Juneteeth Day

“If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present,” Catherine Booth.”

Those outside of Christ think and act that the best way to make a better future is to disturb the present. And they do so, by employing violence. Unfortunately Christendom has a history of employing the same tactics for the same reasons.

As recognized by President Biden, when he signed into law federalizing June 19, as Juneteeth day. It’s the celebration of African Americans emancipation, as being the personal property of another. It been reported that  it originated in Galveston, Texas, 1886.

The tragedy of this legislation is that it took 135 years to be recognized by the federal government. And that the first eight United States Presidents claimed African Americans as their personal property. Shocking!

This Padre had observed a time in northern states; when African Americas, were not allowed to sit at the same counter with white people. For those, and other reasons, African Americans deserve financial reparations. Because it, represents compensation for injuries and insults.

A lot of such evils where perpetuated by people, who called themselves Christians. No doubt at the judgement seat of Christ, they are going to have to account for such attitudes and behaviors. (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Nevertheless, many African Americans today proudly confess that they are Christ followers. Which should cause everyone to wonder, how could a people enslaved then and now? The now in more shrewd ways. Rise up and confess Jesus, as their redeemer?

Answer the power of Christ Himself. Paul testified to His power as thus. “I was found by them; who sought Me not, and I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.” (cp, Romans 10:20).

Here is the eternal mystery, as to how it works. “So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish whatever I please, and it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it.” (cp. Isaiah 55:11).

Most minimize the absolute power cited in those two verses. Here’s an example, and it comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer the great Nazi hater.

He was confined in a prison cell waiting execution for crimes committed against Nazi Germany. His guards were overwhelmed by his self assured demeanor. That they smuggled his manuscripts out of prison. And made sure that they were placed in the right hands, which resulted in his book, “Letters from Prison.”

The power of the gospel is a phenomenon that knows no boundaries. Just the presence of you or me, is enough to bring anyone to redemption. It’s done as follow, “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are the fragrance of Christ among the saved, and among those who are perishing. (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14:15).

A fragrance can not be seen, it can only be sensed. And that’s all it takes. It’s Divinely recorder. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance.” (cp. 2 Peter 3:9).

His ways are sometimes very mysterious to we mortals. This writer will not be surprised to discover that Nazis found redemption through Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Or that white hood devils, found redemption through an African American, secure in the redemptive power of Christ.

And, the saints determined in unison, “Let it be more so today. And may I be such a vehicle to bring redemption to some scoundrel. “The world needs to have its today disturbed so we can have a better tomorrow,” counseled Catherine Booth.

Of course all of the aforementioned works best by affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. If you can nod your head in approval, blessings! If not, make your affirmation of faith by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

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old rubbish made new -v- godliness

Job chapter 25 is all about Bildad  rehearsing old attacks through the rearranging of his verbiage.

Job makes the following inquiries. Bildad, when have you helped anyone who is in need of help? Or rescued those over burdened with need? What is the depth of your council for people trapped in burdensome circumstances? cp. Job 26:2-3).

Oh! Bildad what departed spirit speaks through you? The departed spirits of the dead tremble, as do all other spirits that exist beneath those waters. Sheol is naked before God and Destruction = Abaddon (cp. Revelation 9:11), has no covering, verses 4-6.

Bildad here is the majesty of the Almighty. He hung the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds. Yet the clouds are not broken. He encloses the face of His throne with His clouds. He has established the surface boundaries of the waters, and the confines of light and darkness, verses 7-10.

The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at His rebuke. He stirs up the sea with His power, and by His understanding He stirs up the storm. By His Spirit He dressed the heavens; and by His hand, He pierced the fleeing serpent, verses 11-13.

Behold Bildad, these are but the outskirts of His ways. How small of a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power, who can understand?

This discussion was developed from Job 26:2-14. Through critical analytical interpretation.

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it is all about money pt 53

This discussing will end with a total of 53 scriptural examinations from within the book of Job. Which included lots of surprising information concerning the human experience. And it will continue, with this discussion.

Those who should know better often know less, when it comes to being a shepherd of the flock. In modern day Christendom its often more about keeping the pews full so their bank accounts keep swelling.

During the pandemic some governmental authorities ordered churches to close. Which created a national ruckus, with the hierarchical’s of religionist to scream, foul!

We are essential entities! They used that excuse because many governmental jurisdictions granted waivers for essential entities.

And to support their argument they blabbed, “Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” (cp Hebrews 10:25). It worked! But the truth, is that the assembling together is mostly about collecting money.

Then to sweeten the pot, they dangle ample entertainment through choirs, bands, soloists and story teller’s. And to complete the finale, congrats get to absorb the edicts of the knighted hierarchical theist.

In that modern day churches represent mostly entrepreneurs, who also thrive on empire building. And to further their businesses, they sell many products. All of which should be taxed, including their properties.

Governments could designate the money to help the poor and homeless. It’s a disgrace that  people go hungry in America, and in America there should be no such experience as being homeless!

Here is another way to spot phony knighted hierarchical theist. In order to snatch the hard to convince, they got to set themselves apart form not being ordinary people. They do his by saying, “God verbally spoke to me, and said,” the tales of deceit vary.

Thinking about that, and many are impressed, concluding that that theist talks to God, and God engages him in conversations.

Reeled in, and good bye to ones hard earned money. It’s a crime because many surrender their money beyond their capability to give.

Today, God speaks to all of us through our Bible. Those theist aren’t anymore gifted in hearing Gods voice than any other sincere Christ devotee, who reads, and studies their Bible.

And here is the proof, “All scripture is given by inspiration from God, (meaning God breathed, and directed by His breath in and through those, who penned the scriptures) and is profitable for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in righteousness. So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers in ways of overwhelming challenges. Including those daily annoying occurrences. (cp 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Blessings!

Readers might be under the impression that this writer is at best antagonistic towards Christendom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Antagonistic yes, towards those distorter’s, who are chasing the public away from our Christ.

This writer worships God, and often prays scriptures like, Psalms 103:1-5, and is ever so grateful for Hebrews 2:14.

This writer had been influenced by the great church reformer, Martin Luther. And gained great spiritual insights, from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer the great German theologian. Especially his book, “Letters from Prison.” It’s a most worthy read.

