October 7, 2012am      The Good of Evil?  /   Will there be a test?         Job 1-2

by Ronald George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Job 1     In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
6 One day the angelsa came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satanb also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
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.” …
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.c The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Can good come from evil?  When did evil enter into the lives of people?

  1. Out of the evil in the Garden of Eden came God’s love, God’s grace and God’s faithfulness.  He still loved the people, He gave them grace, and He faithfully cared for them even though they disobeyed. 
  2. Out of the evil in the world came a man named Job.  God saw him and so did the others – angels.  God was pleased with what He saw.  Job’s life was his testimony.
  3. Out of the evil in the world, we see God caring and protecting His own.  Providing for them in this place void of good.   God had blessed Job and all in his life. 
  4. Out of the evil that Satan brought on Job, God still was watching over him. 
  5. Out of the evil that Job experienced, he still was good toward God.  He still praised the Lord.  Job still was good in the eyes of the Lord.   
  6. Out of the evil in the world, God is still praised by His people. 
  7. Out of the evil of the cross of Christ came the grace and salvation of God.
  8. How do we respond to the evil events in our world?  Trust  God and Take Him and His salvation. 

Job’s Second Test.  Will There Be A Test?
2     On another day the angelsa came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolishb woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
How have we done on  your test?  How will we be tested?
A test of faith.
A test of loyalty
A test of perseverance
A test of trials and suffering.
A test of pride and humility.
A test of Character
A test of love
A test of commitment
A test of God
A test of good coming out of the evil of your world.

a Hebrew the sons of God

b Satan means accuser.

c Or will return there

a Hebrew the sons of God

b The Hebrew word rendered foolish denotes moral deficiency.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Job 1:1-2:10). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.