How beautiful it is that when Jesus proclaims that we must serve God only, God then Serves him by sending angels to minister-- or to serve his needs. ... Read more
How beautiful it is that when Jesus proclaims that we must serve God only, God then Serves him by sending angels to minister-- or to serve his needs. Furthermore, it is also notable that Jesus faith must have proved so immovable that, the devil simply left him after this third temptation. Perhaps the devil felt as though he needed to give Jesus a little space before the devil carried out what he likely thought would be the breaking pint for Jesus, the end of his own life. Read less
And many false prophets shall rise
Out of, from among the churches of Christ; at least under the name of Christians; for false teachers are here mean... Read more
And many false prophets shall rise
Out of, from among the churches of Christ; at least under the name of Christians; for false teachers are here meant, men of heretical principles, pretending to a spirit of prophecy, and to new revelations, and a better understanding of the Scriptures; such as Simon Magus, Ebion, and Cerinthus, who denied the proper deity, and real humanity of Christ; Carpocrates, and the Gnostics his followers, the Nicolaitans, Hymcneus, Philetus, and others:
and shall deceive many:
as they all of them had their followers, and large numbers of them, whose faith was subverted by them; and who followed their pernicious ways, being imposed upon and seduced by their fair words, specious pretences, and licentious practices.
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Isaiah prophesied in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He has been well called the evangelical prophet, on account of his numerous and... Read more
Isaiah prophesied in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He has been well called the evangelical prophet, on account of his numerous and full prophesies concerning the coming and character, the ministry and preaching, the sufferings and death of the Messiah, and the extent and continuance of his kingdom. Under the veil of the deliverance from Babylon, Isaiah points to a much greater deliverance, which was to be effected by the Messiah; and seldom does he mention the one, without alluding at the same time to the other; nay, he is often so much enraptured with the prospect of the more distant deliverance, as to lose sight of that which was nearer, and to dwell on the Messiah's person, office, character, and kingdom. Read less
When we left off , Job was answering Zophar's assertions about God's judgment and Job's afflictions. Job began hypothesizing about presenting ... Read more
When we left off , Job was answering Zophar's assertions about God's judgment and Job's afflictions. Job began hypothesizing about presenting his case to God, the righteous judge. He admitted that although he had an airtight case, no one can stand up to God, because God is sovereign.
We left off with Job making the statement,
Job 13:15-16 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. “This also will be my salvation, for a godless man may not come before His presence.
Job's summation is that although he has been careful to walk right before God and man, God still has every right to kill him. But that doesn't make Job lose his hope in God. He continues in verse 17...
13:17-19 I Have Prepared My Case
Job tells his three friends that they need to listen, because he is going to prove his innocence, that his terrible affliction is not the result of sin.
13:20-22 Two Things
Job begins his appeal to God with two requests. If he is going to be able to stand before God and give answers, if there are to be any kind of courtroom proceedings, he needs these two things granted:
First, he asks for a reprieve of his suffering during the testimony.
Second, he asks that the terror of the Lord would be taken away. After all, who can stand before the Lord to give Him answers or ask Him questions?
14:1-6 Man's Days Are Determined
Job continues, "A person's life isn't very long, and will be ultimately judged by You, Lord. Everyone is a sinner, but what more can someone do regarding righteousness than I have done? If this affliction is for my sin, I ask that you give me a break."
14:7-22 The Permanency Of Death
"If you cut down a tree," Job says, "It is possible that it will sprout again. But a man doesn't have that chance. Once he's dead, he's dead. I'm begging to be hidden from this torment in death. But until that day, I'll wait, because I've been blameless - not sinless, mind You - and don't believe that this has happened because You're holding my sins against me."
13:23-28 Make Known To Me My Sin
Job's first question of the Lord would be, "I am not aware of any sin against you, certainly nothing that would warrant punishment to such a degree of affliction as this. Would you please let me know what sins, if any, have caused such suffering?" Read less
13:3 Argue With God
"You guys have no idea what you're saying, and you aren't representing God's position accurately. If I'm going to be in an argume... Read more
13:3 Argue With God
"You guys have no idea what you're saying, and you aren't representing God's position accurately. If I'm going to be in an argument, I'd rather argue with Him. If I have to speak to someone about this, I'd rather it be Him than you."
13:4-12 Proverbs Of Ashes
Job really lays into their false doctrine here. "You are misrepresenting God's ways and God's heart. When you are examined by God, you will be rebuked for what you are saying."
13:13-16 I Will Hope In Him
Job tells the guys to just be quiet and let him speak for a moment. "Listen, you three. I haven't forsaken the Lord because of what's happened to me."
Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him..."
