Who Does He Think He Is?

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 1:6-22

One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. (v. 6 NIV)

My sister has an old birthday photo—showing herself and her closest friends. Yet there’s one kid who clearly doesn’t belong—a sibling of one of her friends who threw such a tantrum over being left out that she was allowed to tag along. You notice the same oddity in the first chapter of Job. It’s a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into heaven, but there’s someone who doesn’t belong: Satan, the Accuser. Who does he think he is, crashing the party in heaven? It turns out Satan has a right to be there. Heaven is a courtroom. And every courtroom needs an accuser.

In this case, Satan cleverly accuses God and indicts God’s glory by indicting Job’s goodness. Satan claims that Job worships God only because of God’s many gifts to Job. He alleges that God is guilty of paying for praise with presents. Satan says, “Take away Job’s stuff, and he will curse you.”

Amazingly, God allows this. Who does God think he is, submitting Job to the test? Yet God is God, and he is confident Job will attest to God’s glory. God also foresees the moment he will unseat the Accuser—by submitting his own Son to the test of the cross. The Accuser will never test us the way he tested Job, because Jesus paid for our salvation with his own blood, destroying the Accuser’s case once and for all. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: God of glory, thank you for facing the Accuser’s test for me.