It’ll take the reader on a journey what it means to be associated with Jesus. He wrote his book while waiting to be executed by the Nazis. His prison guards were so impressed with his calm while waiting sure execution. That they smuggled his manuscripts out of prison. And made sure they fell into the right hands. The mysterious of God at work. Thus the tittle, Letters from Prison.

Hopefully the reader is one of us. If so, Blessings! If not follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

Readers who have read the 52 previous discussions know that those knighted hierarchical theist have been around for centuries. They made Job’s life miserable accusing him of living a life style, whereby, he though of himself as being more righteous than God. And that was the reason God tumbled him riches to rags.

And in the process, whipped up a horrendous storm that caused the house where his ten children had gathered for dinner to collapse. Claiming the lives of his ten children.

They even managed to convince the public the he, was pure and simple, an unacceptable contemptible person.

And with each attack, Job vigorously defended himself. Arguing that lack of spirituality had nothing to do with it. Asserting he was a victimized by circumstances.

What Job didn’t know was that God, and Satan entered into a compact. With Satan arguing remove Your protective barrier, and Job will end up denying and cursing you.

Now that should give everyone pause to wonder, have such scenario’s from the distant past, before Job’s time, and then after Job’s time, reaching us today, did they occur, and do they occur today?

The good news is that Job proved Satan wrong. But he sure paid, a heavy price. Another unanswerable puzzle, is that how it always plays out?

From this writer’s perspective it’s doubtful. Because, God is all about free choice. It’s more likely, than not, that most people would end up wanting nothing to with God. And most likely, at least silently they would end up cursing God. The only time; the converse would occur, it would have to be seen from God’s perspective like another Job.

Remember God told Satan that there was no one like Job on the face of the earth. A man who loved God, avoided evil, and lived righteously. That’s a super high standard, but a standard all of Christ devotees should strive to attain.

For closure, God chastised those knighted hierarchical theist of Job’s time, as did Jesus during his time. He entered Jerusalem, and found knighted hierarchical theist in a house of worship conducting business as usual.

Jesus drove them out, and said, “My Father’s house is not a house of merchandise!” (cp. John 2:13-16). And His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten, Me up.” (cp. John 2:17). And may we Christ devotees behave in like manner. Because that’s what all of these discussion have been all about. Blessings!

In closure, God reprimanded those knighted hierarchical theist of Job’s time. Saying, “My wrath is kindled against you; for you have not spoken correctly to Me, concerning My servant Job. Job has addressed Me correctly. Repent, and my servant Job will pray for you. And I will not deal with you concerning your folly. (cp. Job 42:7-8).

And because they did what the LORD commanded them. And, Job prayed for them. So the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. And Job was joined by all of his sisters and brothers. And all of his old acquaintances. They dinned together in Job’s house. They comforted and consoled him concerning all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. They gave Job money and a ring of gold. Verses 9-11).

So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job’s life more than at the beginning. His prosperity was greatly increased. And Job was able to provided a handsome inheritance for his family. Verses 12-15.

And Job lived one hundred and forty years, and lived to enjoy four generations of his family. And Job died, being old and full of days. Verses 16-17.

This discussion was developed from an assortment of scriptures. Purposefully designed set the stage for Job 42:7-17. All tied together through critical analytical interpretations.

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wrong made right pt 52

Gear up, and get ready for some insights, as to what it means to be human. And, can a persons humanism escape God’s retribution? That’s for readers to determine for themselves?

Job is picturesque of all of us. Having had more than his share of difficulties, coming from the hierarchy of the religious community and society at large. All carefully enumerated in previous discussions.

But Job comes to his senses and comes to the following realizations. “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be restrained. (cp. Job 42:1-2).

Then Job asks and admits, You asked, “Who is this who issues counsel without knowledge? Therefore, I have uttered that which I didn’t understand, things too wonderful for me too understand, or know. Verses 3-4.

You said, “Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me! I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes sees you. Therefore, I abhor myself; and I regret my ignorance, and repent.” Verses 5-6.

If modern society had just a fraction of Job’s humility the global community would be in much better shape. The world community suffers because of its continual disregard for His edicts. If such abstinence characterize the modern day Christendom, a better world would emerge from our example.

Because it is written, “Now thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved, and among those who are perishing. (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

But it all starts by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 42:1-6, along with other supporting scriptures. Brought together through critical analytical interpretation.

For tomorrow, a major problem, modern day Christendom.

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human and nonhuman entities pt 51

Rocketing onto the world scene is a creature introduced to us as Leviathan. Frankly, this writer suspects that Leviathan is a fictitious creature. Picturesquely designed by Divine Providence to demonstrate, and convince global inhabitants, that unknown destructive forces lurk everywhere. Some human, and others very nonhuman. Whose sole purpose is to snatch lives for permanent residency in hell. The very opposite to what was discussed yesterday, “Supremacy of the Almighty.”

The following account is the most detailed divinely inspired declaration concerning the power of evil. If readers can separate, all prejudices, that dark supernatural phenomenon’s exist to dramatize humanity. Readers will come to understand the craziness circling the globe. The sad aspect of all this, is that’t it’s going to get worse. Some of it will be exacerbated through the various aspects of nature.

This Padre has experienced both the dark side, as well as helpful hands of the super natural.

I’ve been around along time. My time goes back to the days of a hitching post for horses in front of grocery stores. There were no giant superstores within things called plaza’s.

The automobile was just emerging as a mode of transportation. They were black, no such multiple color schemes like today.

And finally, I was able to do certain things, and go to certain places unchaperoned and in complete safety. Today parents, can’t leave their children out of their sight.

Oh! by the way, when I got my first black car, gas was $.15 cents a gallon!

What is to follow will be better understood, when looked through the lens of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which says scriptures have multiple purposes. Like being divinely inspired, and for our learning. So that we can effectively cope with life’s drama’s. Know your Bible, know yourself and your world.

However, it only works for those who are one with Christ. One with Christ? Blessings! If not begin your journey by following the prompts in Romans 10:9-10. The notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality that so many seek. If our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next

So lets get started with a scriptural analysis of this dreadful creature. “O God, how long will it be before you criticize our adversary? Will you allow the enemy to blaspheme your name forever? ….? …. and destroy them…. You divided the sea by your strength, You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the water. You broke the heads (plural) of Leviathan in pieces, and gave them, as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.” ( cp. Psalms 74:10-14).

“O LORD how impressive are your works! In wisdom You made them all. The earth is the fruit of your possessions. This great, and wide sea in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. The ships sail about; and there is Leviathan! Which you have made to play there.” (cp. Psalms 104:24-26.

