a merry go round experience pt 26

Job once again responds to his fault finding religious menaces. He now declares that this their tenth such attack must end!

Asking how many more times will you through your torturous attacks, attempt to destroy my public image? While admitting that he has sinned, but declaring that his transgressions remain between him and his Creator. Declaring you are trying to gain stature within the community through your public criticism of me.

If you succeed, then God has wronged me! And has dropped an enclosure upon me, so that if I cry out about your wrongs against me, I am not heard. Therefore, for me, there can be no justice!

You, Bildad, with your associates want to turn the public against me. As though my business successes were gained by ill repute, therefore God has destroyed me. Counting me now as an adversary.

As evidence you are rallying the public against me, warning everyone to create a noticeable distance between themselves and me. Which includes my relatives, and all my familiar friends, who now act as though they never knew me. You are trying to make me an alien in everyone’s sight!

Wake up, and have pity on me, you, who once counted me as your friend. God has touch me. Because I know that my redeemer lives. In the end He will stand upon the earth. Whom I, will see, and I will not be a stranger to Him. My heart is consumed within me.

You Bildad, “Should be afraid because of your unfounded wrath against me. It will bring punishment upon you. Then you will know that your punishment is His judgement!”

Most one way or another can identify with Job’s dilemma. It’s by being able to relate to Job’s declaration, “I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, He will stand upon the earth. After my body is destroyed, then I will see God. Whom I will see, but not as a stranger. My heart is consumed with joy over such an awareness.” (cp. Job 19:25-27).

This discussion was developed from Job 20:1-29 by critical analytical interpretation.

Some of the aforementioned declarations weren’t a collection of fearful expressions. Iniquity is a collection of behaviors that are offensive to God Almighty. For us in this age of grace our iniquities are wiped clean, by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. And then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this life, they will in the next world. And like Job, we will see God, but not as strangers.

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when the storms come the son shines pt 25

We do not know the human author for the contents of the Biblical book of Job. As far as it is known, Job as having had a human existence is doubtful.

Divine Providence created Job as a fictitious character. To best exemplify the contents of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which reads, “All scripture is given by by inspiration of God, (meaning God breathed, who directed His breath in and through those who penned the scriptures) and is profitable for learning, scoldings, corrections, and for instruction in righteousness (right living). So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers, whether trivial or of overwhelming circumstances.

This discussion also features another fictitious character. Bildad to enumerate the consequences of lives lived outside the dictates of their Creator God Almighty.

And of course his tirade is directed at Job, but its just as appropriated for anyone, and with certainty reaching us today.

Bildad starts out by taking issue with Job, as to how he has characterized himself and his two associates. Who are picturesque of the religious hierarchy of their time, and also reaching us today. Religionist who present themselves as knowing everything but really know very little. (cp. Job 18:1-4).

But Bildad hit the following correctly, and everyone should take heed. “Yes, the light of the wicked will be put out. The spark of their fire will be put to shame. Outward appearances mean nothing because his tent is filled with unhappiness.”

The steps of their strength will be shortened prematurely through ageing. Their intellectual processing will fail them resulting in poor judgment. It will be like their feet are caught in a net. Causing them to stumble aimlessly. They will be trapped in irreversible confusion as time passes.

Their physical strength will be diminished prematurely. Perhaps once highly respected, but now completely  disrespected. Those who take their place of grand stature will be astonished. Because formerly their contemporaries were frightened by them. Someone coined this phrase, “Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!”

Surely, such are some of the pitfalls of those, who do not take the teachings of God Almighty from a very serious perspective! Lord, Christ Jesus!

This discussion was developed from, Job 18:1-21, through critical analytical interpretation.

Life spins its wheels with good fortune, and misfortune. Either way it’s best to wheel along as one of His. Not one of His? Here’s how to become one of us. Follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek.

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interacting with the cosmos pt 24

Here we are in seventeenth chapter of a discussion from the book tagged as wisdom. The Biblical of Job is somewhat mysterious, because we do not know its author. It found its way as a significant inclusion of canonical literature through the providence of God Almighty. It’s filled with the ways earthlings are forced to interact with the universal cosmos.

Job opens this discussion by saying, “My spirit is consumed, and I have lived the number of days given to me, and I am ready for the grave.”

The phrase, “I have lived the number of days given to me.” It’s taken from these truths. “People born of a women find that their days are full of troubles. They come forth as a flower and fades away like a shadow that does not continue. (cp. Job 14:1-2).

“Since their days are determined, the number of their months are with You; You have appointed their limits, so that they cannot pass them.” (cp. Job 14:5).

My days expired in the year of our Lord, 2015. But God is sovereign far beyond human comprehension, extending my days. Shocking the medical staff attending to my care. As they gave me a zero percent chance of survival. That information was shared with me at time of discharge. So if, He can extend life, He can also shorten life. As He did, concerning my younger brother at the same age, as my near death experience.

One of us? Blessings! If not, now is a good time to become one of us through Christ Jesus. 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.

This discussion will focus on the spiritual aspects of those days seen through Job chapter seventeen. But with this strategic diversion through prayer, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (cp. Psalms 90:12).

One last thought before moving to Job 17. I struggled unable to determine how to approach this discussion. At 02:00 hundred hours the answer arrived through a night vision. (cp. Job 33:14-17). Causing me to leap out of bed and start writing.

The silent working of Divine Providence as poured out to us through Job. “Now  give a pledge. Be collateral for me with Yourself.” For us it happened on the Cross. “Insomuch than, as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him, who had the power of death, that is the devil.” (cp Hebrews 2:14).

Job ponders, “Who is there, who will shake hands with me? No one because You have hidden their hearts from understanding. Therefore, you will not exalt them!” (Reference to the three pompous religiousness, who saw everything but new nothing). They who wrongly denounce their friends for personal stature, will even see their children fall.”

“For reasons beyond my understanding, He has made me, a once respected person, an insult among the people. I am so disrespected that they spit in my face. But all is not lost, because the righteous through God are astonished over what’s happening to me. They have risen up against all such hypocrites. It’s the way the Creator works. People like me with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Folks please continue, for their isn’t a wise person among you.”

Finally Job laments. “My better days are an experience of the past. I have said to corruption, You are my father where is my hope? Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, (Hell) or shall we just rest together in the dust?”

This discussion was developed from, Job 17:1-16, by critical analytical interpretation. Other scriptures used where for clarification purposes.

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when life is screwed up what is next pt 23

Job finds himself repeatedly attached by the religious hierarchy. Barking at him that his flight from riches to rags was of his own doings.

