Thursday, August 28, 2014

Job, chapter 9:1-13 comments: Job begins his answer to Bildad

1 ¶  Then Job answered and said, 2  I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? 3  If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4  He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? 5  Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. 6  Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7  Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. 8  Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9  Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 10  Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 11  Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 12  Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? 13  If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

Job replies and talks about God’s justice, wisdom, and power. He makes an important point that it is pointless to set yourself against the one who created you and expect to benefit from it. God’s power is underscored in this paragraph as well as the wisdom of his creative work. This God, who is invisible to us, is beyond our understanding in power and wisdom. Who can prevent Him from doing His will?

There are so many verses in the Bible about God’s strength and wisdom. We need to understand that we are a created thing, a creature, not unlike, in certain limited respects (and all types fail at some point), a computer program, or a complicated machine that is foolish to resist its maker who can alter it at his will or pull the plug, if he so desires. And yet, we are precious to God and, if we are saved, will one day share in eternal life with Him. There are many things that can be said about the star systems such as Orion referenced, many amazing things, that don’t apply to my purpose here so they will not be discussed but….

Psalm 19:1 ¶The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

    7 ¶  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Note verse 7 and how this foretells much later events in Joshua;

Joshua 10:12  Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14  And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

…and this part of a threat against Egypt….

Ezekiel 32:7  And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. 8  All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

The important thing to remember, although books have been written, sermons spoken, and hymns sung about God’s power, is;

Genesis 1:1 ¶  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This separates everyone who believes the Bible from everyone who believes that fairy tale for atheists and philosophical Christians we call the Theory of Evolution. I mean by the Theory of Evolution that belief system, that “thought experiment,” that insists without scientific proof that matter, energy, and eventually life began by blind, random processes that accidentally came together in a self-organizing fashion, something the Bible says did not happen. It also means, in the popular mind, that one kind of animal, say an ape-like creature, eventually became a man, or a dragon/dinosaur eventually became a bird, something the Bible says is impossible.

You either believe one or the other. You can’t believe both. You either believe that the physical image of God, Jesus Christ, as the WORD, translated from John’s use of Logos, which the Greeks believed was the creative force of the universe, created all things or you don’t. You either believe that Christ, not Dark Matter or Energy, sustains or holds all things together or you don’t.

John 1:1 ¶  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Ephesians 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Colossians 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

It all boils down to that either you accept that God is sovereign over all matter, energy, time, and space and that He can change or alter it as He sees fit or you, in believing in blind, random forces and your own intellect’s ability to perceive them, manipulate, or even control them, believe that you or mankind in general is the only god there is.

Of course, that is what the god of this world wants. He wants you to doubt the ultimate primary source, the record that God has left for us of Himself.

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