Proving Our Image Through Trial and Temptation

25 September 2022 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
Job 2:1-13
James 1:1-18

Job
2:1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.
2:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
2:4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.
2:5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
2:6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
2:8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
2:9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
2:10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
2:11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
2:12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
2:13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

James
1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
1:6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
1:7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
1:9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
1:10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
1:11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
1:16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.
1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

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