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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payday

A personalized discussion,  based upon perhaps the most famous scriptures, known collectively by our global community, the 23rd Psalms. Thought to have been a prayer David prayed. It can also be prayed by anyone.

What is in parenthesis represents the scriptural text. My commentary follows.

(The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want). A shepherd has the best interest of his sheep as his foremost concern. Christ as our Shepherd has our interests as His foremost concern. It may not always seem that way, but perseverance will declare it to be so. However, David was a warrior and King of Israel. So that suggests it’s a petition in the service of others and not self.

(He makes me to lie down in the green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters). Picturesque of ones tranquility when in the service of their Shepherd.

(He restores my soul, He leads me in the path of righteousness for His names sake). Our soul, our conscience primed to do the right behavior for His glory and not for our self satisfaction.

(Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and staff comfort me). Safety, and security when in His service. No matter what the outcome. Clearly, in some circumstances it could be death. There should never be any reason to fear because it’s His desires working through us for its ultimate climax. Greater is He, who is within us than those out side of us. It is what makes the outcome acceptable no matter how it concludes, That’s what makes it  glorious.

(You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup runs over). What one does in His service is seldom kept secret. Therefore, the table is an instrument of support, and stability, which is symbolic of us, His warriors. Thus the anointing by oil that overflows is picturesque of the Holy Spirit. Our enabler in the defeat of our enemies. The process can be mysterious, because sometimes one picks up a cause, that another didn’t complete. And of course, it also works in a converse way. Eventually, the multiple causes of Christ prevail)!

(Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever). Let not your heart be troubled. In My Father’s house there are many mansions. I go and prepare a place for you, and I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am, there you will be also, John 14:1-3.

Not one of us! Join our Christ family by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then note verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many desire. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.

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Remaking of America

If America is to overcome its certain demise, as declared through the discussion posted, 14 February 2021, “acquittal what it means.”

Spirituality through prayer, and action, from its citizens is an absolute. Absent any semblance of modern day Christendom.

With a strict adherence as advocated from within our Holy Writ. Indeed, as issued by Divine Providence, and as mysterious to human intelligence, as was His creation of all that is, as well, as all that is to come.

It’s a prayer offered by the Apostle Paul, God’s ordained orator for this particular age, the age of grace. Commenced by Jesus Christ, for an unknown duration, but clearly announced another age will follow. All of which, if known by modern society is ridiculed. So those few of us who know better, for the sake of America, we had better apply the following skillfully. Because prayer is a divine art. And it should be prayed in the first person, you.

Which is as follows, and developed from, Ephesians 1:17-23, as the primary scriptures and with some exegesis. Other scriptures will be cited, but should be considered to be secondary to the primary scriptures. Severing as supporting sources for clarity and applicability. Combined hopefully, they will be applied to the Believers Spirit, our Soul consciousness. Because that’s the only way such praying will manifest itself, artfully, and thus successfully.

“That Father of Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give to me the spirituality of WISDOM and REVELATION in the KNOWLEDGE of Him,” vs. 17. Three indispensable necessities for successful praying.

“That the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened. So that I might know what is my life’s purpose.” Results, more of an awareness of the unfolding of ones purpose. So than, “what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance through the saints?” vs.18. Results of a life well lived through prayer, cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.

Here’s how praying the scriptures work. “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe?” vs.19. Answer which in itself is mysterious: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (cp. Ephesians 3:20). None of this can be intellectually learned. It must be spiritually experienced, then that’s how it is learned.

It’s unexplainable but it’s compared to the following which is also unexplainable. “It is according to the working of His mighty power, which He worked in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,” vs.20a.

“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion and every name that is named. Not only in this age, but also in the age to come,” vs. 20b-c.

Think in terms of the United States, as a country, PRINCIPALITY, POWERFUL and MIGHTY, as a united Dominion with many famous people of renowned accomplishments. Who can never be matched now or later.

All that is set aside, and made of no significance, When the God, who raised Christ from the dead, calls, empowers a praying saint. And is connected through all of the aforementioned.

