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Godís servants charged with selfishness. A further expression of the issue is found in Satanís statement to God about his faithful servant Job. Satan said: "Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? Have not you yourself put up a hedge about him and about his house and about everything that he has all around? The work of his hands you have blessed, and his livestock itself has spread abroad in the earth. But, for a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has and see whether he will not curse you to your very face." Again, he charged: "Skin in behalf of skin, and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul." (Job 1:9-11; 2:4) Satan therewith charged Job with being not in harmony with God at heart, as serving God obediently only because of selfish considerations, for gain. Satan thereby slandered God as to his sovereignty, and Godís servants as to integrity to that sovereignty. He said, in effect, that no man could be put on earth who would maintain integrity to Jehovahís sovereignty if he, Satan, was allowed to put him to the test.

Jehovah permitted the issue to be joined. Not, however, because he was unsure of the righteousness of his own sovereignty. He needed nothing proved to himself. It was out of love for his intelligent creatures that he allowed time for the testing out of the matter. He permitted men to undergo a test by Satan, before all the universe. And he gave his creatures the privilege of proving the Devil a liar, and of removing the slander not only from Godís name but also from their own. Satan, in his egotistic attitude, was Ďgiven up to a disapproved mental state.í In his approach to Eve, he had evidently been contradictory in his own reasoning. (Ro 1:28) For he was charging God with unfair, unrighteous exercise of sovereignty and, at the same time, was evidently counting on Godís fairness: He seemed to think that God would consider Himself obliged to let him live on if he proved his charge concerning the unfaithfulness of Godís creatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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it-2 p. 1011 Sovereignty

(Job 1:9-11) At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: "Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? 10 Have not you yourself put up a hedge about him and about his house and about everything that he has all around? The work of his hands you have blessed, and his livestock itself has spread abroad in the earth. 11 But, for a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has [and see] whether he will not curse you to your very face."

(Job 2:4) But Satan answered Jehovah and said: "Skin in behalf of skin, and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul.

(Ro 1:28) And just as they did not approve of holding God in accurate knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mental state, to do the things not fitting,

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