The first occurrence of "Satan" in Scripture is the following:
However, this is the same Hebrew word, "sawtan" [#7854] which appears as "withstand" in the following verse:
So where the KJV translators assumed "sawtan" to be a proper noun in one verse, they assumed it to be just a verb in another verse. It's not impossible that it's both, but it's not likely that the Word of God would be so duplicitous or confusing.
In another verse where it was impossible to translate this as a proper noun "Satan", it appears as "adversaries" in reference to enemies of David:
How could "sawtan" refer to the enemies of David in one verse, and an entity who came up against David in another verse? It couldn't. It's a MIS-translation. Had it not been for the appearance so often of this mis-tranlsation in Job, it would have been translated more often as anything but the proper noun "Satan":
The only reason for this inconsistency is the church's desire to cause Israelites to worship a power which God warned us NOT to worship, an entity they created called "Satan".
In the following verses, by changing "sawtan" from "adversaries" to "Satan", the fact that the LORD punished the adversaries of the House of Israel is CONCEALED:
Let's read these verses in an HONEST context:
And who are our adversaries?
JOB AND SATAN
The book of Job is probably the bedrock book of the Satan exalters. They claim that this book shows the power of their "fallen angel" and what he can and does do! We will examine the validity of their "claims" using the word of God.
The word "Satan" is a Hebrew word, signifying "to oppose, to be an adversary." The word Satan is translated by our English translators adversary," "withstand, resist," and also transliterated as "Satan," in many places in the Bible.
If the translators had used the words adversary or opponent, instead of the term Satan, we wouldnt have all the Satan worshippers today! But, as usual, God moved them to use this term to lead the unregenerate man into error.
Ive discussed this with many people. They all deny that they worship Satan. What they claim is that they just recognize his power, and what he is able to do! Well, my friend, if you think for a moment that you can admit that "Satan" has power to do his own will, you have, in effect, given him the power of a deity. My dictionary tells me that worship means: TO VENERATE AS A DEITY.
So any way you want to cut it the "fallen angel" dogma is the veneration of "Satan," in violation of the first commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
But lets go on to Job, and see if "Satan" has the power to do anything without the Lords blessing!
If we look up the word man in this verse, we discover that Job was a iysh or son of Noah. We also know he was the third son of Issachar (Gen. 46:13). Knowing this, we can see that Job had moved out of Egypt to dwell in the land of Uz. The land of Uz was in Arabia, by the way. And Uz was the first son of Aram of the seed of Shem (Gen. 10:23). We know the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt, for 400 years. With Job listed as one of the children of Issachar who entered Egypt, it is no wonder that we dont see any of the other Israelites mentioned as Jobs "friends," (Job 2:11 and also Job 19:13). By knowing this, we can deduce that Job lived out his entire life separate from his brethren in Egypt. Unless, of course, he lived over 400 years, which seems unlikely, according to the "ripe" old age of Abraham at his death (Gen. 25:7-8).
Now that weve determined who Job was, lets discover what happened to him. Job 1:6,
Now the "fallen angel" proponents claim that this event took place in "heaven" and that the sons of God mentioned here are the angels. And, of course, the "Satan" here has ascended for the meeting! Now this is a nice theory, but it just doesnt wash when we know Bible terms. Ive pointed out before that the Bible term, "sons of God," was exclusive property of the sons of Adam through Seth and Shem, with other divisions coming at Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-Israel (Luke 3:38). This truth is also confirmed in Ex. 4:22-23:
Now, as far as the angels being called the sons of God, Paul gives us clarification on this in Heb. I:
We can now see that the angels of God were never called sons. And that their job is to be ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation! So now you know what the Holy Spirit is! For more on this revelation read: Luke 12:8-10, Ex. 23:20-23, Rev. 22:16.
Now back to Job.
In the days of Job it was a common event for the sons of God to appear before the Lord. This "appearing before the Lord" became part of the law covenant given to the children of Israel in Ex. 23:17:
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God.
