And Jehovah answered me,
and said, Write the vision,
make it plain upon tablets, that he may run
that readeth it.
(Habakkuk 2:2 -
Biblical and Prophetic
Perspective For Our Times
whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words,
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in his own glory,
and the glory of the Father,
and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:26 - ASV)
I have set
Jehovah always before me:
Because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved.
(Psalms 16:8 - ASV)
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Contents On This Page
- Job Part 56
- Job Part 55
- Job Part 54
- Job Part 53
- Job Part 52
Fearlessness Of Faith
- Job Part 51
- Job Part 50
- Job Part 49
- Job Part 48
- Job Part 47
- Job Part 46
- Lawfare And Spiritual
- A Curse
I said, I shall die in my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand:
My root is spread out to the waters,
And the dew lieth all night upon my branch;
My glory is fresh in me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.
(Job 29:18-20 - ASV)
Last week we had a brief interlude to look at
the doctrine of suffering. But here we continue on with
the text of Job. Job if we remember, was reminiscing on
what things were like before his troubles began, before
God had allowed the devil to begin to test Job's faith and
love. Job was highly regarded and respected. Here Job was
considering how he had looked upon the rest of his days
and his legacy. Job here complains that he thought he
would die in his own bed after a long, long life. The word
nest is a figurative word for chamber or room (Strong's H7064).
Yet the passage here 'my days as the sand' is an
interesting one and one that ancient commentators and
Rabbi's have commented upon. Some commentators think that
what is meant here is an obscure reference to the Phoenix.
The idea of longevity is still in play here. The
traditional idea of the sand implies countless days. Let
us all remember that the book of Job was probably written
during the times of or perhaps before Abraham; before
Moses, the giving of law and any revelation of the God of
Job then goes on to recount his prosperity. That like a
tree or vegetation, the water it needs is abundant and the
tree can grow and flourish with its presence. Job was
prosperous and an important man and he had the power to do
as he wished and was a benefit to the community.
This is what the word 'bow' in verse 20 represents. It is
an important symbol of strength. The word is H7198 in Strong's.
Unto me men
gave ear, and waited,
And kept silence for my counsel.
After my words they spake not again;
And my speech distilled upon them.
And they waited for me as for the rain;
And they opened their mouth
wide as for the latter rain.
(Job 29:21-23 - ASV)
Job continues here to recall how men once listened to him
and waited for his counsel.
I smiled on them, when they had no
And the light of my countenance they cast not
I chose out their way, and sat as chief,
And dwelt as a king in the army,
As one that comforteth the mourners.
(Job 29:24-25 - ASV)
The way verse 24 is interpreted has
many different views. Some think that even when
joking, Job was thought to be serious and they did not
believe what he was saying was a jest. Others think
that when Job laughed at them, they became afraid.
This is a hard passage, but the word for smiled on
Job here is showing just how important an influential
he was that even his laughter and his jokes carried
considerable weight. Verse 25 again recounts his
position in society. He was like a general in a time
of war or a ruler.
Job's journey down memory lane may not have been
particularly healthy for his mental state, but it is
instructive to us today as to just how important Job
was in his tribe/community. He was blessed exceedingly
and very highly regarded. But now God's light on him
has been dimmed and things are much darker now for
him. The things Job recalls are no longer so in Job's
Yet here is the irony of this all and the fleeting and
changeable nature of fame and fortune in this life.
God's opinion of Job never wavered. He was just as
highly esteemed, perhaps more so after this test
transpired. Yet men, even Job's wife and the
neighborhood kids now reviled and ran from him (Job 19:17ff
I think one key lesson Job probably learned in all of
this is that people?.... well they only like you when
you are riding high, have money and are prosperous.
Take away all that front and wealth and people run
from you like the plague. Job, I suspect after his
trial was very careful about his friends and far less
moved by the so called 'respect' that people showed
him when things were good.
It is a lesson Christ had to deal with as well. One
day he was being praised as he entered into Jerusalem
and then later, they were shouting 'crucify him' (Mark 15:13
). Such is
the value of the praise of men - the same people who
praise you today will often be the same ones who are
trying to slit your throat tomorrow. This is a hard
lesson for some folks and I think it was for Job.
they that are younger than I
have me in derision, Whose fathers I
to set with the dogs of my flock.
Yea, the strength of their hands,
whereto should it profit me?
Men in whom ripe age is perished.
They are gaunt with want and famine;
They gnaw the dry ground,
in the gloom of wasteness and desolation.
(Job 30:1-3 - ASV)
Job here contrasts his former glory with the way he is
now being treated. Whereas before young people
respected him, now they mock him. These were clearly
men of low estate; so low he would not even let them
hang out with his dogs. This is harsh, but probably a
prevailing view of men of low moral value. Let us keep
in mind that Job helped the poor and needy, so this is
not about arrogance or pride. Job (as we shall see) is
talking about men who were outcasts - they and their
sons now mocked Job. Job's dogs were held in higher
esteem than these men and their offspring. At least
dogs are loyal, useful and care about their masters.
In short Job seems to be saying that even that
nomenclature is too good for them.
Job goes on to describe these men who now mocked Job
as being basically the dregs of society, social
outcasts. Even they now mocked Job.
We will continue Job's look at his new found
detractors in the next update next week... God
Job Part LV
Intermission Of Reflection
So far in the book of Job we have seen how Job
and his friends have attempted to explain Job's condition
and in so doing, look upon the whole panorama of God's
interaction with man as they try and ascertain how God
moves for or against a person; whom he blesses and whom he
chastises. Both sides have powerful arguments but only as
they saw things in the natural realm, which is what these
patriarchal figures were confined to.
They had only their limited experiences in the secular
world from which to draw their conclusions, though Job at
times reaches out in faith to an understanding that for
just a moment or two here and there transcends these
limitations. We who read the book millennia later
understand just how wrong they all are as to why Job was
suffering. As today with many of the theological,
political and social debates in our times, we see both in
the world and in the Church, the masses almost always get
it wrong and begin arguing, not from knowledge, wisdom or
experience, but often from their own self interest,
ignorance, or just to hear themselves talk. We see this to
some degree in the book of Job as each man tries to
justify himself in the eyes of others and display his
wisdom to his peers.
But in the New Testament age, we have a much better
understanding of the subject. In Job's case, his trial had
nothing to do with his behavior except that he was so
righteous and pleasing to God that he became a key the
enemy of Satan, who was determined to 'take him down'.
Once he got the Lord's OK, the devil raised up his
servants in the patriarchal ages 'criminal underworld'
(the Sabeans, Chaldeans, etc) to harass Job to the near
point of, but not quite to the point of death.
This was a trial of Job's faith, to determine why he
served God. Did he do it as Satan accused him, because God
made him rich or because he loved the Lord. The subtle
accusation was that God was 'buying' his servants and that
they really did not love or honor him, but did it just for
money and earthly blessings.
So Job was tested to silence the accuser who stands up
even now and accuses the brethren - that would be
you and me, dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. But
one day those accusations will end. This will be around
the day of our Salvation.
And the great
dragon was cast down,
This is one reason for many of our trials, the devil is up
there rattling off a charge sheet before God that is as
long as his arm trying to get us into trouble with the
Lord. Almost all of them are false charges, rumor,
innuendo, etc. But he is desperate to get us into a
situation where our faith is tested in the hopes we fail
the old serpent, he that is called the Devil
and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world;
he was cast down to the earth, and his angels
were cast down with him. And I heard a great
voice in heaven, saying, Now is come the salvation,
and the power, and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
who accuseth them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the
and because of the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their life even unto death.
(Revelation 12:9-11 - ASV)
This is the ultimate lesson we find in the book of Job.
But these trials have a tendency to strengthen and mature
our faith... if we pass them. Our faith is
the target of the devil and it has to be tried, even as it
was tried in the fires of affliction as was that of
Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego who had to face their fiery
proof of your faith,
being more precious than gold that perisheth
though it is proved by fire,
may be found unto praise and glory
and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ:
whom not having seen ye love; on whom,
though now ye see him not, yet believing,
ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable
and full of glory: receiving the end of your
even the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:7-9 - ASV)
The reward of our faith is life eternal and a place in
heaven with a God who loves us, very much. So this is
about our faith, the key ingredient that we must
have in our own hearts if we are to get into the Kingdom.
Job expresses such a faith many times in his trial, though
he probably had little or no real cognizance of the
importance of faith in God in the overall scheme of things
at least not theologically, though he expresses it so
clearly in certain passages.
Behold, he will slay me; I have no
Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him.
This also shall be my salvation,
That a godless man shall not come before him.
(Job 13:15-16 - ASV)
Here Job sums up the kind of faith that saves souls, that
come what may, whatever anyone may throw at us, no matter
how dark things look, even if it should appear that God
himself is ready to kill us, we must maintain our trust in
God. This is a hard thing for many to comprehend,
particularly with today's prosperity gospel and other
questionable teachings being spread about modern
Christendom. The first bit of serious adversity and too
many Christians go into a tailspin, run to the medicine
cabinet for an anti-depressant or to a shrink for therapy.
The real issue is in many cases, such Christians have been
fed a pack of half-truths on the gospel by a pastor who
may be more interested in the person's checkbook than
their spiritual health; the impression and 'look' a person
brings to the congregation's image, rather than the
bringing of that soul into real union with Jesus Christ.
Throughout the book of Job, his detractors are constantly
looking at a man's deeds and works (what can be seen by
man) as the way to tell how a man will fare in this life -
be blessed or cursed. But the whole spiritual side
of the problem is not explored to any significant degree
except in the opening chapters. Yet it was Job's sincere
search for truth and his willingness to deal in the
harsher realities that his own observations showed him,
that makes his case so interesting.
Job was not trying to sound spiritual or make the standard
politically correct arguments on suffering - that the
wicked always suffer and the righteous are always rewarded
and the argument of his friends that if you are
suffering Job, you need to confess and repent of your
wickedness, which must be very great... look at
you! Such a view may sound good, but it did not
reflect any reality that Job was familiar with.
