[b-hebrew] Answer to Harold part 1: b-hebrew Digest-angels

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Sep 5 18:10:30 EDT 2006

Dear Shoshanna,

>I don't understand why you use the word 'inspire'.

HH: Thanks for answering my first question.  It's good that you don't 
think God promotes moral evil. Satan is an evil being who contradicts 
God when God points out Job's righteous character. He wants to inflict 
evil on Job simply in hopes that Job will curse God. The Lord put Job in 
Satan's power to prove Satan wrong. God did not exactly give permission 
to Satan to inspire crimes. Why do I use the word "inspire"? It is 
because the narrative makes it clear that the actions on earth that 
follow Satan's leaving God's presence are steps Satan takes indirectly 
to try to cause Job to curse God. So he was behind the Sabeans attacking 
Job's servants and flocks. He was behind the fire falling from heaven 
and burning up the sheep and servants. He was behind the Chaldeans 
attacking the camels and killing the servants. He was behind the wind 
from the wilderness that destroyed Job's children. 

HH: It should be plain that this is what is happening, for God has just 
given Job into Satan's power, and what Satan wanted to do was cause God 
to hurt Job:

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and 
he will curse thee to thy face. 

HH: God gives Job into his power, and Satan starts touching all Job has 
by his angelic power. This is his idea, not God's, and God allows it to 
prove in the end that Satan is wrong: Job really is righteous, does not 
curse God, and has a genuine loyalty to God even with all his goods and 
family destroyed (except his wife, who acts disloyally).

HH: But God does not tell Satan to bring about murder. That is Satan's 
idea. It is evil, and God hates murder, so we know it does not come from 
God. Satan has a free will that he uses in contradiction to God's good 
will, even if he acts with a certain divine permission.

HH: You may not have noticed my second question below:

>HH: Also, what is your interpretation of the "sons of God" in Genesis
>6:2? Who do you think they are?
>Harold Holmyard

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