[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest-angels

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Tue Sep 12 12:35:41 EDT 2006

The correct translation is entice, not incite.

Maybe you don't read everything that I send, I already explained, 
that is precisely Satan's job.  He is, as usual, just doing his job. 
His job is to ENTICE people to disobedience against G-d, so that they 
can exercise their ability of choice between "good" and "evil" ie; 
obedience or disobedience to G-d.

Zecharia 3:2 poses no contradiction.  Chazal's understanding is that 
this is an angel of G-d scolding Satan for harassing Joshua, and 
telling Satan that G-d should denounce him.  Even if it is not an 
angel talking to Satan, it still doesn't contradict his job.  His job 
is to entice people to sin, apparently he was given free reign to 
entice anyone he wants.


1  chron 21:1,8
Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel
   8 Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly by doing this. 
Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a 
very foolish thing."
   Have any other angels risen against Israel?  This particular 
"rising up against Israel" resulted in David "sinning greatly". Has 
any other angel's action caused a man to sin?
   Zech 3:2
   Satan is rebuked by  God. Obviously God wouldnt rebuke him for what 
He himself had commanded him to do, so satan here should have done 
something that God did not want him to do. Are there examples of God 
rebuking any other angel?

Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at concentric.net> wrote:
I don't see that angels have authority - they do G-d's bidding - just
as Satan did with Job, despite Harold's claim. If you read the text,
it is clear that Satan twice asked G-d's permission to test Job, and
got the permission, with conditions, which Satan followed. No
rebellion, no doing anything without G-d's permission, no authority
to do anything without G-d's permission.

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