Yet we as servants of Jesus Christ have a much better
understanding of the doctrine of suffering. It is not just
to try our faith. Sometimes we suffer because we are being
persecuted. To stand with Christ we have to be deal with
the slings and arrows of God's enemies. We are his and
precious to him and because of that, the devil and his
servants will attack us. This is another reason for
suffering. Those who bear a message that God wants
delivered as well must suffer. Look at what happened to
and cast him into the dungeon of Malchijah
the king's son, that was in the court of the
and they let down Jeremiah with cords.
And in the dungeon there was no water,
but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire.
(Jeremiah 38:6 - ASV)
What was Jeremiah's 'crime'? He did as the Lord commanded
him and prophesied to the children of Israel. This was why
he was persecuted and suffered. It was not because he was
sinful, but because he was obedient and this is the
sticking point that many of today's Christians don't get.
Even though the Lord warns them time and again about
suffering, taking up the cross, denying oneself, etc, too
many think that only applies to the pastor or the
evangelist, the famous person or one in authority. They
don't often internalize that it is meant for them as well.
That if they are going to get into the Kingdom, they are
going to have to take up their cross daily and follow
wherever the Lord leads them. This too is evidence of our
For as many as are led
God may lead us to places that we in our flesh may not
like. What... do you think Christ wanted to go to the
cross? How long he wrestled in the Garden over his coming
trial. Many of us have to go through such trials. Many
saints fail these tests and some fall back into their old
patters of living, never to return to the fold. Trials are
just that - they are tests - some pass, others fail.
Those who pass move on in Christ, those who fail may have
to take a re-test, or they quit or are flunked out which
is often manifested by or the direct result of rebellion.
by the Spirit of God,
these are sons of God.
(Romans 8:14 - ASV)
But we are of much better stock than to be chronic
failures in our walk. We who are older and wiser, know the
value of our faith, the power of our God and the need for
God to mold us into the kinds of men and women who are of
use to God as his servants. This means many things,
trials, new responsibilities, hard work, study of the
word, relocation, redirection and that one thing that many
of us just don't want in our lives - suffering.
brethren, for an example
of suffering and of patience, the prophets
who spake in the name of the Lord.
Behold, we call them blessed that endured:
ye have heard of the patience of Job,
and have seen the end of the Lord,
how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful.
(James 5:10-11 - ASV)
But there is one other reason for suffering that needs to
be discussed. That is when we do something we should not.
When we sin, break laws, do something we should not. Often
that means suffering. Did you sleep around on your spouse,
they found out and now they are suing you for divorce and
taking the kids? Yes, that is suffering, particularly when
you hardly see your kids anymore and your paycheck (after
alimony, child support and legal fees) can barely afford a
bag of breadcrumbs. But who's fault is that? Who is to
blame? Don't lash out at your ex, your kids, the judge,
your lover or your lawyer. If you are in a world of hurt
now, you can go look in the mirror and discover with
crystal clarity the exact cause of your problem.
As often as not, we suffer because we have done something
wrong or sinned
In short, we have made our bed and just don't want to lie
So, I take this little intermission from the text of Job
to just get a short look at the doctrine of suffering from
a New Testament perspective.
This much I know. There are many trials and tribulations
that await the Church in the days ahead. Some of these are
corrective in nature - a loving God doing his best to
bring the Church in line with his will. And much of it
will be in the nature of a spiritual attack by the forces
of darkness, who will make every satanic attempt to
extinguish the light of the Gospel of Christ, bring
division, suffering, discredit and find any way he can to
discourage God's people and bring shame on the gospel.
So let us all prepare our hearts accordingly when things
start to get rough for us here in the west.
Let us be prepared to serve our God in whatever state we
are in and do so humbly, joyfully, faithfully and with a
Job Part LIV
Job again took up his parable,
and said, Oh that I were as in the months of old,
As in the days when God watched over me;
When his lamp shined upon my head,
And by his light I walked through darkness;
(Job 29:1-3 - ASV)
We left off last time and Job was
describing the extreme difficulty of finding wisdom,
that it could not be dug out of the ground like gold
and in fact, could not even be found in the land of
the living. Job's parable and poem on wisdom were
noteworthy and have been long remembered.
In this chapter, Job summarizes his defense. He starts
by reminiscing over the past, when things were going
well for him and when God was looking out for him. The
word for preserved above is an interesting one
in that it tracks back to the trial the Job has
endured from Satan. It's Strong's word H8104 and it has the
connotation of a hedge.
a different Hebrew word is used, in Job 1:10
Satan complains to God that Job has strong protection
(a hedge) about him and this is the real reason Job
feared God and that as soon as God removed it, Job
would curse God to his face (Job
1:11). The word in that passage in Strong's
Job here is decrying the removal of
that divine protection and knows that its removal
was the reason for his current tragic circumstance.
He longs for the day when God was protecting him. He
could count on God to guide him even in the dark,
the light of his path being lit by God. We should remember that in
patriarchal times, the law was not given, nor the
Psalms nor the books of Moses. We all need God's
divine guiding hand in dark times, like our own! Job
misses that protection and that light, all of which
have been withdrawn from him for reasons he cannot
As I was in
the ripeness of my days,
When the friendship of God was upon my tent;
When the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were about me;
When my steps were washed with butter,
And the rock poured me out streams of oil!
When I went forth to the gate unto the city,
When I prepared my seat in the street,
The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the aged rose up and stood;
The princes refrained from talking,
And laid their hand on their mouth;
The voice of the nobels was hushed,
And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their
For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me;
And when the eye saw me,
it gave witness unto me:
(Job 29:4-11 - ASV)
Here Job continues
his journey into nostalgia and recalls how people once
this passage is merely recalling the exceptional respect
others showed for him when he walked down the street and
the deference that was shown him.
In verse six, Job recounts his former prosperity. The
phrase that says his steps were washed with butter appears
to mean when his ways or his life was filled with this
luxury, a symbol of prosperity and ease. The symbol of the
rock and oil again are of that abundance that seems to
spring from unlikely places.
He also remembers when his kids would be around him - a
time that is no more as they are all dead, struck down in
this hour of trial.
Job then continues to recount how he was treated in the
past. The respect that was shown him by the elders and
others when he walked down the street. Job was blessed by
others and respected. Then he recounts why this was...
Because I delivered the poor that
Job here tells us why he was so highly respected. It was
not because he was rich, but because he was a man who
looked out for the poor, the orphan, the oppressed and
others who had no recourse. Such people could turn to Job
and he would take up their cause. He was a fierce warrior
for righteousness and helped the helpless.
The fatherless also, that had none to help him.
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came
And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me:
My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the
I was a father to the needy: And the cause
of him that I knew not I searched out.
And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous,
And plucked the prey out of his teeth.
(Job 29:12-17 - ASV)
This is a light into the character not just of Job, but of
any man or woman who will be highly esteemed by God, as
Job was. If you want to be a friend of God, you have to
take up the cause of God and in Job's time that was
helping the helpless and the poor; aiding those who needed
it and fighting those people who were the enemies of
justice and righteousness.
We will continue our look at Job next week, God willing!!
Job Part LIII
No mention shall be made of coral or
Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it,
Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
(Job 28:18-19 - ASV)
left off last time as Job was asking about where
wisdom could be found. He was comparing the search for
wisdom to that of the search for gold and fine
minerals. Job in the above passage, goes on to compare
it with other valuable things; pearls and rubies,
topaz and again, gold. None of these highly valued
commodities comes near in value to wisdom.
And where is the place of understanding?
(Job 28:20 - ASV)
Job here repeats the same question found
in verse 12. Where can it be found?
This is the question we all should seek after and those
of us who know Christ have found it, or at least the way
to obtain it. But even so, there is a seeking and a
searching even a groping for it. This is the task that
Solomon undertook when he was King.
I the Preacher was king over
Israel in Jerusalem.
And I applied my heart to seek
and to search out by wisdom concerning
all that is done under heaven:
it is a sore travail that God
hath given to the sons of men
to be exercised therewith.
(Ecclesiastes 1:12-13 - ASV)
Solomon took considerable time and effort to find wisdom
and lays out his exhaustive search in the book of
Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth). He observed nature and the
behavior of men in his search for it. The preacher's
search is very much along the same vein as Job's poetic
dissertation here. He speaks wisely about the value of
wisdom as being far above anything man views as valuable
Seeing it is hid from the eyes
of all living,
And kept close from the birds of the
Destruction and Death say,
We have heard a rumor
thereof with our ears.
(Job 28:21-22 - ASV)
Wisdom cannot be found in the land of the living. This
is something that Solomon had to discover in all his
searching when it finally came to the conclusion of the
This is the end of the matter;
all hath been heard: Fear God,
and keep his commandments;
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
with every hidden thing,
whether it be good,
or whether it be evil.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - ASV)
All of his searching and years of observing
nature and man and this is what he left for us. Fear God
and obey him this is the whole of the matter because all
of us will have to stand and give account one day and
receive our wages; or payment for what we have wrought
while in the body.; whether those deeds be good, or
wages of sin is death;
but the free gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 - ASV)
Job then continues his rhetorical search for wisdom and
seeks it at the places of destruction and death. The words
for destruction is Abaddon (Strong's
H11) and can also mean hades. The word for
death is mawveth (Strong's H4194)
and can also mean the place of the dead.
Destruction and death have also heard of the fame of
wisdom, they know of its value. They know of it but it
cannot be found with them... 'sorry Job, it ain't
What Job is describing is the utmost difficulty of finding
and yes, the extreme secrecy of wisdom. It is hard to get,
hard to obtain, you can dig down into the grave and not
find it, climb the highest mountain and it will elude you.
It simply cannot be found in the land of the living or the
dead. It is well hidden from all. Where in the world can
it be found? Job answers this question with the next
God understandeth the way thereof,
It is found in God. That is where wisdom dwells. We have
found this in Christ Jesus who said he is the way, the
truth and the life. Job then goes on to describe
how God used wisdom to create the things on earth, the
wind and waters, the rain and thunder. These were done by
God's wisdom. Solomon also expounds on this.
And he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth,
And seeth under the whole heaven;
To make a weight for the wind:
Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.
When he made a decree for the rain,
And a way for the lightning of the thunder;
(Job 28:23-26 - ASV)
wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding he
established the heavens.
