In the Book of Job, we initially read of Satan telling God:
- Job 1:11: "But put forth Your hand now and touch all that [Job] has; he will surely curse You to Your face" (emphasis added).
This seems significant because it is echoed again in Job 2:
- Job 2:5: "However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face" (emphasis added).
We know that Job never cursed God at all. However, we also read:
- Job 2:9: "Then [Job's] wife said to him, 'Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!'" (emphasis added).
These words seem so specific that I'm wondering if Satan may have planted the idea in the mind of Job's wife? I found it very interesting that the one thing Satan insisted to God is that Job would "curse You to Your face." The first we then hear of anyone's advice to Job is his wife saying: "Curse God [to His face] and die!" Mere coincidence?
We seem to have New Testament examples of Satan directly manipulating humans in the Gospel's of Luke and Matthew:
Luke 22:3-4: "And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. 4And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them" (emphasis added).
Matthew 16:22-23: "Peter took [Jesus] aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'God forbid [Your Passion], Lord! This shall never happen to You.' 23But [Christ] turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s'" (emphasis added).
Christ appears to be rebuking, not Peter, but Satan — directly by name — in this last exchange.