And Jehovah answered me,
and said, Write the vision,
make it plain upon tablets, that he may run
that readeth it.
(Habakkuk 2:2 [ASV])
12 May 2021
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 43
- Job Part 42
- A Curse
- Job Part 41
- Job Part 40
- Job Part 39
- Job Part 38
Job Part XLIV
Wilt thou keep the old way
Which wicked men have trodden?
Who were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
Who said unto God, Depart from us;
And, What can the Almighty do for us?
(Job 22:15-17 ASV)
Eliphaz continues here his psychological
evaluation of Job and his motivations for the 'great
wickedness' he is accusing him of. He asks Job if he
to the ways of wicked men before him.
word 'keep' in verse 15 appears to have more of
connotation as to observe or even
accusing Job of learning from the ways of wicked
clear implication in the next verse is that he had
be ready for their recompense, which in Eliphaz'
is to be cut down and whose fate is not at all
those of the great flood (Gen
before their their time. Verse
17 appears to be a sarcastic and disrespectful
Job's assertion in chapter 21:14-15.
These wicked men want nothing to do with God, they
him to be gone thinking that God can do nothing
They felt they did not need God or his help.
they feel even slightly dependent upon him.
incorrectly ascribes Job with being sympathetic to
godless views and apparently is using this form of
sarcastic mockery to display his view.
their houses with good things:
his sarcasm, tossing Job's words back in his mouth
Eliphaz seems to
be implying that Job was defending them, by saying
God did not always punish the wicked. The fact
stated that their homes were filled with good
used as a 'evidence' that Job was sympathetic to
of thinking and that Job's arguments prove that he
secret admirer of the wicked.
But the counsel of the wicked is far from
The righteous see it, and are glad;
And the innocent laugh them to scorn,
Saying, Surely they that did rise up
against us are cut off,
And the remnant of them
the fire hath consumed.
(Job 22:18-20 ASV)
Verse 19 and 20 are Eliphaz
own theological take on the reaction of the
the wicked man falls. Here Eliphaz appears to be
himself at Job's expense with this long diatribe
accusations and dubious theology.
Verse 20 looks like another not so subtle
that the righteous substance is not cut down, but
wicked man's is... 'take a look at yourself,
the mess you are in' seems to be the
here. The idea of fire here some have surmised is
reference to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
as what happened to Job's sheep and servants (Job 1:16).
thyself with him, and be at peace:
Thereby good shall come unto thee.
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth,
And lay up his words in thy heart.
If thou return to the Almighty,
thou shalt be built up,
If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy
And lay thou thy treasure in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the
(Job 22:21-24 ASV)
Here Eliphaz exhorts Job to repent of all of his
evils and come back to God. Here his tone changes 180
His exhortations are these.
- Acquaint himself with (know) God
- Receive God's law
- Lay up (treasure) God's words in his heart
- Put away evil
Then he moves on to give promises to Job that if he
things God will be with him he will be built up, if he
away sin. Once he does that, his riches will return to
24 - implying he would have so much of it, it
would be of
), according to Eliphaz theology.
theology is beautiful, but simplistic. It is well
theological territory, but does not really deal with
harsher realities of suffering that Job has expounded
will be thy treasure,
And precious silver unto thee.
For then shalt thou delight thyself in the
And shalt lift up thy face unto God.
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him,
and he will hear thee; And thou shalt pay thy
Thou shalt also decree a thing,
and it shall be established unto thee;
And light shall shine upon thy ways.
When they cast thee down, thou shalt say,
There is lifting up;
And the humble person
he will save.
He will deliver even him that is not innocent:
Yea, he shall be delivered
through the cleanness of thy hands.
(Job 22:25-30 ASV)
Eliphaz goes on to delineate the well known wisdom of
time. His exhortations, unlike his accusations show a
God and righteousness that seem most genuine. But
words evade the real point of the whole discussion.
will turn his face towards those who honor him and
will bless those who love him. Eliphaz words are
we see the same themes in all the wisdom literature in
Yet here I think it is a good idea to mention this in
of today's section on Job - that one of the factors
think both Job and Eliphaz miss, I think this is the
. It is one thing to say one serves the
Lord. Some seem to think that when one does serve God
then all these wonderful
blessings will befall you, a golden road appears,
appear overhead protecting you, and nothing bad ever
again. This is the theology of Job's friends in a
But what about the idea of service? What does it mean
? I mean really? In the midst of a
and warfare, the idea of service means a great deal.
does not just mean protection, but also obligation,
the most profound kind. For a soldier it could be you
up in battle, crippled or even killed. It means
orders and doing what you are told while possessing a
sense of loyalty to the country you serve. For a
means being available at the Lord of the manor's
beckon and call, 24-7
and keeping your mouth shut about what you see going
on in his
house. We Christians are obliged to God in many ways.
lives are pledged to God in his service.
How do we Christians serve God, particularly in these
days? In the same way we overcome the works of the
because of the blood of the Lamb,
and because of the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their life even unto
(Rev 12:11 ASV)
This is the kind of service
that will win you
in the first resurrection (Rev
Job here as well is described as a servant of the
Hast thou considered my servant
for there is none like him in the earth,
a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God,
and turneth away from evil.
(Job 1:8 ASV)
Yes, a man who serves is one who is dedicated to
This I think is one of the most important, if unstated
within the book of Job and the issue of suffering.
Service - do you serve the Lord, or just
lip-service to him? He who serves God can indeed count
protection and love, but also must bear the burdens of
to his master. But those burdens are usually not too
onerous. Yes, he does yoke us to him, but makes it
Come unto me,
all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Mat 11:28-30 ASV)
continue out look at Job Next week, God willing!!
Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Can a man be profitable unto God?
Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty,
that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to him,
that thou makest thy ways perfect?
(Job 22:1-3 ASV)
Eliphaz it is
surmised, is the oldest and wisest of Job's friends.
