744 The Proof of Job’s Victory Over Satan

I

The archetypal words spoken by Job

are proof that he had overcome Satan,

proof that he had overcome Satan.

“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb,

and naked shall I return thither.”

This is Job’s attitude of submission to God.

Next, he said: “Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away;

blessed be the name of Jehovah.”

These words of Job prove God scrutinizes the depths of man’s heart,

that He is able to look into the mind of man.

They prove that God’s approval of Job is without error,

that this man who was approved by God was righteous.

They prove that God’s approval of Job is without error,

that this man who was approved by God was righteous, was righteous.


II

“Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away;

blessed be the name of Jehovah.”

These words are Job’s testimony to God.

It was these ordinary words that cowed Satan,

brought shame upon it and caused it to flee in panic.

They shackled Satan and left it without resources.

So, too, did these words make Satan

feel the wondrousness and might of the deeds of Jehovah God.

They allow Satan to perceive the extraordinary charisma

of one whose heart was ruled by God’s way.

They demonstrated to Satan the powerful vitality

shown by an insignificant man

in adhering to the way of fearing God and shunning evil,

the way of fearing God and shunning evil.


from The Word, Vol. 2. On Knowing God. God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself II

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