By his knowledge the depths
were broken up,
And the skies drop down the
(Proverbs 3:19-20 - ASV)
The ideas are the same. God uses his wisdom to create the
phenomenon we see in nature.
Then did he
see it, and declare it;
He established it, yea, and
searched it out.
And unto man he said,
Behold, the fear of the Lord,
that is wisdom; And
to depart from evil is understanding.
(Job 28:27-28 - ASV)
Then God declares what wisdom is, as far as man is
concerned. It's to fear the Lord and to depart from evil.
Qoheleth parallels this in his conclusion of wisdom (Ecclesiastes 12:13 - see
Some Commentators (Adam Clarke) seem to think that by man
(vs. 28) he meant specifically Adam as the word Adam (Strong's H120) is used and
this was God's charge to Adam in the garden after they
sought wisdom the wrong way,
We will continue our look at Job next week God willing and
hear more of Job's parable.
Job Part LII
Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place for gold which they refine.
Iron is taken out of the earth,
And copper is molten out of the stone.
Man setteth an end to darkness,
And searcheth out, to the furthest bound,
The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
(Job 28:1-3 - ASV)
in this chapter shifts gears from his views in chapter
27 that appears to admit that his friends had a point
in many cases. Here he begins a poetic monologue on
the search for wisdom. Where is it to be found? This
poetry and the meaning behind it is rather interesting
in that it shows that in such great antiquity, men
mined for and fashioned gold and silver. In Job's time
these things were 'high science' and wisdom. Albert
Barnes in his commentary, has some most interesting
comments on this section for those of you
asides (such as mining precious metals) in this book
can often help us get a sense as to when the events in
Job took place, something that scholars are still not
sure of. But more to the point, Job lays out how these
precious minerals are taken out of the earth and the
skill and difficulty in the process. In verse three,
it appears to be a reference again to the skill of
mining, where men dig deep into the earth where it is
dark, foreboding and just a bit frightening, this the
idea of the 'thick darkness' has the
connotation of the grave in the Hebrew - Strong's H6757. The idea here is
that men go to great lengths to find these things and
as we shall see, Job (later) compares all of this to
the seeking of wisdom. So it should be with mankind
and his search for wisdom. As Solomon put it...
If thou seek
her as silver,
search for her as for hid treasures:
shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah,
the knowledge of God.
2:4-5 - ASV)
Probably the best way to look at the passage is some kind
of ancient way they used to mine for minerals. I confess,
I am at a loss at its meaning.
Men should do more spiritual mining!
He breaketh open a shaft away
where men sojourn;
are forgotten of the foot;
hang afar from men,
swing to and fro.
the earth, out of it cometh bread;
it is turned up
were by fire.
28:4-5 - ASV)
Verse four has presented many problem for translators. I
confess I have no idea what is meant here unless it is a
vague reference to some kind of mining disaster that
But The Pulpit Commentary may have the best
overall take in my view for those interested.
Verse five is Job's continuing remarks about man's wisdom.
He knows how to till the soil for food. But if he digs
deeper he finds these precious stones that shine and
sparkle as though they were on fire. But it may also be
possible this is a reference to the fire of some
combustible stone, perhaps coal that was found.
The stones thereof are the place
Job continues his mining poem, demonstrating the valuables
found in the earth and the obscure places it is found,
using animal imagery to describe the hidden nature of the
location of these hidden treasures.
And it hath dust of gold.
That path no bird of prey knoweth,
Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it:
The proud beasts have not trodden it,
Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby.
(Job 28:6-8 - ASV)
He putteth forth his hand upon the
Job merely continues on with describing mining operations.
Verse nine shows that the miners dig into the very hardest
(flinty) rock (Strongs's - H2496).
He moves the foundations of hills in his search. He
channels water, creates rivers and when he is done he
finds the precious stones.
He overturneth the mountains by the roots.
He cutteth out channels among the rocks;
And his eye seeth every precious thing.
He bindeth the streams that they trickle not;
And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to
(Job 28:9-11 - ASV)
This whole preceding section, describing the extreme
measures and difficulty in finding precious stones is
merely a prelude to what follows.
shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of
Man knoweth not the price
Neither is it found in the
land of the living.
The deep saith, It is not
And the sea saith, It is
not with me.
(Job 28:12-14 - ASV)
Job now shifts to the point he is going to make. Men can
dig for precious stones because they know how valuable
they are. They know where they are, deep in the caverns of
the earth. But where can we find wisdom? Under what
mountain, on what high peak, under which part of the sea
can man find it? Indeed, Job says that it cannot be found
in the land of the living. Search for it all you might,
you will not find it. Job begins a fictional exchange
where the depths of the earth as well as the sea reply
that they don't have it with them.
It cannot be gotten for gold,
Here Job begins to compare the price of wisdom to those
things that are considered of great value to men. Gold,
Onyx Sapphire, not even the Gold of Ophir can buy it. As
far as the place of Ophir, we do not know where it is, not
for sure but there are many theories.
Neither shall silver be weighed for the price
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,
With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
Gold and glass cannot equal it,
Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine
(Job 28:15-17 - ASV)
Job's point is that no matter how much of these things one
has to pay for it, wisdom cannot be had for such things.
We will continue out look at Job next week, God willing!!
Grace and peace to each of you and may God
bless and keep you all in these troubling, confusing and
Today's update is not about current events. Its about how
we all must deal with the troubles that come our way and
the strangeness of our times.
As you all know, I read a lot of things from a wide
variety of sources. Left, Right, Christian, secular, US
and foreign. I often get information overload reading so
much. But one thing I have noted in the past year and a
half since the 2020 election and Covid's spread across the
globe. It is the incredible amount of fear-mongering,
half-truths and disinformation being spread not just by so
the 'unofficial', the dissenters and others, but by
officialdom and semi-officialdom as well. The fear,
misdirections, half-truths and disinformation are real.
They are not a figment of yours or my imagination. A lot
of money is being spent to influence opinion and the
government has hardly been innocent in this battleground,
duly spreading fear and contributing significantly to the
deep and troubling divisions in the country.
Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear and hate are two powerful
tools an adept propagandist and liar uses when he wants to
spread his poison into your mind. The tentacles of this
kind of propaganda, when it is run by governments and
their secretive agencies can be very significant. These
forces have 'influence' in many of top line establishment
news and even in many alternative news sites. With some of
these sites and sources, I see them as kind of a 'fake
opposition', designed specifically to control forces;
racial, social or political groups who they know will have
problems with some policies at some time in the future.
These state run or state connected forces operate on all
sides of the political spectrum. They deal in social,
racial and gender based news sources and blogs. In the US
they use these tools often ostensibly to counter foreign
propaganda. I want to stress the word ostensibly
because today, it appears that there is little real
control over these forces and their efforts to ride
roughshod over the basic rights of ordinary, hard working,
law abiding Americans who have more than a few
inconvenient questions about some of the things going down
in the country today.
My point here today is to school you in the university of
faith. When the demons of fear and hate start to preach
their horror and brimstone driven sermons, we must not
take the bait. Many Christians and their sites are just
dripping with fear based stories. Horror, dread and scary
stuff just oozes from the computer screen once the proper
URL is entered in. Let us be careful of such sites, forces
and people. They may or may not be operating from the best
of intentions but the key to remember is that fear is not
faith. We must not allow ourselves to be inundated with
all of the stuff on the net, the scary, the wacky, the
hateful or the deceitful.
Some of you are worried about Covid. Some of you were
worried about Biden becoming President, the left is
worried that Trump might return to the White House. My
question is - where is the faith of God's people and of
those who constantly spread fear and dread into
You see, I think many of these so called Christians have
lost sight of some important truths. That the devil is
running this planet for he is the prince of this world.
Why should we be shocked when he shows his true colors?
Authoritarianism? Yes, this is what the devil is working
towards and his servants in this world are helping - some
knowingly, most not. One of the first things the devil
wants to do is to destroy truth tellers so that the big
lie can be told unchallenged. This is why we have seen so
much censorship in this world. The official lie must never
be challenged. This is the first rule in any
authoritarian, non-free, political system. I think we can
all smell the stench of such a system in the west, however
This is why we must always be on our guard for the devil
will certainly throw his darts at us in the form of
various falsehoods and in these times, we can all see just
how dangerous such lies can be. Ask the Jews of Nazi
Germany how the lies spread about them by the party about
their very membership in the human race put millions in
the gas chambers. The devil knows how to lie and he knows
how to get people to believe them. If you don't think you
can be fooled, you have been already.
But we who know the truth need not fear such lies. We must
remember our place. Then we must remember the place of
those who have rejected God's truth. Brothers, this is
just going to be hard for a lot of you. You are just going
to have to toughen up and realize that many of them are
just going to go walking blithely into a multitude of
traps that you and I can see, but they cannot and in most
cases, simply refuse to.
We cannot save the world. We must not try. We can only
preach the gospel, live our lives in love and hope and let
the world do what the world does best - rebel against God;
sometimes in lesser ways, other times in greater. When God
wants to warn the world of what it is doing, he will raise
up a or many prophets.
With many Christians particularly a lot of blogs and news
sites, I think they get frustrated because they are trying
to do the impossible. They are trying to 'teach the dead
to sing'. No matter how hard you try, with the best of
intentions you will only get silence out of a corpse. So
it is with the world. This world is lost. It will always
be lost. Those who are part of this world are and will be
lost. You cannot teach it to be a Christian because it
knows not Christ. The corpse must cease to be a one if it
is ever to learn to sing. When we are born again, we come
out of this world and are alive to Christ, we have the
potential to 'sing', though with many this never develops
into anything but a failed potentiality. We are no longer
of this world, but have been given the power to become
sons of God.
I realize that many are deeply concerned about the trends
in the nation and world. Don't be. These things must needs
be. Cease to do the 'freak out' thing and worrying
yourself and others half to death. We as Christians must
walk in this world; we must traverse the land of Sodom,
the valley of Gomorrah, the high places of
idolatry and false religion and the minefields of lies. We
cannot get distracted by the sins of others nor be enticed
by the temptations the devil will put in our path to
divert us from our steady course. Nor can we live in fear
and dread for what may or may not happen. If you serve
God, I mean truly serve him, you are in his hands. If not,
you are going to be cannon fodder for the devil, who hates
mankind only a little less than he hates God.