As a result, his words carry a little more weight and
if we remember, he was the first to speak when they
first arrived and saw Job's sufferings. This is the
third speech of his.
than first berating Job, asks him a question. Can a
man be profitable to God? Can he? Mankind often thinks
much more highly of himself that his own rotten deeds,
ignorance and sinfulness deserve. Clearly man in his
present state is of no real use to God, if we look at
it from Eliphaz' view point. When God was about to rid
the world of mankind in Genesis chapter six, he made
it plain that man was a mistake and one he was very
sorry he made.
But God made a promise. Yes he did
and that promise God was going to keep. If not,
mankind would have been a mistake that God would
probably have broken the mold to, right after the
flood! Let none of us think more highly of us as
individuals or even as a species than we ought.
Humility is always the best policy.
Eliphaz wisely surmises that man is
really of no value to God. He asks of God can possibly
take any pleasure on what mankind is or does. He then
argues that even if Job is a righteous man, what good
is that to God and how is it important that God even
marks how good we are? Eliphaz appears to be noting
that God is far, far above anything we do down here.
His ways are inscrutable. He also seems to be
reproving Job over his self inflated importance in
God's plan as though God has to answer him. God is not
under any such obligation to any of us. Eliphaz seems
to be implying that even if all of Job's complaints
were true and he was as innocent as he claims, what is
that to God? This seems to be the gist of his
Verse for is a little hard to place exactly and the
curious can head on over to some Bible sites with
commentaries that will give differing views on it.
Is it for
thy fear of him that he reproveth thee,
That he entereth with thee into judgment?
Is not thy wickedness great?
Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.
For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink,
And thou hast withholden bread from the
(Job 22:4-7 ASV)
Then Eliphaz goes on the direct attack. In verse five he
directly accuses Job of great wickedness and infinite
iniquity. Eliphaz here moves into dangerous ground for
clearly whatever Job's sins were, they were not observed
by God, who had a very high opinion of Job and went so far
as to say that he rejected evil (Job
1:8). Yet here Eliphaz is accusing him of
all manner of wickedness to the degree that his sins were
without human comprehension. Then he begins to outline
this supposed wickedness of Job.
According to Eliphaz's reasoning, he took a pledge (an
IOU) for nothing or something trifling and then
impoverished his brother based upon a falsified note or a
questionable pledge. He would not refresh the weary and
would not feed the hungry.
What does he base these accusations? Nothing more than
Job's present troubled state and his own imagination.
But as for
the mighty man, he had the earth;
And the honorable man, he dwelt in it.
Thou hast sent widows away empty,
And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
Therefore snares are round about thee,
And sudden fear troubleth thee,
Or darkness, so that thou canst not see,
And abundance of waters cover thee.
(Job 22:8-11 ASV)
Verse eight continues Eliphaz's diatribe against Job's
imagined evils. It is not clear exactly what Eliphaz is
accusing Job of in verse eight, Barnes thinks Eliphaz is
likening Job to just such a person who was powerful and
could do what he wanted and no one could hinder him.
The idea here seems to be that the reason Job did not go
after others was that they were too powerful. Job (in
Eliphaz's imagination) only preyed upon the weak and
defenseless, like the widows and orphans in verse nine.
This, according to the theology of Eliphaz was the reason
why Job was now having such problems. He was a wicked man
whom God was judging.
Is not God in
the height of heaven?
Eliphaz then attempts to psychologically analyze Job's
reasoning as to why he was so wicked. Job knows that God
is way up in heaven and far above man and the earth. So
Job figures that God must be so busy that he won't mark
wickedness and that God cannot see past the clouds. Since
God dwells in heaven and has his affairs up there to deal
with, how can he see or even be bothered with what we do?
So goes the theoretical reasoning of Job according to
And behold the height of the stars,
how high they are! And thou sayest,
What doth God know?
Can he judge through the thick darkness?
Thick clouds are a covering to him,
so that he seeth not;
And he walketh on the vault of heaven.
(Job 22:12-14 ASV)
Brothers, we must be careful about falsely accusing
others. We cannot see everything. God does - he see's and
understands. Eliphaz judged only on the surface and was
Did not our Lord say, Judge Not?
We will continue with our look at Job next week, God
For what careth
he for his house after him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
Shall any teach God knowledge,
Seeing he judgeth those that are high?
One dieth in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and quiet:
His pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moistened.
And another dieth in bitterness of soul,
And never tasteth of good.
They lie down alike in the dust,
And the worm covereth them.
(Job 21:21-26 ASV)
Job here continues to correct the false assumptions of
his friends. Job's views and theology are both full of
faith but also are 'evidenced based' views. His friends
keep asserting that somehow God's justice can be easily
surmised by simple observance of the world - the rich
prosper, the wicked are punished, etc. But Job continues
to stubbornly persist that these things are not so, at
least not based upon observable phenomenon. Verse 21
would better have been commented upon last week, as it
completes the previous thought on how God does often
indeed deal with the wicked man and if you remember, Job
anticipated the retort by his friends that God often
visits the fathers iniquity upon his descendants.
Verse 22 continues on with a new line of reasoning,
that God's justice and ways are far beyond that of mere
men. God has to judge both the poor and the rich; slaves
and kings; men and spirits. Who are we that we should be
so misguided and arrogant as to think we can teach God
anything? The same idea is expressed in the Prophets
(i.e., Isa 40:13).
Now it is unclear if Job has any idea of Angels, perhaps
not. But that does not mean he was not vaguely aware of
a spiritual world with beings that God was both Lord of
and whom he had to judge.
Job continues to remark on the different ways the
wicked die. He makes it plain that it is not true that
they all die a horrible, painful death. Such an idea is
fanciful and devoid of reality.
Behold, I know
And the devices wherewith
ye would wrong me. For ye say,
Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?
Have ye not asked wayfaring men?