Counseling  him that a return to riches will be forth coming, although it will occur slowly, based upon his recognition of his sins. Telling Job God is merciful, when His mercy is sought.

One can not wonder as to their true motive in this entrepreneur’s economic collapse? Was it because Job was large contributor to their cozy life styles?

It doesn’t matter because Job wasn’t buying into their nonsense. Saying, “I’ve heard enough your rubbish. The three of you have turned out to be miserable counselors!

What provokes you to keep coming after me? I wouldn’t speak as you do. Even if your life experiences were similar to mine. Though I could join words against you, and shake my head at you. The end result would be strength from my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.”

From previous discussions we learned that not only did Job’s prosperous business empire collapse not because of poor management, but rather by a demonically inspired force controlled by Satan. Which extended itself to the murder of his three daughters and seven sons.

Here’s the spiritual lesson to be learned. It’s not a mythological occurrence of science fiction. But rather it’s a revelation from God Almighty, that such scenario’s have occurred with centuries of history that are reaching us today!

And it not only plaque’s the most ungodly of people, but those new creations in Christ Jesus by virtue of His life, death, resurrection and ascension to be seated at the right hand of God the Father. The wise will take all this very seriously, and the foolish will laugh and mock such declarations.

Perhaps Job’s expressions of sorrow and frustration are meant to be picturesque for us today. For he says,”My grief has not subsided even though I forbear. Oh! God You have completely worn me out. Now I am a very desolate person. I need you, but You are not available to help me, why?”

“I have suffered Your wrath and Your persecutions. You have torn me apart like the gnashing teeth of madness. All my adversaries see me as vulnerable and thus at their mercy.”

“You have delivered me to the ungodly, and have cast me into the hands of the wicked. Once I was wealthy, but now my spirit is broken. Yes! You have broken my neck, and have dashed me to pieces.

I have become your target, and your archers surround me.

Nevertheless, “Even now!” and ‘Behold my witness is in heaven. He who vouches for me is on high!'”

This discussion was developed from Job 16:1-22 through critical analytical interpretation.

Job despite his misfortunes and having a sense that his life was about to end, said, “I will got to the way of no return,” yet he had the assurance that the one who is in heaven would vouch for him.

Many of us today have that same confidence while many others do not.  So if you are without such confidence. Find it through 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 world.

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sparks fly upward as do humanities troubles pt 22

This is the 22nd discussion concerning an overview from book of Job, tagged as a book of wisdom. The Apostle Paul wrote the following, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.”

Meaning God breathed, directing His breath into the souls of selected mortals. Who would divinely pen what would become the cannon of biblical literature. Far exceeding  66 books that mortal men determined to be The Word of God.

This was the intended purpose. Each and every word was profitable for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in RIGHTEOUSNESS.  So that everyone may be able to cope with what life tosses their way. In the way of challenges. Some may be petty or a nuisance, while others may be overwhelming. (cp 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Forrest Gump got it right when he said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.”

Shortly an exploration of chapter 16 will occur. Previously, we have learned that there is a devil, and he has had audiences with God. That he has free access to roam the terrestrial landscape of earth. Be it by land, sea or air. with one purpose to see whom he may destroy. (cp. 1 Peter 5:8),

That helps us understand, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. Which reads, “And no wonder, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers, also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

During his audiences with God, Satan was asked whether he agreed that that on earth there no man like Job. Causing Satan to reply, “He’s extra ordinary because you protect him and have made him very prosperous. Remove your protection and Job turn against you and curse you!

So, what’s the point? There is no reason to doubt that this ploy has occurred endless number of times. With no one being exempt.

Satan wasted no time crippling Job economically and in personal ways. Again what’s the point? Observe, and keep in mind that God is showing us the elements of terror that Satan has at his disposal. As with Job, he rallied humans to steal from Job. Used those same forces to murder his workforce. And then, inflicted Job with cancerous like skin diseases. Then Satan whipped up a horrendous wind storm that killed his ten children. The point being that all, and more of aforementioned, Satan can duplicate today!

Perhaps this is the difference maker for survival and overcoming. Job prayed, “Naked I came from my mothers’s womb. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (cp. Job 1:21). And here’s the proof, “Resist him, and be steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by all other sisters and brothers through out the world.” (cp. 1 Peter 5:9).

Then Job had to contend with the pious religious hierarchy of his times. Who blamed Job’s crushing woes on his sinfulness. When they were not made privy to the circumstances that  that caused his ruination. Sound familiar in any way?

Job did a good job in defending himself. Eventually declaring himself to be righteous in God’s sight. That only infuriated them to attack Job with a more vigorous rage.

And Job resisted them and continued to defend his faith in God Almighty, but it took its toll. So, Job wished that the day of his birth, could somehow be obliterated from from the calendar of history. And, he begged God to leave him alone. So that he might die and find peace in his grave. Convinced that he’d never experience the good life again.

That ends my survey of the first fifteen chapters of Job. And perhaps this is the lesson for all of us to learn. Which is, “There is no event that can occur that is not common to all other people.” (cp. 1 Peter 5:9).

Of course the core teaching is that it goes better, when we are one in Christ Jesus. Not one with Him? Follow the prompts 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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when things could not get worse they did pt 21

But on your thinking caps, and take a journey into what’s suppose to be, but isn’t.

Have you ever noticed that fault finders though completely rebuked rebound? Most likely because high mindedness never likes a scorching scolding. It could well be called getting even.

And that’s what happen to Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. So Eliphaz fuels his tank, and comes after Job, again! “You think you are a wise man. But your answers were filled with vain knowledge, no more effective than a gentle east breeze on a hot and humid summer day.”

Job, “You iniquity teaches you mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty. Job your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Yes, your own lips testify against you.”

Job, “Are you the first man who was born? Has God taken you aside, and provided you with secret counsel? And because of that council, do you limit wisdom to yourself? What do you know that we don’t know? What do you understand which is not within us? Job, you have turned your spirit against God, by the very words that fall out of your mouth.”

Job, “It is impossible for a man to be righteous who is born of a woman. God doesn’t trust His holy ones, so why would He trust you? Even the heavens are not clean in His sight. How much less you, who is an abomination and is corrupt. Who drinks iniquity like water!”

“Pay attention Job, I will share with you all of which I have learned. This wisdom has been handed down to me from one generation to the next. It’s clear, Job, men like you are tortured by pain all his days, even to the full extent of his numbered years.”