Are you walking with God? Is your pathway directed by him?
Have you dedicated the rest of your life here on this
earth to his service? Then these words should encourage
What were the first two words the Lord spoke to Abram
here? Fear not! This vision took place right after a major
battle where the King of Sodom was involved and Abram
would not take so much as a shoe lace from him. He did not
want it said that the King of Sodom made him rich. Abram
knew that some gifts have too high a price. There are some
things that are better not taken. In today's world there
are some jobs we just should not do. They may be perfectly
legal and even somewhat respected by the world, but that
does not mean we should take them.
the word of Jehovah came unto Abram in a
saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield,
and thy exceeding great reward.
(Genesis 15:1 - ASV)
For Christians - ever thought about taking a job as a
check out clerk at the local grocery store at $20k a year
rather than a job at some big corporation that censors
Christians, finds ways to harass believers, pushes things
on society that they know God hates for a salary of $100k
a year? It is not an easy decision, but one that may in
the long run, spiritually speaking, turn out to be by far
the best. All that glitters isn't gold and even if it is,
what lies underneath all that flash may be dangerous or
even lethal, spiritually speaking. This is one of those
things you must truly seek the Lord about in prayer
before making such decisions.
Remember Lot? When there was strife between Lot's herdsmen
and Abram's the two separated. Lot chose what looked good
on the surface (Gen 13:10)
to move to. But this was where Sodom was before it was
destroyed. While it may have looked good on the surface,
let us never forget that Lot only eventually escaped that
place with his life, and even then only after Abraham
interceded for him. His wife didn't make it. Lot saw
something that glittered but later, it turned into
brimstone when the Lord got finished with it.
Then God tells Abram that he is his shield, that being his
protection. God will protect you if you are
his and serve him honestly and honorably. God had a
mission for Abraham. In order for him to get that
protection, he like we do, have to stay the course on what
God wanted him to do. He was on his way to the promised
land - a land that God would show him. We too are on our
way to the promised land. If we stay the course, God will
help keep us on course and protect us. God protected
Abraham and he will protect you and me as well.
So to those of you who serve God, I write this brief piece
today so that you cease to worry and wonder about the lost
world. There are some things you can fix and there are
things you cannot. A wise man knows the difference and
concentrates on what he can change rather than getting
worry lines in his forehead about things he cannot.
Our jobs are simple - to live the gospel. Most people are
not going to believe or accept it and in time, we will be
badly persecuted here in the west for our faith. But some
will come to the cross, but only some of those will do
what the scriptures command - endure to the end.
Brothers hear me out on this - most souls will not make
it. They are just going to be lost. Many of your families,
friends and loved ones... they are going to be lost. They
chose it and remember this - no one deserves heaven.
God has granted us this great salvation by his grace and
love. As a race, mankind is lost, reprobate and vile. We
don't see ourselves that way... while we commit
unspeakable crimes one upon another. We wallow in our
moral filth and claim to be righteous; our hands stained
with the blood of our brother, lips dripping hate and lies
and pockets holding dishonest gain.
No brothers, every soul that is lost will be lost because
of his own choosing. Every soul that is saved is there
because of God's grace.
I have always looked at this salvation thing like this.
There is the divine harvester. He is looking only for the
choicest parts of the harvest. Only the very best gets
into his barn. He gets rid of the rest. It simply is not
good enough to meet his standards. He sells off the refuse
and the devil is more than willing to take it.
So it is with salvation. We are special to God, very
special and he has taken a lot of time and effort to build
us up into what he wants us to be.
Let us remember that and that we have no part in
this world, its ways or its fate. He who remembers this on
a daily basis will find he is less likely to make key
mistakes in these troubling times.
and I will
bless them that bless thee,
and him that curseth thee will I curse:
and in thee shall all the families
of the earth be blessed.
(Genesis 12:3 - ASV)
May the blessing of Abram (Abraham) be
upon each of you who truly and faithfully serve the Lord
and have kept the faith in good times and in bad and not
denied the name of the Lord Jesus Christ nor are ashamed
of the Gospel.
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Job Part LI
I will teach you concerning the
hand of God;
Job continues his poetic parable (marshal H4912 - Job
27:1) and now wants to teach his detractors
regarding the hand of God. Job here is not going to hide
these things about God. He will instruct them on the
greatness, power and wisdom of God. Job then asks (vs 12) how they can have
seen such things and witnessed them and still keep to
their current argument?
That which is with the Almighty will I not
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it;
Why then are ye become altogether vain?
(Job 27:11-12 - ASV)
How can they offer such 'lame' reasoning when they should
This is the
portion of a wicked man with God,
These passages have various views on them and I am not
going to bore you with them other than to say that Job's
words here seem by some to confirm the argument of his
detractors rather than offering his usual and often fiery
And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive
from the Almighty: If his children be multiplied,
it is for the sword; And his offspring
shall not be satisfied with bread.
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death,
And his widows shall make no lamentation.
Though he heap up silver as the dust,
And prepare raiment as the clay;
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on,
And the innocent shall divide the silver.
He buildeth his house as the moth,
And as a booth which the keeper maketh.
He lieth down rich, but he shall
not be gathered to his fathers;
He openeth his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors overtake him like waters;
A tempest stealeth him away in the night.
The east wind carrieth him away,
and he departeth; And it sweepeth him
out of his place. For God shall hurl at him,
and not spare: He would fain flee out of his hand.
Men shall clap their hands at him,
And shall hiss him out of his place.
(Job 27:13-23 - ASV)
In fact, because Zophar's expected speech is missing, some
have surmised that perhaps what is said here are actually
Zophar's words and the introduction to it stating this
fact, went missing in the text. Albert Barnes (Notes on
the Bible) as well as The Biblical Illustrator
both have a little background on this debate. Decent
online Bible sites have these comments on their respective
sites (see comments to Job 27:13).
This is an interesting view and does make at least some
sense. Bildad and Eliphaz both spoke three times, but
Zophar only twice. Where is his speech?
Well, this is the problem in the text and why commenting
on this passage is rather difficult.
My view is that these are probably the words of Job, and
Job's words I think are consistent with his view. That the
wicked are often punished is not in dispute. He has seen
it and so have others. Job's overall contention is not
that the wicked are not punished in this life, but rather
there are many exceptions to this rule - they are not always
punished in this life.
As a result, I will make little comment on this section
both for the reasons stated above and because frankly,
there is nothing new in it.
Job (or Zophar, depending on one's view) here
merely outlines the fate of the wicked, his children and
his wife when he passes on. He then talks about what
happens after his death. His significant and assumed
ill-gotten wealth is divided up by the innocent (vs 17).
The fate of the wicked man is consistent with what Job's
friends and Job himself see's.
We will look at the rest of Job's speech,
Chapter 28, next week God willing!
Job Part L
As we left off last time, Job was praising God's
power and majesty. Chapter 27 merely continues on with
And Job again
took up his parable, and said,
Job here begins to blame God for his troubles, He says
that God has taken away his rights. The Hebrew word for
right is H4941 from Strong's
and it has many connotations - justice, rights,
privilege, verdict and judgment to name a few. This
whole passage is refereed to as a proverb/parable (verse
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right,
And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul:
(For my life is yet whole in me,
And the spirit of God is in my nostrils);
Surely my lips shall not speak uprighteousness,
Neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Far be it from me that I should justify you:
Till I die I will not put away
mine integrity from me.
(Job 27:1-5 - ASV)
What makes Job's words so strong was the oath he said, 'As
the Lord Liveth'. Job is accusing God of being
unjust and denying him a proper verdict. It is God whom he
concludes who has vexed his soul and brought all these
troubles upon him. But we who read the first two chapters
of the book know differently.
But Job goes on to say (vs 3) that as long as he draws
breath, he is not going to speak evil or lie. This Job is
determined to do right, come what may. Job is clearly
angry with his friends turned accusers and he sees that if
he gives place to their view and justifies the things they
are saying, he would be a guilty as they are. His
relatives will be burying him before he does that ('till I
die')! Let us remember they have basically said Job might
be hiding secret wickedness.
My righteousness I hold fast,
and will not let it go:
My heart shall not reproach me
so long as I live.
Let mine enemy be as the wicked,
And let him that riseth up against me
be as the unrighteous.
(Job 27:6-7 - ASV)
is not a statement of self-righteousness. Rather Job
is just saying that despite all that has happened to
him and the way he is being treated, he is not going
to stop being righteous, doing what is right and
speaking things that are right. His troubles are not
going to send him down the path of darkness. He may
have lost all (wealth, family and health), but this is
one thing he is never going to lose - his integrity.
This is a key part of the test that Job had to face.
Remember Satan's accusations? That Job would forsake
God and 'curse him to his face'? Job never gave up his
hope and faith in God and never departed from the path
of light and righteousness. Job understood that
temporal things were of far less importance than a
man's spiritual state and that even though he lost
all, his integrity was something that no one could
take away from him.
Job is going to continue on with a
clear conscience and placing his trust in God, come
Long ago, I decided that no matter what I was going to
serve the Lord. Regardless of what people said of me
or what they did, I was going to live a life that
honored God and was as harmless to others as possible.
You know, one actor whom I liked but most of you
probably never heard of said he wanted to be
remembered after his passing that he did do much harm
in his life. To me, this is one of the first major
steps towards being godly. To make a point of doing no
harm to others, particularly not in revenge. There is
enough pain and suffering in the world and we should
never add to it. This too is a key - a clean
conscience. Do good, not harm and mean it.
In verse seven, Job solemnly disavows the wicked.
Clearly stating that he wishes his enemies be as the
wicked - that is get the deserts of the wicked.
Job here probably feels this way because his friends
have falsely accused him and turned on him.
For what is the hope of the
expounds on what he means by the fate of the wicked.