And do ye not know their evidences,
That the evil man is reserved to the day of
That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
(Job 21:27-30 ASV)
Job here tells them he knows what they are
thinking and he see's his friends as persecutors now and
see's them imagining all manner of wickedness against him.
The next passage is a little difficult to understand, but
it appears that Job is calling them out for evidence of
their views. Then Job refers to those who travel far and
wide and asks if they did not think about asking them of
these things for any proof of their assertions
('evidences'). Job asserts that if they had, they would
have found out that their theological assertions are
simply not true.
Who shall declare his way to his
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
Yet shall he be borne to the grave,
And men shall keep watch over the tomb.
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him,
And all men shall draw after him,
As there were innumerable before him.
How then comfort ye me in vain,
Seeing in your answers there
remaineth only falsehood?
(Job 21:31-34 ASV)
Job then goes on to remark that who is going to charge
God with error? Who is going to say, 'God, you messed
up'? Who is going to repay him for his alleged
errors? God is accountable to no man. He and he alone is
sovereign and man's judgment of God based upon his
woefully incomplete knowledge. However, there are other
views on this passage. Some think Job is not referring
to God but is an oblique reference to the godless, whom
the humble dare not oppose while they are powerful.
The next passage is not clear to me if he is referring
to the man who brings such charge to God or if he is
continuing on with the idea of the fate of both the
wicked and the righteous. The poetry is rather dark as
he says that the dirt clods that cover him will seem
sweet and that this is the fate of those before and
those who will come after him. Job then chides them for
the sorry way they are comforting him and trying to do
it with lies. Job is clearly pretty ticked off at his
The argument continues and each side has pretty much
hardened their stance. But Job's friends can be chided
both for their false theology as well as their cruelty
to Job, who needed comfort rather than their
Yet Job was confident in his God, despite all the evil
that befell him, the false accusations of these
'friends', the departure of his family and friends, Job
maintained his faith in God. This marks Job out as one
very remarkable man of God.
We will continue with the words of Eliphaz next week, God
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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.
(Gen 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.
(Deu 30:1-3 ASV)
shalt become an astonishment,
a proverb, and a byword,
among all the peoples
shall lead thee away.
(Deu 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.
(Heb 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.
(Mat 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.
(Mal 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 Gal 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.
(1Pe 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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Job Part XLI
answered and said,
Hear diligently my speech;
And let this be your consolations.
Suffer me, and I also will speak;
And after that I have spoken,
(Job 21:1-3 ASV)
Job begins his retort to Zophar's speech with
both an entreaty that Zophar and has friends listen to his
words and follows with a bit of dry humor and says they
can continue to mock him when he is done, until then,
suffer that he may speak.
As for me, is
my complaint to man?
Job here I think tries to correct a misconception in the
minds of his comforters. He is not nearly as concerned
with their opinion of him as they seem to think, his
argument and complaint is not with them, but with God. He
needed comfort and support from his friends and instead he
got sermonized by men who clearly did not really know or
understand God. They have engaged in this debate that to
Job was irrelevant, because his controversy was not with
these so called friends, whose comfort they offered Job
was like laying on a bed of nails.
And why should I not be impatient?
Mark me, and be astonished,
And lay your hand upon your mouth.
Even when I remember I am troubled,
And horror taketh hold on my flesh.
(Job 21:4-6 ASV)
Job is upset and why should he not be troubled by all that
has befallen him. We should keep in mind that Job has on
other occasions appealed directly to God to argue his case
before him. This appears to be another occasion (vs 4).
Job then goes on to say (paraphrasing), look at me?
are you not astonished!? How could we modernize and
make it more colorful and down to earth for today? 'Come
on man, look at my face... I look like something out of
horror flick and could scare away all the neighborhood
kids just by walking down the street!' (see Job 30:8-11).
His friends should have put their hands over their mouth
in silent astonishment rather than their constant needling
Job says that even as he remembers these things he is
afraid when he thinks of all the evil that has befallen
him. It still scares him; his kids dead, his wealth gone,
he now sitting in the city dump scraping his skin with
shards of a broken pot.
the wicked live,
Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?
Their seed is established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear,
Neither is the rod of God upon them.
(Job 21:7-9 ASV)
Job here returns to his old argument and
rebuts the fanciful theology of Zophar, stating clearly
that what happens to the wicked is clearly not what
Zophar and his friends say it is. He has seen the wicked
do pretty well, their household and bloodlines
established - they are secure and God does not punish
nor chastise them; completely contrary to Zophar's 'make
up your own facts'
theology. What Zophar and his
friends have said simply did not line up with reality.
Their bull gendereth, and
Their cow calveth, and casteth not her
They send forth their little ones like a flock,
And their children dance.
They sing to the timbrel and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
They spend their days in prosperity,
And in a moment they go down to Sheol.
And they say unto God, Depart from us;
For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
(Job 21:10-14 ASV)
Job here recounts in poetical language just how good the
wicked live. This idea of them wasting away is simply
not reflected in any reality except in the 'creative
' that resides in the minds of Job's
friends. But Job hits an important point in verse 14 and
it's one we should talk about just a bit.
The point he makes is that all the good times,
prosperity and partying, they make the soul of the
wicked man hardened and contemptuous of God. In that
passage they tell God to depart, 'get lost
they say to the Almighty, we don't want to know anything
about you! Such is the wicked boast of many a rich and
powerful man who made their bank account and belly swell
as a result of the evil dealings.
Christ dealt with this issue in his ministry and a
relevant passage on this can be found below.
And he said
Take heed, and keep yourselves from all
for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance
of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying,
The ground of a certain rich man brought
forth plentifully: and he reasoned within himself,
What shall I do, because I have not where to
bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my
and build greater; and there will I bestow
all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my
Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years;
take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry. But God
said unto him,
Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required
and the things which thou hast prepared,
whose shall they be? So is he that layeth up
treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God.
