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;
The book of Job has been misquoted and misunderstood in more ways than one can imagine. And perhaps the primary reason for that is a misrepresentation of Jehovah God that came through a deceived servant who was completely sense-ruled. Let’s examine the person and character of God in this edition of the Second Miler, taking a close look at what He really said, and not what so many have said He said.
Job 1:1 describes Job as God saw Him; “…perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” When we accept the truth of Malachi 3:6, we learn something keenly important for our understanding of the character of God. God does not change. God is a God of faith, calling things that be not as though they were. He will NOT change His confession of faith about you as long as you live. In Job 1:1 we see God’s description of Job, and even when Job had opened himself up to the destruction by Satan, God would not change His profession of faith concerning Job. We see Him saying directly to Satan on two subsequent occasions exactly what is said in the first description in Job 1:1. In Job 1:8, at Satan’s first approach, God said of Job, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Then upon Satan’s second approach to God, after the first series of attacks on Job, Jehovah says in Job 2:3, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” In the second statement, God brags on Job even more than in His first statement.
Now learn a great truth that many have missed. At no time did Satan ask permission to attack Job. Rather, his motive toward God is the same as his motive towards a child of God today. He sought to tempt God to smite Job and take away all that with which He had blessed Job. And in no case did God do anything that would harm Job. What God DID do was to protect Job. Satan wanted Job’s life, but the Lord told him that Job’s life was not his to take. God had not blessed Job to take the blessing away. Rather God preserved Job’s life so he could regain an even greater blessing.
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