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;
Let’s take a look at what we can call a group photo of the Job scenario. That includes Job, his wife, his sons and daughters, his servants (messengers who came to him), his three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, & Zophar), and Elihu (God’s messenger). The only characters not considered here are God and the devil. We should see the church represented in the entire group. Job, his children, and wife represent the family units within the church. The servants (messengers who came to Job) represent the servants to the body of Christ (five-fold ministry and church workers). Elihu also represents the five-fold ministry and the voice of right division and sound spiritual reason. Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, represent the media, politicians, and the intellectual elite. And we know that each of these three groups of people have within their ranks Christians, many of whom are horribly influenced by the systems in which they reside, and are misled spiritual voices that believe their opinions and perceived truths are above the Word of God.
Job was a very wealthy man in every way; family, houses, lands, herds, crops, and servants. He was well-positioned, well-respected, and powerful in influence. By the time of the close of the 20th century, the church as an organization was much the same way. I’m not speaking of individual churches, but of the church as a whole. So, poised for its transition into the 21st century, the church was in much the same position as Job at the beginning of his story as recorded in Scripture. This is especially true of the church in the United States. And of all nations, the United States is likely the most obvious one to be called a Christian nation, especially in light of the fact that no other nation in history has invested as much in world missionary work than the United States. Prior to the year 2000, the church had its issues, but great move of God after great move of God (healing revival, Charismatic renewal, Word revival, great church revivals as in Brownsville, Florida, brought us into the 21st century in a good position. But then Job, the church, came under the most brutal attacks it has seen in modern history. It began in earnest on 9/11, though it appeared to be a political, or national action of radical Islam against the United States, or as the radical Islamists would call it, “big Satan.” Keep in mind that Israel is known as “little Satan” to radical Islamists.
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