(Luk 12:15-21 ASV)
What this man did was complete folly. The Greek word for
'foolish' (vs 20
in Strong's Greek.
This is where Christ enlightens us, that the
man's soul now is required of him and he may have had a
lot of money in the Roman bank account of his day, but he
was not rich towards God.
So the man in Job 21:14
is expressing this same folly that Christ spoke of in
Luke. Job was close to the truth of the matter that his
friends were either too blind or too puffed up with
spiritual arrogance to see.
Yet Peter also speaks about such people in his second
letter. He sums it up with this verse.
the Lord knoweth how to deliver
out of temptation, and to keep
the unrighteous under punishment
unto the day of judgment;
(2Pe 2:9 ASV)
In short, the Lord is giving the wicked man the rope he
will need to hang himself, the wood needed to build the
scaffold, and the shovel required to dig his own
What is the Almighty, that we
should serve him?
In verse 15,
the wicked man continues his mockery of God and
demonstrates their contempt for him.
And what profit should we have, if we pray unto
Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand:
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put
That their calamity cometh upon them?
That God distributeth sorrows in his
That they are as stubble before the wind,
And as chaff that the storm carrieth away?
Ye say, God layeth up his iniquity for his
Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may
Let his own eyes see his destruction,
And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
(Job 21:15-20 ASV)
In verse 16, the phrase 'prosperity is not in
their hand' probably means that while they have good
things, often all the good things this life has to offer,
it is not theirs really, it's God's to give and take at
his discretion. Job separates himself from such men and
their ways; their counsel are things he wants nothing to
Job follows by appearing to answer Bildad's question on
the light of the wicked being put out (Yea, the light of the wicked shall be
put out, And the spark of his fire shall not
shine - Job 18:5). He asks how often
their candle is put out and their destruction come? How
often does this really happen?. This is the real question
Job is asking here.
The rest of the passage is not as clear as it might seem,
but it appears that what Job is doing is anticipating an
argument from his friends and answering a previous
contention that God will visit the sins of the evil man
upon his posterity. They may argue that maybe what Job
puts forward is true, if so then they would argue that the
sins of the fathers will visit the children (Exodus 20:5). This
doctrine is also being debated by Job, but let us remember
that this book was almost certainly written long before
the Book of Exodus and the Mosaic Law.
We shall continue our look a Job next week, God willing!!!
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and peace to each of you. In these difficult times I
always want to make sure that I do my best to
encourage each of you who comes by the site. I know
how hard life can be and this walk of faith can at
times be difficult and the last thing I want
to be is one of those sites that harp on the negative,
the disasters and casting a dark light on everything,
as is the habit of some.
We can often become discouraged and confused when
things don't turn out the way we wanted or hoped. In
such times we need to remember the proverb.
Jehovah with all thy heart,
In times when
we don't understand why something is happening to us,
this is what we need to do. Trust in the Lord - with
all of our hearts. It's what David had to do before he rose to the
throne and it's what Job had to do. Both had to have
at sometime, felt almost betrayed and abandoned by the
God in whom they trusted. But each hung in there -
through thick and thin and kept faith with God. Job
was restored and doubly blessed and David did ascend
to the throne, according to God's promise. But they
had to wade through a proverbial swamp full of
crocodiles and walk through the valley of the shadow
of death first. But they kept moving forward
did not look back and kept faith with God, despite the
And lean not upon thine own understanding:
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
And he will direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes;
Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:
It will be health to thy navel,
And marrow to thy bones.
(Pro 3:5-8 ASV)
What? You think its has been easy doing this blog?
It's not has hard as it used to be, but there are
times it has been exceptionally difficult. But I had
my orders from the Lord and I carried them out. I say
this to each of you so that you won't get discouraged
when the harsh realities of life come crashing in your
front door. A major illness in the family, a death,
the loss of a job, a major expense you simply cannot
pay for, you get very sick or maybe you have to do
time for a crime you never even thought about
committing - these things happen, they can happen
But your job is to not give into despair and
bitterness. We must never rail against God and put the
blame on him for the troubles in our life. Chances are
there is something here God wants to teach you and you
won't realize what the lesson is until it's over. It's
often that way with me. I had to learn some things the
hard way and as the last big trial was ending the Lord
just spoke to me and let me know that if I had learned
one key lesson, the trial would come to an end. It
did. There is no chance I will forget that lesson as I
think I will have to go through a 'remedial' course in
the school of hard knocks if I ever do.
Such a lesson does not appeal to me!
The key for each of us who
serves the Lord is this - we all have to go
through trials. There is no way around it. So if it
happens to you, don't be shocked or dismayed. It goes
with God's plan.
not, for I am with thee;
awry? Feel like a hundred boulders just landed right
on top of you? Brothers we have a God who loves us and
will take care of us if we fully put our trust in him.
You got enemies? The passage above makes it plain that
they won't be around long. Just hang tough, God see's
what they are doing. He has not forgotten about you or
their deeds. Let them finish digging their own graves
- they may be only 5-and-a half feet down - let them
get that extra 6 inches of digging completed. Save the
manual laborers the sweat needed to do it. Your God is
indeed looking out for you. But you must - absolutely
MUST put your trust in him and do what he tells you.
be not dismayed, for I am thy God;
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my
Behold, all they that are incensed
against thee shall be put to shame and
they that strive with thee shall be as nothing,
and shall perish. Thou shalt seek them,
and shalt not find them, even them that contend
they that war against thee shall be as nothing,
and as a thing of nought. For I, Jehovah thy
will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee,
Fear not; I will help thee.
(Isa 41:10-13 ASV)
So no matter what you are
going through, keep faith with God. Don't get
discouraged and don't, whatever you do throw in the
towel on your faith. That is exactly what the devil
wants you to do. Invariably, he is targeting your
faith - the key ingredient in our salvation.