Job, “The sound of terror rings in your ears. Because, you knew that the Destroyer of prosperity would come. Clearly manifested with what He has done to you. Your empire is gone, as are your ten children.”

Job, “You wonder about confused, it’s like a darkness where no light can be seen allowing for recover. Desiring that death would free you of your misery. You want God to return to you, the magnificence of your lost empire. You keep asking Him where is it? Unfortunately, Job only distress and anguish awaits you. And that, Job makes you afraid. Because you know, you can’t prevail because He is greater than a king ready for battle.”

Job, “You have stiffened your resolve against Him. As though its some kind of a thick shield.”

Job, “Your physical appearance is pathetic. You have been forced to take up residency in the most undesirable of places. It’s questionable if residency there provides a healthy and safe environment. Nevertheless, you continue to say that God sees you as being justified, when it isn’t so. Where you now live that’s the best you can expect!”

Job, “You will never make your way out of darkness. Because every attempt you make a flame will burn your branches up Because it comes from the mouth of God. Job, you can’t continue with such emptiness. Can’t you see that your emptiness is, and, will continue to be your reward.”

Job, “The accomplishments of the godless are barren just like fire consumes ones tents. That is the result of behavior like yours that conceives  mischief that produces iniquity. It comes from the heart, and your heart prepares only deceit.”

This discussion was developed from Job 15:1-35. Through the us of analytical interpretation. Taught at divinity schools as the science of exegesis.

Life is complex, and stepped with many troublesome pitfalls. Including the church hierarchy, some whom claim to speak for God, but really, they are speaking for themselves.

For this discussion Zliphaz, adequately demonstrates how that role is played. The self righteous are dangerous, and it’s important to know your Bible. Because often they are the puppets of unseen forces, all controlled by the Angel of Light. (cp. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Truth can be difficult to understand concerning many disciplines, and Christendom isn’t exempt. It’s impossible to separate truth from non-truths. Apart from having a personal, and sincere relationship with Jesus. Even then you are not exempt from attacks by the accomplices of the Angel of Light, or by the Angel of Light. That was taught in an earlier discussion within this series.

So if you are not one of us through Christ Jesus, then 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.

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merry go round of life pt 20

Job collects his equilibrium after a seemingly endless attack upon his character both intellectually and spiritually. But not before he archers, what he considered to be a more than satisfactory rebuttal. Even willing to once again move in the direction renewed friendships. But, it’s conditional upon mutual agreed terms. Summary of yesterdays discussion.

Now Job reflects upon life itself and muses over the following. “What is man, who is born of a woman? It’s like a few days which is filled with troubles. He grows up like a flower, and is cut down. He’s like a shadow that doesn’t continue.

Do You open Your eyes on such a one, and bring them into judgement with Yourself? After all who can bring a clean thing, out of something unclean? No one!

Since his days are determined and the number of his months are with You. You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot exceed them. (Think about that the timing of your death is predetermined).

There is hope for a tree, if it is cut down that it will sprout again from the ground, that its tender branches will also once again appear. It will do so, as long as it can scent the water it will sprout back to life.

But a man dies and is laid low. Yes, man gives up his spirit and is no more. So a man lies and doesn’t mimic the tree. You can count on that until the heavens are no more. Man will not be roused out of his sleep. Oh that You would hide me in hell, and keep me as a secret until your wrath has passed. Then appoint me a set time to be remembered.

Though I wonder, when a man dies, will he live again? If that should occur, then I’ll wait for my release to come. You will call, and I will answer. Because you have a desired future for the works of your hands.

But now, You count my steps, and know all about my sins. My disobedience is sealed up in a bag. There is no possible way for me to escape my iniquities.

Oh God! As the mountain falling comes to nothing, The rock is removed out of its place, the waters wear the stones. Its torrents wash away the ground of the earth. So you destroy the hope of man. You forever prevail against him, and he departs. You change his face, and send him away.

His children come to honor him, but he doesn’t know it. They are saddened, but he doesn’t perceive it of them. But the flesh on his body has pain, and his soul within him mourns.

This discussion was developed from Job 14:1-22, by critical analytical interpretation.

Job answers his own question, what is man that you are mindful of him?

No doubt many have asked the same question, and most likely the answers vary. But there is a single answer, and it comes from a careful prayerful independent study of the scriptures.

Avoid organized Christendom go it alone, or form small independent home study groups. It’s suggested that people start their journey through a study of Romans – Philemon.

Because within them it’s all about Christendom from the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Including His perspective, from, how to live the Christian life Like all other Biblical ages, this age will also will end. And the next age, will make the shenanigans of this age seem like a welcomed experience.

Your journey is best accomplished by being one of His. To become a part of our Christ family follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek.

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revolving rendezvous pt 19

Job is tired of being brow beaten by those whom he thought were his friends, the last of them being Zophar. So now Job turns to chastising Zophar, and no doubt it was also meant for Eliphaz and Bildad.

“Stop berating me Zophar, I’ve had enough, and you can’t say anything that I have not heard over and over again and again!” After all, “I am in no way inferior to you intellectually or spiritually!”

“If I thought that there were any merit in the tirades against me, I would petition the Almighty and try to reason with Him. But you, and the others are forgers of the truth. All of you are far less than you realize, and who have no value to me. Show your intelligence by being silent!”

Make no mistake about what I’m about to say. “Will you continue speak deceitfully to God about me? He will search for you, and expose you for what you are betrayers of me with the intent to deceive Him. He will surely chastise you because you show partiality to deceit! His majesty will make you afraid because His anger will fall upon you! Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes. Any defense you offer will be defenses like clay!”

“Be silent! Leave me alone for what will be will be. The greatest error that I could make is to but my welfare in your hands! Should He take my life, then I will have no hope. Until then, I will live my life as it is before Him! This will be my salvation, that godless people cannot expect His help!”

Listen carefully to what I have to say. Let it ring clearly in your ears. “I know that the Almighty sees me favorably because I am righteous. Will any of you now contend with me? If so, then I will give up my spirit.”

“Avoid to doing two of the following to me. If you do that then I will stop avoiding you. Withdraw your abusive tongues, and stop using your tongues to terrorize me! Thinking that it’ll make me afraid!”

“Then you can confront me, and I will answer you. Or let me speak, and then you can answer me. Take the lead and number my errors and sins. Show me my avenues of disobedience to Him, and how that disobedience was sinful.”

