Though the Lord removes the hedge of his protection

Job Sees The Light - Third in a series

Job 2:1-3 Hover over this Bible passage, and see its similarity to Job 1:6-8. However, in Job 2:3, the Lord makes plain that he was in fact the One who destroyed Job without cause.

Christians can trust God’s permissive will, because all things work together for good… Rom 8:28. The key to God’s description of Job is that he is his servant. He is one of God’s own, chosen in Christ “before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph 1:4)

Job 2:4-6 Satan was infuriated. In his rage, he doubled the ante: God let's see if you can claim this man's heart after you make him ill and unattractive. Of course he is willing to hang onto his faith as long as he has his looks and health; he'd even exchange his children's lives in return for his own (Skin for skin). But strike his flesh and bones and then we'll see if he still maintains his integrity.

As before, he is accusing Job of shallowness and a faith based on wanting blessings, not the one who blesses. And once again, he is accusing God for protecting Job and thereby insuring his faith.

Isn’t it interesting that Satan cannot accuse Job without also accusing God? God’s relationship with his own is so close that the curses of one must fall on the other. It is this relationship that ensures the servant’s ultimate innocence and deliverance, for God has said, “How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” (Isa. 48:11) The honor and glory of God will never be blackened, therefore those who are his must reflect his glory and be brought to victory.

Job 2:7 Must the Lord remove his hedge from around Job to prove his delight in him is justified? No, God is not constrained to prove anything to anyone, but again, he has chosen to allow Satan to destroy Job knowing that persecution will do him good. God has not swallowed Satan’s bait, but he has gone fishing for Job’s heart.

Job 2:8-10 Even though a ruined man, Job was a good husband by New Testament standards. He was kind to her in her weak state, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Pet 3:7)

Job 2:11-13 Here are three men, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, whose names mean, respectively, God is dispenser, Son of contention, and Rough and hairy.* They have come, a trinity, with the best of intentions, but do their names betray what they will accomplish?

*Young's Analytical Concordance

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