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Thursday, October 30 2014
Job 20: What Did Satan Accuse The LORD Of Doing?
"Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?"
Job was a good and righteous man who lived his life in accordance to the Way of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). Job freely chose to live a repentant life.
"1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Satan (see also What Is Satan's Real Name?) targeted righteous Job from the accusation against the LORD that He had "bought" Job's following with the wealth Job that had earned while living a righteous life. Satan's challenge to Job was actually an accusation and a challenge to the LORD.
"1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Satan's unsuccessful attacks upon Job then came from four directions. First, the killing of Job's family (who will be resurrected; see The Harvests Of Salvation) and the destruction of his wealth - in an attempt to provoke Job to turn away from the LORD by blaming (i.e. blaspheming"; see Blaspheming The Name Of God) the LORD (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?): But "in all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."
"1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
The second attack was upon Job's health. Despite the severe pain and grief, Job once again proved that his love for the LORD was pure, not bought. The third attack came at the same time - Satan used Job's also-suffering wife (she had lost her wealth and family too) to further provoke Job to "curse God, and die." But Job refused to fall into evil, so "In all this did not Job sin with his lips" (see also By The Skin Of The Teeth)
"2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job's three righteous friends (see A Friend In Deed) unknowingly provided the fourth means of attack by falsely accusing Job of wrongdoing. They preached at Job to repent, but when Job denied having done anything wrong to bring the LORD's wrath upon him, they further accused Job of lying and being an unrepentant sinner.
"20:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
This Day In History, October 30
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) entered Babylon and brought the Babylonian empire to an end - exactly as prophesied (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia, Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
130: The Roman emperor Hadrian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) founded Antinoopolis, Egypt. He named it after his homosexual lover Antinous who had drowned in the Nile River near the site earlier in the year.
1226: Tran Thu Do, patriarch of the Tran clan of Vietnam, forced Ly Hue Tong, the last emperor of the Ly dynasty, to commit suicide.
1270: The Seventh Crusade ended with the Treaty of Barbary (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1340: During the Spanish-Muslim Wars, an army under Alfonso IV of Portugal defeated the Moors under Abu Hamed at the Battle of Salado.
1470: Henry VI of England returned to the throne after Earl of Warwick defeated the Yorkists.
1485: Henry VII of England was crowned.
1536: Denmark adopted Lutheranism as the official state religion.
1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ended the war between France and "the Grand Alliance."
1864: The Peace of Vienna was signed; Denmark ceded Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg to Prussia.
1905: Czar Nicholas II issued the "October Manifesto" offering extended suffrage, an elected parliament (Duma) with legislative powers, and guaranteed civil liberties. Nicholas and his entire family were executed in Russia's communist revolution a decade later.
1918: At the end of the First World War, Turkish acceptance of an armistice marked the end of the Ottoman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: The Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under the national name Czechoslovakia.
1922: The fascist Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy.
1938: Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds caused panic among thousands in the U.S. who misunderstood it be an actual invasion from Mars.
1939: At the start of the Second World War (1939-1945), Hitler's Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the Soviet Union agreed on partitioning Poland between them.
1961: The Soviet Union detonated its 50 megaton Tsar Bomba ("Caesar's bomb") hydrogen bomb - the largest explosive device ever detonated.
1970: A monsoon struck Vietnam, causing widespread floods, 300 deaths, 200,000 homeless and a temporary halt to the Vietnam War.
1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger was launched on its last successful mission. It was lost on its next launch.
1990: Engineers digging the Channel Tunnel from both directions connected Britain with the European continent for the first time since the Ice Age when they linked up under the seabed of the English Channel.