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Job 40-42:17

After the Lord had spoken the previous words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job has. … And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. [Deut. 30:1-3; Ps. 126:1, 2.] (Job 42:7,10) AMP)

Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies, but here God rebukes Job’s friends, tells them to go to Job and offer a burnt offering and to humble themselves so Job could pray for them. They were forced to seek the prayers of a man they thought was sinful. God has this way of reversing man’s standards. It is the greater that always blesses the lesser. They thought they were above Job but God said, “Not So!”

In my times of reading through this book, I’ve always thought that young Elihu most have had more wisdom than the other three because nowhere in this text is there recorded a rebuke by God of Elihu’s speech. I think I have changed my mind and am considering another perspective, Elihu may have just been a fool/mocker/scoffer, as defined by the book of Proverbs, not worthy of being given a response or answer.

So don't waste your time on a scoffer; all you'll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that's different--they'll love you for it! (Proverbs 9:8 MSG)

Don't bother talking sense to fools; they'll only poke fun at your words. (Proverbs 23:9 MSG)

II Corinthians 5:11-21
I needed to be reminded of verse 15 and I love the way it has been translated in the NLT, 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.

For all those “who receive” I believe is the key here to this verse catching my attention. Jesus’ work on the Cross-was a gift. It wasn’t a bribe or exhortation or enticement it was a gift. A gift by its very name means that there is “No Strings Attached,” no payment of an in-kind gift required. A gift is something given to someone, just because … On the other end there is the art of receiving a gift. A gift given does not mean the person who has received the gift will use it. They may even say thank you but then put the gift in the closet.

There are many reasons why people don’t use or value a gift given. They may not know the value, they may despise it, they may recognize the value but that knowledge causes them to lock it up and never take it out due to fear.

The gift that Jesus has given us can never be stolen and was given to us to be used. Is your salvation hiding out in a closet somewhere?

For whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." (Mark 4:25 NET.)

How can you take from someone who doesn’t have? Either they don’t know they have it or they don’t know it’s value and allow someone to take it away.

There is a Praise Chorus that has this line,

This Joy I have the World Didn’t Give it and the World Can’t take it Away, but if we don’t know its value we can give it away.

Psalm 45:1-17
The forth verse reminds me of two repeating refrains in the 24th Psalm,


Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. (Psalms 24:8-10 KJVR)


Proverbs 22:14

Mike, this verse churns up another perspective for me. Yes, we need to watch our hearts for what ever is in our hearts will flow out of our mouths. However, the last half states another deep principle, our hearts, thus our mouths are controlled by our relationship with God. Those who are not walking in the Fear of the Lord, this verse states, will fall into the deep pit. It doesn’t say they might, it says they WILL.

But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
(Psalms 81:11-14 KJVR)

Grace and peace and know that God is still on the Throne no matter what it “appears” to look like.

Ramona

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