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;
I encourage you to read the book of Job in its entirety, read it slowly, think clearly of what is being said, and weigh it in its own light, NOT in the light of what you have perhaps always been told. Many misguiding things have been said about what is in the book of Job, and such things lead us to false conclusions. Again, I refer you to those who say Satan came before God to get permission to attack Job. The Scriptures simply do not say any such thing. Satan’s attempt was to tempt God into harming Job. But God would in no way harm Job. Job 37:23 clearly states that God “will not afflict.” Remember, if God said it, that settles it, and that was a true statement made by Elihu who was bringing Godly correction to the errors of men that came from religious and traditional thinking.
Regardless of Job’s shortcomings, all God would say about him was that he was “perfect and upright in all his ways, loving righteousness and hating evil.” You see, regardless of how man behaves, God NEVER stops being a faith God, calling things that be not as though they were. When Job said that God gives and God takes away, he was wrong. Yet God never did anything He was accused of doing by Job’s servants, or by Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Once again, I challenge you to read the first two chapters of Job closely, slowly, and without prejudice based on what you’ve heard men say in the past. It was NOT God who sent down fire to destroy Job’s wealth and servants; it was Satan.
And though Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar are called “friends” of Job, their behavior, actions, and words spoken to and about him were far from being the behavior, actions, and words spoken to and about Job. Their behavior was hostile, their actions hurtful, and their words critical and judgmental. At the same time, Job’s words weren’t any better. He was in a constant mode of self-justification, being critical of Jehovah for actions, words, and attitudes that were in no way coming from Him. And when Elihu finally steps into the picture to bring Godly correction, he speaks of his anger, first toward Job for being self-justifying, and then towards Job’s friends for being wrongfully judgmental toward Job. When we read the book for what it actually says, why would anyone try to build doctrine on the words of four men who were so obviously misguided? Once again, as you read, do not allow yourself to be misled. Read with good sense, not a religious mind.
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