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Job 20-22:30

Mike I will attempt to give a brief answer to your question about Job’s perspective on the wicked. The problem with Job’s observation is just that, it is his observation and his own conclusion. Since we look at things with our own eyes, we have our perspective not God’s. People can witness the same accident, and depending on where they are standing, whether their view is obstructed, and throw into this mix, partiality, we will testify on a stack of bibles that what we have seen is true, but each saw things differently.

Job is experiencing internally the pain of what happened to him, his three friends are observing from the outside and making their own conclusion of the cause, all four are wrong because none has God’s point of view and none understands that it was not God that brought Job down, albeit, temporarily but it was Satan, though God allowed it.

Several things have crossed my mind as I read this, Job’s three “friends” are judging him by what they see and judge themselves by their intentions. That is something we do. They have set themselves “higher” then Job, thus they believe they have the “right” to make judgments against Job by saying he must have sinned because of his state, so they are unable to hear Job’s rebuke of them. They consider themselves wiser than Job because Job is destitute and they are not. There are those who believe their wealth, multiple degrees, etc. make them smarter, wiser and above reproach, so they can give advice, ungodly advice, to everyone they deem beneath them.

Job and his friends see the same things, yet hold differing views because each has a different perspective; however, seeing “effects” and then judging what they think is the “cause,” sin, is dangerous business

What I also find in this by all four men are a lot of truth in their speech with a little bit of untruth mixed in. So trying to ascertain which part of their speech is true and/or false, with some assumptions thrown in is kind of like trying to remove the cup of saltwater that has been mixed in with a barrel full of fresh water, impossible. The whole barrel must be emptied and then filled with fresh water again, sans the seawater.
II Corinthians 1:1-11

Interesting how the trial Job is experiencing is dealt with by Paul. If Paul’s words had been available to Job while he was experiencing this “test”, Job might have had a brighter disposition. However, we today are able to read Paul’s words so we need to stop murmuring and complaining every time something doesn’t go our way.

3 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God's comfort.


Psalm 40:11-17

The 16th verse is the one that caught my attention just like it did to Mike.

But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!"

Usually we shout Amen, Hallelujah and the Lord is great when something wonderful happens but even if something bad happens the Lord is Still Great! When a natural disaster comes upon the earth and tens of thousands die, the Lord is Great. When we lose our job, the Lord is Great. God’s greatness doesn’t depend on us having a great day, God is great because He IS Great! Great is part of His Character.

Proverbs 22:2-4

2 The rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD made them both.

Another verse in God’s Word that proves no one’s wealth seats them in a higher position or place in life as far as God is concerned. Man is the one who operates in a “class” system. We all want to think we are better than someone else is. Even the poorest of the poor, the lowest on man’s social scale, will observe someone’s behavior and say, “Even I don’t do that,” as if they, me, I, we, set the High Mark for righteousness and social decorum. God have mercy.

I found the name of “Job” interesting in Hebrew:

“Iyov (ee-YOHV) n. Job. Book of the Ketuvim [i.e., God's writings] dealing with ultimate mysteries regarding evil and God’s existence. Iyov means ‘persecuted’ or ‘hated.'"

Source – Messianic Jewish website:
http://hebrew4christians.com/Glossary/Hebrew_Glossary_-_I/hebrew_glossary_-_i.html
~~~

This is interesting, especially since Job’s “friends” strongly mocked and accused him.

Job 21 (NKJV):
1
Then Job answered and said:
2
“Listen carefully to my speech, and let this be your consolation.
3
Bear with me that I may speak, and after I have spoken, keep mocking.
~~~

There is no truly satisfactory answer we can give to anyone to explain good and evil.

We must come to the place where we believe there is a God, that He exists, and is ultimately a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

We must come to know that creation is not, and that people do not always act, as God intended— that something went wrong. The “something that went wrong” is sin.

Thus, we can and must come to the place where we see that so called “acts of God” (when nature destroys) and that the acts of people do not reflect the Good, Powerful and Loving character of God.

And we can and must see God—not just in the New Testament—but all through Scripture reaching out to man in Love and Mercy in the midst of questions which perplex us people.
~~~

Job 21 (NKJV)
7
Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power?
8
Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes.
9
Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

NOTE:
This question leads me to the very excellent verses in Psalm 37 (NKJV):
1
Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Note that these verses simply state the OBJECTIVE fact of reality of God’s view: “For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

If you invert the numbers of Psalm 37 to Psalm 73, we find the SUBJECTIVE, human view of the same question:

Psalm 73 (NKJV)
1
Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart.
2
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped.
3
For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

16
When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me—
17
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.
18
Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
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Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
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As a dream when one awakes, so, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.
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Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind.
22
I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
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Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.
~~~

This is why it is SO NECESSARY AND GOOD to be in regular fellowship with God’s people.

God’s plan is teach us and establish us personally while we are in the community of God with others who know and seek God.

