Job 9:11 A Glass Darkly

Job 9:11 (KJV)
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Job’s concern ought to be that of every believer. We know God is. We even know God as our Saviour. We know something of His will and His eternal plan because we see it in the Bible. We see evidence of God all around us:

  • His Creation
  • His Grace
  • His prophecies fulfilled

He has written in our hearts the awareness of His existence. We know innately that life must be more than the few short years we walk on this planet. Heaven and hell are matters of which we do not have to be convinced. Rather, a soul must be talked out of believing in them.

But we see through a “glass darkly.”[1]

What we know most about God is that we know so little of God.

May we, as terrifying as it sometimes seems, surrender ourselves to His hand, that we might ever perceive Him when “He goeth by me.”


[1] 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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Job 9:11 A Glass Darkly

Job 7:12 Job Sinned Not

Job 7:12 (KJV)
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

I maintain that in all of this, “Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.”[1]

Job rather, I believe, sounds a bit like the Apostle Paul in Romans 7. He is a saved man who struggles with “the body of this death.”[2]

Bildad will soon make his reply. Bildad sounds just like the self-righteous. He preaches a religious message of success and satisfaction. However, Job knew something entirely different. He knew a relationship with God whereby we are sinners to the day we die, in need of the liberty that the next life will bring. Blessed be the name of the Lord, who sets a watch over our evil nature to mold us and make us like unto His Son, Jesus Christ.


[1] Job 1:22 (KJV)
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

[2] Romans 7:24 (KJV)
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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Job 7:12 Job Sinned Not

Job 3:19 Never Forget Eternity

Job 3:19 (KJV)
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

While godly Christians long for heaven, no one in their right mind desires death. On the contrary, to dream too much of such things indicates troubles of the body and soul too painful for consolation. 

This is not to say that such pain is never a benefit. It certainly was for Job. This trial perfected and refined his faith. It brought him face to face with his God. Finally, he came through it bettered personally and a testimony to believers for millennia. 

His ruminations come from deep pain, but they are true. Death is the equalizer of men. 

  • Babies and aged
  • Royalty and paupers 
  • Wealthy and poor
  • Masters and servants 
  • Small and great

are on equal soil. 

Except for eternity. Never forget eternity. The rich man and Lazarus died equally, but that is the end of their equality. 

  • Lazarus was carried to Abraham’s bosom 
  • The rich man lifted up his eyes in hell

Never forget eternity. 

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Job 3:19 Never Forget Eternity

Job 1:20-21 Foolish Things

Job 1:20-21 (KJV)
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

I can just about hear someone accusing Job of being fatalistic, complacent, or, worse, lazy. Having received all this bad news, Job took no action except to fall to the ground and worship. 

Somebody believes he should have set about setting things right.

But the Bible says that in all this, Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly. 

The foolishness of this verse would have been “words spoken in haste.” It would have been foolish to do anything other than to wait upon the Lord and to worship. 

  • Foolish things are said when they are said in haste
  • Foolish things are done when they are done in haste

Spiritual maturity can afford to wait upon the Lord. 

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Job 1:20-21 Foolish Things

Esther 6:3 Reward and Recognition

Esther 6:3 (KJV)
And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

It had been some time since Mordecai had uncovered the plot against the king. Yet, he had been acknowledged for it. Suddenly it appears that Mordecai, and the Jews as a people, would be exterminated. It seems his good deed was forgotten. Evil was going to come upon him and his nation for nothing else but their convictions concerning worship. 

But God had not forgotten. Mordecai’s good deed had been recorded, and, at the right moment, God brought it to the king’s attention. Had he been acknowledged immediately, who knows what would have become of Haman’s threat? God stored that recognition in a bank, ready to be redeemed when it was most needed. 

Listen, you may feel underappreciated and forgotten. That feeling is inaccurate. As we live for God, He stores up our life’s record. He will review it all at the judgment seat of Christ. Hang tight on God. Your reward and recognition are coming. 

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Esther 6:3 Reward and Recognition

Esther 5:11 A Social Skill

Esther 5:11 (KJV)
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

This was a different culture than our own, but I don’t think people have changed all that much. I cannot imagine that Haman’s “friends,” or, for that matter, his wife enjoyed listening to the man brag about his wealth, his blessings, and his promotions. 

I say this somewhat tongue in cheek, but I wonder if those friends may secretly have wished Haman would hang on the gallows they advised him to build?

