Job 23:10 The Testimony of the Believer

Job 23:10 (KJV)
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Behold the testimony of the believer.

Job began this discourse by saying that the groaning his friends witnessed was lighter than the stroke he had experienced. When a man is in great pain it may be that grace allows him to show it less than is reality but perhaps not hide it altogether. When we suffer it is reasonable to express it. We do not have to exaggerate it.

Job was in no position to meet God and plead for the suffering to stop. He had prayed, we are sure. There was little else he could do about his circumstances.

What he did do was trust.

  • He trusted God to know
  • He trusted God’s trial to be righteous and
  • He trusted that it would reap a benefit

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Believing Unbelievers

Episode #35

The other day I watched a man perform what I am confident he believed was a service to God. He did what he did:

  • Faithfully
  • Cheerfully and
  • With great talent

He was able to demonstrate at the same time skill and humility. 

Some would say he is spiritually gifted.

 

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Acts 11:17 “Of The Circumcision”

Acts 11:17 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

Notice that Acts 11:2 identifies very early a particular mentality among some of the believers calling them, “they that were of the circumcision.” As far as I know all of these believers would have been Jewish by blood. Some of them hadn’t gotten over it. In effect they withstood God by insisting on maintaining their Jewishness.

Peter recounts the story of Cornelius to the believers in Jerusalem, including those who were still “of the circumcision,” and claims that, to do otherwise than renounce his Jewish expectations and embrace fellowship with these Gentiles, would be to withstand God.

Seems to me we have a fresh wave of those that are “of the circumcision” these days. Having been made free of such expectations, they that be of the circumcision whether Jew or Gentile by birth, chain themselves voluntarily to those same Old Testament rules that bound the Jews two thousand years ago.

Like Paul I marvel that they are so soon removed from the faith and the liberty that faith provides.

 

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Acts 11:17 “Of The Circumcision”

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Acts 10:1 God’s Word Is Effective

Acts 10:1 (KJV)
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

The seat of Rome was in Italy. A person might think many if not all bands of Roman soldiers might be called Italian. But Rome was such a huge empire that the truth of it was most soldiers would have been from the provinces of Rome. Only a few could claim to be Italian.

Thus Cornelius is a level above a centurion, a position already of authority; he was a centurion of an elite band. This band of soldiers could claim the closest blood to Rome.

God’s Word is effective in the most remote places and among the most primitive of peoples. But it is equally powerful in the center of civilization and among those who have access to the great resources of this world.

We should not shrink from giving it to each.

 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Episode #34

One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.

We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants and, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.

 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Acts 9:13-14 What God Might Be Doing

Acts 9:13-14 (KJV)
Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

The great peace we have experienced in the United States leaves us nearly incapable of comprehending the terror that must have lived among these believers, except for their faith.

  • They had heard what is happening to Christians in other cities.
  • They knew of the persecution
  • They knew of the imprisonments
  • They knew of the deaths
  • They had heard that this evil was on its way to their town

It’s a dread impending upon them. Day after day they waited. Like the Jews of Esther’s day, who knew the decree and day of their extermination had been set, these believers of Damascus waited, helpless, against the threat they knew would soon be realized.

Who knows exactly how they spent their time?

  • I imagine they prayed
  • I imagine they worshipped
  • I imagine they encouraged one another in the Lord

Why they had not fled is unexplainable. Perhaps they had no means to flee. Perhaps they had nowhere to flee.

Then the day came that Saul arrived. But a miracle had happened. Saul had been converted. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. How could they have known that the Spirit of God had been at work, pricking his heart?

But He had and Saul was now saved.

We never know what God might be doing in the face of our worst dread.

 

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Acts 9:13-14 What God Might Be Doing

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Job 19:25-27 Rest In This

Job 19:25-27 (KJV)
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

This passage isn’t exactly the halfway point in the book of Job, but it is a pivotal one. The accusations of Job’s friends were technically correct. There was little argument Job wished to make against them. His only concern was that he knew this was not a judgment of his sin.

This brings to light a truth not often meditated upon; that God tests His children for their improvement. Like the athletic coach who may assign pushups or running as a form of discipline but also requires all his athletes to do significant amounts of the very same for their physical improvement, God chastens his child when necessary. Not all difficulty is chastening. It might be meant for their growth.

Job had few answers. He affirmed truth as he knew it, acknowledged the power of God in all things and then rested upon this promise, Job 19:25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

May we all rest in the same.

 

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Job 19:25-27 Rest In This

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Acts 7:25 Simply Obeying God

Acts 7:25 (KJV)
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

Moses’ supposition was wrong. Fact is, his brethren never did understand. They never got the connection between Moses and God.

Oh, they did follow him into the wilderness, but that was as much out of necessity as faith. They hoped it was true, perhaps wanted it to be true. They wanted out of Egypt badly enough that Moses seemed like their best option. But every time a problem happened it was the same thing; blame it on Moses.

Nothing has changed today. People wrestle with the relationship of the man serving God (whether it is a Pastor, soul winner, or member of the church wishing to encourage and help a struggling believer). It is a mistake to suppose people understand. They just don’t.

But there is a huge difference between Moses attempting to deliver Israel by slaying the Egyptian and Moses forty years later demanding Pharaoh let Israel go. In the former, Moses was looking for Israel’s approbation and acceptance. In the later he was simply obeying God. The servant of the Lord needs to remember this difference. He does not need the understanding of the people nor their approval. He needs only to know he is obeying the Lord.

 

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Acts 7:25 Simply Obeying God

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The Victorious Christian Life

Episode #33

My son, Pastor Caleb McKenzie, preached a powerful message on The Victorious Christian life May 9, 2018. If you can get a copy of the message, you should. His message, based on the book of Joshua, outlines three steps to victory:

  • Put away your past
  • Put your trust in God
  • Put yourself on God’s side

Job 14:12 What God Believes

Job 14:12 (KJV)
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Even in his most miserable state, wishing he had never been born and complaining that life is full of trouble, Job could not help but hint at future resurrection.

Exactly what Job meant by what Job said is a matter of some discussion.

Benson writes,
“That is, until the time of the general resurrection and restitution of all things, when these visible heavens shall pass away, and be no more, at least in the same form in which they are now.”

On the other hand Barnes records,
“That is, never; for such is the fair interpretation of the passage, and this accords with its design. Job means to say, undoubtedly, that man would never appear again in the land of the living; that he would not spring up from the grave, as a sprout does from a fallen tree; and that when he dies, he goes away from the earth never to return. Whether he believed in a future state, or in the future resurrection, is another question, and one that cannot be determined from this passage.”

I would suggest that what Job believed is not the issue. He is merely the instrument God used to deliver God’s message for the time.

God certainly believes in the future resurrection.

 

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Job 14:12 What God Believes

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