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Why Does God Ask Satan Where He's Been?

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asked Oct 24, 2017 in Job by plainplow (1,440 points)
God asks Satan where he's been in Job chapter 1. Why?

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answered Oct 24, 2017 by bible-answers (3,520 points)

God asks Satan an interesting question in Job 1:7. Let's try to figure out why he asks it.

God’s Question to Satan #1

KJV Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan,

Whence comest thou?

God is asking Satan where he came from – not because he didn’t know. God knows all things. But God wants Satan to tell him where he’s been. And Satan responds.

Satan’s Response to God #1

Then Satan answered the LORD, and said,

From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

OK, Satan was on the earth. He wasn’t in another galaxy. He wasn’t anywhere else in God’s creation besides on earth. I would imagine that Satan doesn’t spend much time anywhere else besides on this earth. But I suppose he could be somewhere else – otherwise God wouldn’t need to ask him.

At any rate, we might wonder why God – knowing that Satan was walking around on the earth – why he asked Satan where he was.

It’s because God was leading into this question.

God’s Question to Satan #2

KJV Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan,

Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

It’s like – Oh, OK, since you were there, Satan – since you were visiting the earth where so many centuries ago, you tempted Adam and Eve and were so influential in the marring of everything there – hey, have you considered one man who isn’t going your way? Have you thought about Job, Satan – you old rebel? He fears me, whereas you don’t. He turns from evil, whereas you embrace it all the time. He puts you to shame.

Source: https://www.explainingthebook.com/job-1-commentary/

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