Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Job is Tested (c 1-2)
Message: God permits Satan to destroy Job's health (v 1-13)

Job 2 Commentary

(2:3-6) God is in Control - Can Satan persuade God to change his plans? At first God said he did not want Job harmed physically, but then he decided to allow it. However, Satan is unable to persuade God to go against his character: God is completely and eternally good. God was willing to go along with Satan's plan because God knew the eventual outcome of Job's story. God cannot be fooled by Satan. Job's suffering was a test for Job, Satan, and us--not God.

(2:4-5) A Personal Attack - "Skin for skin" was Satan's comment concerning Job's response to the loss of his children. Satan still held to his opinion that Job was faithful only because of God's blessings. Satan believed that Job was willing to accept the loss of family and property as long as his own skin was safe. Satan's next step was to inflict physical suffering upon Job to prove his original accusation (1:9-11).

(2:6) Satan Asks - Again Satan had to ask permission from God to inflict pain upon Job. God limits Satan, and in this case, he did not allow Satan to destroy Job.

(2:7) Satan's Targets -  At times believers may actually suffer more than unbelievers because those who follow God may become Satan's special targets. God's people, therefore, may have to endure hardship, persecution, or testing. This was the case with Job. We must be prepared for Satan's attacks. When we suffer, we must not conclude that God has abandoned us. He did not abandon Job. Consistent faith is the way to defeat Satan.

(2:9-10) Job's Wife Survives - Why was Job's wife spared when the rest of the family was killed? The Bible does not say, so we can only speculate. God may have graciously kept her alive, knowing that he would eventually restore children to the couple (42:12-15). Or he may have allowed her to be part of the test for Job by her offering a tempting way out of his suffering. Or it is possible that Satan wanted her spared because her very presence caused Job another kind of suffering through her nagging and bitterness over all they had lost. In any case, in this moment, Job's wife was not considering God's highest interest by her advice. Spouses should try to give wise counsel to their partners.

Think twice about how you speak in extreme cases of stress like Job's.

(2:10) True Faith on Display - Many people think that believing in God protects them from trouble, so when calamity comes, they question God's goodness and justice. But the message of Job emphasizes that we should not give up on God because of the difficulties and trials we face in life. Faith in God does not guarantee personal prosperity, health, or comfort, and lack of faith does not guarantee suffering and troubles in this life. If this were so, people would believe in God simply to get rich or to have a comfortable life. God is capable of rescuing us from suffering, but he may also allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand, at least in the moment. It is exactly in that moment of suffering and adversity that Satan tries to convince us to doubt God and then become bitter when relief doesn't come. Here Job shows a perspective broader than seeking his own personal comfort. If we always knew why

we were suttering, our faith would have no room to grow.

(2:11-13) Job's Friends Come to Comfort - Upon learning of Job's difficulties, three of his friends came to sympathize with him and comfort him. Later we learn that their words of comfort were not helpful-but at least they came. While God rebuked them for what they said (427), he did not rebuke them for what they did--making the effort to come to someone who was in real pain. Unfortunately, when they came, they did a poor job of comforting Job because they were so certain of their own advice and insensitive to Job's needs. When someone is in need, go to that person, but be sensitive about how you otter them comtort. 

(2:11) A Narrow Vision - Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were not only Job's friends--they were also known for their wisdom. In the end, however, their wisdom was shown to be narrow-minded and incomplete. 

(2:13) Job's Friends Sit - Why did the friends arrive and then just sit quietly? According to Jewish tradition, people who come to comfort someone in mourning should not speak until the mourner speaks. Often the best response to another person's suffering is to sit quietly with them. Job's friends realized that his pain was too deep to be healed with mere words, so they said nothing. (If only they had stayed silent!) Often, we feel we must say something spiritual and insightful to a hurting friend. But perhaps what the person needs most is just our presence, showing that we care. Pat answers and trite quotations say much less than empathetic silence and loving companionship.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God is in Control

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 2. In our text today we see how God permits Satan to destroy Job's health. As we learned in chapter 1 there is nothing that happens to us that does not go through God's Permissive Hand. Today we see that the Lord even places limits on what can happen to us within His Permissive Hand. He is total control and although Satan is pacing after us like a Lion, the Lord is in total control. In making application we need not be afraid of Satanic attacks because they are allowed by God and limited in reach and effectiveness. In these attacks God has a plan to sift us as wheat is sifted to separating the chaft and grain. This process purifies us for His Good and His Glory. How about You? Are you scared when facing the enemy attacks in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to remember to not fear enemy but understand that God is in total control.  


Job 2

Job 2

 1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

 2And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

 3And 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? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

 4And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

 5But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

 6And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

 7So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

 8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

 9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

 10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

 11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

 12And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

 13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.