The finale, “In that day the LORD with His severe sword great and strong, will punish Leviathan that fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent. And, He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.” (cp. Isaiah 27:1-2).

Moving to Job, we are blasted with this introduction. Can you draw out Leviathan with a fish hook, or pierce its jaw with a hook? Will Leviathan address you, or speak soft words to you? Can Leviathan enter into a contract with you for services to be rendered? Would you invite Leviathan to your home as a guest, or suggest that Leviathan would be handsome suitor for one your children? Will the business community recognize Leviathan as a reputable competitor? (cp. Job 41:1-6).

What weaponry would be sufficient in aggressive domestic or global warfare? There is no way anyone could prevail, so don’t engage Leviathan in any conflicts! All hope of winning is in vain. The very sight of Leviathan will overwhelm everyone. No one is so fierce that they would dare to even anger Leviathan. Verses 7-9.

Who then, you ask, would be able to confront Leviathan? Only Me, because no one has preceded Me! I alone can repay Leviathan! Because, every thing under heaven is Mine! Verses 7-11.

The Almighty declares, “Leviathan is mighty in strength with an impressive frame. Forewarned is to be forearmed. Stay your distance. Deceptive strength is the pride of all Leviathan’s! They are so very numerous and stay close together. So close that no air can come between them. It’s impossible to separate them. verses 12-17.

When a Leviathan sneezes you’ll see flashes of light. Their mouth’s when they speak launch sparks of fire. And from their nostrils, smoke goes out like a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. Their breath kindles coals of flames that flash out of their mouths. verses 18-21.

Leviathan’s strength is in their upper bodies. Their very appearance is terrorizing. They are cold heartened resembling solid stones. verses 22-24.

When a Leviathan raises it self up, even the mighty become afraid. They retreat rather than to endure their thrashing. Because no weapon is capable, that could cause anyone to prevail. Leviathan’s look at iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood. Arrows, and sling stones are like chaff to Leviathan’s. As are clubs which are looked upon as stubble. They laugh at rushing of a javelin. Their whole bodies are like hard stones, leaving a trail in the mud like threshing machine. verses 25-30.

Leviathan’s can make the deep waters boil, or like a pot of ointment. On earth there is no equal. Leviathan’s see everything. They are kings over all peoples of pride.” verses 31-34.

This discussion was developed from Job 41:1-34. The declarations by themselves offer ample critical analytical interpretation.

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Supremacy of the Almighty pt 50

Now the Almighty confronts the naysayers, asking can any of those who argue contrarily with me bring about change? They will have to answer for their obstinacies. Because, it’s a matter of rebuke to the Almighty. (cp. Job 40:1-2).

The savvy will soon come to their senses, and admit to their Creator that they are morally vile creatures. Thinking that the matter will end there. No such good fortune, because the Almighty responds, prepare yourself as a man. I will question you, and you will answer Me! verses 3-7.

Do you think that you can annul my judgments? And forthwith condemn me, by being able to replace me, as the only one, who can declare you have been justified? Do you have the wherewithal  that by your voice thunder is created? If so deck yourself with excellency. Array yourself with honor and majesty, verses 8-10.

Can you pour out the fury of your anger without consequences? If so, crush the wicked where they are. Reduce them to become as forgotten memories. Reduced them to specs dust throughout the landscape. If you can do any of the aforementioned, then, indeed you are God! verses 11-14.

But, first observe the behemoth (speculated as reference to elephants) that I created, as well as you. Their menu consists of grass, as does the ox. Look at their strength shown through their thighs. His power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar. The tendons of his thighs are knit together. His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron, verses 15-18.

Verse nineteen is a interesting verse because it reads, “He (Behemoth) is the chief of the ways of God. He who made him gives him his sword.” We refer to Behemoth as being an Elephant because of the aforementioned characteristics. With Behemoth’s trunk because of its size and utility of use being his sword. And perhaps the first beast God created, because of the reference, “The chief of the ways of God.”

Looking at what Moses wrote in the biblical book of Genesis we discover two interesting recordings. On the fifth day of creation, Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let the birds fly above the earth, and across the firmament of the heavens. So God created the great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abound, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the sea, and let the birds multiply on the earth.'” (cp. Genesis 1:20-22).

Then we discover this recording, “Out of the ground God formed every beast of the field, and every bird in the air. And God bought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name. So Adam gave names to all the cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.” (cp. Genesis 2:19-20a).

And, perhaps one particular beast Adam named Behemoth. What we refer to day as being an elephant.

With Behemoth being the chief of the ways of God. Enjoyed all the foods the mountains produced for him. And where all the God’s beastly creatures played. Where there was nothing but peace and tranquility. (cp. Job 40:20-22).

There was no such occurrence such as death or violence during those days. (cp. Job 40:23-24).

Today we know all about death and violence. But that era will also pass, with peace and tranquility, once again being the experience of all of His creation.  “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,…,and a little child shall play with them,…, there shall be no more hurt or destruction in all of My holy mountain. Because all of the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (cp. Isaiah 11:6-9).

Here are some characteristic of life in that kingdom. And I (John) heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with all people, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall all be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; their shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for all the former things have passed away.” (cp. Revelation 21:3-4).

That’s for the few fortunate ones made secure, through His brutal murderous death and magnificent resurrection. All naysayer’s and Christ denier’s will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (cp. Revelation 21:8).

As has been said, “There’s a hell to avoid and a heaven to inherit.” It’s all about the free will of choice. To avoid the hell and inherit heaven follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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truth is found through nature pt 49

Infinite wisdom demonstrates to we humans, how inadequate we are, when it comes to elementary knowledge. To accomplish this, Divine Providence, uses various creatures for His instructive teachings.

He does this by asking a series of questions along with making piercing statements. “Do you have any control over animals, as to when they’ll give birth? The instinct of the young to go out and not return. It is so because I have made the wilderness their dwelling place. The range of the mountains is their natural pastures. They search after every green thing. (cp. Job 39:1-8).

And, why does the ox serve you? Is it because of a sense of duty, or because of the feeding trough? Do you confide in any of those creatures to work, so that you can fill your barns with seeds and grain? It all amounts to forced labor. All that occurs because God has deprived them of wisdom, neither has He imparted to them understanding. But inwardly, they scorn their masters. And that’s what makes certain creatures very dangerous, verses 9-18.

