I’ve always been fascinated with the opening to the book of Job. And then again with the ending. As for the middle, well, its poetry.
The scene is set in the courts of heaven. God is there on the throne, holding court with the angels, when who should enter but Satan. Probably the last guy I’d expect to be presenting himself before the Almighty. I’ve read lots of explanations of this including: this happens before he falls from heaven, he’s an angel even if he’s a fallen one, he’s one of God’s servants even in his fallen state, or even that he snuck in but didn’t evade the eye of God. Well, for whatever reason there he is.
What I take from this chapter is not the question of what Satan is doing there, but the fact that he is still subject to God. Our society tends to pit God against Satan as equals, but the reality is that God is supreme. He always has been, and He always will be. Satan can’t do anything to us beyond what God allows, and God only allows what we can handle (1 Cor. 10:13).
So God is supreme, loves us dearly, and wants a stronger relationship with each of us. In other words, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Now where have I heard that before?
Oh, and some of you have been asking about our doctor visit where we found out the gender of the soon-to-be Baby Larson. Well, if you’d like to know both the gender and the name, check out Gen. 21:5-7, and you’ll know both!