It’s the will of, the Glorious Father, who has made Christ, His stalwart authority, and being secondary no one visible or invisible.

Christ is the church, and we are His body. The very fullness of the Glorious Father, who is the fullness of Him, and thus us, who is all and in all! vs’ 21-23).

What happens, when one prays according to the above teachings, and God appears to be silent. When that happens, and it will, not only concerning global matters, but also our mundane issues. Introspection is necessary because the causes of God are supreme.

Meditate, and pray for enlightenment based upon the following. Guidance and understanding of His council and purposes. “Remember the former things of old. For I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning. And from ancient times things not yet come.” Saying, “My council shall stand, and I will do all My pleasures.” (cp. Isaiah 46:9-10).

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in this together

“The loneliest moment in anyone’s life is when they are watching their world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. Then there is the beauty of all literature. There you’ll discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong!” F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Bible is considered a masterful piece of literature. Because it addresses all our longings, and sorts them out, so that we discover we are in these experiences together. There is no such experience of not belonging. Many are going through the same challenges. And our great book of literature, the Bible, is what everyone needs to really belong.

It’s a matter of putting on paper things that make for feelings of everything is falling apart. Everyone will discover that its universal. Take any written listed issue or issues and use a concordance to discover what the Bible teaches. It’s helpful to have a good study Bible. I suggest the Amplified study Bible because it contains study notes with biblical references. You will discover at the very least that all issues are universal. And beyond universality one is sure to discover the belonging that really matters.

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adventures of life

“The future is going to be wonderful, if we don’t get whacked by the existential risks,” Stuart Armstrong.

In response: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man,” George Bernard Shaw.

Reasonableness  of attitude causes some to act quickly without considering the risks which could be successful or not. While the unreasonable person prefers careful evaluation of the situation which represents the prudent path for success.

This biblical antidote settles the contrasts of being whacked or striving to be reasonable or unreasonable. “What king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions for peace.” (cp. Luke 14:31-32).

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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 of issues usually avoided.

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jesus 4 sale

For the most part, what people receive through the various mediums from places called churches. Beware! Apart from a few of them, they are entrepreneurs. Who sell bundles of religious concepts packaged in conflicting and competing ideologies . Apparently, people are wising up because church attendance is at an all time low. When it should be at an all time high, because of the screwed up times we live in, and, as a result our scary troublesome times.

And that is of great concern to this writer, as a clergy person. Because, of having had a personal experience with Christ. It’s a life transforming experience. As, I was snatched from the belly of evil. How did it occur? Exactly as recorded in, John 3:8 and Romans 10:20.

It indeed was a personal experience of mine decades ago, so that’s why I can make such a statement. However, it occurred during a time, when I was embarking on a career anything but Christian.

Someone had placed conspicuously a booklet containing the gospel of John. Later, I read a book written by the late evangelist Billy Graham. I went to my knees, confessed my sins, and accepted Jesus as my Savior. That experience of mine is contained in, Romans 10:9-10. At that time, I had absolutely no association with organized religion.

That experience was such a transformable experience that I secured a Bible. I was determined to discover, how my life was miraculously  transformed. It took some time, but finally, I came across these words, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things pass away; behold, all things have become new.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17). Bingo I had my answer!

Now I had to change my career path. Recall at the time of my acceptance of Christ, I had no church affiliation. So after years of preparing for the ministry, I was ordained.

My traditional church experience was short lived. I scheduled a breakfast meeting with a bishop associate of mine. I announced that I was leaving the church. He didn’t seem surprised more like he expect it. He just replied, I got just the perfect assignment for you, which was within the inner city ghetto of Philadelphia, Pa. There I found one of my passions helping the needy. Absent the falsehoods of Christendom.

All that was shared was done so that readers might gain trust in what I share with these discussions. Because a life with Christ is vital for two reasons. First because we represent the only true and lasting remedy for a disease called death. And secondly, because someday everyone will give an account of themselves, as they stand before Him. It goes like this, “Then I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead, who were in them. And they were judged, each according to their works.

Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (cp. Revelation 20:11-15).

Nothing shared is trivial or for personal gain or profit. All that is written is urgent because the world we live in is dangerous with no hope of it getting better. No matter what the church or politicians assert. There will be no return to the good old days. What appears good from appearance is a charade of deception, Designed to keep people from realizing the seriousness of what lies ahead.

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Exercise your prerogatives from the broad repertoire of interest available to be discussed. From the galaxy of the conventional through to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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America America What Have You Done

America America look at what you’re becoming. “Thus says the LORD. Cursed is the man, who trusts man. And makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see, when good comes. But shall inhabit parched land which is not inhabitable. (cp. Jeremiah 17:5-6).

Don’t you remember what you once were? “Blessed is the man, who trusts in the LORD. And whose, hope is in the LORD. For, he shall be like a tree planted by the waters. Which spreads out its roots by the river. And will not fear, when heat comes, but its leaf will be green. And will not be anxious in the year of the drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit.” (cp, Jeremiah 17:7-8).

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volatility defined

Perhaps you, like me have noticed a disturbing reality. With Journalist reporting that heads of state now see the United States on the world scene as a spectator and not a decider. A new reality that most Americans haven’t absorbed it.

For world leaders, who are now the deciders in the volatile Middle East are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Erdogan will be busy attempting to re-establish the Ottman Empire. With China become the global powerhouse economically and militarily. Each President will have a specific agenda concerning their embedded spear of influence. But they all have one agenda that they share which is to destroy Israel. And that’s why the Middle East will remain the bomb waiting to be exploded into global horror.

It will explode making the United States, and its Nato Allies to the above governments a nuisance of the past. Because the United States has sacrificed its spirituality upon the alter of paganism.

And when the fires of destruction strike the European Union will eventually be dissolved into a ten state confederation. It appears that this ten state confederation will be the rebirth of the ancient Roman empire that existed during the lifetime of Christ. Like its predecessor it’ll brutalize the world community with terrorizing power. That empire will control international banking. To the point that nation states will not be able to engage in economic commerce without being in submission to its global agenda.

It’s power, and influence will be massive and impressive. Accomplishing what no other government was able to do. Negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians.

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escape no understanding yes

 

From the previous two discussions hopefully it has been established that a curse from God has infected all of humanity. Including suspect lifeless substances such as stones. Who are not lifeless, according to Jesus. See Luke 19:40.

And as a whole, this is their experiences. Note: “For we know that the whole of creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” See Romans 8:22. Yes indeed those pangs will erupt negatively, and are now getting stronger because the right forces have manifested themselves against our Creator.

Now we move to the expanded universe. To discover their mystic response to the wishes of their Creator. Who consciously, one suspects, serve their Creator, when the equilibrium of His will is disturbed by the mocking behaviors of humankind. At least that’s what environmental patterns would suggest from Luke 19:40 and Romans 8:22. Along with the following. All having a universal consciousness of astute awareness. All because the perfection of Eden, and the creation of humans became corrupted. Placing the feared curse of death upon all of Creator’s creation. None of which defy their Creator, except God’s prized creation man. In return our Creator uses those forces to keep humans check mated. And as dutifully bound, with live awareness, they are commanded as follows.

So from Psalms 148, Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Verses 3-4.

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Verses 5-6.

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths. Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word. Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars. Beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl. Verses 7-10.

Kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth. Both young men and children. verses 11-12

What are they suppose to do? Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and heaven. Verse 13.

Verses 11-13, can only be fully grasped and incorporated when the following is understood. “Insomuch then, 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 power of death. That is the devil.” See Hebrews 2:14.

And now the grand finale, “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then behold the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; AND THE EARTH QUAKED AND THE ROCKS WERE SPLIT. See Matthew 27:50-51. Meaning at His death all of nature reacted with awareness, as to what had occurred. ” And the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints, who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after his resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. See Matthew 27:52-53. Those raised from the dead are thought to have been believers, who had died during the earthly ministry of Jesus.

For tomorrow, a discussion on the sunny side of the curse.