Have you given the horse might? Does he go out voluntarily to meet armed forces, No! Plain and simple, he’s an awesome creature. Designed by Infinite Wisdom to be loyal. Mortals have had no roll, other than to reap the prosperity of His provision, verses 19-25.

Or is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south? Is it at our command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high? On the cliff he makes his home, on the point of the cliff being his stronghold. From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off,” verses 20-29).

This discussion was developed from Job 39:1-29. And the, expanded upon through critical analytical interpretation.

We were reminded earlier in Job about the following, ”In God’s very hands is the life of every living thing.” Therefore, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (cp. Job 12:10; Ephesians 2:10).

But there is a formula for putting it together, and making it work. For those of you there, Blessings! If not, it all starts by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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naysayers pt 48

“For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, the God who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited.” Saying, ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.'” (cp. Isaiah 45:18).

Habitation on earth which included naysayers like, Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking. Along with many more like them.They’re very much alive, but unfortunately for them, they are extremely uncomfortable. ( cp. Luke 16:19-31). And their fate is likely to worsen, when facing Christ face to face. Know your Bible, know yourself and your world.

Then the LORD answered the populous from within a vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moved over the earth.

Asking, “Who are those who darken the counsel of My words without knowledge? Brace yourselves, for I will question you, then you will answer Me!

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare it, if you have the slightest understanding. Who determined its measures, if you know? How were its foundations fastened, and who laid its cornerstone? (cp. Job 1-6).

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea doors, when it broke out of the womb, when I made clouds as garments, and  then wrapped them as thick darkness upon the earth? And marked everything, as though they were bound with bars and doors. As though, I said, “You may come here, but no further. Your proud waves shall be stopped here!” verses 7-11.

Did you command the mornings of your days, or determined the dawn of those days, as to when it’ll occur? verse 12.

Can you while here take hold of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it? You can’t mold it as though it is clay and present it as something it isn’t. From the wicked light is with held. Wickedness is paralyzed like those with a broken arm, verses 13-15.

Can you entered into the springs of the sea and walk in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? verses 16-17.

A most interesting verse tucked away in the most inconspicuous of places, the book of Job. After having elaborated upon the features of creation including Job, verses 18-22. Then Divine Providence inserts the following. “Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of the battle and war?” verse 23.

It’s a reference to the end of this age. A new age will emerge with Christ ruling the world from Jerusalem. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all surrounding peoples, when they shall lay siege against Israel and Jerusalem.” (cp. Zechariah 12:3). Meaning all peace treatises will be short in duration, and war after war will continue to surface.

And finally the Arab Muslim world. and their proxies will declare enuf, is enuf! And attack, then the Lord will fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. (cp. Zachariah 14:2-4).

Then the kingdom will be set up on the earth. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be that the Lord is one, and His name one. (cp. Zechariah 14:8e-9).

This discussion was developed from Job 38:1-23, featuring introductory and supportive scriptures. Through the application of critical analytical interpretation.

If you are not one with us in Christ, now is the time to become one with Him. Start your journey by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13 which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

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nature of things pt 47

What was His purpose for featuring nature so prominently in recent discussions? And, into this discussion. (cp. Job 37:1-11).

It’s how the Almighty sends signals of displeasure designed to bring about behavioral changes. For the Almighty, it’s also meant as a signal of mercy. Suggesting worse could follow, if behavior change doesn’t occur, verses 12-13.

Pay attention and consider the following that God controls everything from the clouds above you. To the timing of lightning that darts from those clouds. And, maybe aimed at you! To the rain needed for human severial. Whether you can accept it or not is immaterial. God is perfect in knowledge, verses 14-17.

Can anyone join Him in the spreading out of the sky, which is as strong as a cast mental mirror? If called upon who will be able teach Him? No one can by reason of spiritual and intellectual inferiority. If any human were confronted with such a proposition, most likely they’ed wish to be annihilated out of fear, verses 18-20.

Divine majesty is before us all the time. The light which is bright in the skies, then suddenly the wind passes and clears it away. Then out of the North comes the golden splendor creating a state of aw, verses 21-22.

Try as one might the Almighty can’t be reached for explanation. He is exalted in power, in justice and great in righteousness, verse 23.

Therefore all peoples should revere Him. As for the know it all’s. Who have a human made explanation, know this He doesn’t regard any, who are wise within themselves, verse 24.

The wise will bow in humiliation knowing and sensing this, “By faith, it is understood that the worlds were framed by the commands of God, so that the things which are seen, were not made from things which are visible.” Which will most likely affirm this experience, “I (Jesus) was found by them who sought me not. I was made manifest to then, who asked not of Me.” (cp. Hebrews 11:3; Romans 10:20).

That’s how this Padre became a person of faith in Christ Jesus, like many others. So if you you are one with Him, Blessings! If not, start your journey by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 37:1-24, along with supporting scriptures. Through the application of critical analytical interpretation.

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when all was said it was said right – 46c

Climatic conclusion after two discussions, the first dated, 08 June 2021, “Unusual Occurrences.” Where Elihu provided humanity with some insights into the ways of the Almighty.

Followed by, “Majesty of Divine Providence,” dated, 09 June 2021. Where Elihu sometimes made some relevant suggestions concerning spirituality, while on other occasions missing the mark completely.

Now Elihu, closes his diatribe by making some thunderous provoking remarks. Designed by the Almighty to sever as enlightenment for all of humanity.

Behold! God is exalted in His power. Who is able to teach Him? Who is able to assign to Him responsibilities? Or to tell Him, that He made a mistake, verses 22-23.

So it is in everyone’s best interest to magnify His work. Many have sung His accomplishments in the past, and will do so well into the future. Not by reckless happen chance of design, but by the very declarations of how all of His creations functions harmoniously. Generation after generations continue to affirm it to be so, verses 24-25.

God is so great that mortals can not phantom His greatness, or how long He has existed. Who else can draw up the drops of water which distill as rain from the midst. Which the clouds pour down abundantly for the combined benefit of His creation, verses 26-28.

Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds and the thundering from His pavilion? Look, He scatters His light upon it. He covers the bottom of the sea, verses 29-30.

For by these, He judges the people. He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike its mark. His thunder declares it. And the animal, kingdom knows that a storm is approaching, verses 31-33.

God is infinitely wise is the premise of this and the previous two discussions. If you understand that and have benefited from that awareness. Blessings! If not it all begins by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths do not cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 36: 22-33. Through critical analytical interpretation.