Matthew 18 (NKJV)
20
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

2 Timothy 2 (NKJV)
22
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
~~~

Job 22 (NKJV) – Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness
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Yes, the Almighty will be your gold [The ancient versions suggest defense] and your precious silver;
26
For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.

NOTE:
It is interesting that the Holy Spirit chose to keep all of the words of Job’s “friends” who constantly accuse and mock Job wrongly.

Even though Eliphaz is accusing Job of wickedness in this chapter, yet these particular words of the Holy Spirit in the Bible really impressed me.

They touched on a deep longing not just to know about God from Scripture and reading, but to spend time with God.

This makes me think of a quote by Andrew Murray. He is often called “The Apostle Of Abiding Love”. Note this brief sketch of the ministry of Andrew Murray according to In Touch Ministries:

“Even at this early stage of ministry, he already showed signs of becoming a noted author. The ‘deeper Christian life’ was a favorite subject for Murray. He told how God was committed to revealing more of Himself to those who would seek Him.”

”As a preacher, he consistently drew large crowds and led many to trust Christ as their Savior.”
(source: http://www.intouch.org/myintouch/mighty/portraits/andrew_murray_213652.html)

I like this quote by Andrew Murray in “With Christ In The School of Prayer”:

“Count it one of the chief blessings of prayer to exercise faith in God, as the Living Mighty God who waits to fulfil in us all the good pleasure of His will, and the work of faith with power."

"See in Him the God of Love, whose delight it is to bless and impart Himself.”

Amen.

2 Corinthians 1 (NKJV)
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

NOTE:
As we really know the true joy in fellowship with the Lord, even our sorrow becomes a means of receiving God’s comfort.

Then, in our lives and words, we can be a living witness to the true and living God, and to the Lord Jesus.

Psalm 40 (NKJV)
16
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually,
“The LORD be magnified!”
17
But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.

NOTE:
Our words we speak and the thoughts we repeat to ourselves either produce life or death. May we follow the wise advice and will of the Holy Spirit: “let such as love Your salvation say continually, ‘The LORD be magnified!’ ”

This is a spiritual discipline of worship before the Lord.

The next verse is amazing: “But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me.”

May we really come to know this loving God and receive His thoughts about us. Isn’t it amazing that the Lord sets His thoughts upon us?

In the fog and confusion of the questions as we live our lives on this “desert” called earth, may we receive the Living Water of God’s Thoughts and Presence!

Vance

Job 20:1-22:30

Something else came to me while reading Job this year, Job, though loved and studied for his trials and how he came out, could not stand up to the pressure of the enemies nor his “friends.” Jesus did. Job had wealth on the earth; Jesus’ wealth was in heaven with His Father. Job involuntarily lost his wealth; Jesus gladly gave us His (Heb. 12:2) to become flesh and live amongst us. Job delivered widows, orphans and the oppressed from their poverty and subjugation, which is temporary state; Jesus delivered us from sin and death, which is eternal. Job became accusatory under his temporary loss and pain; Jesus said, “… Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Mark 14:36 KJV)

There are many more opposite comparisons between Job and Jesus; however, my purpose is not to vilify Job or even to point out his faults. Throughout the Old Testament, we find men and woman who acted heroically and operated in faith as stated in the 11th chapter of Hebrews; however, all they could do was provide a temporary deliverance from difficult situations. Jesus is the only one who could and would deliver permanently.

Job is a case study in how to stand. By looking out the rebuke and correction God eventually gives his friends and Job, we have a case study showing how to persevere, but first we must recognize that our enemy is not God but the devil, and more than likely ourselves for blaming the wrong guy for our problems and coming to wrong conclusions.

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Ephesians 6:11-17 KJV)

JOB 21

12
They sing with tambourine and harp. They make merry to the sound of the flute.
13
They spend their days in prosperity; then they go down to the grave in peace.
14
All this, even though they say to God, `Go away. We want no part of you and your ways.
15
Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him? What good will it do us if we pray?'
16
But their prosperity is not of their own doing, so I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.

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But I tell you to ask those who have been around, and they can tell you the truth. 30Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape.
31
No one rebukes them openly. No one repays them for what they have done.
32
When they are carried to the grave, an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb.
33
A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest and the earth gives sweet repose.
34
"How can you comfort me? All your explanations are wrong!"

I notice what Job said in verse 16:
But their prosperity is not of their own doing, so I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.

Sometimes the wicked do prosper and do very well. The answer is, even if those who reject God and reject Christ seem to do exceedingly well and seem to have a “good” life, there is accountability in the next life.

Hell is not a tool to use to “scare” people or “hit people over the head with”. It is the reality that nothing goes unnoticed or unaccounted for...even if it may seem that way.

Luke 16 (NKJV)

25
But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
26
And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
27
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,
28
for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’
29
Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
30
And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31
But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”


2 CORINTHIANS 1

3
All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source[b] of every mercy and the God who comforts us.
4
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
5
You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

THANK GOD FOR THE NEARNESS OF THE PRESENCE AND REALITY OF CHRIST!

PSALM 40

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But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!"

Do we— do I —experience the reality of Jesus, His Presence, and His joy? The “Joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)

The world does not care how much we know.
People want to know how much we care… and how much we having a living, vital faith.

John 15

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If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Vance

I love my salvation, and I love that song!!
-God Bless

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