Friday, June 3, 2011 8:06 AM

Attitude of Disobedience

Friday, June 3, 2011 8:06 AM
Friday, June 3, 2011 8:06 AM

These verses in Job give a small and powerful insight to Satan’s character. Satan’s attitude toward God is one of irreverence and his answers show that he feels no responsibility to answer completely to God. This is how all unbelievers are toward God. In Ephesians we learn that we either serve God or Satan (the prince of the power of the air). Eph 2.1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.

 Here is a commentary on these verses by R.L. Alden

Job1:7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it. A dialogue between the Lord and the Satan fills vv. 7–12. Mainly it is a question-and-answer session. The first question God asked was, “Where have you come from?” It cannot be that the omniscient God lacks information that only the Satan can provide. Nor is it an exclamation as if the Satan’s presence among the sons of God were something that startled the Lord. It is simply the Lord’s way of starting the conversation.

Two verbs, “answered and said,” a hendiadys, introduce the response. The answer is indirect, “Nowhere in particular and everywhere in general,” to paraphrase his response. He had ready access to all spheres. His answer also has a ring of sarcasm to it. He avoided a direct answer but retorted with one that really provided no information.[1]



[1] Alden, R. L. (2001). Vol. 11: Job (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (54). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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