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Majesty of Divine Providence – 45b

Behold! Declared, Elihu, one of four fictitious religionist making periodic appearances during these discussions. Designed by Divine Providence to challenge our thinking cords. Who sometimes made relevant suggestion, at other times missing the mark completely. So lets see what, Elihu has to say today.

God is mighty, and doesn’t despise anyone. He is mighty in strength and understanding. He doesn’t preserve the life of the wicked, but gives justice to the afflicted. (Know what your Bible has to say about such issues, and be patient, and watch for the godly outcome).

He doesn’t withdraw His eyes from the righteous (those who live life’s in a godly manner). Governing authorities are unique in His scheme for history. In which He established them to be obeyed. They were made His exalted authorities for governess both now and forever!'” (cp. Job 36:5-7).

Therefore, Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities. Because there are no authorities except what is allowed by God, And those authorities that exist were appointed by God, and are expected to serve His purposes. (cp. Romans 13:1).

Remember those who rule over you, they are expected to govern from the word of God. Whose faith must match their governance. So that when they legislate they are speaking as God’s representative. Their legislation, then must match His edicts. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (cp. Hebrews 13:7-8).

But concerning such matters, Peter, and the other apostles answered, and said, we should obey God rather than men! (cp. Acts 5:29).

Well Peter, and the others got it right. Politicians screwed up big time prior to the first century, during the first century, and reaching us today. It’s going to be scorching of judgment, when they stand before Christ, and have to give an account of their failed godly responsibilities.

Travel back the days of the pilgrims, when foreigners invaded the lands owned by the indigenous Indian people here. They most likely would not have survived their first winter here, had it not been benevolence of those gracious Indians. How where they repaid? The were tagged as savages, and were slaughter almost to extinction. Even today on reservations the American government has not fully honored their treaty agreements. They are forced to survive on inadequate plots of lands,

Followed by enslaving Africans as their property to build the nation we know today. Making many slave owners very rich. Reaching the White House where the first eight Presidents owned Africans as their personal property.

Reaching us today as the nation struggles to end racism and sexism. Including unfair labor practices, with the sole purpose of making the few very rich, and making it very difficult for the many adequately get by. Many work two – three jobs to do so.

This Padre has always had difficulty in seeing America as being great. Greatness doesn’t conduct itself in such ways. Instead America had been dealt the providence of mercy by Divine Providence. As the nations is slips into the status of global mediocrity. Causing some to speculate, that as this age nears its conclusion, the United States is no where found to be a significant power. Some go as far to say completely obliterated!

Because according to Elihu, they were bound in fetters and chained in the cords of afflictions, because He has shown them their works, and their transgressions, that they had so proudly demonstrated, verses 8-9.

Hope for America. He will open their ears to instruction, and command that they return from iniquity. If they listen to Him, they will be spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures, verses 10-11.

Stern Warning: But if they don’t listen, they will perish by the sword, they will die without knowledge. But those who are godless in heart lay up anger. They will not cry for help, when He binds them. They die in youth. Their lives perishes among the unclean, verses 12-14.

Mercy beckons. He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, and opens their ears. Yes, He would have allured you out of distress, into a wide place where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness, verses 15-16.

Major obstacle. But you are full of the judgement due to the wicked. Judgement, and justice will take hold of you. Don’t let riches of your successes entice you to wrath, neither let the great size of the bribe turn you aside. Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength? Don’t desire the night, when people are cut off in their place. Take heed, and regard your iniquity, for you have chosen this rather than deliverance, verses 17-21.

One with the majesty of Divine Providence? If so, blessings! If not, follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality that so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 36:5-21, and other appropriate scriptures. With words within parentheses serving as aids for text for clarity. Aided through critical analytical interpretation.

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unusual occurrences – 44a

Insights into the ways of the Almighty. From the perspective of a fictitious religiousness. Who just might have something note worthy for Job, and you, and me.

Elihu asking, “Bear with me a little while, and learn some things worthy of knowing. What I have to say comes from God Himself. I get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe my knowledge as righteousness because it comes from my Maker. For truly my words are not false. One (God) who is perfect in knowledge is with you.” (cp. Job 36:2-4).

Note: All scripture is given by inspiration of God (meaning God breathed, and directed by His breath in and through those who penned the scriptures. Making them profitable for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in righteousness (right living). So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers. Whether they are ordinary daily encounters, or those challenges that are literally overwhelming. (cp. 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

So when that happens go to the scriptures for help. Example. personal to me. The day was filled with one frustration after another. To the point that I was strongly tempted to literally destroy what I was working on. When on the very verge of doing that, a memorized verse came to my attention. Which declares, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (cp Proverbs 16:32). Immediately a calm came over me, and my project was saved. Special note: “A lot is cast into ones lap, but its remedy is from the LORD.” (cp. Proverbs 16:33). A Christ given bonus was given to me at the end of a very trying day. A long sought after gift was given to me!

Develop this mind set, and experience the unexpected. “As the dear pants for water brooks, so pants my soul for you O God.” ( cp. Psalms 42:1).

This discussion was developed from Job 36: 2-4. Along with other supporting scriptures. Then finalized through critical analytical interpretation.

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that inner voice pt 43

Think of the following as being euphemistic expressions, that could be applicable to anyone through out our global community. Job could be symbolic of any one of us here or abroad. Except for those in the pit or in a heavenly place. For both instances, it’s spirit only.

Elihu the newest religionist on the block had declared that Job had created a state of mockery concerning the righteousness of God. Saying, “Job speaks without knowledge, and his words are without wisdom. And your inquiries, were amounted to mockery. Concluding that’s what is expected from the wicked. Then declaring he added insult to injury. By adding rebellion to his list of sins. Worsening the situation by clapping his hands among us, and then multiplying his words against God.” (cp. Job 34:35-37).

So Elihu asked Job, “Do you think such behavior is the way to behave? It appears that you are saying, ‘I am more righteous than God.'” Job, “Have thought about asking yourself what advantage is this to me? Would it not have been better to say to Him, ‘I have sinned.'” (cp. Job 35:2-3).

Elihu declares, “I will provide answers for you, and for people like you. Look to the heavens and see; and behold the clouds, they are higher than you!” Job, “You have sinned! Do you think that gives you an advantage over Him? Your transgressions are being multiplied against you. What are you thinking Job? If you are innocent, what advantage is that to Him? verses 4-7.

