Sunday, March 4, 2018

Does the Lord REALLY Give and Take Away?

Job 1:12

And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

How it should have been translated:
“The Lord hath (permitted to be) taken away.”  - Young, Robert Analytical concordance to the Bible: [With] Appendixes (Edinburgh: George Adam Young and Company, 1879), p. 46     

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.” (Job 2:3; Easy to Read Version)

“God never changes his mind about the people he calls. He never decides to take back the blessings he has given them.” (Romans 11:29: Easy to Read Version)

It is clear from the context that Satan took all of these things from Job. God permitted these attacks on Job but did not directly do it nor did He desire it. There was no “divine purpose” behind it. As Jesus said, “An enemy hath done this.” (Matthew 13:28)

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