Job 27:6 His Heart Never Condemned Him

Job 27:6 (KJV)
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job found himself in a situation where reproach was all around him.

  • It felt as if God had reproached him allowing him to suffer as he did
  • It is certain that Satan had reproached him as is recorded in this book
  • His wife had reproached him, we know not what became of her
  • His friends had reproached him and continued to do so

But Job said that there was one thing he had determined would not reproach him; his own heart. He knew that none of this had come upon him due to any unrighteousness found in him. Job was no more perfect than anyone else but he had a living relationship with God. That relationship provided his righteousness. He would not allow his circumstances or the accusations of his friends to break down that trusting relationship and thus allow his own heart to accuse and reproach him.

1 John 3:19-22
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

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Hebrews 5:1-3 The Priestly Role of the Believer

Hebrews 5:1-3 (KJV)
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

These are the qualifications of the Aaronic priesthood in contrast to the priesthood of Christ. If there is a corollary, and I believe there is, it is with the believer and not the preacher. Every believer is a priest today. Thus we might apply these qualities to our own role:

We ought to focus on things pertaining to God
The Christian ought to be such full time. Life for the believer ought to be entirely about things pertaining to God.

We ought to have compassion
The need of man is compassion from God shed through the hearts of the saints.

We ought to remember our own infirmities and not just those of others
No one has arrived to such a place of spiritual maturity that we can afford to forget our own need of growth mercy and forgiveness.

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Hebrews 4:14 Something To Really Fear

Hebrews 4:14 (KJV)
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

The phrase “let us” is found four times in this chapter (and a number of other times in the book of Hebrews):

  • Vs 1
  • Let us therefore fear
  • Vs 11
  • Let us labor therefore
  • Vs 14
  • Let us hold fast
  • Vs 16
  • Let us therefore come boldly

The first two of these (and I believe a case can be made the same is true of the other two) are nearly discounted in modern Christianity. My focus is on the first of the four.

Even though the Bible assures us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning both of knowledge and of wisdom, fearing God is far from preached in the average pulpit. Today’s preacher is much more likely to focus on God’s accessibility, His love, His forgiveness. Not many Christians even consider that they might want also to fear Him.

Years ago there was a man in the church I pastored at the time, who could not stand that I am afraid of bees. It’s a pretty irrational fear, I know, but I am afraid of them. I got attacked by a bunch of them when I was a little boy and it isn’t something I want to have happen again. At any rate, he quoted from the book of James how that there is no fear in love and that perfect love casteth out fear. He tried to convince me that I was disobeying the Bible by being afraid of bees and wanted to teach me to love bees so I would no longer be afraid of them. It is this sort of misinterpretation of the Bible that leaves people so very far from God.

The Bible repeatedly and through many different lenses urges us fear the Lord. In this case we are to fear that we have come short of the promise of God.

The example is Old Testament Israel. They all possessed the same opportunity for rest but they did not all receive it. In our day this would translate into that we all have the same opportunity for salvation and peace with God but not everybody who thinks they have it do.

We take faith much too flippantly these days. We are far too casual with the Gospel. We fail to see the throne of grace as a place to find grace and help; we have come to view it as a place to demand our rights.

And in so doing many of us have missed God altogether.

That’s something to really fear.

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Job 26:1-4 A Course on Comfort

Job 26:1-4 (KJV)
But Job answered and said,
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

The Bible tells us to try the spirits whether they be of God. Job does that very thing in this passage. His reply to Bildad was simply, “whose spirit came from thee?” It obviously wasn’t God’s.

Notice the questions Job urges Bildad to consider:

  • How hast thou helped?
  • How savest thou the arm?
  • How hast thou counseled?
  • How hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
  • To whom hast thou uttered words?
  • Whose spirit came from thee?

We would be wise to weigh any counsel or comfort we offer others on the scale of these questions.

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Job 26:1-4 A Course on Comfort

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Job 23:6 What a Testimony!

Job 23:6 (KJV)
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

What an impressive demonstration of faith. How could a person imagine a man in lower straits? Job had lost very nearly everything

  • His wife was no comfort
  • His children were dead
  • His resources were depleted
  • His influence was exhausted
  • His body was ravished with disease

To top it off his friends were nothing more than thorns ripping holes in his soul.

It is in the midst of all of this that Job boldly declares God was not against him. Further he insisted that in fact God did all of this to “put strength” in him.

