Now before you get after me about this, I’ve been wondering about Job 1:6
I thought he was kicked out of heaven for good?
*Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. *
Again 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 - Job 2:1
Why would the Lord God allow him back in; to view AND participate in the testing of Job. Of ALL the people on earth at that time in history, why was there to be a ‘supposed’ celestial TEST of the human spirit then? Or ‘bet’ as one would deem it?
This always perplexed me.
‘Who’ was writing down the conversation going on between The Lord, Job, and Satan? Well, more in particulate - between God and Satan.
From my understanding, the ‘war in heaven’, occurred before man had arrived on earth. Some people say that the angels didn’t have free will as with humans, but I tend to disagree. For 1/3 of the angels CHOSE to side with Lucifer - thus ending with their downfall and demise.
I’ve talked with a lot of philosophical groups on the subject, and many of us came to the general consensus that, had God totally destroyed Satan during the war of heaven, He (God) would have been deemed as the ultimate bully of the universe. And what would that action convey to the rest of the angels in His service? Ergo…God let him remain ‘as is’ - as a ‘perpetual reminder (in the state that he was)’ to what ‘not to do’ from that point on.
As the saying goes, “One day with God is but a thousand years in humanity.” “His thoughts are NOT our thoughts.” I tend to believe that; knowing that my own questioning will have very little bearing on what he will do for us - our plan for us.
I love the Lord with all my heart, and yet, I’m curious as to why we pray the Lord’s Prayer. “…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
“Look at my servant Job, he follows my words/commandments/etc, there can be no wrong with him.”
Satan interjects in the council of heaven:“Ah…but you have given him everything. What if he was denied this and that, would he still praise you?”
Then God allowed Satan to take certain things away from Job.