Job despondent over his crushing circumstances, “Refuses to to curse God to His face,” (cp, Job 1:21-22), ‘As Satan wagered that he would.'”
Satan angered over his embarrassment wagers that Job, when push comes to shove brags, “He’ll do what ever is necessary save his life!” (cp. Job 2:4), So Satan inflicts his body with cancerous like tumors, (cp. Job 2:7).
These discussions are not just about Job’s life experiences. They are also designed to make readers aware of Satan’s powers. In chapter two, Satan can reek havoc with ones valued possessions and lifestyles. To the degree that Job cursed his very day of his birth, (cp. Job 3:1).
All in accordance with 1 Peter 5:8, the roaring beast seeking whom he may destroy. The lesson to be learned is that neither you, nor me, or anyone else is immune to such satanic attacks. That’s why it’s important to apply vigorously the contents of, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which reads, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for teaching, scolding, and correction, and instruction in righteous living. That the people of God may be complete, and thoroughly equipped no matter what the situation.”
This is personal, because my mother was brutally murdered. At a very early age in infancy I started having angelic experiences. Though so very young, I experienced no fear. And learned that I was destined to become a Padre. At the time that meant nothing to me. But I drove my mother crazy with my obsession with her family Bible. To young to read, but not to young to be fascinated with its pictures.
It was a cold snowy and road ways were well iced. Standing on the porch with my mother. She put her arms around me and hugged me. And said, “Be a good boy,” and, I replied, “I will.” Our last expressions of enduring love.
Off I went pushing a large box filled with toy trains. Destination my god mother’s house, for a day of play with my cousins, and lots of hot chocolate. I remember sitting at her kitchen table just like it was yesterday. Aunt Ruth, stirring a huge bowl of hot chocolate while talking to me. It was the last good time that I was to have for over two decades.
Even today I mourn my mother’s death like it occurred yesterday. Convinced that it was Satan attempting to interrupt the angelic message from God Almighty. It almost worked, as I would eventually lead a dark life of evil, hooked up with sinister mobsters. Who ended up in prison, me too.
Fate takes its ironic twists and turns. Through an unexpected situation, I saved the life of a New York mafia figure. We became very good friends. That often happens, when one saves another’s life.
I was showered with all kinds of gifts including a new Cadillac, and free dinners at Mafia controlled restaurants. Knowing his lawyers, I explained why, I couldn’t accept their gifts of gratitude. In return they gave me a have a free talk with anyone troubling me. Guaranteeing that the individual would see things my way. Never took them up on the offer, although I was tempted to do so. Some people are just so annoying!
The Mafia world is a most interesting world of self government. People get in trouble, when they step outside of agreed upon rules. And that’s how mob wars erupt.
A family might decide to infringe upon another family’s agreed upon business interest or territory. There are no courts to serve as arbitrators. Mafia bosses are the arbitrators. Penalties are always severe.
It’s misnomer to think that the Mafia is non-existent. They just made the necessary adjustments concerning business and territorial boundaries. It’s about money and survival. My friend lost his life in a shoot out with police. Yep! In New York City.
Strange as it might be this was my incarceration experience. And we know that all things work together for the good to those called according to His purpose.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many others.
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He glorified.
What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for everyone. How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we more than conquerors through Him who loved us. I am persuaded that neither death or life, nor angels, nor governments nor things present, nor things yet not known, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (cp. Romans 8:28-35;37-39).
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