When Satan the Devil, and then Job, put God on trial, they brought some very serious charges against God. What were those charges that Satan and Job brought against God? And is God guilty as charged?
I. Satan Puts God on Trial
First we will look at the charges Satan brought against God. For this trial, you are the jury. So pay close attention to the charges and the evidence submitted so that you can accurately determine if God is guilty as charged!
Job 1:9 “Satan answered Yahweh and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?” Okay, here we have Satan’s accusation against God. Satan is saying that the only reason why people serve God is because God pays them to serve Him! In other words, Job isn’t serving God for nothing --- nothing in return, that is --- Job expects something in return for his service to God, claims Satan. The intonation is that God isn’t worth our worship just because of who God is; God is only worth our worship when there’s something profitable in it for us! The accusation is that: GOD IS INHERINTALY WORTHLESS AND THEREFORE PAYS FOR WORSHIP!!! Listen to how Satan further argues his case.
Job 1:10-11 “Have You not made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land.” 11 “But put forth Your hand to snatch away all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face.”
II. Job Puts God on Trial
In this trial we have Job as the prosecuting attorney; Job’s three friends are the witnesses; Elihu is the defense attorney; Yahweh is the defendant; and you are the Judge. So here we go. Are you ready for trial # 2?
Job 13:3-24 “Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case before God. 18 Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I shall be justified. 19 Who is he that will plead for me, for now I would be quiet and expire. 20 God, please do these two things for me; then I will not hide myself from You. 21 Withdraw Your hand far from me, and let not Your fear make me afraid. 22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and answer You me. 23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known my transgressions and my sin. 24 Why do You hide Your face, and hold me for Your enemy?”
Job 40:6-8 “Yahweh answered Job out of the tempest, and said, 7 Now gird up your loins like a man. I will question you, and you teach Me. 8 Will you also set aside My judgment? WILL YOU CONDEMN ME SO THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED?
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