temptation, God saw that he treasured God and the way of “fearing God and shunning evil” more than anything else; that trial just gave him an experience of receiving blessings from Jehovah God and again being deprived of all his possessions and his sons and daughters by Jehovah God.
To Job, it was a real experience to cleanse his heart, a baptism of life to enrich his human life, and even more a good feast to test his obedience and fear of God. That temptation reduced Job from a rich man to a penniless man, and it also made him undergo Satan’s affliction upon man. He did not hate Satan because of his pennilessness, but through Satan’s abominable acts he saw Satan’s ugliness and meanness and saw its hostility and rebellion against God. So he was even more stirred to forever hold fast the way of “fearing God and shunning evil.” He took a vow: He would never forsake God and depart from God’s way because of any external factors such as possessions, sons or daughters, or relatives, nor would he be a slave to Satan, to possessions, or to anyone; other than Jehovah God, no one could be his Lord and his God. This was Job’s heart’s voice. On the other side of the temptation, Job also gained something. That is, what he gained in the trial that came from God was quite rich.
In the past decades of his life, Job saw the deeds of Jehovah and received blessings from Jehovah God. These blessings made him feel very uneasy and also greatly indebted, because he thought he did not do anything for God and yet received such great blessings and enjoyed so much grace from God. So, he often prayed in his heart and hoped that he could repay God and also that he could have an opportunity to testify God’s deeds and God’s greatness and that God could test his obedience and even more purify his faith until his obedience and faith were approved by God. And the coming of the trial at that time, Job thought, was God’s answer to his prayers. He treasured such an opportunity very much. So he did not at all dare to take it lightly, because his greatest wish in his life could be realized. The coming of this opportunity meant that his obedience and fear of God could be tested and also purified, and even more meant that he could have the opportunity of receiving God’s commendation and thus he could come nearer to God. Job had such faith and pursuit, so that he could be more perfect and more clear about in this trial; at the same time he thanked God all the more for His blessings and grace, extolled God’s deeds in his heart all the more, and feared God, looked up to God, and thirsted for God’s loveliness, greatness, and holiness all the more. Although Job at that time was still a man who “feared God and shunned evil” in God’s eyes, as far as what he experienced and tasted was concerned, he already made a great progress and leap in his faith and knowledge: His faith increased, his obedience had its foothold, and his fear of God had a further progress. Although this trial renewed Job’s heart and life, he was not satisfied with it and did not thus slow his pace to go forward. He counted his gains in this trial and examined his deficiencies and defects. At the same time, he also prayed in silence and waited for the coming of the next trial, because he expected that his faith and obedience and his fear of God could be sublimated in another trial from God.
God searches man’s every act and move and man’s mind and thoughts. Job’s thoughts came up to the ears of Jehovah God and God listened to his . Thus, another trial from God came to Job as he expected.
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