The key here is that he has no hope. None. This theme
today is one that I don't think resonates with people
as it should. But a person who forsakes God and is
thus forsaken by him literally has no hope. A person
who has been eternally condemned not by mankind, but
by God, the maker of all things and whose words and
justice are eternal, truly has no hope. Utter and
total despair are the lot of such a person. Pain and
suffering in Hell yes? But this has to be the worst
part of it. The utter and eternal hopelessness those
who cursed God with the way they lived their lives
will have to experience.
though he get him gain,
When God taketh away his soul?
Will God hear his cry,
When trouble cometh upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty,
And call upon God at all times?
(Job 27:8-10 - ASV)
Such a person may lift up a prayer, but it is
not heard. Verse eight talks about what happens when such
a man dies. He's gone and to a place where there is no
hope. But even here when trouble comes, will God hear him?
Does he find pleasure in God? The answer is rhetorical. No
and this is the fate of that wicked person Job refers to
in the earlier passages.
We will continue out look at Job next week, God willing.
Blessings to all who genuinely serve the Lord.
Over these past few months many of you wonder why there
are no posts on so many of the key issues of the day.
There are many such posts, but as you all know they have
been reserved for insiders and key prayer warriors.
Material here has been seriously abused by some seriously
'bad' people in the past. I will work very hard to make
sure that does not happen again.
But posts do continue on all the key issues of our
times; Russia, hacking, China, Covid-19, Afghanistan,
Haiti, Persecution, the drought, the economy, other
plagues and diseases and many more issues of our times.
Many of these issues are placed into a biblical and or
prophetic perspective. I am still watching on the wall,
but only for a select few and with a specific purpose in
mind. To equip a few for the times coming and get them
ready for when God calls some of them to some kind of
I have all kinds of readers who are insiders and most I
know do appreciate what I do, though they don't fully
understand why I don't put more material up on the public
page. I was and have been given specific instructions from
the Lord on this. When those instructions change, I will
be the first to change them. Until then, things have to
remain as they are.
But as time has passed I realized one thing. There is just
not that much really good, rock solid biblical teaching
out there. A lot of ranting and raving; religions
politicization of events but very little real teaching and
even less anointed prophetic writings. Lots
of wannabe prophets and watchmen, but very few I see as
being truly anointed by God to carry that rare and
precious prophetic message that comes from the Holy Spirit
and God's holy throne room.
So to those of you who may think I have fallen down on my
job, I have not. I am under divine orders. When God has a
word for me to put up here, be assured, I will not be
slack nor will I hesitate.
I know the penalty for disobedience.
To those of you who seek to be a watchmen or prophet, let
me give you a tip - it may not be wise to seek such a job
out. It's a very rough job and most will wither
and fade when the going gets tough and tough it will
get if you are truly speaking for the Lord. God himself
will call you out if you are to be a prophet or watchman -
a true one in these times. You will hardly be able
to resist the call if it comes and most, when they figure
out what is expected will not want the job... at all. What
can you expect?
To be lambasted, hated, mocked, censored, stalked,
physically attacked, hacked, have your home broken into,
attempts to set you up for prison on charges designed to
destroy your credibility, have family pull away from you,
friends disown you, your employer look for ways to get rid
Still want the job?
Being a prophet or watchman? You had better know what you
are asking for before you ask for it because you just
might get the job and find that you can't quit and God
help you if you try. Ask Jonah!
No brothers and sisters, God usually calls his own
prophets and often, they are most reluctant. But they are
men and sometimes women who are specially cut out for the
job. People with thick skin, hardened faith, a close walk
with God and a no-nonsense personality. Men with a rare
combination of both love and hardness that cares for those
whom he speaks to, but is not afraid of them nor what they
can do. A prophet is a man with that rare combination of
both grit and love in his soul.
But most importantly he has to know when to speak, when to
listen and when to keep his mouth shut. To speak only
those things that God wants said, when speaking as a
Too many so called watchmen and prophets are speaking a
word of their own making and imagination. Often with the
best of intentions, but still their words are not truly
anointed and prophetic. Such true words are rare in these
times, but there are a precious few folks out there who do
have such an anointing.
So to those of you who are upset with me because I have
not spent a lot of time here on the public site on
vaccines, Biden, the 'social war', the economy, the
election and a host of other issues facing the nation, for
the time being these issues are given their proper place
and perspective only for a select few until such time as
God changes things and this too is fully within the realm
Yes, God has and continues to give me some 'words' and no,
he would not allow me to post most of them. They were for
my benefit and edification to let me know what was coming,
why and to not panic myself or others when they do happen,
as happen they did and will. One time he just nudged me
and said that these things must 'play out' and left it at
If God seems silent in these troubled times it is for a
reason. What could that reason be? He wants men to come to
him of their own volition. Prophets and watchmen have
their place, but for a nation and world veering so far off
track as it is today, the real prophetic
word has already been given. Turn from your sins, seek the
Lord while he may be found, and call out to him while he
is still listening. For there will come a time when he
will simply stop listening and won't hear you when your
sins find you out and the punishment for your crimes is at
hand. Your prayers will bounce off the ceiling and your
tears will go unnoticed by a God whom you chose time and
time again to ignore, mock and rebel against. He will
ignore you in your day of deep distress and utter
So if there is a prophetic word for all who are reading
this now, be he a trash collector, a banker, a janitor or
a taxi-driver; a Senator or federal prisoner; a gangster
or housewife - it is this - get right with God,
reject sins and abominations, and seek the Lord and do
your utmost to please him with deeds of righteousness,
holiness; words of truth and deeds that bespeak of love
and peace rather than hate, lies, violence and your own
petty selfishness. To seek purity - morally, spiritually
and sexually, for this God demands of those who serve him.
Let those who seek to be prophets seek not their own glory
nor their own 'big name' but to humbly and genuinely serve
God knowing that the prophet's mantle often doubles as a
burial shroud if they are a true prophet of the
Lord - ask John the Baptist and a whole host of those who
prophesied in the name of the Lord.
Christ came to save men, not damn them. He is calling out
to the sons of men so that they may be saved. He is
calling out to those inside and outside of
As many as I
love, I reprove and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock:
if any man hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me.
He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit
with me in my throne, as I also overcame,
and sat down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit
saith to the churches.
(Revelation 3:19-22 - ASV)
Finally, don't belittle my little study on Job.
Dear readers in times of seeming relative prosperity, it
may not seem relevant now, but keep the lesson of Job in
mind for the times I think could be coming. Considering
his travails and how God ultimately dealt with him will be
a source of encouragement to many a godly soul who may
wonder what everyone wonders when calamity strikes
Updates will return next week, God willing!
am taking a summer hiatus and should be back the
third week of July!
God bless and keep all who serve the Lord!
Job Part XLIX
answered and said,
How hast thou helped him that is without power!
How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!
How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom,
And plentifully declared sound knowledge!
To whom hast thou uttered words?
And whose spirit came forth from thee?
(Job 26:1-4 - ASV)
Job replies to Bildad's (non)-answer with a bit
of sarcasm. Bildad in chapter 25 did not directly answer
any of Job's questions, not really. So Job here rebukes
his friend and asks how his words were to comfort him, who
was in his present state without power and strength. Job's
friends had come to him as friends and comforters but then
took upon the role of schoolmaster and judge. But since
they took it upon themselves to appoint themselves in
these roles, Job asks how their words have helped? Verse
two is a bit tricky with the translation. Albert Barnes
and Adam Clarke have some interesting renditions in their
Bildad's words did not help Job when he was down, his
words had no power and did not address the problem. Job's
words are biting and the implication seems to be that
Bildad was not helping him and wonders if has he ever
helped anyone else.
Verse four seems to be a simple question asking what
spirit he was speaking from. What spirit inspires your
vain words, appears to be the meaning here. There
was no divine inspiration and little ordinary wisdom. He
appeared to be making things up as he went along.
They that are
tremble Beneath the waters
and the inhabitants thereof.
Sheol is naked before God,
And Abaddon hath no covering.
(Job 26:5-6 - ASV)
Job then begins this rather obscure dissertation
on the abode of the dead, hell (Sheol in the OT). I
say obscure because the word for the deceased is 'Rapha;
Rephaim'. Commentators are not in agreement on what
this passage means. Some have gone so far as to believe
that this passage actually refers to a race of giants that
were upon the earth but now are in hell (Sheol). The
Jewish Virtual Library has an interesting look at
the word Rephaim. But the word is probably best looked
upon as those who are departed and dwell in the 'shades'.
Yet some older versions render the word as giants. But the
word can be used to refer to dead men (Psalms 88:10) and no
angelic/superhuman connotation need be inferred.
These passages appear merely to be that Job fully
acknowledges God's greatness and power and that nothing is
hidden from him or beyond his power as opposed to some new
theological argument. Job is saying that God's power even
reaches down to the abode of the dead.
out the north over empty space,
And hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds;
And the cloud is not rent under them.
He incloseth the face of his throne,
And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
He hath described a boundary
upon the face of the waters,
Unto the confines of light and darkness.
(Job 26:7-10 - ASV)
Job then continues to extol God's
power and majesty. The phrase 'empty space' is
an interesting one as it was used when God formed the
earth was refereed to as being without form (Gen 1:2 - Tohu - H8414). What I find of
interest is that Job see's the earth standing upon
nothing, as we now know it does, not on the back of
some giant turtle or some other belief that was common
in days of such antiquity. His reference to the North,
may not, however be the northern part of the earth,
but the heavens, which stretch out and whose wonders
can be seen at night. Job then comments on God's power
over the waters (and rain) and continues to use his
Hebrew verse to describe God's greatness with these
expressions of the creation.
of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his rebuke.
He stirreth up the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he smiteth through
By his Spirit the heavens are garnished;
His hand hath pierced the swift serpent.
Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways:
And how small a whisper do we hear of
But the thunder of his power who can
(Job 26:11-14 - ASV)
This passage merely continues Job's
poetical praise and wonder at God's power. What is Job
doing here? It is hard to say, but it looks to me like
both he and Bildad have now embarked on a 'praise
contest'. Bildad issued his rather weak words of
praise of God and Job has outdone Bildad in such
praise. Perhaps Job is saying, if praise of God is
your only argument, I will go you one better - I
don't need you to remind me of God's power!
