“Who then is able to stand against Me? Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.” Job 41:10a-11 NKJV
I cannot encourage reading a book of the Bible and let it pass without sharing what I have learned from it – can I? Maybe I might someday – but today is not the day. Let’s discuss the book of Job, how it relates to current events in the Kingdom and other threads that seem to be pulsing through the spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father – Please help us understand you and what you have for us today. Please open our ears to hear what you are saying. Please open our eyes to see and open our understanding that we may know you. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! Continually, all we want is more of you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Have you been joining me in reading the Bible through (chronologically) in a year? As you may have realized, for my own and everyone else’s convenience I am doing a copy/paste onto the end of each post and today we finish Job.
OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK OF JOB:
The book does not indicate when exactly this story takes place or who wrote it. Jewish tradition says it was written by Moses and happens after the great flood. Based on references within it, it was written in the days of Daniel and the fall of Jerusalem – but regardless it seems to happen outside of time. Job and his friends are not Jewish.
Job was a righteous man – so one day God says to satan, “have you seen my boy?!” and satan was all: “Yah, yah… but he only loves you because you have blessed him.” And just like that, God let satan remove the blessings and health from Job. It was quite a trial for Job to lose everything so violently and quickly – understandably Job struggles. He maintains he has NOT sinned against God and cannot understand why God let is all happen. Then Job’s buddies show up and make things worse. They say things that sound good, kinda. And we realize they are a form of false prophet. Finally God comes down and joins the conversation. …wait, I don’t want to give away any spoilers if you haven’t read todays!
SOILER ALERT: skip the rest of this to avoid spoilers and come back after reading!
So God rebukes the buddies, says Job was right all along, and He never explains why He let it all happen, and He commends Job on maintaining righteousness even through the struggles and questioning – it is ok to struggle, but talk it out with God. If Job did have a sin, it was that He held his thoughts up over faith – things he did not see or understand. But God did not see it as a sin. None the less, Job humbled himself before God. God blesses Job greater than Job was blessed before this all happened. (Side note for us, when the blessings flow and the promises are fulfilled, when God comes to visit us and opens the floodgates – stay humble. Blessings flow through the same channels as grace – undeserved favor. Thanks God for them and give Him glory – and stay humble.)
That Job was counted righteous even though he really struggled. I mean, do you remember when he cursed the day he was born?! I don’t know about you, but man do I struggle sometimes. I overthink in my head trying to understand this cruel world and why? Why? Why?
CURRENT EVENTS (in the spiritual):
As we have discussed, false prophets and teachers are running amuck all over the internet and all over our world. While truth is censored, these go seemingly unchecked. Learning from the Job readings while we studied false prophets helped me understand the failings of Job’s friends. They understood with human understanding and they knew in part like 1 Corinthians 13 says we do. Also the false prophet friends of Job are themselves deceived.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8 ESV
They were held captive by philosophy and human tradition. They did not know:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
I believe I said it last week or maybe the week before. The enemy is ok with us making him out to be a weak small thing, because if we believe our God is greater than an ant, then our God could be a single small locust. And by becoming weak and feeble in our eyes, he not only get the advantage of surprising us every time he is permitted to display his power, but he also gets us convinced our God is small as well.
The enemy is large enough to cover the earth – and God is bigger. God is bigger than that cause he also created the universe. And God is even bigger than that! Oh brother and sister, I am sure you are still thinking too small about our God – I am sure because I cannot fully understand the magnitude and God revealed to me that once I thunk I could, that HE IS STILL BIGGER AND MORE POWERFUL! Hello?! I wish I was preaching cause I wanna hear an AMEN!!
So, the hairs on our head are counted, and the stars in the heaven. All the things small and huge are in God’s hands – His enormous hands! (no bigger than that!) and He knew about it all and He knows about it all and He knows the outcome of it all – He has it. All things work out for our good! Even Job’s suffering. Because God is bigger than we understand! He is trying to reveal Himself to us.
When I came back to God – I kept hearing prophesies over me and for me about the feast. The prodigal came home and so there is a feast, I thought. But I continue to hear these. I now tell everyone: I am back, therefore we know it is the end – it is time! Because soon we will be joining Jesus for the marriage super of the lamb! I heard two unrelated prophesies from two different men of God this week that also spoke of the feast and the table of the feast. This is knowledge in part… these parts are coming together, because God is bigger than we previously imagined. And all these pieces that some of us are saying – others have the rest of the parts and we need to put them together, without being deceived by false prophets.