Job, “Your wickedness is injurious to you personally, and your self styled righteousness only profits the sons of man. Eventually, everyone cries out for help from the Almighty?They cry out, because, whether they know it or not. It’s the persuasive inner awareness of the Almighty,” verses 8-10a).

But no one says, where is God my Creator and Redeemer? Who is our quieting song in the night of ones need. Who is the supreme comforter, and the ultimate source of wisdom. More so than cherished friends, or those furry and winged creatures, verses 10b-11.

They cry, but no one answers, because of evil people. How about that, the source animal cruelty. Way back there centuries ago in Eden. When Adam, and Eve decided to go their way and not God’s, verse 12.

In desperation mortal always turn to God. That plea is considered to be an empty cry, and neither will the Almighty regard it. The Almighty has heard their plea’s. But because there is no response, they wait for Him. Fortunately for folks like Job, He has not visited them with His anger, and He disregards their arrogance. To God they open their mouths with empty talk, and constantly release multiple words lacking knowledge, verses 13-16.

This discussion was developed from, Job 34: 35-37, Job 35: 2-16. Through the means of critical analytical interpretation.

As the centuries have rolled over, God has made a way for we humans to make things right between ourselves and Jesus. If that’s not your situation, blessings! And if it is, follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-16, all of which creates the universality that so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

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Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interest to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors issues usually avoided.

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why things go topsy turvy pt 42c

He breaks mighty people into pieces in ways beyond their abilities to understand. They just rack their consciousness, and ask why? Others pick up the ruins and start over. (cp. Job 34:24).

It’s played out so many times during humanities experiences, that its thought to be a common expectation, that’s expected to occur at sometime or another.

Not so according to Elihu. He penned this for the welfare of humanity. The almighty has taken knowledge of their works, and He didn’t like what He saw, so He just overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed. The Almighty did so because He saw them as being unprincipled. Then the Almighty struck them in the open sight of others. verses 25-26.

Why? Because they turned away from following Him, and wouldn’t pay attention to any of His ways, verse 27.

The Almighty works in mysterious ways. People who have been dealt the heavy hand of unfairness cry out to the Almighty. Often times subconsciously, but the Almighty millenniums ago established an universal code of ethics, that humanity has always been expected to obey. Step outside of them, and you’ll experience the hurt of His ax, verse 28.

That universal code is as follows. Jesus speaking through Mark the servant of humanity. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first universal commandment.” The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (cp. Mark 12:30-31.

When the Almighty provides restitution for the wronged, who can condemn Him? No one! Few are aware of His presences, to them it’s like the Almighty is a hidden Entity. Humanity fails to learn that the Almighty rules over all of humanity, and their nations irrespective of none! verse 29.

Though godlessness people do reign there will be no consistent ensnaring of the people. Because no one has said, “I am guilty, but I will not offend anymore. Teach me that which I don’t see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more,” verses 30-32.

It has always been called repentance. Followed by the newness of life provided by the Almighty. If that concept is familiar to you blessings. If not, for us in the 21st century it works by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality that so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 34:24-32, with accompany supportive scriptures. Followed by critical analytical interpretation.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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who is in charge of planet earth pt 41b

God is all about the good and right the central premise of yesterdays discussion. But Elihu raises the question for all of humanity. Who put Him in charge of everything? And why should, He be seen as the guardian of the whole earth? (cp Job 34:13).

All that makes Him very powerful. Because by His very will He could vanish all life on earth. Humans would be returned to dust, from which they came. If you have understanding, Elihu advises, hear this! Listen to the voice of my words, verses 14-16.

From the perspective of judging the fitness of God to be the final arbitrator in all maters, Elihu, asks, “Should one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is righteous and mighty? After all, who says to a king you are worthless, and to the elites you are wicked? He does not favor the rich more than the poor, for they all are the works of His hands,” verses 17-19.

In a moment they all die, even at midnight! Status doesn’t matter. The influential die like all others without interference from the Almighty. Because His eyes were  focused on the ways of people, and not status. He is fully knowledgeable of their choices even before they make them. Therefore, there is nowhere for the workers of iniquities to hide themselves. They are ready for the appointed time, when they will be judged by the Almighty, verses 20-23.

This discussion was developed from Job 34:13-23. Through critical analytical interpretation. The concluding discussion is scheduled for tomorrow. With a focus upon why things go wrong.

The aforementioned touch upon death. And no one disputes, that death is the final victor over this experience called life. It’s what happens after death that is in dispute.

The writer of Hebrews put it this way, “It is appointed for everyone to die once, but after physical death then the judgement, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” (cp. Hebrews 9:27-28a).

His judgment is an experience to avoid because the consequences are not very pleasant. So to avoid all unpleasant experiences, become one with Him. Follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality that so many seek.

And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next around very pleasant conditions.

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Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interest to be explored. From the gallery of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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y things r the way they r pt 40 a

They’re at it again, the religious hierarchy begging the public to listen, and then take action based upon what they say. The featured artist for this discussion is Elihu. Though Elihu is a fictitious character his picturesque  rhetoric is focusing on Job, another make believe character. And so lets see, if Elihu’s squawking has any relevance for us today. Elihu is asking us to choose for ourselves what is good and right. (cp. Job 34:2-4).

Fair proposition because it sure would make this world a better place. Because it always good and right never to responds to road rage with violence. And it’s never good or right to settle ones grievances at the work place with violence. And, the list goes on and on.

The good and right centers around ones relationship with Jesus. And not some entrepreneurial inclined church, political party or cult.

So want to be carrier of the good and right? It starts by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next. Blessings!

Elihu finds Job’s stances on the matters of his relationship with the Almighty as being short sighted. Saying there is no one like Job, who drinks scorn like water. Who keeps company with the workers of iniquity, and associates with wicked men. Accusing Job, as having decided, “It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.” verses 5-9.

Job has had to contend with Elihu’s  predecessors, who made similar accusations. All without merit, as Job’s reaction to their’s, and Elihu’s indictment was the converse. Discussed in previous discussions.

Then, Elihu addresses Job, and us. Listen to me you people of understanding. Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness, or commit iniquity. Global unrest and tyranny are the avenues created by humanity, who fail to understand the good and right as authored by Him. And when the good and right get twisted, it’s the almighty repaying them according to their works. He makes humanity find their rewards according to their ways. Surely God will never do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert justice! verses 10-12.