In short, Job was wholly unimpressed by
Bildad's utterances and his tone runs just short of
mockery. But Job more than acquainted with God's
power. His question was why had God allowed all this
to befall him, to which he got the same old tired
responses from his friends.
We will continue our look at Job next week, God
Job Part XLVIII
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite,
and said, Dominion and fear are with him;
He maketh peace in his high places.
Is there any number of his armies?
And upon whom doth not his light arise?
(Job 25:1-3 - ASV)
We left off
last time and Job was letting his friends have it.
He made it plain that the things they were saying,
just did not line up with reality. No, the wicked
are not always punished in this life, despite
their consistent protestations. Job challenges
them and asks them to prove their point and make
him out a liar. Bildad now continues his response
to Job. It is brief and decidedly not on
praises God and acknowledges God's light and
power. He praises God's ability to make peace.
Bildad appears to be making a slightly different
point here. That God is powerful and righteous and
we have no right to question him or his ways, as
Job appears to be trying to do. His response seem
to be avoiding the basic controversy - he is
delicately changing the subject to one of God's
majesty and power, something he is sure about. He
avoids Job's question. Why? We don't know, but it
may be that Bildad has considered Job's words and
wonders if perhaps he has a point. The difference
between the two viewpoints are not as great as it
may seem. Job contends that the wicked do indeed
get theirs the end, but that in this life it is
not always so. The others say that God punishes
the wicked in this life. Yet this key point is the
one of contention as this is how Job's current
situation looks - like he is being judged by God.
can man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Behold, even the moon hath no brightness,
And the stars are not pure in his sight:
How much less man, that is a worm!
And the son of man, that is a worm!
(Job 25:4-6 - ASV)
then, I think gently rebukes job, for he at times
appears to be trying to justify himself before
God. Bildad correctly rebukes Job, Who can do
this? Who can be justified and righteous in the
eyes of God? No one can. God see's the impurity of
all things, even in the heavens. No one can claim
the right to be justified in God's eyes.
then compares mankind to a worm - something
that comes up out of the earth (dirt) and lives on
it and then dies and becomes part of it again. We
are nothing compared to the heavenly bodies that
while wondrous, God does not see even them as
being pure. Any self justification on Job's part
is sheer folly. The word for worm is actually
maggot (Strong's H8438).
shows considerable wisdom here, he avoids the key
issue and focuses in on a troubling trend he see's
in Job's reasoning. That somehow he can stand
before his maker and justify himself.
the folly of self-righteousness. It is a serious
problem in the life of any Godly person. We must
never fall for it. Certainly, I am not accusing
Job of being Pharisaical, but at the same time,
when any of us tries to justify ourselves and our
own 'righteousness' we are on a slippery slope to
a bad spiritual end. Christ had no use for the
Pharisee's, who were righteous and holy... but
only in their own eyes (Matthew
We must always remind ourselves from whence we are
fallen and that any righteousness that we have
that is recognized by God comes from our faith and
obedience to the one whom he has sent for our
salvation, Jesus Christ. When we do some good, do
something that is sacrificial, we tend to get
puffed up. We must never do that. But
remember that we are all just miserable servants
of our Lord.
so ye also,
when ye shall have done all the things
that are commanded you,
say, We are unprofitable servants;
we have done that which
it was our duty to do.
(Luke 17:10 - ASV)
will look at Job's response next week, God
Job Part XLVII
From out of the
populous city men groan,
And the soul of the wounded crieth out:
Yet God regardeth not the folly.
These are of them that rebel against the light;
They know not the ways thereof,
Nor abide in the paths thereof.
The murderer riseth with the light;
He killeth the poor and needy;
And in the night he is as a thief.
The eye also of the adulterer
waiteth for the twilight,
Saying, No eye shall see me:
And he disguiseth his face.
In the dark they dig through houses:
They shut themselves up in the day-time;
They know not the light.
(Job 24:12-16 - ASV)
In the last section, Job was recounting
the acts of wicked men who know not God, outlining in
his Hebraic poetic fashion just how the wicked behave,
without rebuke from the almighty. The first passage
above marks this clearly, the work of these evil men
cause the men from within the city to groan. The cause
is the wickedness and oppression of these Patriarchal
age 'crime families'. The emphasis here on the cities
may be a parallelism to contrast with the work that was
done in the rural areas mentioned in the previous versus
or the wicked deeds wrought in the desert and other
desolate places. This appears to be a new level of crime
he is describing, rather than the old fashioned highway
men and roaming marauders, the effects of this
wickedness comes from the city. yet God does not act
with regards to it. This has been the central point of
Job's argument from the beginning.
Job goes on to describe these men as being rebels
against the light and who don't know its ways because
they don't go into those paths. What other path is
available to those with no light? The paths of darkness.
Job continues on by laying out the kinds of men he is
talking about. The murderer rises early in the morning
in order to kill the poor man and then at night he is a
thief. Day or night, his abominable activities continue.
He goes out and commits adultery and hides his face from
those who would recognize his midnight rendezvous. Verse
16 appears to be a way they stole from people by digging
into their homes. Homes from that time were often made
of clay and could be easily burrowed through.
This whole section is nothing more than a litany of
outrages and crimes these kinds of people commit,
without God's immediate rebuke.
morning is to all of them as thick darkness;
For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
Swiftly they pass away upon
the face of the waters;
Their portion is cursed in the earth:
They turn not into the way of the vineyards.
Drought and heat consume the snow waters:
So doth Sheol those that have sinned.
(Job 24:17-19 - ASV)
To these men, they hate the light (morning) and they are
very afraid if it. The idea here seems to be referring
both to the literal sunlight as well as the light of God
and righteousness. When light comes, they are in terror.
The passage does not say why, but we must remember that
light exposes the works of darkness and this may be part
of what terrifies them.
In verse 18, he mentions the waters. The 'they' here
appears again to be the wicked man, whom this time is
probably a Pirate or a privateer, who works his evil
upon the seas, this is Matthew Henry's (in his
commentary - 1662 - 1714
) view, though other
interpretation of this passage may apply. Yet the
swiftest ships were always sought by these kinds of
seamen. This kind of criminal is not interested in the
booty from land (vineyards), he can steal what he needs
from the sea. The last passage that speaks of the snow
melting (consume - H1497
in Strong's) appears to be a similitude not with any
particular crime, but with the grave for those who have
sinned in such a manner. The word for grave is Sheol.
The exact meaning of the similitude is not 100% clear.
But I think that Job is saying that as the Snow melts so
do the bones of these wicked men decompose. The idea may
mean that these men still die a relatively peaceful
The womb shall
The worm shall feed sweetly on him;
He shall be no more remembered;
And unrighteousness shall be broken
as a tree. He devoureth the barren
that beareth not, And doeth not good
to the widow. Yet God preserveth
the mighty by his power:
He riseth up that hath
no assurance of life.
(Job 24:20-22 - ASV)
Here Job goes on to recount the end of
the wicked man. His mother will forget him and this sort
of man will no more be remembered even by those who
should have the most love and care for them.
This man when he was around, mocked the barren woman and
acted contemptuously towards the widow. But his evil did
not stop at mocking and humiliating defenseless women,
but also moves against the mighty. Yes, he also goes
after other men of substance and power, in his rampages.
The word 'preserveth' in verse 22 makes the
passage a little difficult. It can mean to remove or
scatter - see Strong's H4900.
The idea I think is that the mighty man defends himself
from these men using the tools he has at hand (his
power). Hence no man is sure of his life when these
wicked men are about.
God giveth them
to be in security,
and they rest thereon;
And his eyes are upon their ways.
They are exalted; yet a little while,
and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low,
they are taken out of the
way as all others, And are cut off
as the tops of the ears of grain.
And if it be not so now,
who will prove me a liar,
And make my speech nothing worth?
(Job 24:23-25 - ASV)
Job goes on to show how the wicked man
continues on in safety and even rests in his sins. But God
is not blind, he see's this wicked man and his acts. They
may rise high for a moment, but will one day be humbled,
They will be like others and go the way of all the earth.
Job has steadfastly maintained his view that the wicked
are not always punished in this life and directly
contradicts the assertions of his comforters. Job in the
last verse challenges them to call him a liar. Job here is
I think being theologically honest, whereas his friends
wanted to sound holy and tell themselves things they all
knew deep down inside were not true. They were wiling to
'lie for God', if you will. This is the idea he express in
chapter 13 when he asks his comforters
Will ye speak unrighteously for
And talk deceitfully for him?
Will ye show partiality to him?
Will ye contend for God?
(Job 13:7-8 - ASV)
What Job's comforters said may have sounded good, but it
did not bear up under Job's razor sharp and brutally
This is the crux of the argument.
We will continue our look at Job next week, God willing!!
Job Part XLVI
Therefore am I
terrified at his presence;
When I consider, I am afraid of him.
For God hath made my heart faint,
And the Almighty hath terrified me;
Because I was not cut off before the darkness,
Neither did he cover the thick
darkness from my face.
(Job 23:15-17 - ASV)
(from the last section) was recounting how he had done
his best to walk with God and yet now that he is in
such trouble, he cannot find him. He had stated his
confidence that when this trial was over he would come
forth as gold.
Job in the above passage continues the thought from
verse 14 that God was omnipotent and could do
whatsoever he wanted. But these facts made Job quite
afraid. The very thought of such a being was
frightening to Job. This is the effect on any man who
meditates on God and who he is and his power. How did
Solomon put it? "The fear of Jehovah is the
beginning of wisdom; And the knowledge of the Holy
One is understanding. "- Proverbs 9:10.
Job here showed his
wisdom, he truly feared God. A man who truly feared
him as Job did could not be guilty of so heinous a
pattern of sins and crime as his friends accused him
of. Job's heart, he continues, was made faint by the
very thought of God (H7401 in
Strong's). Anyone who comes to God has to
know what a horrible sinner he or she is and that they
are totally unworthy of God or of having their
petition heard, let alone granted. It is only by God's
mercy and love for us that he hears us, not because of
any righteousness we think we possess.
