Job 17-20

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Would we/could we hold on to our faith if we were going through ALL that Job went through?  The good news is that once we are HIS child we are filled with the Holy Spirit, then our faith is secure.  We may get angry, we may say or do the wrong things, but once we are God’s we are HIS.  Now we may have to stop doing or saying things, ask forgiveness, and get back into the Word.  And satan WANTS us to doubt and fret and worry about losing our faith … but remember he is the father of lies!!We are so very blessed that Jesus Christ died for us, rose from the dead, and today we have the Holy Spirit living in us as well as the Word through which God speaks to us every day, every time we read His Word and Job didn’t have any of these things. BUT many of the things he says certainly make me think he knew something deep within himself possibly because of his “being blameless and upright, feared God and shunned evil.” Job 1:1-2

Chapter 17 – You can see where Job is still describing his dire circumstances.  And they were bad weren’t they??!!!  Verse 10 made me laugh — in my mind I could see Job saying:  “0k guys … I double dog dare you to try again in what you are saying to me because not one of you has any wisdom!!”  Can you see that?

Chapter 18 – OH NO… here goes Mr. BilBAD again!!  BilBAD thought he knew it ALL and understood it ALL.  However, the thing I noticed not only about BilBAD and the other two was that NONE of them have ANY focus on the after life!!  Yet, Job continually …. CONTINUALLY … refers to the after life, a resurrection, a redeemer and Job is the one in pain!!  Unfortunately it often takes great pain to get us to look at the REAL meaning in life and that is what Job did, making him such an awesome example of one with faith.

Chapter 19 – Job is speaking. In verse 7 he is crying out to God once again to be heard.  Verses 8-12 he is doubting and having some serious “stinking thinking” (and what he is saying about God is NOT who God is.. it is his own thinking … ouch ouch ouch because I have done that very thing!!).  BUT look at verses 25-39 (NIV)

 25 I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

He is talking about a REDEEMER.    My “Life Application Bible” states that: “In ancient Israel a redeemer was a family member who bought a slave’s way to freedom or who took care of a widow (that what the story of Ruth is all about).  However do you see that this is another foreshadow of Jesus Christ?

Chapter 20—Here we come back to the “Zo-man”.  The ONE thing he is right about is that evil people will get their just reward.  However, he is having his own little tirade all directed at Job and all based on an assumption (we know what happens when we ASS-U-ME) that Job was guilty of some huge sin and we KNOW he was not.  “Zo-man” goes so far as to tell Job in verse 10 that his children must make amends for Job’s sins.  Now that was just plain cruel because Job’s children were dead.  HELLO!!

Job’s faith is an inspiration, and we can learn from his good “friends” how NOT to treat people who are dealing with deep pain, grief, loss, illness.  Job’s friends were most knowledgeable but they lacked wisdom and wisdom ONLY comes from God.  They apparently knew ABOUT God but did not KNOW God.

Did you see any other things that pointed to Jesus today??  Be sure to check out the cross references in your Bible, particularly in Job because they will lead you further into the Word and show you more of where Jesus is on each page J  Digging deeper allows us to see the “BIG PICTURE” beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation…. There is a thread that ties it ALL together!!  If you are not sure how to use the cross references shoot me an email at gbsmudski@nc.rr.com and use as your SUBJECT: BLOG to make use I read your request.

A few of the cross references I read were:

They remembered that God was their Rock,  that God Most High was their Redeemer (Psalm 78:35)

Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God. Matt 5:8

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust,  wake up and shout for joy.  Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.  (Isa 26:19)

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:2)

Sharing HIS love,

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