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Job Part XL
We continue here with the last two verses of Job's
response to Bildad.
If ye say, How we
will persecute him!
And that the root of the matter is found in me;
Be ye afraid of the sword: For wrath bringeth
the punishments of the sword,
That ye may know there is a judgment.
(Job 19:28-29 ASV)
This passage's linguistic complexity
is a bit much for me. It is not easy to translate nor
to understand fully, as some commentators make plain.
There are many different translations of it. Those of
you who have parallel Bibles may want to look at the
I gather from this passage as a whole
that Job is in a round about way, warning his
detractors not only of his innocence, but that God
would not be so kind to those who so persecuted the
innocent, particularly while they were in such
terrible suffering and guiltless of any serious sin.
God does not look kindly on anyone who brings harm to
those he calls his friends.
answered Zophar the Naamathite,
and said, Therefore do my thoughts
give answer to me, Even by reason
of my haste that is in me. I have heard
the reproof which putteth me to shame;
And the spirit of my understanding
(Job 20:1-3 ASV)
Zophar could not wait to answer Job (my haste) as what
Job said obviously struck Zophar very hard and he
clearly did not like it. Zophar claims his spirit is
one of understanding. However, the word that Zophar
uses for 'thoughts' (vs 2) is one that cannot be
ignored. It could men opinion, but here seems to me to
have the connotation of perhaps uncertainty, doubt - H5587
Job, I think hit the root of the matter and it kind of
put his friends on the defensive. Zophar then
continues his speech with poetic style. Zophar,
however was not convinced of Job's statement of faith
thou not this of old time,
Since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless but for a
Though his height mount up to the heavens,
And his head reach unto the clouds;
Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung:
They that have seen him shall say,
Where is he?
(Job 20:4-7 ASV)
Zophar, while using interesting and most descriptive
poetic language, falls back into the same old
theology, arguments and patriarchal age 'pop wisdom'
that simply did not fit Job's situation. His basic
argument that the wicked man's prosperity and
victories in this life don't last long and it has
always been so since Adam (Man in vs. 4 - H120
) has been on
fly away as a dream,
and shall not be found:
Yea, he shall be chased away
as a vision of the night.
The eye which saw him
shall see him no more;
Neither shall his place any more behold him.
His children shall seek the favor of the poor,
And his hands shall give back his wealth.
His bones are full of his youth,
But it shall lie down with him in the dust.
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,
Though he hide it under his tongue,
Though he spare it, and will not let it go,
But keep it still within his mouth;
Yet his food in his bowels is turned,
It is the gall of asps within him.
(Job 20:8-14 ASV)
Zophar here talks about the fate of the
wicked and how he one day will cease to exist all
together. Job has talked of judgment and made passing
reference to a resurrection (Job
), this Zophar appears to refute
in his 'understanding'. Then he goes on to discuss the
fate of the wicked man's progeny and that they will be
slaves in an impoverished house. In other words, they
would be like the slaves of slaves, the lowest form of
Zophar then goes on to talk about the wicked man as
well as his words and the very food that the wicked
man eats shall be poison in his belly.
swallowed down riches,
and he shall vomit them up again;
God will cast them out of his belly.
He shall suck the poison of asps:
The viper's tongue shall slay him.
He shall not look upon the rivers,
The flowing streams of honey and butter.
That which he labored for shall he restore,
and shall not swallow it down;
According to the substance
that he hath gotten,
he shall not rejoice.
(Job 20:15-18 ASV)
Zophar continues his poetic diatribe against the
wicked. These words require no further comment.
hath oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He hath violently taken away a house,
and he shall not build it up.
Because he knew no quietness within him,
He shall not save aught of that wherein he
There was nothing left that he devoured not;
Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in
The hand of every one that is in misery shall
come upon him.
When he is about to fill his belly, God will
the fierceness of his wrath upon him,
And will rain it upon him while he is eating.
(Job 20:19-23 ASV)
In Zophar's theology, the things he describes always
overtake the wicked and one key reason is that they
forsook and oppressed the poor.
Zophar's words seem to spend a lot of time on the
; vs 15, 20,
23) and food. It is not clear why this is, but perhaps
Job was once rather corpulent and this fact Zophar
wanted to point out in his veiled accusation.
flee from the iron weapon,
And the bow of brass shall strike him through.
He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his
Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his
Terrors are upon him. All darkness is laid up
for his treasures:
A fire not blown by man shall devour him;
It shall consume that which is left in his tent.
The heavens shall reveal his iniquity,
And the earth shall rise up against him.
The increase of his house shall depart;
His goods shall flow away in the day of his
This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
And the heritage appointed unto him by God.
(Job 20:24-29 ASV)
Zophar's words aren't anything we have not heard in
various poetic language so far in the book of Job. His
view of God is almost that of a cold, exacting and
almost mechanical being whose ways must always bow to
the narrow theology of the speaker.
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Job Part XXXIX
dwell in my house, and my
count me for a stranger; I am
an alien in their sight.
I call unto my servant, and he
giveth me no answer,
Though I entreat him with my
My breath is strange to my
wife, And my supplication
to the children of mine own
Even young children despise
If I arise, they speak against
All my familiar friends abhor
And they whom I loved
are turned against me.
(Job 19:15-19 ASV)
And Jehovah said unto Satan,
This had to be one of the more painful
experiences for Job. All those who professed to be his
friends and family turned on him. His servants, his
wife even children spoke against him. His closest
buddies were revolted by him. The word for abhor (vs
19) is H8581 in the
Hebrew in Strong's.
In short, they hated to see him coming as he was
something to be despised in their eyes, though in
God's eyes, there was not a more righteous man living
(Job 1:8; 2:3).
His so called friends did not know that it was nothing
that Job did that caused his woes. It was the devil's
work, plain and simple.
I want to digress here for just a moment because I
think for many of us as we move into times that may be
considerably more difficult in the future, is this.