“Why are you avoiding me. and why do you consider me your enemy? Will you harass a leaf driven by the wind that becomes dry stubble? You write hatefully about me, as though you don’t like me. You don’t have to go any further, for I know that I am like a garment that is moth eaten.”

This discussion was developed from Job 13:1-28 through analytical interpretation or exegesis.

Life has it ups and downs, and sometimes friends come and go, and then return through a process of mutual reconciliation.

The aforementioned discussion could be seen as being picturesque of us, as we move through life’s hazardous road ways. Being argumentative with friends as to what behaviors are lets say moral or immoral.

But what barometer can be used to make such conclusions. Job argues it is God, and Job felt confident that God would see him as being righteous concerning his lifestyle. And if not then he would welcome death.

Pretty bold statement for Job to make, nevertheless everyone can make such a statement but its conditional upon being one with Christ. So if you are not one with Christ, 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.

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Job takes on Zophar pt 18

Job responds to his most recent critic, Zophar. In a most cynical and sarcastic manner. “No doubt, you are the people of wisdom, and it’s with you that wisdom will die.” But get this, Zophar, In wisdom I am in no way inferior to you. What you yap about, every one understands. Your rhetoric is like that of a simpleton.

I am looked upon as a joke by my neighbors. I called upon God, and He answered. I am the just and have been blameless in behavior. Nevertheless, I am the joke! It appears that me, the one, who was wealthy, and then fell into misfortune is held in contempt by the likes of you, Zophar. So I ask, is there any hope for those who slip into misfortune, Zophar?

You compare me to robbers who prosper. And thus provoke God, and are still secure within their tents. There God is in the working of their hands!

Comparing me with robbers is ludicrous, Zophar! Ask the animals now, and they will teach you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you, or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. The fish of the sea will declare it to you. They all know that the LORD’s hand is in all of this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and to the very breath of humanity.

Zophar, doesn’t the ear try words, as the palate tastes its food? With aged people is wisdom and from their days is understanding. From God comes wisdom, might, counseling and understanding. Behold He breaks down, and it can’t be built again. He imprisons and there is no release.

Behold, He withholds the waters and there are severe droughts. Then He releases the rain and all is well upon pastures of the earth. Don’t you know Zophar that with Him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are His, Zophar!

Zophar, counselors, and judges like you, He makes to look like fools. His authority reaches to highest levels of governance. It’s like He has bound their waist with a belt. Making them like puppeteer’s that serve His interests.

Zophar, He sanctions religionist like you, and overthrows the mighty. You are doomed, Zophar because your speech will not be trusted, and all understanding of your communiques will fall upon deaf ears, Zophar.

He pours out contempt for people like you, who think of themselves as princes, and the imagined strong are made weak.

He uncovers all behaviors though they be dark and hidden. Rescuing them from the shadow of death for all to see because light supersedes darkness.

Finished with an ilk like Zophar, Job directs his focus upon the community of nations. It’s all based upon 2 Timothy 3:16, which has been expounded upon during previous discussions. But important for this discussion, all  others that will follow this discussion.

God prospers nations, and He weakens them. He populates the nations and He shrinks them. Making them vulnerable to other nations as captive prey. He takes away governing understanding from their leaders. And they become like wanderers in the wilderness unable find any other way. They just grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like drunken men.

This discussion was developed through critical analytical interpretation of Job 12:1-25. With a focus upon 2 Timothy 3:16.

Self, and world events are enhanced once we are one with Christ. So if you are not one of us, take this opportunity to become one of us. 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.

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Mothers Elizabeth and Mary

Two women, two mother’s, who changed the destiny of the world. With Elizabeth giving birth to a son. And it was decided that the boy would be named after his father, Zacharias. But Elizabeth objected, and said, we shall call his name, John. And his father agreed, and so it was. (cp. Luke 1:59-63).

Destinies history then and now. A worthy read and study. (cp. Luke 1: 67-79).

And the child grew up and became strong in determination. And was in the deserts till the day of his ministerial maturity to address Israel. (cp.Luke 1:80). Every mother’s wish!! The successful maturity from the fruit of their womb, whatever gender it might be. Because much can be learned about parenting. When mother’s instill purpose, and loyalty in their children. The family and the world will be better. Then indeed, blessed is the fruit of your womb and blessed are you among women. Because women set the destiny, for the family, and the world. Enjoy your day, it is indeed your day.

This grown child, John, is the one we call the Baptist. Who was seen encouraging baptism as an indication of sins forgiven. (cp. Luke 3:3). John found his purpose through his mother nourishing guidance. God teaches His truths many ways. But no greater way, than through willing mothers.

In the course of time Divine Providence expressed as the Word of God directed John to his ultimate purpose. Found in a scroll written by Isaiah which read, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight. And make the rough ways smooth; so all people can see the salvation of God.” (cp Luke 2:4-6). And that represents the finality for the son born of Elizabeth. Which is the duty of all God’s children, not just, John the Baptist during his tenure but ours now.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be called the mother of God? Well that was to be Mary’s experience. God dispatched his angel, Gabriel, to Nazareth. And the angel said to Mary, “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (cp. Luke 1:26-28).

And now, what we call, The Annunciation, “Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest, and the LORD GOD will give Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom shall have no end,” (cp. Luke 1:30-33).

It’s a very detailed future occurrence. (cp. 1 Corinthians 15:24-58). Verses 33-34, is most strategic as God depends on mothers to awaken people to the cause of Christ through their sons and daughters.

Later Mary made a trip to visit her relative Elizabeth. When Elizabeth greeted Mary there was instant, and mutual recognition, where each woman knew that the other would be a woman of great importance. That encounter can be experienced. (cp. Luke 1:39-45). All mother’s are women of great importance.

And Elizabeth said, to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (cp. Luke 1:42). And Mary responded with a prayer that we call, Mary’s magnificat prayer, which means my soul magnifies.

And Mary said, “My spirit rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant. Behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

And His mercy is on those who fear Him, from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things. And the rich, He has sent away empty.” (cp. Luke 1:46-53).

History from yesterday and still applicable two centuries later. Demonstrating the influence of motherhood. It’s your day indeed because as mother’s go, so goes the destiny of humanity.

And so in closing blessed are the mothers, who magnify the Lord and whose spirit is in God their Savior. And instill those truths in their children, for indeed, all generations shall call you blessed. Because He has, or will do great things through you. And He will be mercy full to you, and to your family for generations to come. Just a few comments from Mary’s magnificat prayer.

On this mothers day, blessed are the mothers because like Elizabeth and Mary, you establish the destinations of families globally.

