Book of Job in the Bible is very significant to understand important things about Trails and suffering. Almost everyone at some point in life asks, "Why do bad things happen to good people? The Book of Job does not really answer the question, "Why is there suffering?" But it does show right and wrong ideas and feelings about suffering and the meaning of life. Job was very wise, rich, and good. Then suddenly terrible things happen to him. His ten children are killed. He loses all his wealth. And he becomes ill with a painful skin disease. Three of his friends come to visit him, and they try to explain to Job why these bad things have happened. They tell job that sin caused his suffering and God was punishing him. Job insists it is not true, but no one believes him. Job becomes very discouraged and angry but he still believes God cares about him, although he don't understand why he must suffer so. In the end, God ask some important question such as “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? God asks Job. Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know. Who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7)
We will find those two questions in – Genesis 3:1-9
1. “Has God indeed said…” or “Did God really say…”
2. “WHERE ARE YOU?”
We already know from scripture that Satan fell into sin prior to the work of God beginning in Gen. 1:3ff. He was a beautiful angel originally, rejoicing at God’s Creation (Job 38:4-7),
but he sinned and was judged by God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). Note that Satan came to Eve in the appearance of a serpent, for he is a deceptive spirit and seldom appears to people in his true character. Here In Gen. 3, Satan is the serpent who deceives; in Gen. 4, he is the liar that murders (John 8:44).John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” We must take care to avoid his deceptive ways.
The very first way Satan attacked the mind of man, is still his favorite tactic today:
When Eve began to doubt what God had said, or more specifically, when she began to question if He really meant it – Satan had his foot in the door. At the heart of the great moral questions of today – is the challenge to what God has said. (for it is most often NOT that we do not know what God has said, but rather that we do not want to accept that He meant it!). Deut 6:6-12 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. “So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full—then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”– yet, that is what our nation is attempting to do – that is the agenda of the far left wing of our society – to Get God’s Word away from People’s eyes and ears because it might
If Satan can get us to question God’s Word – to begin to doubt what God has already said – or to ask ourselves did God really mean what He said – then He has the door wide open in our minds.
And he is cunning – crafty – and our minds are no match for his schemes. That is why we need God’s Word – to intake it, practice it, to preach it, to teach it, to progress in it – to do what the Psalmist says: “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.”