An Intercessor is needed

Job Sees The Light - Tenth in a series

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Job 9:1-3 NIV Here, Job is not acknowledging that the righteousness of man is as filthy rags to a Holy God. Rather, he is saying that no matter how good a person is or strives to be, he has no standing before God.

God seems oblivious to man’s efforts to please and serve him. It is impossible to communicate or to connect with him. This is what Satan wants us to believe.

Job 9:4-12 NIV God is marvelous and inscrutable. So wonderful, so distant and unapproachable.

Job 9:13-15 NIV Job is thinking of creatures so much more powerful than himself who could not stand before God. Rahab, a legendary sea monster whose name means “storm” or “arrogance,” was destroyed by God, and her cronies then bowed in terrified submission. He seems to feel that if God easily contends with monsters, how then can a mere human dispute with him? One could only plead for mercy, not because he is guilty but because he is at such a disadvantage.

This is illogical. Simply because those whose aim is to defeat God are crushed by him, it does not follow that the righteous servant who would ask God for answers will be banished. For these, the Lord has promised, Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. (Isa 65:24)

Job 9:16-18 NIV Job is angry with God, and no wonder! Look at his property; dead children– dead servants – dead and stolen animals— bitter wife. Look at Him! Diseased skin; surrounded by superior-acting friends.

He believes God hates him and is sick with apprehension because his rightful expectations – yes, rightful – have been disappointed and even mocked. The righteous person has the expectation of God's blessings. True, as God's servant, he has no rights; nevertheless, as a servant, he ought to be able to count on the Master's provision of care. This is not demanding one’s own way; it is a logical expectation, and it is not presumptuous.

When the Lord withholds the support or protection we expected, does it mean he has turned against us? We are led to question.

Job 9:19-22 NIV Analyzing Job's feelings of despair and depression, we see he has concluded that God is not just. Everything black and white has turned to gray. How can one serve a God who makes no distinctions between right and wrong? Why do right? No reason. Why live? No reason. If there is no reward for righteousness, why try?

Job 9:23-31 NIV Job continues on in his perplexity and discouragement. He reflects on the sickening weightlessness of his life. Time is passing. But without his servants to oversee and without his family, there is nothing to focus on. There is only a feeling of seasickness and emptiness. In this predicament, he turns again to address God directly, expressing his deepest inner feelings (Job 9:28). Then he has a divine insight!

Job 9:23-31 NIV In his agony, he longs for an arbitrator. An intercessor. Someone to shield him from God’s wrath. Job is seeking Jesus, but millennia would pass before Jesus Christ would come in the flesh.

Despite the huge difference between then and now, God nevertheless wanted more from Job than obedience to known laws. He wanted his true, heartfelt worship, as we will see.

If God had the right to seek true worshippers before Calvary, how much more so now, since giving his only begotten son?

Work out your salvation

Job Sees The Light - Eighth in a series

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Job 7:1-4 NIV For Job, living is ruling. It is to be in charge. To have choices. To create choices. Not long ago he was the boss; now he feels like a slave, disinherited by God. Each day he sets his mind on the evening for he has no stake in the activities of the day.

Job 7:5-8 NIV The diseases and deformities of the skin are among the cruelest and most aggravating illnesses. They are painful, messy and they ruin one’s looks and distract the attention of others, causing the victim to feel tense and uncertain as he communicates.

As Job reflects on his suffering and pain, his appeal shifts to God. This is his first direct appeal to him.

Job 7:9-12 NIV What are my powers? What is my nature? Am I so incorrigible that I require the most severe level of discipline?

Job 7:13-16 NIV We must distinguish in a trial between and among God's judgments, what we have brought on ourselves, and where Satan has meddled. Had the Lord chosen to speak to Job at this time, perhaps he would have said, “I’m not the one torturing you in your sleep.”

He has said to us who have his full word — Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Cor 6:2) We normally relate this to judging legal matters, but so much in life is less complex and only requires discernment.

Job 7:17-19 NIV Job has fallen into a state of confusion, and no wonder. He views God as a bully who has cornered his victim and will not let him go. He is like a policeman intent on forcing a confession from a suspect, but the suspect is innocent.

Job 7:20-21 NIV Job has been knocked down into a deep and waterless well. Through his words he is waving to God, crying out for attention and help. He wants to understand God's mind; to discover why God has turned his back on him. He is striving to work out his relationship with the Lord. This we must all do. (Phil 2:12)

The consolaton of hymns

The consolations of God - Twelfth in a series

For this post, I had planned to select five hymns as the most consoling ones ever written. I began my research at HymnTime.com, but did not quite make it through the “A’s”! There are too many consoling hymns to select only five. However, here are my candidates for the most consoling ones whose titles start with “A” along with the verse I vote for as Best Consoling Stanza.

1. Abide with Me - lyrics, Henry Lyte, 1847
Fourth stanza:

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,

But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,

Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea—

Come, friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.

Jesus, our friend and intercessor, is moved by our pleas.

2. All the Way My Savior Leads Me - lyrics, Fanny Crosby, published 1875
First stanza:

All the way my Savior leads me;

What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy,

Who through life has been my guide?

Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,

Here by faith in Him to dwell!

For I know, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well;

For I know, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well.

Jesus, divine comforter by His Spirit, makes no mistakes.

3. Almighty Father of Mankind - lyrics, Michael Bruce (1746-1767)
Fifth stanza:

Thou wilt not cast me off when age

And evil days descend;

Thou wilt not leave me in despair

To mourn my latter end.

Jesus is with us always, to the end of the age, or the end of our days.

4. And Can It Be That I Should Gain - lyrics, Charles Wesley, pub. 1738
Sixth stanza:

No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;

Alive in Him, my living head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

5. Arise, My Soul, Arise - lyrics, Charles Wesley, pub. 1742
Fifth stanza:

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;

He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:

With confidence I now draw nigh,

With confidence I now draw nigh,

And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7) As God and His Word console us, we naturally are led to compose hymns and to sing.

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