This discussion was developed from Job 34:1-12).

To be continued tomorrow.

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angels among us pt 39

Another religionist appears, who declares that he has not yet spoken out of respect for his elderly associates. (cp. Job 32:4).

Elihu asserts his frustration with Job. Because from his perspective, Job is self righteous. And very frustrated that his senior associates could not persuade Job to understand that his calamities were self induced by his iniquities and self righteousness and not God’s.

And equally frustrated that they couldn’t persuade Job that he was a person wrapped up in his own self justification with that not being of God either.

So taking center stage, Elihu, who then advises Job to hasten to what he has to say. Saying, “My lips will speak with pure knowledge. Job, my breath is the breath of the Almighty! Truly I am your spokesperson before God.”

Job, I have heard you say, “I am pure without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.” Yet you said, ‘on occasions, He has counted me as His enemy.'”

So Elihu says, “Job you are wrong concerning being pure and without sin. That’s why you sensed that God has counted you as His enemy!”

With that out of the way, Elihu chastises Job, “Declaring God is greater than you.” Asking, ‘why do you argue with Him?'” Job, “have you not learned that He does not give an account for what He says or does?”

Job learn theses lesson, “God may speak in one way or another, yet people do not perceive it. Perhaps in a dream, a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon them, while slumbering on their beds. Then He opens the ears of dreamers, and seals their instructions. In order to turn them away from their sinful deeds. In all this, His purpose is spare people a future residency in the pit. And during their lifetimes escaping death by the sword.”

Understand Job that that while sleeping, “He might inflict people with varied illnesses. To the point that they loose their desire to live. Their flesh wastes away, and their bones stick out which once were not seen. Yes, their souls draw nearer to the pit, and their lives are handed over to the executioners.” Note: We find this statement in Hebrews 2:14, “… that through death (Jesus) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil.

Relief is available, if there is an angel, an adviser, one among thousands, sent by the Almighty to help them correct their ways. Because God is gracious and has provided a ransom, (Jesus) so that they might avoid the pit.

Note: Angelology is a major biblical doctrine. “Are they not ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation,” Hebrews 1:14.

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels,” Hebrews 13:2.

“For He shall give His angels charge over you. To keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up with their hands. Lest you dash your foot against a stone,” Psalms 91:11-12.

Special note: This Padre has experienced their intervention into his life since childhood to adulthood. They where a contributing factor in my acceptance of Christ as my resurrected Redeemer. And all the saints said, Amen!

From experience, the only life worth living is the life lived for the glory of God. Such a life manifests itself in many different ways. All in accordance through Divine Providence. However, it starts with being one with Christ. One with Him? Blessings! If not, follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. The notice the prompts found in verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

Return to discussion book of Job chapter 33.

Then their bodies will be fresher than a child’s. They will rebound like the times of their youth. When the impossible occurs in ones life, it causes a return to the Almighty. They begin to pray, and God delights in the newness of their changed attitudes. It’s the restitution from iniquity to righteousness. ( cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Forgiveness from ones sinfulness releases songs of gratitude. Because the sinner realizes that God’s righteousness had been perverted. Knowing now that such perversions are not profitable, indeed they bring about the converse.

How can one not sing, when one realizes that their soul has been spared from residency in the pit. Because their lives have seen the light.

Valuable lessons not just for the biblical characters of the aforementioned but for us also. “Behold, God does all these things, twice, yes three times for humanity. That He might spare the soul residency in the pit, that they be enlightened with the light of life (Jesus).

This discussion was developed from Job 33:1-33, with the inclusion of supporting scriptures. And, through critical analytical interpretation.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

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wisdom beckons pt 38

When three well experienced religionist failed to convince Job about the errors of his ways. It’s time for a newcomer to step forward to get the job done. Onto the world stage leaps an upstart determined to do just that.

This upstart, Elihu, has been paying attention to the well publicized shenanigans about Job. So he makes contact with Job, telling him that his predecessors are like him, old men. Declaring that, “Days should speak, and the multitude of years should teach wisdom.” Continuing, “There is a spirit in people, and its the Spirit of the Almighty, who gives wisdom. It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.” (cp. Job 32:7-9).

He doesn’t waste any time expressing his anger. Telling Job that he’d remained silent out of respect for his senior associates.

Making it clear that a new frontier of attack would confront the self denying hypocrite. Who has been hiding himself in his own self styled righteousness, as opposed to God’s.

Advising Job, don’t respond by using  your old tactics, “I have found wisdom!” God will vanquish such people, Job.

Elihu shares this Job, so that old tactics will not work as they did with his predecessors. “I am full of words, but the spirit within me constrains me. My belly is as wine which has no vent. It is ready to burst like a new wineskins. I will speak, that I may find relief. I will pray that no partiality is shown to anyone. Nor will I not flatter you. Because if I did, my Maker would soon take me away. Furthermore, I am God’s spokesman on behalf of His righteousness.”

Every one redeemed by the resurrected Christ is His spokesperson. But there is a qualifier, it’s necessary to be a part of His family. It has nothing to do with being a member of any particular church, or any other prerequisites. Other than following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which crates the universality that so many seek. And if our paths do not cross in this world, they will in the next.

This discussion was developed from Job 32:1-22. Through critical analytical interpretation.

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depravity how it works pt 37

As the sun rises from the east, and sees its end, as it settles beneath the skyline in the west. And darkness makes its appearance before giving way to a new day. And with that day, old ways emerge. and some of them bring contradictory desires for righteous living from the perspective of our Creator.

Who had Moses record the following, “You shall not lust after …., your neighbor’s wife, ….” Then He had Matthew write, “You have heard it said, “You shall not commit adultery,” But I (Jesus) say to you, ‘that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'” (cp. Exodus 20:17; Matthew 5:27-28).

That may have plagued Job’s conscience. For Job wrote, “I have made a covenant with my eyes, why then should I look lustfully at a young women?” Thinking, ‘God reacts to it as being a spiritual disaster. He knows my ways and counts all of my steps,'” Job 31:1-4)

Job being aware of his possible guilt wants to be on the safe side. So he develops a intellectual defense. “If I have walked with falsehoods, and my foot has hurried to deceit. Then let me be weighed on fair scales before my God. Balance my integrity with my out of the way behaviors, when my heart walks after my eyes,” ‘if the scales tip against me, I plead oh God penalize me through any of my entrepreneur activities. Let my competition be the beneficiaries of my labors,'” verses 5-8.