The devil can use your friends and family against you.
This can often be done in an unwitting fashion on
their part, but they still are doing the devil's work.
If you remember, that this whole trial and whole
situation was brought on by Satan and it was him (not
God) that moved against Job.
considered my servant Job?
is none like him in the earth,
and an upright man,
feareth God, and turneth away
still holdeth fast his
although thou movedst me
destroy him without cause.
And Jehovah said unto Satan,
Behold, he is in thy hand;
only spare his life.
(Job 2:6 ASV)
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
So those individuals who moved against
Job, they did not know it, but their behavior fell
perfectly in line with the attack that God allowed.
One key way he does that is what we see in the above
passage - devil can hit you at home, with your family
and friends. He hits you hard and remember this, the
evil one does not play games - he has a goal, a
(spiritual) military objective in mind and your job is
to make sure he never reaches it. As in a battle, you
do not give up key ground to the enemy. Rather, you
make sure you stand and wage your spiritual fight. But
remember that like a battle, one has to deal with
spies, traitors and cowards who are often at your back
supposedly backing you up. There are abundant examples
of all of these ignoble traits in our Bibles and
centuries of military history. These things apply
equally as well to spiritual warfare. Ask Caesar, one
of the world's great military geniuses - how did they
do him in? A knife in the back.
The key I want to impress on you is that when you talk
about Spiritual Warfare, you had better know what you
are talking about. Spiritual warfare is not exposing
some re-hashed conspiracy theory often put out there
by the devil himself to misdirect your energies. No,
we must know and understand that warfare means just
that - warfare; it's a struggle. Job's travails show
us just how vicious, cruel, mean and desperate the
devil can be. If you draw breath and serve the Lord,
sooner or later you will find out just what 'Spiritual
Warfare' means or become a casualty on the
battlefield, never knowing what hit you.
And I am
the skin of my
Have pity upon
me, have pity
O ye my
the hand of
Why do ye
And are not
Job again uses his poetical
phraseology to describe his horrible physical
condition and then asks his friends to have pity on
him. So far they have been rather cruel and
unmerciful; harsh and judgemental. Job did not call
them for their criticism, he needed their support.
Instead, he finds his friends in their theological
'battle array' ready to stick arrows, pins and needles
into their fallen and suffering friend. We have no
right to make matter worse for those who are
suffering, even those who are doing so under the
Lord's chastisement. Even those who are our enemies,
when they fall or are afflicted. We are enjoined not
to rejoice over it.
not when thine enemy
let not thy heart be
he is overthrown; Lest
Jehovah see it,
it displease him, And
his wrath from him.
Oh that my words were now written!
Job was their friend and while there
did not appear to be any rejoicing over Job's
condition, there did not seem to be much mercy or pity
for Job either. Job appeals to them on this front. One
can almost feel Job's heart break over the way those
who said they once cared about him have treated him,
family, friends even servants.
inscribed in a
an iron pen
graven in the
rock for ever!
But as for
me I know that
And at last
he will stand
up upon the
my skin, even
this body, is
flesh shall I
even I, shall
see, on my
not as a
My heart is
In verse we find that Job uttered a
prayer, a request as it were. It was a request that he
probably never thought would really be answered and
yet, here we are about 3000 years after the events of
Job's life, we find that his words were indeed written
down in a book and the witness of his suffering have
helped many generations deal with the problem of
trails, tribulations and human suffering.
His words were indeed set down. Albert Barnes notes
that the idea of printing was almost certainly foreign
to someone who lived in Job's times and probably
should not have been used by the translators of the
KJV; the ASV uses the word inscribed. The Hebrew word
The idea I think helps to correctly put the idea of an
iron pen in verse 24. Job is asking that his words be
set down on a stone tablet with an iron pen, so the
years will not wash them away. He wants the world and
posterity to know about his sufferings.
He also clearly wants heaven and earth to bear witness
that he puts his hope in God. Verse 25 are words that
even today are used in our hymnals and Gospel songs.
Job's prayer was heard by God and we can bear witness
to that fact by you reading these passages today and
singing some of the songs that use Job's words.
But Job's hope is totally uncharacteristic of the
known theology of his day. He goes on to prophesy that
one day, his redeemer would come in the latter day and
stand upon the earth and goes even further, in a clear
hope of a resurrection, saying that even after his
body has decomposed, yet and still in his flesh
(body - H1320
will see God (vs 26
Moreover, he makes it plain that this is not a
figurative hope or one of a future generation will
see, but one that he himself will see with his own
What is amazing to me is that Job somehow knew that a
resurrection was going to happen, long before the
Torah and Moses, long before the Jewish law and the
arrival of the Messiah. He somehow knew in the depths
of his soul that God had a plan to bring back those
who loved him to look him in the face.
We will continue our look at Job soon.
Blessings to you all in Christ!!
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There are some themes I
particularly like writing about. And there are those I
don't. This is one I don't like to very much. But none
of us who knows God should ever ignore this one.
Today, we are going to talk about the time of
visitation. When God visits a nation or a people who
have been wayward. I have quoted this passage before,
but I think it meet it is used again.
Then he cried
in mine ears with a loud voice,
saying, Cause ye them that have charge
over the city to draw near,
every man with his destroying weapon in his
And behold, six men came from the way
of the upper gate, which lieth toward the
every man with his slaughter weapon in his
and one man in the midst of them clothed in
with a writer's inkhorn by his side. And they
and stood beside the brazen altar.
And the glory of the God of Israel
was gone up from the cherub, whereupon it was,
to the threshold of the house:
and he called to the man clothed in linen,
who had the writer's inkhorn by his side.