Understanding global calamity: Where there is glory, there is shame. The shame of some mothers is recorded starting with Luke 1:51b-53. With Mary telling us that He has scattered the proud, who imagine that the fruit of their womb can prosper without the helpful arm of the Savior. And He has put down the mighty from their thrones, whether it’s among families or nations.

So the question this Mothers Day is where are the Mother’s of America taking the nation. Because according to God, Blessed are Women among His creation. And, as women go, so goes the nation. Great responsibility with even greater blessings.

Behind every great man was, and is, and will be a greater woman.

All the aforementioned is exemplified when mother’s are apart of His divine family. One of His? Blessings! And if not following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. The 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.

Interested in exploring the contents of this discussion for family and self. How about a study of the biblical book of Mary from the Gnostic Bible? And learn some truths, the male hierarchy hopes women never discover. Because. it destroys their myth of male superiority.

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when heaven and earth meet boom pt 17

It’s not that Job hasn’t heard enough nonsense from two of his friends, now a third steps forward to berate Job. Chastising him for being insensitive to the workings of the Almighty. Asking, “Shouldn’t your many empty words be answered? How else do you expect to find redemption through His justice?

Your boasting concerning your innocence, does it not mock you, and shouldn’t it make you ashamed? Instead you insist, “I am innocent, and therefore, I am not guilty of any injustices against You.”

Zophar laments, But oh! “That God would speak, and show you the secrets of His wisdom! For true wisdom has two sides. Understand that God exacts from you far less than your sins deserve. Job, can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than hell itself. It measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. Really, what do you really know, Job? That makes you think that you can oppose Him?

You can’t Job because He understands false men like you! Job, you need to change your attitude and seek Him. Set aside all of your unrighteousness that’s within you.

Than you will be able lift up your eyes heavenward without fear. You will forget your misery. You’ll remember them like waters that have passed away. Than your life will be clearer than the noonday. Though there is darkness, it will be as morning.

Job, you will feel secure, because there is hope! Yes, you will search, and you will find rest and safety. Also Job, you will lie down, and no one will make you afraid. Yes Job, many will court your favor.

Yes, the eyes of the wicked will fail. But they will have no way to flee. Their hope will occur when they die.

Discussion was developed from, Job 11:1-20, by critical analytical interpretation.

Job is an interesting book because it highlights how humanity interacts among themselves. All that requires a thoughtful read, because even those who claim godly insights screw up with their advice to Job.

Another matter to focus upon is that Job is quite innocent as he claims. Job happened to be a pawn used by God to show what faith looks like. Allowing Satan attack him to the degree that he’d denounce and turn against his God. It failed!

Job being human hasn’t handled all these matters very well. He curses the day that he was born. And blames, God for allowing his problems. Wishes for death to capture him, and wheel him of to the graveyard. Where darkness prevails even when there is light.

That was a summary of the sixteen previous discussions, starting, 22 April 21. Read them carefully and determine how they might fit into your life. Job is a book about how the cosmos, and all that’s therein interacts with each other. God is the supreme being, who interacts with all the other players, including Satan. One way or another every human life has to contend with all of this.

Accomplish it all more effectively as one of us. Not one of us? Join our Christ family by following the prompts 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.

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the saga continues pt 16

Job lamenting his misfortunes while conceding God’s greatness. But manages at the same time to accuse God of taking pleasure in one’s mishaps. That’s pretty much is a summary of Job 9:1-24.

Then Job takes stalk of his own life, declaring, “Now my days are swifter than a runner, they flee away, they see no good. They pass by like  swift ships, like an eagle swooping on its prey.”

If I say, “I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile. But, I am afraid of all my sufferings!”

Reflecting on his awareness of the all knowing and powerful God. Saying, “I know you will not see me as being innocent. So Your condemnation is my plight. Why then do I labor, is it not in vain? My fate is to be plunged into the pit. If I wash myself with melted snow, and cleanse my hands with lye. My own clothes would abhor me.

For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there a mediator between us, who may decide between us. Take Your rod away from me, and stop terrify me. Then I would speak and not fear You, but it will not happen for me.

Therefore, my soul is weary of life. So I will offer You my bitterness, and say, “Do not condemn me, the very work of Your hands. But show me why, You don’t concern Yourself with me? Instead You smile, on the council of the wicked.”

Do You have eyes like we mortals, or do you as we see? Are your days, as the days of us, or your years, like the years of we humans? What gives you the right to inquire about sins? Even though You know that I am not a wicked person. You should know that because your hands framed me and fashioned me together, yet You are determined to destroy me.

Remember, I beg you, because you fashioned me out of clay. Will you return me to dust again? After all, you have poured me out like milk, and curdled me like cheese. You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and have you not put me together with bones and tendons?

You have granted me life and loving kindness. Your visitations has preserved my spirit. Why do, You hid these things in your heart? I know all this is because of You.

If I sin, then you mark me. You will not acquit me from my iniquity. If I am wicked woe is me. If I am righteous, I still will not lift up my head, being filled with disgrace, and afflicted by my conscious.

If my head is held high, you hunt me like a fierce lion, and again, You show Your awesomeness to me. By renewing your witness against me. Your indignation against me causing everything to change.

Why then, did You bring me out of the womb? I wish I had given up my spirit, and that no eye had ever seen me.

I should have been as though I had never been. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

Stop! Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort, before I go where I will not return from the land of darkness and of the shadow of death. A land as dark as darkness itself, as a shadow of death without order, where even the light is like darkness.

The above discussion was developed by employing a critical analysis interpretation of Job 9:25-10:1-22.

That was then concerning death, but for us today we have the following insight. Yes, it appointed for everyone to die once, but after that, the judgement. So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. (cp. Hebrews 9:27-28a). It’s not automatic, but attained 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. And then, you’ll have the opportunity to meet people like Job, and many other’s like Anne Frank and Helen Keller. Two of the worlds most astonishing people.

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when the coals get hot move quickly pt 15

Job received a harsh scolding from Bildad. Pretty much like what he got from another friend Eliphaz. “Job you got what you deserved because you have sinned.” Arguing that God is just and justice demands punishment.

But those who have been following these discussion, know that’s not so. Satan bargained with God, arguing turn him over to me, and he’ll deny and curse you. Most likely, a satanic tactic today.

With some boundaries permission granted, and Job lost everything, business empire, his ten children and his health. Concluding life is a fleeing moment. Begging God just to be left alone. Cursing the day he was born. Through all that, Job neither denies or curses God.