"Regardless of what happens to me in this life, my hope is in God. Whether I'm rich or poor, healthy or afflicted, I will not waver from this hope."
We are all called to have this hope. Regardless of what this life looks like, we must hope in the Lord.
What exactly are we hoping in? The word "hope" here is "yaw-CHAL," which means "to wait for, to expect, to hope for." Paul said that we are to be...
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
Peter exhorted us,
1Pet. 1:13 ...fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
And John told us,
1John 3:2-3 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
No matter how bad today looks, if our hope is set on being with the Lord, we will live righteously and wait expectantly. Read less
This is one of my favorite quotes in the Bible. Not because of deep doctrine or gospel truth, but because of the biting sarcasm. "You ... Read more
This is one of my favorite quotes in the Bible. Not because of deep doctrine or gospel truth, but because of the biting sarcasm. "You men are so wise. Who will the people of the earth turn to for wisdom after you are dead?"
Although it is not at first obvious, the Bible is full of sarcastic remarks.
When the Pharisees accused Jesus of eating with tax collectors, Jesus said,
Mark 2:17 ...“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
You can almost picture Jesus holding up fingers with the quotation marks around "righteous" as He spoke.
The apostle Paul was talking about the legalists as well, who were insisting that circumcision was necessary for salvation. He said,
Gal. 5:12(ASV) I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.
In other words, "I wish they wouldn't stop there!"
In 2Corinthians 11, Paul used a ton of sarcasm to make his point. He told the Corinthians...
2Cor. 11:19-21 ...you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly. For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face. To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison.
In these examples, godly men have used sarcasm to make their point. But sarcasm can be used by the wicked as well. You might recall that when David brought back the ark to Jerusalem, he was hearing a linen ephod and dancing before the Lord. But when his evil wife, Saul's daughter Me-KAWL saw this, she despised him in her heart.
2Sam. 6:20 ...when David returned to bless his household, Me-KAWL the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”
The danger of sarcasm is that we rarely use it to make a godly point. Usually we just use it to be rude, which is sin. Remember, the standard we've been given is
Eph. 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
12:3 Who Does Not Know Such Things?
"I'm not a moron, guys. The true things you're saying aren't some sort of divine revelation that only you possess."
12:4-6 I'm A Joke To You
"I'm a joke to you." Literally, he said, "I'm a laugh to you, a laughingstock." He says, "You know, it's easy to hold my calamity in contempt when you're at ease. It's easy to judge the guy in the hospital bed when you're healthy."
12:7-13:2 God's Sovereignty
Job again returns to the issue of the sovereignty of God. "God is God, the Creator, the One Who makes the decisions, the One with all power, the One Who is in control. Even the animals know this, guys." Read less
11:1-6 Zophar Answers
Zophar says, "Job, I've got to address what you've said. Because, in spite of the grandiose things you've uttered about God not... Read more
11:1-6 Zophar Answers
Zophar says, "Job, I've got to address what you've said. Because, in spite of the grandiose things you've uttered about God not acquitting the righteous, you're still under the assumption that you're not being judged for sin. Oh, if only God would speak and prove you wrong. He would declare the sin that you are covering up!
11:7-12 Can You Discover The Depths Of God?
"The fact is, Job, you don't know anything about God. But He knows everything about you."
11:13-20 Three Against One
Once again, the philosophy comes out: "Job, if you would just repent, then you would be delivered." All three of his friends have reached the same conclusion: That it was Job's sin which had brought this about, and if he'd repent, God would heal him.
They were all wrong, but it was three against one.
I've seen situations like this, where everyone in the room is saying, "Listen to us, we're right. Don't you understand that there's wisdom in a multitude of counselors?"
I know a lot of Christians who live by that Scripture. But did you know that it's not a Scripture? Nowhere does the Bible say, "there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors." In fact, the Scriptures that refer to a multitude of counselors tell us two things: Proverbs 11:14 and 24:6 tell us that, "in the multitude of counselors there is safety." And Proverbs 15:22 tells us that purposes are established in a multitude of counselors. But nowhere does it promise wisdom in a multitude of counselors.
Do not think that I'm saying that to seek counsel is wrong. After all,
Prov. 1:5 ...a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel...
But wise counsel doesn't always come from the multitude of counselors. Isaiah proclaimed,
Isa. 19:11(NIV) ...the wise counselors of Pharaoh give senseless advice...
Was Job getting godly wisdom from his three friends? No. They were using their own flesh to discern and decide, just like the majority rule usually does.
Pharaoh's counselors were wrong, Job's friends were wrong, even the entire congregation of Israel was wrong when one man said, "Let's go forward to Canaan," while three million said, "Let's go back to Egypt."