Job plays the blame game by pinning his sins as the fault of another. Then Job offers his wife as just restitution. The hall mark of a totally depraved man, verses 9-10.

Though subconsciously Job declares, “It would be a heinous crime; yes, it would be a sin deserving to be punished by the judges. It would be like a fire that consumes to destruction all my sinful follies.” verses 11-12.

Seeking to balance the scales, as a way to obtain mercy from the judges. Job sets forth his humanitarian services for those he employed, and those less fortunate than himself throughout the community. And if it isn’t so, get your vengeance by crippling my body.  Then Job declares, “Then great is my misfortune because God has become a terror to me,” verses 13-23.

A person of depravity never surrenders, but with each irrefutable proven quest. A new excuse is elevated as a defense. As a hope, for gaining the judges mercy.

“If I have made gold my hope, and said to fine gold, you are my confidence. I have rejoiced because my wealth is great, and because my hand has gotten much; if I have seen the sun when it shined, or the moon moving in splendor, and my heart having been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth, this also would a sin to punished by the judges. Thereby, I would have behaved in a contrary way of my God,” verses 24-28.

Job then argues his innocents based upon his attitude toward others. Asking, “Who can find anyone, who has not been helped by my generosities locally, or as a passing visitor?” verses 29-32.

However, “If I like Adam, I have hidden my sins within my heart because I feared the consequences,” verses 33-34.

Knowing all is lost, Job turns to God. “Oh! ‘that I had one to hear me, oh, that the Almighty would hear me, that my Prosecutor had written a book. Surely, I would carry it on my shoulder, and wear it like a crown. Like a prince that He is, I would approach him,” verses 35-37.

“And if, there’s any merit to my supposed quilt, then, let the briers and weeds be my harvest.” Thus pleaded an anguished Job, verses 38-40.

This writer suspects that when the following occurs  everyone, like Job, will experience a certain amount of anguish.

For it is written, as I live, “says the LORD, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will confess to God. Then every one of us shall give an account of themselves to God.” (cp. Romans 14:11-12. And from that exchange, if one discovers that their name is absent from the Book of Life, they will be cast into the lake of fire. (cp. Revelation 22:15).

Ultimately it comes to being one with Christ. One with Him? Blessings! If not give serious thought to becoming one with Him. Become part of the Christ family by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek.

This discussion was developed from, Job 31:1-40, through critical analytical interpretation. Along with supporting supporting scriptures.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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enemies of success pt 36

Many who have labored for the good of others find themselves vilified as the calendar rolls the months into years.

In the previous discussion Job was seen as highly respected person because of his untiring efforts to help others. That was when no one knows with certainty, how many yesterdays had captured his calendar of life. (cp. Job 29:1-25).

Though it could have been his disrespect for the elderly. Some of God’s commandments are everlasting such as honor and respect for ones parents. For it is written, “Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD has given you.” (cp. Exodus 20:12).

There is every reason to suspect revenge had gripped the younger generations for the way Job treated their parents. Job complains, “But now they treat me with contempt, who are younger, and whose fathers I considered unworthy to be put with my sheep dogs. Of what use is the strength of their hands to me? Of what profit are these men to me? Has not ripe ripe age made them unprofitable as employees?”verses 1-2.

“They are diseased from lack of food and shelter. They pluck eatable substances from the trees. They plunk what they can from the bushes. Even the roots of trees are their foods, verses 3-4.

They were driven away by prosperous socialites, and looked upon as thieves. They had to find shelter wherever they could. In unthinkable places by the standards of respected society, verses 5-8.

Then something happened through Divine Providence no doubt. It’s His handy work that makes what goes around come around. Meaning there are consequences for all behaviors!

What follows is Job’s experiences from the echelons prosperous socialites while he was once one of them. But now, Job has gone from riches to rags. Suddenly Job finds himself as being their taunting song. Yes, I am their byword. They abhor me, they keep far from me. They do not hesitate to spit in my face, verses 9-10).

Job has the forth with all to know that the God, who allowed him to become prosperous, has now turned the tables on him. Job puts it in Jobian like terms, “He has loosed my bowstring and afflicted me. All previous restraints by You have been removed. Only the rubble of my past endures. They have made it impossible for me to regain lost wealth. They have become an unstoppable destructive power, verses 11-12.

They break up my path, they promote my calamity. And it appears, that they have no helper. Terror has gripped me. My honor has been chased away as through a strong wind. My prosperity has passed away as a moving cloud. Now my soul is poured out because of my depleted circumstances. The verses 13-15.

The days of afflictions have taken their toll in multiple ways. It’s like a collar cast upon me. I have become like nothing, but more than a pile of ashes, verses 16-19.

In desperation like most, Job call to God, and plays the blame game. “I call to You, but You do not answer. I stand up, and you just gaze at me. You have turned against me and You are cruel. With the might of Your hand you oppose me. It’s like You have lifted me up to the winds making me ride them. You have spoiled my successes. I know that you will cause me to experience death, and then to the house appointed for all living,” verses 20-23.

(Shelo (cp. Luke 19:16-31). Gives a very detailed description of what occurs as the soul and spirit exits the body. A recommended read and study.

“Surely You would not stretch out Your hand against a heap of ruins? When anyone cries out before death is experienced, verse 24.

Job reminds the Almighty, “Have I not wept for them who where in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor? But when I looked for good, evil came to me; and when I waited for light, then came darkness,” verses 25-26.

My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; days of affliction confront me. I mourn for sunlight. I stand up and cry in the assembly, and cry for help, verses 27-28.

“I am a brother to Jackals, and a companion to ostriches. My skin grows black, and peels from me. My bones are burned with heat. Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe of those who weep, verses 29-31.

This discussion was developed from Job 30:1-31, with supporting scriptures. Through critical analytical interpretations.

With this discussion we have seen the two faces of Job. From being helpful to being cruel. Then pleading his case with God by elaborating upon  his goodness while not mentioning his cruelties. Human nature is what it is, complex. Which doesn’t erase our need for redemption, it enhances our need for redemption.

It all starts by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

Scheduling can be accomplished through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Living room conversations work well, as do other forums where people can gather. Private consultations are also available by issue or topic. Through the various mediums of your choice,

CfS is a church without wall, and therefore, without membership.