So after two tirades, and pleading his cause for understanding. He say to his two friends. Truly, “I know what you two have said is so.”

But how can a person be righteous before God? If anyone wanted to defend themselves before Him, no one could give one valid justification out of a thousand attempts.

Declaring, “God is wise and mighty in strength!” Exemplifying His wisdom, “Denying a God presences hardens hearts. And, nothing they do can prosper.”

Then Job exemplifies His strength. God shakes the earth out of place, and its very foundation trembles. He can command the sun and it will not rise. He seals off the stars. He alone spreads out the heavens. He made the constellations and treads the waves of the sea.

Job in humble adoration, God does great things past finding out, yes wonders without number. If God passes by, most do not perceive His presences. And if someone did, who could hinder or question Him?

The above represents His ultimate and complete majesty. All in response, that if given a thousand chances to challenge Him, there would not be one successful challenge.

Job is wise enough to know that God will not withdraw His anger, no matter what is argued. Stating, “The allies of the proud will lie prostrate beneath Him.”

Job wonders, how than can I answer Him, and choose my words to reason with Him? Even though I were righteous, I could not answer Him. Therefore, I would beg for mercy from my Judge. Even if, I called, and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice. For He has crushed me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause. He will not allow me to catch my breath, but He fills me with bitterness.

Job says, there is no recourse because if it’s a matter of strength, indeed He is strong! And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?

Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me. Though I were  blameless, it would prove me perverse. Job declares, “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself, I despise my life!”

Therefore Job concludes, “He destroys the blameless and the wicked. If misery slays suddenly, He laughs at the plight of the innocent. The earth is given over to the wicked. He covers the faces of the judges. If it is not God, who else could it be?’

This discussion was developed from, Job 9:1-24, employing an exegesis interpretation.

Job, like all of us mortals, is having his trouble reconciling his troubled circumstances with his faith. Now it’s the circumstances that are prevailing, and Job is faulting God. Wishing for his death because he sees his life as being worthless. Today we would classify those declarations as a signal for potential suicide.

Some decades ago, this Padre lost a congregate to suicide. Because his troubles over powered his faith, and as his Padre, I didn’t have the answers he needed. Wish I could have those days back. Because today, I have the answer that I suspect would have returned him to his faith. Meaning victory over his circumstances.

Rarely do I know where readers are in their personal journeys. This I know recovery from troubling circumstances is best accomplished through faith. But it all starts with being one with Jesus, so if you are not one with Christ. 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.

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a guy named Bildad pt 14

The book of Job is classified as a book of wisdom. And as such contains subject matter as how to gain wisdom. It’s tagged as having instructional insights as how to gain that wisdom. Which of course comes through scoldings. All of which are designed to be avenues for self correcting insights. And designed to help God’s constituents to live lives acceptable to Him, thus avoiding His punishing hand. (cp. 2 Timothy 3:16).

In previous discussions it was shown that Satan roams the earth seeking whom he can destroy. (cp. 1 Peter 5:8). While also having access to converse with God, in the heavenly places. It was while there that God tells Satan that there is no one earth like Job, righteous and living a God honoring life style.

Satan takes issue with such an assertion, and says nonsense! “Remove your protective apparatus, and he’ll turn against you and will curse you!”

So Satan is given permission to do to Job as he pleases, but with one exception, do not kill him. And with that Satan did, as readers know from previous discussions. To the point that Job wishes himself dead, and asks of God to be left alone.

Eliphaz, one his friends takes Job to task, and tells him that he brought those troubles upon himself. Because God is righteous and only punishes the guilty. Job tries defending himself, but only ends up defeated and depressed.

And now another friend, Bildad, will level his fault finding attack against Job. Asking Job, “How long will you continue with such absurdities? They are nothing more than the sound of a strong wind!”

Does God delay judgement, and would the Almighty delay justice? And then, insinuating that the death of his children who died young, and unexpectedly was because that had sinned. Yes! That’s why they died before their time. His judgement and justice can at times can be instantaneous and without warning.

O pleads Bildad, “If you would earnestly seek God, and make confession to the Almighty with sincerity, surely He would respond.” And make you prospers once again, though at the start, your move forward will be slow. But finally at the end your wealth will be abundant.

Then Bildad encourages Job to consider their forefather’s. Who reasoned that its like we were born yesterday, and because of our infancy, we know nothing!

Counseling Job, “Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, nor will He uphold evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.

Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.

The following scripture’s were used to develop this discussion, Job 8:1-10; 20-22, and other scriptures for clarification. The Job scriptures by analytical interpretation.

Of course Bildad sees all that occurring, if, and when, Job repents, and again finds favor with the Almighty. Good advice then, and now, so if you are not apart of the Almighty’s family? Become one of His by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. And then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this age, they will in the next.

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sorrows galore got some to share pt13

Job having suffered multiple sorrows decides to frame human existence. Though his framing is about his own life, nevertheless, everyone should be able to see some correlation from his perspective of life and their’s. Because what’s contained in the book of Job, is meant to be a picturesque showing to us that life has sunny and rainy days.

To help us to navigate life that we might overcome the rainy days, with more sunny days is, 2 Timothy. 3:16-7, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, (meaning God breathed, with His directed breath in, and through all those, who penned the scriptures) making them of value for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in righteousness. So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers through what appears to be overwhelming challenges).

So Job starts by saying, life is a time of hard work on this earth, just like those he employed. All of us want some shade from the toils of life. Like the hired hand who eagerly looks forward to pay day, so I waited to turn a profit from my investments.

Job complains that he has been tasked with months of futility, combined with sleepless nights. Wanting the nights to end, as he had had enough of tossing and turning till dawn arrives.

Reflecting upon his cancerous like sores that covered his body. Complaining that his days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are now spent without hope.

With life passing by swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, with days being spent without pleasure! Oh, I now know that life is nothing but a fleeing breath! Job concludes, “I will  never experience the good life again.”

And now Job turns to God saying, “With Your eyes, You see me, but You will see me no more. When You look again, I shall no longer be. Because as the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so am I who goes down to the grave and does not come up. I shall never return to my house, nor shall his place know me anymore.

Everything is moving at supersonic speed, so Job decides that its time to speak his mind without restraint. Allowing the very bitterness of his soul (consciousness) to manifest itself. Which represents the anguish of his spirit (our God awareness).

Challenging God in a sarcastic manner, “Am I a sea serpent, that You set a guard over me?” When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaints, then You scare me with dreams, and You terrify me with nightmares.'”