It’s a social skill. Gracious, thoughtful people don’t puff themselves like a peacock in front of their friends. 

  • True friends don’t need it
  • Fake ones won’t appreciate it

Humility is always a better attitude to present before others. 

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Esther 5:11 A Social Skill

Esther 4:2 A Terrible Strait

Esther 4:2 (KJV)
And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.

Mordecai was in a terrible strait. The order was for his death. But it was far more than that. If he were to die on the gallows Haman built, all the Jews in the kingdom, would also die, savagely. 

He had reason to fast, to mourn, and to put on sackcloth and ashes. But he kept about him a degree of sense and sensibility. 

  • He came before the king’s gate, but he did not enter. 
  • He maintained appropriate allegiance to the laws of the land. 

Facing such peril for not only himself but for all his people, he responded, but he did not overreact. He did not make the situation worse by growing angry and rebellious. He knew he had a resource in Esther, and he was willing to use that resource. But he did not respond in an aggressive or arrogant manner.  Truly, he waited upon the Lord. 

I see few believers willing to mourn, fast, and afflict themselves these days. But I see plenty of them who are eager to disregard the laws. We have reason to be concerned today. Perhaps there will come a time when we might rally to reverse things. Today is not that time. It is time today to fast, pray, humble ourselves, and wait upon the Lord. 

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Esther 4:2 A Terrible Strait

Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

Esther 3:1 (KJV)
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

We do not hear of Haman until the king chooses to promote him. 

Isn’t it interesting that, in chapters one and two, we have the names of the princes and leaders under Ahasuerus and Haman is not mentioned? How he rose to such heights in such a short time is a mystery. One wonders, given the revealed nature of Haman, if it wasn’t through some sort of evil. 

Here’s my thought; Haman didn’t get into trouble until he was promoted. I am reminded that one must be careful whenever one is advanced. 

Pride can set in
Isn’t that what happened to Haman? He may have been a proud man previously, but this promotion certainly amplified and exposed it.

Testing may come
God chooses to test us and see what our mettle is. For Haman, that test was in the form of Mordecai. 

Haman did not pass the test 
It’s not evil to be promoted. But those who advance must be aware of the dangers of such promotions. It would be better to remain unknown and unnoticed than to be promoted and destroyed through it. 

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Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

Esther 1:1 Only God

Esther 1:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)

It seems to me that God goes out of His way to tell us of the greatness of Ahasuerus. His kingdom was huge. He ruled from deep into Africa, all the way into India. One hundred twenty-seven provinces in all. His kingdom was so great that it took him one hundred eighty days to review it before his dignitaries. He had wealth, fame, popularity, and power. 

But the purpose of God’s revelation is not to impress us with the man’s greatness. Rather, the book of Esther is all about the greatness of God. One can hardly read the account of Ahasuerus without noting how genuinely pathetic this man was. 

  • He got drunk – he had no power over alcohol
  • His wife refused to come when he called – he had no real power over her
  • She did not come because his reason was immoral- he had no power over his flesh
  • He got advice from his counselors – he had no control of decision
  • He eventually missed her – he had no power over his emotions
  • He had enemies attempt to assassin him- he had no authority over the happiness of all his citizens 

And yet God, whose name is not even mentioned in this book, saved His people, the Jews, through events unseen to the human eye but evident to the spiritually discerning. 

It is never wise to envy men. Only God is worthy of our attention. 

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Esther 1:1 Only God

Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?

Nehemiah 13:1 (KJV)
On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;

There are sometimes gems buried in the Word of God that are precious beyond our imagination and so close to the surface it is a wonder we haven’t discovered them already. Thank the Lord for that day when the years of faithfulness wear away the soil to uncover those treasures finally. 

In Nehemiah 13:1, the Jews read how the Ammonites and Moabites were never to be permitted into the congregation of God. This was a problem because the Jews had already intermarried, and children of a mixed multitude had been delivered. Judah could not be pure without addressing this breach in the Word of God. 

But then we consider that a Moabite named Ruth is in the blood family of Jesus. Those who were forever cast out of the family of God are now welcomed into the family of God through Christ. 

I’ve known people whose sin was so grievous we could hardly expect they could be welcomed into heaven. But the same Christ who identifies with the Jews identifies with the chiefest of sinners. No one is hopelessly lost. Anyone can come to Jesus and be eternally justified. 

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Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?