  • What a testimony
  • What an example

 

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Job 21:4 No One Else Need Know

Job 21:4 (KJV)
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

Some years ago I had to have a heart catheter in view of a possible open heart surgery. As the prospect of this potentially monumental life event drew close I determined that I didn’t want to have a ton of people around me while I was in the hospital. I called on one trusted preacher friend to pray with me, had a couple of men from the church I pastor who came to a waiting room and prayed and I had my immediate family there. The situation was:

  • Huge
  • Scary and
  • Stressful

I just didn’t want to be pressed upon by people.

I wonder if Job might have felt a bit like that? He was in a terrible situation. He had and continued to meet with God about it. The supposed friends served no real purpose but to interfere with that meeting.

It was under these circumstances that Job told these miserable comforters that

  • His complaint
  • His communication
  • His distresses

were between him and the Lord. If they had not pressed in and refused to give him space, they may not ever have known that Job’s spirit was troubled.

All of us go through times when we must pour out our hearts to the Lord. Those times are best accomplished in private or at least with only very trusted comforters.

No one else need ever know of our troubled spirit.

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Hebrews 1:12 Just Like Changing Clothes

Hebrews 1:12 (KJV)
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

It is the fact that these words are inspired of the Holy Spirit that they are so interesting to me. People are given to hyperbole and exaggeration. Not so the Lord.

Given that, consider the ease, the casual nature of God’s description of that day when God destroys the current heavens and earth and creates them brand new. It will be for Him as uneventful as when we fold up our current garments to change into new.

  • It is effortless
  • It is normal
  • It is standard business

A child can change their own clothes by the time they are just a few years old. This is about the easiest, almost carefree thing a human being ever does.

God changes the heaven and the earth with such ease.

And He loves us.

He promises to save us from eternal hell and forgive us of our sins if only we will turn from those sins to Jesus Christ. He goes with us through our trials. He indwells us by His Spirit. He urges us to come to him in prayer.

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Philemon 1:15 Perhaps?

Philemon 1:15 (KJV)
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

The Apostle Paul seems to choose his words very carefully.

He says, “perhaps” giving room for reconsideration.
I believe Paul was confident that God had used the departure of Onesimus for the furtherance of the Gospel. By employing the word “perhaps” he allows Philemon a window to dispute the position and thereby think about it and come to the mind of God. If Paul had been too forceful or dogmatic Philemon may have just stiffened up and not given the proposition place to settle in.

He says “departure” rather than to refer to Onesimus as a runaway.
Philemon would have been smarting over the loss of Onesimus. His absence would have caused financial loss. It would also have impacted his personal ego. Possession of a slave was a matter of social standing. To have lost one is indicative of irresponsible handling of the slave and might imply abuse (if the slave feels the need to escape).

Paul chose to soften the blow by labeling it a departure and then to reference the possibility of positive consequences.

Perhaps all our trials and difficulties would become softer and easier to rejoice in if we viewed them all as “perhaps used of God for eternal blessing.”

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Titus 3:1 Give Him Influence

Titus 3:1 (KJV)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

There is much content in this chapter but before we get into it the Apostle gives us a principle; the preacher’s job is to put people’s minds in a certain order.

People think about a variety of things:

  • Political
  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economical

Sometimes people think about sports interests or family concerns.

Apostle Paul insisted that the preacher has the responsibility to influence and steer the minds of his congregation.

This leads me to suggest that believers ought to allow their preacher the influence God places upon him.

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Titus 3:1 Give Him Influence

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Titus 2:4-5 Teach “To”

Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The lesson here is of course to the aged or more spiritually mature women. The encouragement is that they would conduct themselves in such a way that they may teach the younger women.

I notice that they are not told to teach these younger women “how to” but “to.” This is not a classroom setting. We miss the point when we picture a mature woman leading a course lecture entitled “How to love your husband”. She teaches “to” and not “how to.”

The distinction is important because the manner of teaching is different for each. In order to teach “how to” the instructor provided books, class notes lectures and facilitates discussion. In order to teach “to” the instructor provides example.

Maybe the most dramatic illustration of the difference is that of the medical professional advising the patient to stop smoking while the odor of their own clothes betrays that they had just left the doctor’s smoking lounge. It is possible to tell a person they should quit smoking, give them information about the dangers of smoking and provide them with methods on how to stop smoking while at the same time they smoke.

Teaching “to” is an entirely different sort. It likely had no class and surely will not pass out literature. It uses a much more powerful teacher’s aide; example. This teacher has no scheduled course time. There will never be an assembly of students. The teacher doesn’t advertise the program and no grade are issued when it is finished. The teacher probably won’t think of themself as teachers and likely very few view themselves as their student. They are learning nonetheless.

This is the biblical and most powerful way to teach.

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