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"The Slander of Satan"
Rev. Max Doner
Sovereign Grace Bible Church



[24:30 ~32::30]

" The book of Job, the first Chapter; Job, Chapter 1.

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They cannot deny that what they do is good, but they attacked their motives for doing it as being evil. Satan has put the worst construction on Job's conduct by slandering his motives.
Now unfortunately ,the people of God all too often fall into this sin. . We spoke of this this morning when we preached on the sin of evil speaking. .. If we have an attitude of animosity towards someone, even when they do good, we can find fault. And we do so by ascribing evil motives to them for their good deeds that they performed. And too often we become like Satan, accusers of the brethren, by our slandering of their motives.

And so Satan can unfortunately use the people of God to attack other people of God just as he used Peter to attack the Lord Jesus. . Remember when Peter said to Jesus, "thou shalt not surely die." and Jesus said to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan.".. And so unfortunately we can become dupes of the devil to carry out his work ,convey his messages by becoming accusers of the brethren. Love thinks no evil, but Satan knows who follow Him, and knows who are his dupes, thinks nothing but evil of those who're trying to serve God. So let us not aid his cause by accusing the brethren ourselves.

Now the devil was very impatient with hearing Job praised. And there are many just like him who cannot bear to have anyone praised but themselves. And think of the only way that can build themselves up is to tear others down; this is what Satan'll do. Remember Saul was unhappy because David had slained ten thousands but he only slained thousands. So he wanted to tear David down to build himself up.
This happened to the Lord Jesus in Matthew21:15.
., it says "When chief priest and scribes saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were sore displeased."..
And so when the others get praise, or others do well, and those who have malice in their hearts and who are dupes of the Devil wind up beginning to attack that.
So when a person begins to tear down someone else's reputation, it is usually as the desire, as a result of a desire to elevate their own. And this is what Satan was doing.
Now frequently the way in which this is done that is the way in which other's reputations were torn down is by the way of "innuendo" or by raising questions in people's minds. Now notice what Satan did in verse 9. He asks a question; "then Satan answered the Lord and saya, Does Job fear God for no reason? "

As you see, this is the method that slanderers frequently use. They ask leading questions to plant doubts in the mind of people about those that they slander. And if you come back later and say why did you say that, (to which,) "I didn't say anything! I just was asking questions!" Such question is impossible to defend oneself against; how can you prove your motives to someone else? How can you defend yourself against an innuendo that cannot be pinned down? You cannot. God knows, but others must take us at our word, and if they do not, there's nothing we can do, but wait for God to vindicate us and our motives in due time.
Now it's interesting to note as we read the book of Job, that Job's friends charged him with hypocrisy.
They charged him with hypocrisy "because he was afflicted".
They said, "You're hiding sin!", "otherwise you wouldn't be afflicted
Satan charged him with hypocrisy because he greatly prospered!, and said; "He's in it for the money!" "So whether Job prospered, he was charged with hypocrisy, or whether he was afflicted he was charged with hypocrisy. And the reason why it's is because it is the nature of slander is that no matter what you do, you're always wrong. In the eyes of the slanderer, a person can do no right.
They're damned when they do, and they're damned when they don't.

Jesus spoke of this in Matthew Chapter11, verses 16 through 19. When those who were criticizing Him, spoke after this fashion. Matthew Chapter11 verses 16 through 19 ;

" 16
But whereunto" Jesus said, "shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto the fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and you have not lamented."

In other words, "you're not following our program!"

" 18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, that he has a demon.
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wine bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. "

And so it is, when an individual is a dupe of the Devil, and slandering the brethren, it doesn't matter what the brethren do:
The brethren cannot do right.

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