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;
If we will see the story of the 21st century church in the book of Job, we must be able to establish clear representations of identity. Allow me to remind you that my assignment of these identities remains the same today as they were on September 11, 2001, before noon of that day, and further, these identities have played out in the story of today’s church precisely as the Lord showed me. To God be the glory. As we unfold the Job scenario, I am sure you will see the accuracy of what I share.
Two characters of the Job story are completely self-identifying. First is our God, Jehovah, El Shaddai, our heavenly Father. Second is Satan. He is revealed clearly in the Job story, and from that story portrays his true role in the events of the day.
The next group of characters are Job and his family. Job represents the church. He recounts his life and his acts of mercy and kindness, and the blessing of the Lord in his life. The name, Job, means “persecuted,” and in the scenario of the Job story, and the events that happened to him at that point in his life is a clear picture of what is happening to the church, especially the church of the United States, in our present hour. The second character in this group is Job’s wife. She represents a luke-warm, self-justifying, self-pitying element of the church that exists today. This element of the church is emotion-ruled, not led by Holy Spirit or walking in obedience to the Word of God. The third point of identification is Job’s family. He had seven sons and three daughters, all of whom were slain by the enemy as Job was consumed in worry about them. These are Christians that are too often leading carnal lives that seem to leave God out of the picture. Fourth in this grouping is Job’s servants, who while being faithful to Job, were flawed in their assessments, leading to Job being deceived. These are faithful workers in the church who are governed by their flesh, and not walking in the Spirit.
Finally, there are the voices who spoke to Job at length. Three were called his friends, though their words and actions were anything but friendly. They were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They represent three major arenas of our lives; government officials (congress, etc.), the majority of the media, and the educated elite who think themselves better than those who read their books. And then there is a stand-alone character. His name is Elihu, representing voices of faithful, blood washed, Word filled, Spirit led men/women of God.
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