Saying, “My soul chooses strangulation causing death, as opposed to remaining in my body. I loathe my life, leave me alone! For what am I that You should visit me, or that You should show any interest in me? Should you visit me in the morning it is only to test me all day long.  How long will it take before you look away from me? Just leave me alone!”

Job wonders, “Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher over humanity? Why have You set me as your target, so that I have become a burden even to myself?”

“Why do you not pardon my transgressions, or take away my iniquities? For now I will lie down in the dust, and You will seek me diligently, but I will no longer be.”

This discussion was developed through an analytical interpretation of Job 7:1-21.

Life puts before us challenges, some of them overwhelming allowing us to identify with Job.

Rebounding can be difficult, if you are not one with us through Christ Jesus. Make no mistake because it can be difficult even though you are a part of His family. It’s just a lot more comforting not to have to go it alone. Even though you might have family, and friends, for support and recovery. Jesus declared Himself to be the way, the truth and the life.

So, if you are not one of us and want to join our Christ family. Follow the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which create the universality that so many seek. And if our paths do not cross in this world, they will in the next.

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it went around now it is coming back pt 12

Job remained silent as Zliphaz launches his diatribe that people ultimately get what they deserve. No doubt insinuating that Job got what he deserved, as everything important to him was decimated.

Zliphaz concludes, that if he himself were ever to experienced the hell Job had endured. He’d seek God, and before God, he would present his cause. Because God does great things, whose finality is beyond being in error. So marvelous are His interventions that they are beyond number.

Suggesting to Job, that afflictions do not arise from the dust of the ground, nor suddenly spring forth from out of the earth. No, afflictions arise upon people who deserve them. It’s natures way, just as sparks fly upward.

Job bearing a sense of disappointment feeling that his friend had betrayed him. So Job tries to make things right between them. By offering this response to Eliphaz, hoping that he’ll see his calamities from a different perspective.

Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamities laid upon the scales! For they would be heavier than the combined sands of the seas.

Those words may sound somewhat foolhardy. If so it’s only because the arrows of the Almighty are within me. My spirit drinks in their poison, and the terror of God is arrayed against me.

Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant me the thing that I long for! That it would please God to crush me, that He would free His hand and cut me off. Then I would have comfort, though in anguish, nevertheless, I would feel extreme happiness.

Eliphaz, I have suffered unbearable tragedies. Should not my friend show me some sympathy? Even though I have forsaken any fear of the Almighty! (cp. Job 6:2-14).

Through out my multiple life threatening agonies did I ask you for help, offer you money to drive away my enemies?

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; cause me to understand wherein I have erred? (cp. Job 6:22-24).

Job after satisfying himself that he had made right Eliphaz’s rash judgement over his tragic misfortunes, now turns to offer a rebuttal to his friend.

How forceful are the right words! But, what does your criticism prove? Do you intend to counter what I have said, the speeches of a distraught friend, which are as fleeting wind?

Yes, you overwhelmed a friend, who lost all of ten of his children, as a result of a horrific wind storm while they were having dinner together. And by so doing, you betrayed your friend. Now therefore, look at me, for I would never lie!

Yield now, let the matter be settled between us. Yes! Concede that my righteousness still stands! Has there been an injustice issued from my tongue? My taste cannot pick out any thing morally offensive! (cp Job 6:25-30).

Who has not traveled the pathways of life where misunderstandings have not jeopardized friendships?

The discourse between Eliphaz, and Job might serve as a picturesque prelude, for all of us, who will someday find  ourselves standing before Jesus. Giving a full account of ourselves. Of everything we have done during our lifetime, good or bad. (cp. Revelation 20:11-14).

Those of us made righteous through Jesus will find the bad as being non-existent because of His shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Not so for everyone. (Revelation 20:15).

Not one of us? Join our Christ family through the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which gives us the universality so many seek. And if our lives do not cross in this world, they will in the next.

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beauty of transcendence pt 11

Divine Providence easily accomplishes the usual, but the beauty of transcendence is that God can go to realms, where the humanly impossible exists.

And that’s what happen to Eliphaz, in yesterdays discussion. Eliphaz, puts it this way, “Now a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear received the whisper of it. Disturbing his sleep, and rattling his equilibrium with shocking fear. Because suddenly, an unrecognizable entity passed before him, but said nothing, other then to offer a frightening stare.

Suddenly a voice spoke asking Eliphaz a series of questions and making some astounding statements. That unrecognizable voice and spirit was God Himself. Who else, but God has the ability to penalize angels, when sins are committed by them?

Continuing His tongue lashing by declaring the useless existence of humanity, when they elect to live lives apart from the edicts of their Creator.

An expanded analytical review to a better understanding of, Job 4:12-5:7, as well as to introduce today’s discussion.

Eliphaz regains his bearings and responds. “But as for me, I will seek God, and to God commit my case. Who does great things, which are unfathomable to human reasoning, marvelous things without number. Like sending rain to the fields of the earth. While being in control of all of humanities experiences, some favorable while others not so favorable.

But, this is the ultimate of God’s dealings with his creation. Where this exhortation is given, “Behold, happy is the man (Job) whom God corrects; therefore, do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.”

That truth is applicable today because we have God’s word to that fact. It’s just applied differently, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. Because whatever a person sows that is what they will reap.” (cp. Galatians 6:7). Kinda of harmonizes with and ancient adage, “What goes around comes around!”

Here’s what to be mindful about because some folks become discouraged, when they discover what appear to be promises God makes, however, those promises don’t work for them.

Why is that so, because they may not be applicable to you or me. But written for a specific person or groups of people. Like Job and Eliphaz.

Here are some examples, “He shall deliver you from six troubles, yes in seven, no evil shall touch you.”  There is no limitation as to how many times evil might occur during any one day, or during the course of ones lifetime.

Recall from previous discussions the target was Job. Resulting in discussions between God and Satan. That Job through hardships would curse and denounce God. Based upon the assumption that Job would do anything to avert any tragedies that would cripple his empire and result in the death of his ten children.

It’s easy to understand the non-applicability of these statements. “In famine, He shall redeem you from death. And in war, from the power of the sword. Everyone knows that the lack of food claims many lives every day. Continuing wars continue to claim lives even today. Satan was restricted from taking Job’s life. And that’t the applicability of those statements.

Here is the finality of everything. “Behold this we have searched, and it is true, know yourself!” (cp Job 5:27).