When it comes to discerning godly advice and counsel, don't ever think that just because the majority says it, it's right. Read less
In the last couple of chapters,we saw more of Job's friends' brutality of speech as they accused him of bringing his afflictions upon himself through ... Read more
In the last couple of chapters,we saw more of Job's friends' brutality of speech as they accused him of bringing his afflictions upon himself through sin. Bildad went so far as to say that Job's children had died because of their sin (8:4). As we finished chapter nine, Job had been saying that although he was blameless in his actions, who could possibly be right before God? He spoke of God's sovereignty, saying no one can dispute with Him, that no one can answer Him.
Now, as we begin chapter ten, Job continues to speak about the idea of questioning God, the righteous Judge.
10:1-12 God Is My Creator
A few sentences ago, Job had said,
Job 9:32 “He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, that we may go to court together."
Now he is hypothesizing a courtroom scene with God. He would ask the Lord why he has been afflicted. He would ask why there are wicked people who are doing well, when he has behaved himself and been stricken. He would acknowledge God as his Creator, and ask what is the purpose of allowing His creation to suffer this way. He would do this with reverence, fear, and thankfulness:
Job 10:12 ‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.
10:13-19 Wicked Or Righteous?
Job continues, saying to the Lord, "You haven't told me why this is happening. But whether I'm wicked or righteous, You are right. But Lord, why was I going to be born if my life was just for suffering? Why didn't I die at birth?"
10:20-22 Go Home
After Job appeals to the Lord for answers, he asks his three companions, "Why won't God let me be alone in my final days? The only hope I have for any sort of happiness is if you guys would just pack up and go home."
But they didn't go home. Instead, Zophar decides that he's got to put in his two cents. Read less
9:1-13 I'm Not Claiming Purity Before God
Although Bildad made some truthful statements about those who forsake the Lord, they were mixed in with hor... Read more
9:1-13 I'm Not Claiming Purity Before God
Although Bildad made some truthful statements about those who forsake the Lord, they were mixed in with horrible lies and accusations against Job.
Job's response is, "Even with the truth in your statement, you've forgotten one thing: no one can be truly righteous before God. As blameless as you life may be, you're not going to measure up to His purity and perfection. You can't match wits with Him, you can't overpower Him. Bildad, you can't even question Him!"
9:14-21 Implore The Mercy
"If I had my day in court, I might think I could be found innocent. But not before God. The only way I could survive that trial would be to plead with the Judge for mercy."
9:22-24 God Is Ultimately Responsible
Job had a better handle on the sovereignty of God than anyone I've ever met. He knew that, righteous or wicked, everyone dies. He knew that you cannot look at the events on the earth and say, "This was God's doing, while this other thing was the devil's doing." God is sovereign, and allows events to happen, to accomplish His plan.
People take issue with Job saying that God "mocks the despair of the innocent." But in reality, he is simply saying that God's perspective is an eternal one.
The fact is that even life-ending devastations really amount to nothing when you view them from the perspective of eternity with the Lord. Paul was saying the same thing to the Romans.
Rom. 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
If people accuse God of being heartless and mean for this, realize that it is man's failure to look at things from God's perspective that cause him to come to this conclusion. Jesus didn't have a problem with it when He commented on the life of Lazarus.
Lazarus was a poor man who used to lay outside of a rich man's gate.
Luke 16:20-21 “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
What a terrible thing! And yet, Jesus does not tear up and begin to say how horrible this was. No, instead He gave the disciples an eternal perspective.
Luke 16:22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom...
He quoted Abraham saying, "In his life, Lazarus received many bad things. But now he is being comforted."
Saints, this world is not our home, it is a stopping point, a train station, on the way home. How comfortable do you expect to get in a train station, an airport, or a bus terminal? Do you lament, saying, "Oh, how terrible it is that they don't provide a bed for me to lie down on, a refrigerator full of food, and a TV with remote control?" No, because it is a temporary lay-over, you don't expect much comfort at all. You know you'll be comfortable at home. God' perspective is the same way.
9:25-31 You Guys Still Would Condemn Me
Job continues, "Guys, my days are rushing past. Even if I slapped a smile on my face in the midst of my pain, you would all still condemn me right to hell."
9:32-35 If There Were An Umpire
"I can't go to court with God - there is no mediator, no arbitrator, no umpire between us." This is similar to what Eli said in 1Samuel 2.
1Sam. 2:25 “If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?”...
Man needs an intercessor, a mediator. Job didn't have one, and neither did Eli. Fortunately, there is one now.
1Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Jesus is the go-between, the umpire, that Job wished he had. Read less