And Jehovah said unto him,
Go through the midst of the city,
through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads
of the men that sigh and that cry over
all the abominations that are done
in the midst thereof. And to the others
he said in my hearing, Go ye through
the city after him, and smite:
let not your eye spare, neither have
slay utterly the old man, the young
man and the virgin,
and little children and women;
but come not near any man upon whom is
and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began
at the old men that were before the house.
And he said unto them, Defile the house,
and fill the courts with the slain:
go ye forth. And they went forth,
and smote in the city. And it came to pass,
while they were smiting, and I was left,
that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said,
Ah Lord Jehovah! wilt thou destroy
all the residue of Israel in thy
pouring out of thy wrath upon Jerusalem? Then
said he unto me,
The iniquity of the house of Israel
and Judah is exceeding great,
and the land is full of blood, and the
full of wresting of judgment: for they
Jehovah hath forsaken the land,
and Jehovah seeth not. And
as for me also,
mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have
but I will bring their way upon their head.
And behold, the man clothed in linen,
who had the inkhorn by his side,
reported the matter, saying,
I have done as thou
hast commanded me.
(Eze 9:1-11 ASV)
This is the whole chapter and I think we
all have read this passage in the past and it gave us
all some pause; something to step back and very
seriously consider. The basic theme is Israel had sinned
and done so grievously. God was having no more of it and
was exceedingly angry. He was going to put a stop to it
and this was it. We don't know who these men were who
carried out the commandment of the Lord. They may have
been angels - that is what I think, though some
commentators think they may have been some of
Nebuchadnezzar's generals; those mentioned in Jer 39:3
What follows is the inevitable result of sin and
rebellion. God finally brings in judgment. Not
chastisement, not rebuke but judgment. Judgment usually
has some aspect of finality about it.
God did not show mercy in the above passage. Those days
were over. Those who were appointed to carry out this
punishment were forbidden to show any of it (9:5
). God can visit his
people and he can visit nations and peoples and this
kind of visitation can destroy a kingdom or even empire.
Think about Belshazzar and what happened when God judged
that empire. God did not wait around to accomplish his
aim. The hand wrote on the wall and hours later it was
fulfilled (Dan 5:30
Israel was rebuked by Christ Jesus for not knowing the
hour of her visitation.
days shall come upon thee,
when thine enemies shall cast up
a bank about thee, and compass thee round,
and keep thee in on every side,
and shall dash thee to the ground,
and thy children within thee;
and they shall not leave in thee
one stone upon another;
because thou knewest
not the time of thy visitation.
(Luk 19:43-44 ASV)
Christ was right there among them, the Messiah they had
waited for and yet they despised him, hated him and
eventually murdered him. They also had John the Baptist
who proclaimed the coming of the Lord, beheaded. Let us
keep in mind that what Christ was saying about
Jerusalem, deeply moved him, he was not happy about this
at all as he wept
over the city and its
spiritual state (Luke 19:41
The hour of visitation is nothing that we should yearn
for or be happy about. But we should be aware in woeful
anticipation that one day, if there is no repentance and
the sins continue, it will arrive.
When? That is always the question people ask. It will
happen when God commands it, not when we think it should
happen. Our job as saints is to make sure that we are
accounted like those above whom the Lord spared and
marked out for protection in that day. How did Peter put
as sojourners and pilgrims,
to abstain from fleshly lusts,
which war against the soul;
having your behavior seemly among the
that, wherein they speak against you as
they may by your good works,
which they behold, glorify God
in the day of visitation.
(1Pe 2:11-12 ASV)
Now we don't know for sure what visitation Peter is
referring to, but I think it has a general meaning. Any
kind of divine visitation where God checks up on and
'weighs' the actions of the sons of men, individuals,
the Church, nations or the world in general.
We as Christians should always be ready for any kind of
divine visitation, personal, collective or national.
But when is the visitation for America coming? I do not
know. The Lord has not shared that information with me,
but I do think he is still very much in the 'get them
' mode of dealing with the nation and
world. God is not
done yet with America. The
problem as I see it is that America, much of it is done
with God. By that I mean truly honoring and obeying him
and doing those things that please him. In some quarters
there seems to be an open defiance of him and his ways.
Yet God is not blind to much of the good that is still
here in the Nation. Despite all of our sins and evils,
Americans are still some of the most charitable people
on earth. God see's both the good and the bad in every
one of us.
Many of you can't wait to get this over and move into
the Kingdom of heaven. Some of you are a bit impatient
for God to deal with the world and its sins. I say this
to each of you who feel this way - wait, chill out and
don't get ahead of God. All things will happen at
their appointed time
. God's time, not ours. He has
an overall plan for the last days and America's fate and
day of destiny
will be determined by God, not our
impatience. God has his own plan and his own reasons for
doing things the way he does them. It's not my way and
it's not your way. It's his
way and we must
never forget that God is sovereign.
the day was I am he;
and there is none that can deliver out of my
I will work, and who can hinder it?
(Isa 43:13 ASV)
This is God's affair and this is God's justice, not
yours or mine. We too must each stand before him and
give account, as all the sons of men must do. We must
learn to fully submit to God's eternal wisdom and love
of righteousness and justice. God has a plan of which we
humans only play a part in. Remember there is another
aspect to this whole end-time drama. There are the
angels; those who remained loyal and those who turned on
the Lord that also must be factored in. There are
probably other aspects to this that we simply have no
way of being privy to. Don't think God has explained
everything to us. I can assure you he has not. We only,
as Paul phrased it, see through a mirror darkly and only
to the degree God allows.
But for the world? Those who know not God? Those who
defied and mocked him and those whom he sent?
will ye do in the day of visitation,
and in the desolation which shall come from
to whom will ye flee for help?
and where will ye leave your glory?
They shall only bow down under the prisoners,
and shall fall under the slain.
For all this his anger
is not turned away,
but his hand
is stretched out still.
(Isa 10:3-4 ASV)
The day of visitation is a day of horror and anguish. So
let us be aware of the lateness of the hour and not be
caught unawares as many probably will be.
