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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Meet Our New Friend Job

Job 1:1 thru Job 4:21

We are turning a corner today.  Job is going to be our new friend for the next 13 days.  We are going to know a lot about him by the time we reach chapter 42 and verse 17.

But the first thing we learned today was that he was blameless.  How can that be because we know there was only one perfect person and his name was not Job?  And... he's not born for another couple thousand years.

When you study out the word blameless you will find out it means here that Job was a man of integrity, just as the rest of the verse stated.  (The word perfect is used in other translations as well.)  

So we see Job is an upright man.  A man that honored and reverenced God and stayed away from evil. 

Note, it did not say that evil never came to him, it said he stayed away from it.  It was a choice he made and it is a choice we have to make.

We also learned that Job was quite a wealthy man so I'm sure he had great influence in the land.  Why is that a big deal?  Because when he loses everything and everyone, but one nagging wife, the world was watching. 

People probably expected to see him blame God, curse God and walk away from his God.  But what did they see?  

Job worshipped.

Only someone who is close to God, trusts God, honors and loves God could do that in a time of such loss. 
 
I have seen a mother stand over her son moments after his tragic death and declare the greatness of God and worship the Lord.  It was something I will never forget.  Her relationship with God was real, authentic and everything to her.  She worshipped Him even in the midst of immence suffering.  What a testimony.

Also we see another character come on the scene toady and that is Satan, the Accuser.  The name is so fitting isn't it?  I really want to go there but I want to share something else with you. 

Satan, the Accuser comes to God and God says, Have you noticed my servant Job?  And God declares for the second of three times in our reading today, He is blameless- a man of complete integrity.  He fears God and stays away from evil.

Here is what I want to say as we end our precious time together. 

Are we living a life that would get the attention of God?  Would He have enough confidence in our lives to say, Have you considered my servant (insert your name)?

I know what just happened, the Accuser just hopped up on your shoulder and whispered, No.  No you are not good enough to get the attention of heaven.

And he's right.  We are not good enough and will never be good enough.  But Jesus was.  And His blood covers our sin and our shame and you and I overcome not because of who we are, but Whose we are.

I have read the back of the book and I don't want to give the ending away but I just have to...

Revelation 12:7-12

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony...
 
AMEN!!
 

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