Also for this discussion, a scriptural analysis of, Job 5:8-27, was used for clarity of interpretation.

Life has its bumps and bruises most go it alone. The truly few survive those bumps, and bruises through their personal relationship with Jesus the Christ.

Not one of us? Join our 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.

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complexities y some r doomed pt 10

The following discourse is a lecture given by God and seen as a strange spirit by Eliphaz. It can be associated with, 2 Timothy 3;16-17. Think in terms of the profitability for learning. With the ultimate result being knowledge with fitting adaptation. Because life is complex, and stepped with troublesome pitfalls.

When one retires from a full course of various activities, it’s usually done to rejuvenate the body. That may have been, Eliphaz’s, intention, but that’s not what happened.

He takes in a lot, and eventually it will have an appropriate response. Which, will be the discourse for tomorrow.

Eliphaz, experienced a source outside of his body. Which brought a word secretly to him, and his ear received it. There was no rejuvenation, as normally expected from a deep sleep. Instead upon awakening fear manifested itself, causing Eliphaz whole body to tremble with a shaking sensation.

Suddenly a spirit passed before his face. Causing all the hairs on his body to stand up. The spirit stood still before him, but Eliphaz had no cognitive ability for discerning what in the world was going on! There was only silence as the two stared at each other. That spirit was God Almighty, as we shall discover in chapter five.

Suddenly a voice asked, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a person be more pure than their maker?

If God puts trust in His servants, if He charges angels with error, how much more for those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before a moth?

They are broken in pieces form morning to evening, they perish forever with few taking regard. Does not their own excellence go away? They die without wisdom!

Call out now from the grave, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? For wrath kills foolish people, and envy slays the simple ones.

I (God)  have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly, I cursed their dwelling places. Their children are far from safety, they are crushed at the gate, and there is no deliver, because the hungry eat up their harvest, taking it from the thorns, and a snare snatches their substance.

The sum of the matter is that affliction does not come from the dust, nor trouble spring from the ground; for people are born to trouble, as sparks fly upward. (cp. Job 4:12 through to, Job 5:1-7).

Gear up, and get a head start for surviving hardships. It’s done by becoming on of us. One of us 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.

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 interest 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 walls, and therefore, without membership.

cycle of life pt 9

A friend in need is a friend indeed, so one of Job’s friends offers helping hand. So Eliphas chimes in. Saying, “If one attempts a word with you, will become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking? Surely you have instructed many, and you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have upheld those who were stumbling. You have strengthened feeble knees.

But now tragedy comes upon you, and you are weary; it touches you, and you are troubled.

Is not your your reverence for God Almighty your confidence? And the integrity of your faith your hope?Remember Job, who ever perished being innocent, or people of faith cut off?

Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity, and sow trouble reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His anger they are consumed.

Nature Job should be your witness. The roaring of the Lion, the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken. The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness scattered.

Job is mute, and offers no response to his friends efforts to console him. For those who have been following these discussions, it is known that Job had every reason to be in a state of no hope. After all, Job lost his business empire, his employees where killed and his daughters and sons lost their lives as a result of horrendous storm.

But we also learned that Job had found favor with God because of his spiritual integrity. Satan challenged God saying it’s all because You protect him. So God said to Satan test Him. And Satan did, to know avail. Nevertheless his ordeals destroyed him emotionally to the point that he regretted his birth. Thus his friend attempts to console him.

Discussion was developed from an analytical interpretation of Job 4:1-11.

Job wasn’t the first person, nor the last to experience satanic tragedies which included this writer.

God is long suffering, and merciful toward people of faith.

This was applicable to Job, me, and many others, and will continue to reach into the future, until this age ends. “The steps of good people are ordered by the LORD. And He delights in their ways. Though they should fall, they will not be utterly destroyed. For the LORD will upholds them with His hands.” (cp. Psalms 37:23-24).

The Psalmist continues, “I have been young and now am old. Yet I have never see the righteous forsaken. nor his descendants begging for bread. He is ever merciful, and his descendants are blessed. (cp. Psalms 37:25-26). Amen!

Not one of us! Join our Christ family 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 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 vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From 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 forms 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 walls, and therefore, without membership.

leviathan creature of horror-pt 8

Leviathan a mysterious menacing sea creature meaning the coiled one. This mysterious creature appears in biblical and extrabiblical literature. Pictured by the prophet Isaiah 27:1 as perhaps the cursed creature, who doomed all of humanity as both Adam and Eve crossed the line of the forbidden. Note: “In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong. Will punish Leviathan that fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisted serpent, and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”

Yes, it was that crafty shape shifting pearl of God’s creation, who betrayed His Creator. And then, sucked Adam and Eve into his snare, knowing that they were designed in His exact likeness. Creating insult upon injury. (cp. Ezekiel 28:14-17; Isaiah 14:12-14; Genesis 1:26; 3:1-6 and verses 16-19).

The redeemed through Christ will again experience the likeness of Christ. It occurs when we experience the likeness of His transfiguration. (cp: Luke 24:33-43; Romans 8;11; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:51:51-57; the ultimate vs. 58).

It’s alleged that when Leviathan bellows the waters of the seas roar with terror swallowing those at sea and upon earth. And perhaps is the agent of our current pandemic. If so, and most likely, it is, but unfortunately it represents only the beginning of sorrows as we shall see. Journeys deep into John’s revelations expose their terrors.

The battle lines are drawn because the two have battled for eons of time. And Leviathan, knows that his destructiveness is approaching its end. So one more hurrah from the bellowing angry serpent.

So God in His infinite wisdom; why beyond human comprehension, chooses one from the original twelve, Matthew, to follow the Christ. So he pens the following, Matthew chapter 24:32-35, The establishment of the state of Israel. But, its climax is kept secret verse 36. Learn about the evils of Noah’s times. For they represent  signals as to when our time will end. Examine verses 36-43. Be ready because no advance notice will occur apart from generational similarities. Be prepared verses 44-51.

These conditions sever as forerunner’s, as to when, we can expect the aforementioned. There will be great controversy over religion. The constant imminent possibility of global warfare. Then there will famines, pestilences liked COVID-19, unprecedented number earthquakes. And, the grand daddy of them all. Declared to be just the beginning of sorrows (cp. Matthew 24:4-8).

Starting with unprecedented hatred, and betrayals of those who became Christ followers absent His protection. Because the age of grace, had ended. (cp. Matthew 24:9-12; absent the church, verses 13-14).

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

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests available to be discussed. 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.