The last passage
above is just a bit hard to understand. But the idea
seems to be that Job is lamenting that he did not die
in the midst of all of his wealth and prosperity. It
also seems to be Job's response to Eliphaz's words in
Chapter 22:11. The
issue here appears to be that he lost all and was made
to look like the worst kind of wicked man - accursed
of God. This is what troubles him. Job is saying he
would have rather died than experience the things he
has had to endure. What hurts Job the most is that it
was God (in Job's mind), the one whom he looked upon
as friend and guide who had inflicted all this woe
Why are times
not laid up by the Almighty?
always keep in mind that chapter breaks in our Bibles
are often arbitrary - they did not appear in the
original texts. Chapter 24 continues Job's speech. He
goes on to mark that God see's all things. The idea in this
passage seems to be that God does indeed see all
things, but that those who don't know God can't see
this, neither do they understand it.
And why do not they that know him see his days?
There are that remove the landmarks;
They violently take away flocks,
and feed them. They drive away
the ass of the fatherless;
They take the widow's ox for a pledge.
They turn the needy out of the way:
The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
(Job 24:1-4 - ASV)
Job then goes
on in verses two to four to lay out the crimes of
those who do not mark God, who don't know him. They
commit all manner of crimes. They target the weak in
their crime sprees (the fatherless and widow). They
engage in theft, cruelty etc.
Job's continues his
wild asses in the desert
Job's poetry aptly describes a kind of Patriarchal age
'crime family'. They get up very early (vs 5 - 'diligently' is
the word H7836 in Strong's).
They steal the very clothes off the impoverished and
kidnap children and put the poor in such debt they cannot
even afford clothes and enslave these unfortunates. These
passages seem to be describing some kind of roving bands
of marauders that were not unheard of in the desert in
those days. The passage may be describing their own
miserable destitution (vs 5-8)
as well as the suffering their actions cause their victims
They go forth to their work,
seeking diligently for food;
The wilderness yieldeth them
bread for their children.
They cut their provender in the field;
And they glean the vintage of the wicked.
They lie all night naked without clothing,
And have no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the showers of the mountains,
And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast,
And take a pledge of the poor;
So that they go about naked without clothing,
And being hungry they carry the sheaves.
They make oil within the walls of these men;
They tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
(Job 24:5-11 - ASV)
But things are
not so different today. We have seen major reports
coming from governments and NGO's today on many of the
same kinds of things, people being kidnapped or
deceived to serve as slave labor, debt slavery, etc.
Such wicked men have always existed, they know not
We will continue our
look at Job next week, God willing!
Lawfare And Spiritual Warfare
Navigating the future in the west I don't think is going
to be easy. When Churches are not allowed by law to
congregate while others are is a problem. One that needs
to be explored.
During this pandemic, Churches have done right I think so
far by obeying authorities during the pandemic but also by
using the courts to deal with authorities edicts
restricting worship. But what about when perhaps some
future edict goes directly against our great commission or
the commands of scripture? What then? This is no little
matter, because such days may not be so very far away,
given the political landscape and some of the other things
being slowly moved legally and administratively against
Christians in the west.
Are there any examples in scripture about this? Are there
examples of 'lawfare' in our Bibles? Men who used the law
subtly to entrap God's servants? Yes. I will just use one
today, because I think it most apt.
Daniel was a man
greatly beloved of God and who served the Emperor Darius.
He was very good at his job and no one could find any
occasion against him. He was wise, most efficient and the
emperor had a lot of respect for him. So much so that he
was to be the number two man in the Kingdom, above all the
Daniel was distinguished
above the presidents and the satraps,
because an excellent spirit was in him;
and the king thought to set him over the whole
Then the presidents and the satraps
sought to find occasion against Daniel
as touching the kingdom;
but they could find no occasion nor fault,
forasmuch as he was faithful,
neither was there any
error or fault found in him.
(Daniel 6:3-4 - ASV)
Daniels' enemies were looking for something... anything
they could use against him. But could not find anything.
Man, do I personally know what that is like! Well, if they
can't find anything - create something against them. Here
is what went down with God's servant, Daniel
We shall not find any
occasion against this Daniel,
except we find it against him
concerning the law of his God.
(Daniel 6:5 - ASV)
This is lawfare in the age of the Medes and the Persians.
Lawfare based on religion. And not unlike today, the
deeper ramifications are spiritual in nature. Perhaps it
would help to look at this like the spiritual stronghold
of Babylon was coming against a man of God. What was the
'hook' this stronghold used to entice these men to come
against God's man? Jealousy. In order for the devil to get
people to act he has to have some kind of 'hook' to pull
them in the direction he wants them to go. So these
princes of Babylon were hatching a plot against Daniel.
They realized it had to be against his religion and his
God after having looked everywhere else.
presidents and satraps
assembled together to the king,
and said thus unto him, King Darius,
live for ever. All the presidents of the
the deputies and the satraps,
the counsellors and the governors,
have consulted together to establish
a royal statute, and to make a strong
that whosoever shall ask a petition
of any god or man for thirty days, save of
O king, he shall be cast into the den of
Now, O king, establish the interdict,
and sign the writing, that it be not
according to the law of the Medes and
which altereth not.
(Daniel 6:6-8 - ASV)
Like most good
administrators, they were clever. They created this law,
which only had temporary effect (30 days) and during this
time, no one could could come to any God and pray...
except of course to the emperor himself. Here they show
that they understood a few things. First that such a law
if for an extended period could cause social unrest;
second, it was OK to come to the King. Here they appealed
to the Kings vanity, who now would be the exclusive 'god'
to whom the people could come to in order to make any
petition. This was a firm law and one that could not be
revoked. The penalty for breaking it was death by lions
Now this is one crazy law, but one cannot think for a
second that men in power in any age are not capable of
putting such laws into action. Here the motive was for one
reason alone, to kill Daniel. They shifted the whole
religious and legal landscape of the empire to kill one
godly man. Make no mistake, a truly Godly man who yields
himself to God is someone that the devil will take the
greatest pains to try and destroy.
signed the writing and the interdict.
(Daniel 6:9 - ASV)
This is rather sad. Why in the world did Darius sign
this? He had to realize this would effect Daniel,
his most trusted servant? We don't know. But it is not
impossible that Daniel was 'out of the office' that day,
perhaps out tallying the grain supply or inspecting the
royal armory. These administrators probably waited until
an ideal time to spring this on the king. Perhaps after
the emperor had a few glasses of the special Persian
vintage of wine and some Persian dancing beauty did her
little performance for the court (this is not unheard
of in scripture - see Mark
6:22ff). However they did it, they were
able to get the king to sign this stupid law.
Here is the thing, once he knew it was signed Daniel did
not change a thing. Knowing the danger and certainly
knowing his enemies had arranged this trap, he continued
to serve the Lord and prayed like he did before - even
though it had become a crime, punishable by death.
that the writing was signed,
he went into his house (now his windows
were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem);
and he kneeled upon his knees
three times a day, and prayed,
and gave thanks before his God,
as he did aforetime.
(Daniel 6:10 - ASV)
Daniel had to navigate this legal and administrative
jungle with all of these administrative and legal snakes,
crocodiles and piranha out to devour him. How did he do
it? In this instance, it was a head-on approach. he was
not going to be frightened out of serving God. He was not
going to be scared out of praying to the Lord. He went in
his room turned towards Jerusalem, got on his knee's and
prayed. In short, Daniel, with his actions was saying 'pass
all the laws you want, I am going to serve the Lord'.
This was faith for Daniel knew that he moment he
got on his knees he was according to the law, a dead man.
These days, many Christians are relying on political
parties, non-profit legal organizations and others to
protect their rights from bad laws that attack Christians.
Certainly these organization are for the most part, doing
excellent work and have done much to protect us. But we
must never forget that this is ultimately, not a political
or legal battle, but a spiritual one. This was the secret
that Daniel knew and his enemies did not.
together unto the king,
and said unto the king, Know, O king,
that it is a law of the Medes and Persians,
that no interdict nor statute
which the king establisheth
may be changed.
(Daniel 6:15 - ASV)
On the surface, it looked like Daniel's enemies had won a
major victory. They run to the king like a group of
tattle-tale school children, probably unable to contain
their joy in their news that Daniel was now committing a
But the king realized that he made a major error in
signing that decree and did what he could to fix things.
But his administrators were adamant, they wanted Daniel,
or what was left of him after the lions were finished,
under six feet of dirt... no if's, no and's and no but's.
They had the King as well as Daniel in a trap.
The King did not appreciate this as we see and
administrators and lawyers often do make big mistakes.
This was a major political mistake they made - tricking
and entrapping the king. They probably thought they were
We know the rest of the story. God sent an angel to
protect Daniel from this unwise and unrighteous edict and
the wicked men behind it. Daniel came out of the den
This is not what happened to Daniel's enemies.
And the king
they brought those men that
had accused Daniel, and they cast them
into the den of lions, them, their children,
and their wives; and the lions had
the mastery of them, and brake
all their bones in pieces,
before they came to the
bottom of the den.
(Daniel 6:24 - ASV)
Despite all that his enemies had planned against God's
man, Daniel prospered (Dan 6:28).
I have gone over this passage for a reason. As we watch
the generational shift in the country as well as attacks
on religious liberty, we must understand that we are
indeed in a kind of jungle. We have enemies who are lying
in wait for us as we traverse the dangerous landscape.
They want to do us harm, even kill us. But we who know our
God can depend on him to look out for us. To protect us
from the wickedness of those who would do us harm.
Sometimes God has to let our enemies get so far, so he can
beat them back. Let them do their wickedness so they have
no excuse when they are thrown into the lions den, as they
would do to God's people.
This is the boomerang effect and at times, I have seen it
at work. What people try and throw at God's people can
sometimes comes right back around at them. The key is to
never take vengeance yourself, keep faith with God and
keep your eyes and ears open to what is going on and more
importantly to what God wants you to do.
Also remember that Daniel was willing to pour out his life
for his God and such a call may be made upon us one day.
because of the blood of the Lamb,
and because of the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their life
even unto death.
