What Did The Lord Say?
By: Loren Due, D Min., and PhD.
You may ask why a writer would spend so much time on a simple phrase stated by Job when there are so many other things in the Bible to write about! The reason is that when we hear something taught by a man or woman of God some of us tend to take it to heart and not test it to see if it is truly what God said or what a man said. The phrase “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away” was stated by Job, not God. Society attributes this statement to God; however, Job said it when he was under severe stress and pressure.
To understand this phrase correctly is important because so many are under severe stress and pressure at this juncture in life and are quoting this scripture blaming God for bringing trouble on them when in fact the one who has caused all the problems is either the Devil, the Devils demons or themselves. The Devil or Satin can be in one place only at a time. Therefore when trouble comes if it is not the Devil or Satin it is one of his demons assigned to you or something the person has done that has come back to haunt them. God is a God of Love and Grace, not destruction in the sense that He uses destruction to get you to do His will; we should do His will because we love Him.
The Devil and his demons sole purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy as stated in John 10:10 (KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” There is nothing else the Devil and his demons can do while they wait for eternal sentencing to the Lake of Fire which burns with fire and brimstone; but attempt to torment and create havoc for human kind. The Lake of Fire is a real place to avoid.
When the Devil or his demons attempt to torment us we need to remember that we have victory already. Jesus got the victory for us when He died on the cross and then He gave it to us when He went back to heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 (KJV) “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
Then Jesus said to us in Luke 10:19 (KJV) “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Since Jesus received “all power” and then He gave us “all the power,” we have the power and authority over all, which means that once we learn how to use it the Devil or demons no longer have victory over us.
The way to use the power is the same way that Jesus used it when He walked on the face of the earth. Jesus took authority by speaking out of His mouth to the Devil or demons as to what they should do. Jesus told them to go and they went. We have the same authority, the challenge is that we do not exercise our authority which makes it appear that the Devil and the demons have victory; they do not.
The explicit reason we have victory already as stated by the prophet Isaiah when he prophesied by using the past tense term of “he was” instead of “he will be.” The prophet wrote his word some four hundred years before Jesus went to the cross, which is the first part of our miracle. The power of the words that happen on the front side of the cross has everything to do with the power that happened on the other side of the cross after Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus rising from the dead is the essential ingredient that makes Christianity the only faith that is real. Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 53:5 (KJV), “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” With his stripes we are healed is a prediction of what state we would be in.
The focus shifts to after the cross when the Apostle Peter is writing about the effects of suffering and what Jesus did for all of us on the cross. The cross was the separation point of things that happened before the cross and things that happened after the cross; especially for us it is significant because we need only look back to cross to know by His stripes healing is ours. The Apostle Peter said it clearly in first Peter 2:24 (KJV) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
Now we will examine how Job came to be quoted probably every day in history or at least every time a minister uses the phrase: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.”
Questions and comments on Job 1:1 – 22 (KJV):
Has there been a time in your life, you thought you were complete or perfect before the Lord; the measuring stick is the Bible, not your flesh?
Job 1:1-22 (KJV) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Has God blessed you with children?
 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Have you achieved social and financial success?
 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Are your children ungodly and unruly?
 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, everyone his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
Are you a father or mother who prays for your children?
 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, it may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Did you know that Satan has visitation rights before the throne of God?
 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came among them.
Are you aware that Satan talks to God the Father in conversation like you and me?
 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.  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?
Who is the master of the trick questions?
 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Does God have a hedge of protection round about you and your family?
 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Do you think Satan will challenge God about your integrity to see if you will stand?
 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Even Satan has to obey God when it comes to how he tests us!
 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
Do your children seem to be the life of the party?
 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Does the messenger of bad news always seem to be indifferent to the event that has just happen?
 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Does the messenger tell the stories in one breathe?
 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Does it seem before the first messenger finishes another one comes to tell the bad news?
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Is it getting crowded with messengers and messages of bad news?
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
O my God, another messenger with the worst news
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Now the messenger tells in detail what has happened to your children and has the nerve to say I alone escaped!
 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Here Job makes his famous statement, but notice God did not say “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away.” When you use this statement in real life, you are copying Job not God, Satan takes and God gives, so you preachers and teachers do not ever say again at a funeral what Job said unless you say – Job said that, not God.
 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Here is the only thing you want to copy Job and that is not to charge God foolishly.
 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Even though Job made his statement that “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away” he did not charge God foolishly or curse God as his wife suggested, but he maintained his integrity. Can you do that when it seems a train is running over you, all your money is gone, your children are on drugs and your husband left you for a man?
The key point from this writing is that we have the power to speak to our situation and learn to trust God for everything. Because the way God sees is the reality of heaven and the way we see ourselves is the reality of earth, but the way we are healed and delivered is to see ourselves the same way God sees us.
God does not give in order to take away, what did the Lord say?