Prior to this command, and the establishment of the law covenant to be implemented by the Levitical priesthood, Melchisedek was the priest of the most High God. (Ref. Gen. 14:18 and Heb. 7). Knowing this fact, I can say without qualification that these sons of God (Israelites) came before the Lord (Melchisedek) who was their intercessor at that time in history.
Now its obvious from the context of Job 1:7, that this Satan (adversary) was not one of the sons of God. In fact, this adversary when answering the question from the Lord, "Whence comest thou"? admitted that he was a man. His reply was, "From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." Now if that doesnt describe the locomotion of a person I dont know what does! How in the world can any person then say that this "adversary was a fallen angel"?
But lets go on. Satan (the adversary) accused the Lord of protecting his servant Job. So the Lord allows the adversary of Job free reign to smite Job without retribution. Now remember the fact here that Job was an Israelite. The adversary knew if he vexed Job without the Lords permission that he would be cursed. This goes back to Gods blessing to Abram that:
So with the Lords permission the Satan (adversary) begins to afflict Job. The first affliction came when the Sabeans (v: 15) fell on Jobs herds, and slew his servants tending them. One of Jobs servants escaped and told Job. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said,
Notice here it was the fire of God that fell! Next in verse 17, the Chaldeans came and took his camels, slaying more of his servants. Then in verse 19 we read the report of another servant:
Now then; what did Job do?
Job knew exactly who had caused his problem. It wasnt "Satan," but God! Now this fact is admitted by the Lord in chapter 2.
Satan came again with the sons of God before the Lord. After a repetition of the formalities we read of in chapter 1, the Lord asked the adversary if he had observed that Job had kept his integrity,
So from the mouth of the Lord we can see who it was that allowed and even caused Jobs troubles. Another thing we can derive from this conversation is that Jobs adversary was also a member of his household! Probably a servant who could observe Jobs reactions to his plight.
Satan (the adversary) then said that the Lord had not gone far enough. If he would only,
Whose hand was "Satan" asking for to vex Job? If you missed it read it again, (v: 5). Yes, Satan (or the adversary) asked for, and got, permission from the Lord to inflict boils on Jobs body. Just how this was done were not told, but we know boils are caused by bacteria entering into the hair follicles or the sebaceous glands. White blood cells attack the bacteria and liquefied puss forms on the infected regions. Medical science knows today that poor nutrition is a major cause of these conditions. (Source: Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Nursing. W. B. Sanders Co. 1972).
Knowing this, is it not possible that Jobs boils were, in large part, caused by his faulty diet? Perhaps given to him by an "adverse" servant? Or could it be that he began an extended fast and lamenting period, in sackcloth and ashes? This was common in those days and could have been the source of the bacteria entering his hair follicles. At any rate Job was afflicted with boils.(See Job 2)
Notice here again the truth of Jobs words!
Now due to the length of the book of Job, we will not cover it verse by verse, although it is full of many valuable lessons for our day. Our primary goal is to find out who it was that caused Job to be afflicted. So lets go on to chapter 19, verses 6-13, and see who it was that gave Job all his grief:
And finally verse 21, of this same Chapter 19:
Now you just read it. Job listed all his vexations and he knew who had overthrown him. Was it "Satan," or was it the Lord?
Now to make sure that this is correct in the Lords eyes, lets read the last chapter of Job and see what the Lord said to Jobs "friends."
And Jobs friends did what the Lord had told them.
And finally, part of verse 11, when Jobs friends became reconciled with him
Now, my friend, Jobs friends were corrected of their error, for they had told him that his punishment had come because of his sin and his crafty tongue, which didnt know what he was talking about, when Job identified God as causing his problems.
The question I have for you, my Christian friend, is this: Will you believe Job? Or will you have to be corrected by God. The lesson in Job practically leaps out of the book. Lets heed it.
For a more exhaustive study in the subject of the "devil," "Satan," and the like I recommend you get No. 15 in Book Index.
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