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;
As long as truth about God is mixed with lies about Him, misunderstandings of Him, and misrepre-sentations of Him being dispersed by those who claim to speak for Him, confusion, doubt, blindness toward Him will destroy many. Job and his three friends were all deeply engaged in this process. While they surely had some knowledge of covenant, their words make it clear that they were well-indoctrinated by traditions of men, and were strongly motivated by self-justification. It seems that this quartet of “good ole boys” were all well-schooled in making false accusations against God because of their failure to discern between truth and lie, and failure to rightly divide the Word of truth.
Yet even in their confusion, doubt, misdirection, and unbelief, Job recognized the need of a mediator, and intercessor, or as the King James Version call it, a “daysman” (9:33). This is someone who could stand between him and God, and lay his hand on both. We must not forget in this dialogue we examine that most of their words came from a position of false assumption that it was God Who was doing all these horrible things to Job. Remember, it WAS NOT GOD! It was Satan. One of the greatest lessons we can learn from Job is to “trust but verify.” To walk in that way, we must KNOW the Word, STUDY the Word, MEDITATE upon the Word, WALK in the light of the Word, and RIGHTLY DIVIDE the Word.
The four-man-dialogue of Job and his friends quickly became a constant attack-defend-attack scenario. It was parry and thrust, parry and thrust; walk ten paces, turn and fire, reload, and repeat. All were seeking to self-justify, Job was immersed in self-pity and his friends in one-ups-man-ship. It was 29 chapters of fruitless argument and contention, judgment and self-justification, attack and defend; all in a poisoned atmosphere of ignorance, misdirection, lies, deceit, arrogance, and pride.
Sadly, this is a common scenario in many Christian arenas today. So many believers believe God has put sickness or disease upon them, or that He wants to keep them poor because He knows money will corrupt them. Others, who know better, are often found to be critical and judgmental of such folks, and are themselves judged by others. Christians are battling and arguing amongst themselves, society is battling within its own ranks, most of whom are following deceptive schemes and misguided people. Does it sound familiar? It’s the “Job Scenario.” More to come.
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; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job