“So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job…”

Job 2:7

 Did Job know about this spiritual battle that was going on?

 I’m asking because today there are so many “experts” on spiritual warfare that I can’t keep up.

So many people are so caught up in their ideas of spiritual warfare that they don’t have much time for…

…God.

Weird.

“So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD…” and did Job even know?

“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life…”

Proverbs 10:11

That is a great thing!  It’s a great thing when our mouths say things that are good and helpful to the people around us; and when our mouths just keep saying things that are like cool water from a deep well!  Every one of us should be working at that!  Yes – it is hard!  But it is so good.  Good for us, and good for everyone around us!  Amen!

This challenges me, and makes me think of Philippians 4:8,

“…which we have seen with our eyes…”

1 John 1.1

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life;” 1 John 1:1

"And these are the kings..."

“And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom,

before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.”

Genesis 36:31

Recently I was kind of struggling as I read through Genesis 36…  There were a lot of names…  Lots and lots of names… Names of men who were “the sons of”, and names of men who were “Dukes”… all of them related to Esau…  And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:” Genesis 36:9

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:19

I know this is talking about the disciples who were called to follow Jesus.  Those twelve men who Jesus called apostles, and who became the first members of the New Testament church.  I know Jesus is telling them that He would teach them everything they needed to know including how to win souls… but how?

There were no Bible colleges or Seminaries.  There weren’t any church “programs” or even church buildings.  So, how did Jesus do it?

More is caught than taught… which means it needs to be the whole “hear, see, then do” process.

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith… the house of the righteous shall stand.”

Hebrews 10:22, Proverbs 12:7b

The thing I get most out of reading a Proverb a day (the chapter in the book of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month) is the way the Lord often puts it together with my regular Bible reading to challenge, encourage and warn me!  I love it!

The above two verses, and a few minutes of thinking about them, are a result of one of those readings.

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…

the house of the righteous shall stand.”

“Be not afraid of sudden fear…”

Proverbs 3:25

What does that mean?

“Be not afraid of sudden fear…”

It simply means stop being afraid and anxious about things that surprise us, things that seem like “the end of the world”.

It means we are better off having a fear of God than being afraid of anything in this life – even the unexpected things.  (By the way, this article was in our church bulletin one year ago, in October 2019, before the Australian bushfires… before the Pandemic…)

“…yet he opened not his mouth”

Isaiah 53.7

In the Gospels we are told the story of the people who caused our Lord to suffer.  The true account of the pain He felt for us is recorded, but it is done without anything bad said, about the people who caused the pain.

 Judas is called a “traitor”, but that is all.

 Did Jesus make any accusations toward these people?  At his trial?  On the cross?  After His resurrection?

 Did Jesus lead any of the Gospel writers to record vengeful words against those who caused his suffering?

“The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof:”

Isaiah 19.14

That is about the last thing anyone would want.  Wouldn’t you say?  When it comes to all that the Lord does, He does so much to bless us.  God wants to bless us!  But I wouldn’t want Him to do that.

Do what?  “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst...”

“I am chief.”

 

1 Timothy 1.15

Three little words…

When we see it like that, and read it like that, it sounds like this person thinks a lot of himself to make such a claim… “I am chief.”

But actually the opposite was true.  It is the Apostle Paul and he is telling us what he thinks of himself, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”

“of whom I am chief.”

 

Like the song says, “Only a sinner… saved by grace”

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