Moreover, let us not sit on pins and needles
waiting for the end time drama to play itself out to the
end. We should keep busy with whatever God has for us to
do. As I said the other day, God does not like idleness.
We have all heard the saying about the devil finding
work for idle hands.
So let us do as we are commanded 'occupy' till the
Lord comes, live our lives in quiet humility, living a
life righteous and holy; full of honor and truth. The
day of visitation will come and when it does, most of us
will wish we had not been around to witness it, so many
troubles that day will bring.
Jehovah, the God of their fathers,
sent to them by his messengers,
rising up early and sending,
because he had compassion on his people,
and on his dwelling-place: but they mocked
the messengers of God, and despised his
and scoffed at his prophets, until the wrath
arose against his people,
till there was no remedy.
(2Ch 36:15-16 ASV)
But let we who serve our God always remember
this aspect of God's character. God is a no non-sense God
and he has a no non-sense attitude about unrepentant sin
and evil - individually or collectively.
Loving though he is, he simply will not abide evil.
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Job Part XXXVIII
Job answered and said, How long will ye vex my
And break me in pieces with words?
These ten times have ye reproached me:
Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
And be it indeed that I have erred,
Mine error remaineth with myself.
(Job 19:1-4 ASV)
Picture this scene and put
yourself in Job's situation. You are sitting on a
pile of ashes, scrapping your skin with a
potsherd, sick about to die, in terrible pain and
look like something out of a horror flick and your
so-called friends are not helping you, but are
rubbing salt into your wounds. Every word of false
accusation had to sting him terribly, hence the
use of the phrase 'break me in pieces' with
their words. What they said was very hurtful to
Job and as we will find out at the end, made the
Lord quite upset as well.
remarks that this whole time they reproached him
for bad behavior they neither witnessed nor had
any real evidence for. Job had opened up his soul
in deep distress and for the most part, he got
back thinly veiled contempt and spiritual
arrogance from his so-called friends. Verse four
shows us that Job's attitude is hardly as
self-righteous as his accusers make it out, he
acknowledges that he may have erred and made
mistakes. Who has not? All men of God err and make
mistakes. Not a single one is perfect,
save Christ. We are all miserable sinners and
while these miserable comforters are busy hurling
their veiled accusations at Job, what kind of sins
are they hiding? Job here makes it clear that he
will keep his own sins to himself. Clearly
Job had lost a lot of respect for these
ye will magnify yourselves against me,
words, they were setting themselves up as judges
and raising themselves above their station with
their haughty accusations.
why we must be careful not to judge others. This
is what Bildad, Zophar and Eliphaz were doing, it
was wrong and most hurtful. When we look at others
and their sins, trials and tribulations we must
remember this - that God see's all and we see only
partially and only on the surface. It's easy to
pass judgment on others when we don't have all the
facts and Job's comforters were woefully devoid of
the facts - the real reason Job was
undergoing a trial.
ignorance they displayed a coldness and arrogance
that would soon require Job's direct intercession
in order to keep them from being sternly rebuked
in hot anger by the Lord. Lesson - don't judge
others, no matter how much you may think you can
see the whole picture, appearances can often be
most deceiving. DON'T JUDGE OTHERS!! It's easy to
do, but it is forbidden... unless you want to be
judged by the same unwise standards and
misinformation you judge others with (Matt
verse six Job recognizes that God is in his
affliction, though he incorrectly blames God for
it. Yes, God allowed it, but Job's real enemy was
not revealed to him, at least not so as we can
tell with any certainty in this book. What is
clear is that Job understood God's sovereignty,
understood that he was for the most part innocent
of any great crime that deserved his fate, but he
did not understand the spiritual battle
that was being waged over him. He says that God
has subverted his cause.
And plead against me my
Know now that God hath
subverted me in my cause,
And hath compassed
me with his net.
(Job 19:5-6 ASV)
I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard:
Job describes in vivid and poetical detail the
kinds of sorrow that God (in his mind) had
burdened him with. He was once rich and well
respected (glory) and now he has been humbled. In
every imaginable way, he has been troubled and
attacked. This is exactly how the devil was going
to try Job and within the latitude of the trial
that God allowed. The only thing the devil could
not take, was Job's life. So Satan took everything
he was allowed to.
on to note that his hope is also gone. Job's use
of the phrase 'I am gone' probably means he
is close to death and on his way out of this
world. The metaphor of the tree is probably meant
to signify what happens when one is cut down by
attributes this to God's wrath (vs 11) and how he
thinks God now looks upon him, as a foe. He see's
God directing an army against him to destroy him (vs 12).
considers how his family and friends have forsaken
him. This probably was one of the more painful
things he had to face. But this is one thing a
serious trial will do, it will show you who
your friends are and where the false ones are.
People who you thought would stand by you and
treat you right you find out have turned on you
like a rattlesnake turns and strikes an
unsuspecting traveler... for no good reason.
next time you go through a serious trial - a
series of serious setbacks or other problems in
your life, remember this - mark who stands by you
and who does not. Mark it carefully, not in
bitterness, but for future reference
and when you need a friend you can count on and
want to take a few moments and do a search on some
quotations on fake friends. Some of the quotations
I found are very good. Take a few moments and see
how others, the wise, the interesting as well as
the rich and famous view false friends.
I cry for help, but there
is no justice.
He hath walled up my way
that I cannot pass,
And hath set darkness in
He hath stripped me of my
And taken the crown from
He hath broken me down on
and I am gone; And my hope
hath he plucked up like a tree.
He hath also kindled his
wrath against me,
And he counteth me unto
him as one of his adversaries.
His troops come on
And cast up their way
And encamp round about my
He hath put my brethren
far from me,
And mine acquaintance are
wholly estranged from me.
My kinsfolk have failed,
And my familiar friends
have forgotten me.
(Job 19:7-14 ASV)
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