And for new years – I was stuck on Moses crossing the sea. I did not ruminate on it on here as much as I did in person. I mean, how big is God that He made a way to the other side of the sea, when there was no way. If Moses gave up and did not trust the Lord, he would be exactly where we in the United States are – exactly where the state of the world is. We are all between a rock and a hard place (as the saying goes). Stuck with no easy or even hard way out. We need a supernatural miracle! One bigger than the spirit of fear which blanketed this earth when covid-19 was declared a global pandemic. We need a mighty God, bigger than we can ever understand – and then bigger than that! We need an impossible answer, in our personal lives, in the lives of our unsaved loved ones, in the lives of our cities, states, nations, and world!
We are one body of Christ – we need to come together with our fragmented messages to read the whole message! We are ONE BODY and Jesus is the head. We are The Kingdom of God! It is at hand.
We must stop trying and surrender to God and let God do through us. Wait, listen, if you are still doing things that make since to humans, then you aren’t listening. Wheat must be COMPLETELY separated from the tares. Let God move or He will just move past you and you will miss it.
Mighty Amazing things are happening and NOW it the TIME. Others will not see it for a few months – but start celebrating the victory! It is time! NOW is the time.
Those of us who have a relationship with God through Christ will be reaping the rewards – but again, they are God’s way – not our way. He promised blessings, not a fancy car or home. Trust His ways… cause HE IS BIGGER! He feeds the crows and animal in the harsh winter here where I live – If he can provide for them in this weather, He can most definitely provide and bless us according to His will and purpose! He is BIGGER! If you have walked away from your relationship with Him, it isn’t too late. Repent and be saved. And…
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
I confirm that through my relationship with God, I will continue to seek the truth and what God is saying to me. I will ask the Lord to help me to speak when He says to speak and to be quiet when He says to be Quiet – and to do things His way and not my way. I praise and thank Him for His grace and goodness!
MEMORY WORK: 2 Corinthians 10:4
NKJV – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”
NAS – “for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
ESV – “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”
NLT – “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.”
NIV – “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
BIBLE READING: Job 40-42 NKJV
God’s Power and Wisdom
40 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said:
2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job’s Response to God
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4 “Behold, I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
I lay my hand over my mouth.
5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
God’s Challenge to Job
6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7 “Now [a]prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8 “Would you indeed [b]annul My judgment?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
And array yourself with glory and beauty.
11 Disperse the rage of your wrath;
Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low;
Tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together,
Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
14 Then I will also confess to you
That your own right hand can save you.
15 “Look now at the [c]behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
God’s Power in the Leviathan
41 “Can you draw out Leviathan[d] with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
2 Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a [e]hook?
3 Will he make many supplications to you?
Will he speak softly to you?
4 Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him as a servant forever?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you leash him for your maidens?
6 Will your companions [f]make a banquet of him?
Will they apportion him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle—
Never do it again!
9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false;
Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.
Who then is able to stand against Me?
11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him?
Everything under heaven is Mine.
12 “I will not [g]conceal his limbs,
His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
13 Who can [h]remove his outer coat?
Who can approach him with a double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face,
With his terrible teeth all around?
15 His rows of [i]scales are his pride,
Shut up tightly as with a seal;
16 One is so near another
That no air can come between them;
17 They are joined one to another,
They stick together and cannot be parted.
18 His sneezings flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lights;
Sparks of fire shoot out.
20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils,
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes out of his mouth.
22 Strength dwells in his neck,
And [j]sorrow dances before him.
23 The folds of his flesh are joined together;
They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as hard as stone,
Even as hard as the lower millstone.
25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of his crashings they [k]are beside themselves.
26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail;
Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
27 He regards iron as straw,
And bronze as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones become like stubble to him.
29 Darts are regarded as straw;
He laughs at the threat of javelins.
30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds;
He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He leaves a shining wake behind him;
One would think the deep had white hair.
33 On earth there is nothing like him,
Which is made without fear.
34 He beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride.”
Job’s Repentance and Restoration
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I abhor[l] myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”
7 And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept [m]him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had [n]accepted Job. 10 And the Lord [o]restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first [p]Jemimah, the name of the second [q]Keziah, and the name of the third [r]Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.
- Job 40:7 Lit. gird up your loins
- Job 40:8 nullify
- Job 40:15 A large animal, exact identity unknown
- Job 41:1 A large sea creature, exact identity unknown
- Job 41:2 thorn
- Job 41:6 Or bargain over him
- Job 41:12 Lit. keep silent about
- Job 41:13 Lit. take off the face of his garment
- Job 41:15 Lit. shields
- Job 41:22 despair
- Job 41:25 Or purify themselves
- Job 42:6 despise
- Job 42:8 Lit. his face
- Job 42:9 Lit. lifted up the face of Job
- Job 42:10 Lit. turned the captivity of Job, what was captured from Job
- Job 42:14 Lit. Handsome as the Day
- Job 42:14 Cassia, a fragrance
- Job 42:14 Lit. The Horn of Color or The Colorful Ray