“Curse God And Die?”

Posted: November 15, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Crowns, Pride, Salvation, Tribulation

It’s hard for us to imagine that a godly man’s wife would suggest such a thing to her husband. But she did (Job 2:9). After all, she and her husband had just suffered terrible losses in a moment of time: 500 oxen, 500 female donkeys, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, plus all of their 10 children who were killed tragically when a house collapsed on them (Job 1). Try to imagine their grief and pain.

Blame. The messenger who brought the report to the patriarch Job was mistaken about the cause of the tragedy. He thought it was the “fire of God” that had done it when in reality it was the devil who was responsible for the calamity (Job 1:16; Contrast 1 Kings 18:24, 38; 2 Kings 1:10-12). By the way, did you know that the devil had authority over death in the Old Testament times unless God restricted him as he did with Job (Hebrews 2:14). Today Jesus holds the keys of death (Revelation 1:18) and no one can take the life of a believer without God’s permission. Jesus turns the key and opens the door for believers to enter heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14). There are no “back doors into heaven” as some “churches within Christendom” are teaching today. Ask about this false teaching that brings terrible grief to the living.

Worse. To make things even worse, in the next wave, Job was stricken with boils from his head down to his feet (Job 2). This tells us that Satan can cause and cure diseases and create life if God allows him to do so (Exodus 8:7). During the seven years of Tribulation (that may soon be here) the devil will empower the Antichrist and the false prophet to replicate and imitate the miracles of Christ and His disciples (2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:2, 11-15). We have many false teachers today who seem to be engaging in such things through their “miracle healing meetings”* (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Peter 2:1ff).

Why? If such terrible things were to happen to you as they did to Job, how do you honestly think you might respond? Would you fall apart and ask, “Why me?” Would you feel sorry for yourself? Did you know that self pity is a form of pride that comes from the devil? Would you become disappointed, discouraged, and even doubt God and His Word? What pieces of the armor of God should you (if you’re a Christian) put on mentally to counteract the devil’s temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17)?

Blaspheme. People have cursed and blamed God for far less than that which happened to the patriarch Job. Consider what some people will do during “The Tribulation” days on earth (Revelation 16:10, 11). Hopefully you won’t be here on earth when all this occurs. Do you know how to avoid those awful days? If not, ask.

Heavenly Drama. Without Job’s knowing it, there was a conflict going on in heaven between God and Satan over him. When Satan and other good and evil angels reported to God in heaven one day, God taunted the devil into considering the righteous man Job. Satan responded by saying that the only reason Job served Him was because God had blessed him. If God were to take away all of Job’s material blessings Satan thought he would curse God (Job 1:6-12).

Purpose. God wanted to prove him wrong and he did, but Satan wouldn’t repent and never will. Don’t fall for the false teaching that eventually everyone, including the devil and demons, will be saved. Some people hate God and His children (Psalm 2:1-3; 10:3-13; 14:1; John 15:18). They would feel miserable if they were forced to go to heaven against their will. This false teaching is sometimes called “Universalism.” **

Challenge. God Himself was not willing to strip Job of his possessions, but He allowed Satan to do it. He didn’t let him lay a hand on Job in the first round. But when Satan said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life” God went even further and allowed the devil to afflict Job’s body too. The only restriction was, “Spare his life” (Job 2:6).

Test. God may allow you or me (as Christians) to be tested in a similar way as Job was. When we’re tempted, we’re given a special opportunity to display to God, human beings, and spirit beings (Daniel 4:17; Hebrews 1:14) our love for God rather than our love for personal pleasures that come from sinning (Hebrews 11:25). If sin had no pleasures associated with it, we wouldn’t pursue it and engage in it. Think about that for a moment. Christians who endure the test successfully, with God’s help (Philippians 4:13), will be given the “Crown of Life” at the Bema Seat Judgment (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Caution. Contrary to what some people are being taught, crowns, rewards, and praise from God must be earned after we’re saved. Not every Christian gets them (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 John 1:8; Revelation 3:11). Do you know how many crowns a Christian can earn and how they must be earned?  Salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scripture alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Beware of false teachers who want you to place your faith in a false Christ and another way of salvation (Matthew 24:5; Acts 4:12; 16:31).

True Love. The Apostle John warned maturing Christians by writing, “[Stop] loving the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love [for] the Father is not it him” (1 John 2:15). You can’t love (agape) God and the present world system at the same time (Luke 16:13). Christians may and must use the world system while we’re here on earth, but we’re not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Knowledgeable. Now, unless you know what makes up the present world system, and who devised it and why he did it, you won’t know what it is that you’ve not supposed to love. Without your knowing it, your misdirected (agape) love of the present world system might be the problem that you’re having in your relationship with God? Does God abide (feel at ease) with you; do you abide (feel at ease) with Him (John 15:1-14)? We have three distinct spiritual enemies that want to disrupt our fellowship with God and make us ineffective in our service to God. Don’t blame the devil for everything.

Security. True Christians can’t lose their salvation (John 10:28, 29), but we, like King David, can lose the joy of our salvation when we sin (Psalm 51:5; Philippians 4:4-6). Beware of those who say Christians don’t have a sin nature that causes them to sin.*** If you need and want further help, and you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2), contact us.

Treasures. Perhaps in response to our natural desire to cling to earthly, material things rather than to God, William Cowper may have written this song entitled “Treasures.” The words go like this: One by one He took them from me, / All the things I valued most. / Until I was empty-handed; / Every glittering toy was lost. / Then I walked earth’s highway grieving, / In my rags and poverty; / ‘Til I heard His voice inviting: / Lift your empty hands to me. / So I held my hands toward Heaven, / And He filled them with a store / Of His own transcendent riches, / ‘Til they could contain no more. / Then at last I comprehended / With my stupid mind and dull, / That God could not pour out His riches / Into hands already full.”

Questions. What do you value most? How do you spend your time and money?  What do you know about the spiritual blessings that God gave to every Christian at the time of his/her salvation (Ephesians 1:3)? What do you know about your “position in Christ” and your “possessions in Christ”? Without knowing these things, you are more than likely to live like a pauper than a kingly priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6), an ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

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Share. If this article has helped you, may we count on you to share it with someone else in your circle of influence? Together we can reach many people for Christ. It’s not necessarily who you know, but whom others know. Imagine where you might be today if no one had reached out to you with the Good News concerning Christ that pointed you to Christ.

Home Bible Studies. Have you ever thought about having a home Bible study with others?  Consider using these articles as the material to be read and discussed.  If you’re interested, perhaps we could help you via the Internet.  Think about the possibilities.

Clear Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

* Faith Healers http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/charis06.htm

** Universalism http://www.gotquestions.org/unitarian-universalism.html

***Sin Nature http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm01.htm

Dangers to avoid: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/dangerso.htm

 

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