Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: & So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
One of the things that is seriously missing in many Christians is the ability to connect the dots and getting the focus on the big picture, and not just a few of the numbers on the page. I’m sure you remember from your childhood a page with numbers all over it, and when you drew a line, connecting all the numbers in sequence, it revealed a picture that may have been all but impossible to see before connecting, at least a great number of the dots. For the Christian today, we need to see more than the sequence of numbers; we need to recognize what the picture is before all the dots are connected. Suppose the picture had 100 dots. You could begin at number 72 and go forward. But that would still leave a great portion of the picture incomplete. To see the complete picture, the big picture, we need to see the complete image. For the Lord, He sees it from the end to the beginning. For many people, it is seen from the beginning to the end. For most people, it may never be completely seen. For a few, those who know and follow the Lord, those who walk according to His Word, and those who know their history, they may see the complete picture, though it may not be completely unfolded in their lifetime.
While neither time nor space is sufficient in these writings to look at the complete picture of the church, I will in the next several days, attempt to unfold the picture of our present time in light of the 21st century. I will begin by urging you to take the time to take a close look at the book of Job. I am convinced that while Job is an historical record of the man Job and events in his life, that it is also a prophetic picture of the church, specifically the church of the United States, as we approach the end of the age. Be encouraged to read the book of Job in a unique way. (I hope you use your privilege to mark in your Bible.) Acquire a set of colored markers with at least eight distinct colors. In the book of Job, you will encounter nine different characters (voices). Read slowly, and mark each voice with its own color. To rightly divide the message God wants us to receive from Job, you MUST recognize WHO is speaking, WHAT he/she is saying, TO WHOM, or ABOUT WHOM or ABOUT WHAT is it said. Remember, you have God, the devil, Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu, Job’s wife, and others (Job’s servants).
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; Job