(Revelation 12:11 - ASV)
For one day, all hell will break loose and that great
dragon, Satan will be given enormous authority here on
earth. He will make war on we who follow Christ Jesus.
dragon waxed wroth with the woman,
and went away to make war
with the rest of her seed,
that keep the commandments of God,
and hold the testimony of Jesus:
(Revelation 12:17 - ASV)
I beheld, and
the same horn
The war will certainly start off with legal aspects to it.
You can't worship, you can't congregate, you can't
witness, you must bow down before the emperor, etc. The
devil will make sure that in such a war, laws are passed
to do just that - attack Christians for that is his
primary purpose, to make war against the saints.
This is clearly what happens with the Mark of the Beast. A
law is passed making taking the mark compulsory along with
the worship of an image. The penalty will be death. It
will be lawfare but with a specific spiritual or rather,
demonic purpose in mind. But God as well will be working
his own purpose in this - he is going to allow it. It will
test the whole world as well as his saints. Those saints
who are here will have to go through it but God will spare
others of this great trial which will come upon the whole
world (Revelation 3:10).
made war with the saints,
and prevailed against them;
(Daniel 7:21 - ASV)
And it was given unto him
to make war with the saints,
and to overcome them:
and there was given to him authority
over every tribe and people
and tongue and nation.
(Revelation 13:7 - ASV)
There will be different ways for different people on how
to navigate the coming jungle. Paul when being questioned
used his wisdom to confound his interrogators by asserting
a resurrection when the council was divided about that
issue (Acts 23:6ff).
God will show us what to do if we put our trust in him
fully. He has done that with me and at times he is very
specific about what I am to do. He will do this with you
if you are truly walking with him and have chosen to be in
his service. But for many, if not most of us who are alive
when the mark is instituted, we must steel ourselves for
death. The spirit distinctly says that this spirit of
anti-Christ will have power to overcome us (in the body).
But we ultimately do overcome by the blood of Christ and
the word of our testimony.
In conclusion, I see lawfare as intensifying as anti-God
forces move more and more into the corridors of power all
over the world. False religion, anti-religion and others
will work on behalf of the devil and in nine cases out of
ten, won't know who their ultimate employer is. We must
prepare our hearts for it. The devil is deadly serious
about his attacks on we who are of Christ. It is only when
he is given authority that he can come after us in full.
Today as we can see, persecution is more a regional
phenomenon. We in the west are harassed, but rarely feel
the brunt of the kinds of persecution that is felt in many
parts of the world. That one day is going to change. When
and how I cannot say, but you can be certain that if God
warned us about persecution, we must be prepared for it
and not try and kid ourselves that persecution only means
for someone else.
So as we move through the jungle of our times let us
recognize that there are many predators out there who will
seek our harm and even our lives and when possible and
practicable, let us avoid the traps the devil and his imps
will lay for us in the days ahead.
God bless and keep you all in Christ!
said unto Abram,
Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
and from thy father's house, unto the land
that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and be thou a blessing: and I will bless them
that bless thee,
and him that curseth thee will I curse:
and in thee shall all the families
of the earth be blessed.
(Genesis 12:1-3 - ASV)
This is one of those subjects that are often
best avoided in polite 'Christian' society. But the idea
of a curse is a very serious affair and frankly, I am not
so sure many 'generic' Christians really believe in and or
understand just how serious it is.
In the above passage, God had called out Abraham for a
very specific purpose. He was going to use Abraham's
obedience and faith as a key instrument to bring salvation
to mankind. Obedience because Abraham (at that time Abram)
had to do something, he had to get out of his native land
and away from his family and go to a place that God did
not specify exactly but would reveal at the proper time.
Then he gives him a powerful promise. Anyone who blesses
Abraham will be blessed and anyone who curses him will be
cursed. As we noted in the last part of Samuel, we see how
God does indeed protect his people when they are on a
divinely appointed mission. God was going to protect his
servant and that he did many times in his long journey.
A curse brothers is a horrible thing. It can entail all
manner of evils, illnesses, pain, or poverty. It's
something that is a sign of great divine displeasure. The
reality of a curse is clearly maintained all through the
Pentateuch (the five books of Moses) and there are
many blessings and cursing within those pages. A curse is
almost always based on a person's behavior.
And it shall
come to pass,
I think of the long history of the people of Israel. I
think of their first exile to Babylon, but also what I
consider the far more important exile which took place
after the Romans came in 70 AD. Israel was
scattered all through the world. For centuries they
wandered and lived as foreigners and 'outsiders' in just
about every place they went. Some European nations had
periods of time where they expelled the Jews, hated them
and treated them with deep contempt. This went on for
nearly two millennia. How did Moses prophecy what would
happen to the Jews if they did not do as God had
commanded them, the God who did all manner of miracles for
them and freed them from their slave chains in Egypt?
when all these things are come upon thee,
the blessing and the curse, which I have
set before thee,
and thou shalt call them to mind among all the
whither Jehovah thy God hath driven thee,
and shalt return unto Jehovah thy God,
and shalt obey his voice according
to all that I command thee this day,
thou and thy children, with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul; that then Jehovah
thy God will turn thy captivity,
and have compassion upon thee,
and will return and gather
thee from all the peoples,
whither Jehovah thy God
hath scattered thee.
(Deuteronomy 30:1-3 - ASV)
shalt become an astonishment,
a proverb, and a byword,
among all the peoples
shall lead thee away.
(Deuteronomy 28:37 - ASV)
The whole chapter of Deuteronomy chapter 28 describes the
blessings and curses that will befall Israel, wholly
dependent in on their obedience to or rebellion against
God's commandments. When Israel entered into the covenant
with the Lord, I just am not so certain they took the Lord
at his word and that God has a long memory... the
longest in the universe. It is not a mistake that we
Christians should repeat. Let Israel's travails be a clear
example to us. God will keep his word and deal quite
harshly with those who reject him, his word and his ways.
Particularly those who entered into covenant with him.
Once we have been born into the Kingdom of God by the work
of the Holy Spirit, we have entered into a new covenant; a
new 'contract' signed, if you will, in the blood of
We must also remember that God will do his part in the
work of salvation, or in any divinely appointed task he
has assigned us, but that we must do ours as well. One
thing we must do is to keep our faith - mental belief
coupled with actual obedience.
It's not talked about much but the NT does have a curse
mentioned for those who turn away from God.
who were once enlightened
and tasted of the heavenly gift,
and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
and tasted the good word of God,
and the powers of the age to come,
and then fell away, it is impossible
to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him
to an open shame. For the land which
hath drunk the rain that cometh oft upon it,
and bringeth forth herbs meet for them
for whose sake it is also tilled,
receiveth blessing from God:
but if it beareth thorns and thistles,
it is rejected and nigh unto a curse;
whose end is to be burned.
(Hebrews 6:4-8 - ASV)
The principle is not at all dissimilar to what we saw in
Deuteronomy 28; there is the blessings that comes from God
and then there is the clear prospect of a curse. All
depending on the 'fruit' that the 'ground' bears.
fruits ye shall know them.
Do men gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit;
but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit
is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits
ye shall know them.
(Matthew 7:16-20 - ASV)
We must lay these things to heart and not ignore them or
think them of little account - the divine 'accountant' is
coming and he is a most exacting fellow, he
expects a spiritual profit; a basket of good fruit for all
the investment he has made and brothers, he had better get
it! See the parable of the fig tree in a vineyard (Luke 13:6ff).
How is it that the prophet Malachi talked about the
Priests in his time? God was sore upset with his religious
representatives. The men who were supposed be guiding
Israel. You will see below what God thought about them.
And now, O ye
Some of you may say that is only meant for the priests
under the old law. You would be mostly correct. This is
not a generalized threat to all of Israel, only to the
priests, the House of Levi.
this commandment is for you.
If ye will not hear,
and if ye will not lay it to heart,
to give glory unto my name,
saith Jehovah of hosts,
then will I send the curse upon you,
and I will curse your blessings; yea,
I have cursed them already,
because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold,
I will rebuke your seed,
and will spread dung upon your faces,
even the dung of your feasts;
and ye shall be taken away with it.
And ye shall know that I have sent
this commandment unto you,
that my covenant may be with Levi,
saith Jehovah of hosts.
(Malachi 2:1-4 - ASV)
But ye are an
Yes, we true Christians are a priesthood as well. Again,
representatives of God. So let us take such words as we
find in Malachi with seriousness. The old Levitical
priesthood was one that was not eternal, it was passed on
from generation to generation. We are part of something
much more permanent and yes, important. Therefore, our
responsibility is also that much greater. We must not
spurn God's word or hold his words and commandments in
light regard. That is the way to very great error. We must
not pollute the gospel message any more than the priests
were not to pollute the offerings to the Lord (see Galatians 1:8-9).
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people for God's own possession,
that ye may show forth the
excellencies of him who called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:
who in time past were no people,
but now are the people of God:
who had not obtained mercy,
but now have obtained mercy.
(1Peter 2:9-10 - ASV)
We who serve God, let us keep faith with him in all things
so that we may obtain the blessing and not anger the Lord
and incur his displeasure. Or worse, his curse.
These times? Brothers I see a nation and world heading
into a curse. Right now I think God is trying to get our
attention but that phase is not going to last forever. I
look at our nation and the things going on and I am
shocked at the trends in it.
America is changing and its spiritual moorings with God
are being slowly unhinged as the nation continues its
spiritual drift. Sex-sin is in, God is out; drugs are in,
Church is out; false narratives and fake news are in and
God's truth is out. I suspect we are a nation that if it
does not change its ways, will receive from the hand of
the Lord one thing in particular... a curse. I hope and
pray that does not occur. Americans have
certainly received a great many blessings from God's hand
and have been in a great many ways, the envy of the world.
But how has the country repaid him?
I hate to write on such a negative subject, but this
morning I kind of got a most troubling word from the Lord
that I am not going to share, but it did have to
do with the whole idea of the curse.
[Note: This piece should not under ANY
circumstances be construed (or deliberately
misconstrued) to be against Israel or the Jewish people.
Too many men in Church history have abused the
scriptures and twisted them to incite hatred of the
Jewish people. This site is absolutely
against any form of hate, including and
especially anti-Semitism. Jesus Christ was a Jew and I
am and will continue to be one of his followers and
maintain a love for the Jewish people as I am commanded
to love all men.]
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