The Book of Job [Part One] The Hierarchy of Life in God’s Kingdom
Have you ever really sat down and read the Book of Job? If you haven’t, you should. The Book of Job just might be the most fascinating book in the Old Testament. It is a gold mine of information on the kingdom of God and Satan. My intentions are not for this blog to be a verse by verse or chapter by chapter study of Job. My intentions are to show the hierarchy of life in God’s creation, the limitations of the angelic corps, what He expects from the human race, and why bad things happen to good people. We also see that Satan is not a god as most people think, he is only a make-believe god, a wanna-be, but he will never be anything other than a rebellious servant whom God allows to operate under a strict set of guidelines, and all this is brought to light in the first few chapters of the book.
When Job sat down to write, he didn’t waste any time getting down to describing for us who can do what in God’s creation. In verse five of chapter one we see that God is in complete control of everything that happens in His creation. There is no chaotic disorder in God’s kingdom. Everything operates according to laws and rules which are consistent with God’s nature. Creation didn’t come about out of chaos. Everything is by God’s design, organized, and follows a strict set of guidelines. God calls the shots and sets boundaries under which the angelic corps operate. As you know, no master lets his servants run amok in his household and do as they please, and God is no different. As a matter of fact, Satan doesn’t live in heaven and does not have access to heaven except when he is called to give an accounting of his activities on earth. [Job 1:7] Jesus tells us in Luke 10:18 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Jesus is describing Lucifer’s fall from grace and his being cast out of heaven to the outer most region of God’s kingdom. And in [Matthew 8:29 & 31] we see just how fearful Satan and his followers are of their Master, “…what have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” And “…If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”
The devils in this person knew who their master was and that they were going to be cast out because Jesus had brought His disciples to this foreign place on the other side of the sea for the express purpose of demonstrating the power of God and the weakness of Satan. Jesus had purposely brought his disciples across a storm-tossed sea of the likes his disciples had never been witness to in the middle of the darkest night any of them had seen – to confront a person filled with more demons and demonic power than any person anywhere near just to show them how much greater the power of God is – than anything that exalts itself against the kingdom of God. Satan doesn’t have any power over the children of God, and this was what Jesus was illustrating for His disciples. Satan has already been judged, found guilty, and sentenced to spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire for his rebellion against God. He is a prisoner of war so to speak, confined to a small place on the outskirts of God’s kingdom waiting for his sentence to be carried out. He is not alone in his confined space; man is confined here as well, but for a different reason. He is the prisoner, we are the prison guards who are supposed to keep him confined and under control. How do we do this you might ask? Satan hates God and the light of His kingdom, so man is here to bring the light of God into this dark and dismal place to constantly remind Satan of his past failure and of his low place in the hierarchy of beings in God’s creation.
Everything in creation knows its place, except man. Man is the only one in creation who doesn’t know what his purpose is in life, or his reason for being. I wrote a blog titled; “Satan is just a tool in the hand of God.” And if he wasn’t fulfilling his role, God would have cast him into the Lake of Fire a long time ago. Right now he is useful to God as an implement to resist God’s children so we can learn who we are and what we were created to be. We are not poor helpless people, we are sons of the Most High God, children of the King of Glory, but until we learn to accept who we are we will continue to struggle with Satan whose job it is to resist us. I wrote another blog titled; “I created Satan to destroy.” So here we have in a nutshell the reason for Satan and his purpose for being. He has been given authority to resist us, and if we choose to turn away from God, Satan has been given the authority to destroy us. So when trouble comes knocking at the Christians door they should know who they are and what authority they have been given to deal with the intruder.
Notice, Satan was called to be among the sons of God in chapter one. He was called to give a report of his activities upon earth. During his time in the presence of God, God gave him authority to test or try Job, but along with Job’s time of tribulation came limitations of which Satan could not exceed. Please notice what Satan used to attack Job. First, he used people to destroy Job’s property, then he used lightning and wind to destroy his home and family. Do you think if he used those things back then to destroy that he does not still use people and the elements today. Hebrews tells us, “I am the Lord, I change not.” Friends, Satan cannot change either. He is a thief, liar, and a murderer. He will always be those things, he cannot stop being those things because that is his nature, and he uses those things against ignorant men to destroy them. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief (who is Satan) comes to steal, kill, and to destroy…” Jesus just described for us the method Satan used against Job. First, Satan stole, then he killed, and finally he used the elements to destroy Job’s property and family. How much plainer could God have made it for us to understand the operation and limitations of our enemy. He’s a nobody, a loser.
Let not the church of God be guilty of trying to make him into something he is not. Jesus treated Satan the way we are to treat him. Every time Jesus came into the presence of evil He destroyed its work and set the people free. That is the mission and the purpose of the modern-day church. As Jesus did, so are we to do in this world. DThrash
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