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 key reasons for asking you to read and accurately mark the book of Job is to clarify who is speaking at each point in those events. When you study the Word of God, it is of key importance to know WHO was speaking, and TO WHOM are the words spoken. When we fail to examine these two issues closely, it is easy to be deceived. We must always remember that while every word in the Bible is truly recorded, not every word in the Bible is true.
One of the best examples we have of this truth is the story of Samson. His strength was in his hair being uncut. Yet when Delilah asked about his strength, Samson lied to her three times about the source of his strength. What was said was truly recorded, but what was said was a lie. You see the same type of thing in Job.
One of Job’s servants came and told Job that fire had come down from God out of heaven and destroyed his substance and servants. However, that was NOT the case. We know from being able to read the whole story what Job did NOT know because he was incorrectly informed. The fire that destroyed his substance and servants was from Satan, NOT God. But Job believed what he was told, and because of that, he made an erroneous statement that so many have tried to make a doctrine. Most of us have heard it from a preacher, especially at funerals or times of great loss. You will hear someone say, “The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away.” My dear friend, that is simply not true. Steady yourself for my bluntness. It is, in fact, a lie of hell spawned by Satan to deceive man into blaming God for his losses. If you will read the book of Job as I have suggested, you will see very clearly that Job made that statement based on what his servant told him, but his servant was completely wrong. It was not God Who sent the fire, destruction, and death. It was Satan. And it wasn’t God Who permitted it. All the Lord did was deny Satan’s ability to take Job’s life. And once again, a close reading of Job will make it clear that Job finally recognized that it was his own worry, words, and fear that opened the door for Satan; it WAS NOT God. To see the truth of what I am writing, you may have to force yourself to put aside much, if not all you’ve heard about Job, and simply read it for yourself.
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