Bible In One Year-Day253 (Tuesday, September 10, 2013)
Commentary: Job28-30. Job touched the most important things in the life a man, WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. Man is able to explore beyond where the feet could reach as narrated by Job in Job28:1-11, but wisdom became a mystery that could not be explored in the earth or in the depth of the sea. Hence, the question of where to find wisdom became a concern.
Job 28:12 “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?”
Because of the inability of man to quantify wisdom, he does not know the value it. Unfortunately, wisdom is not a material thing but a thing of the spirit.
Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”
This was the teaching of Job. Job manifested all these gifts according to chapter29 Since God is Spirit, then everything that has to do with Him must take root in the spirit. The reverence of Him is the beginning of wisdom and not getting involved in anything that brings shame to Him, i.e. that which identifies with the devil, is understanding.
Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear (reverence) of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Parenthesis is mine emphasis)
Job’s respect for and fear of God was in his relationship and love for the needy, fatherless, lame and destitute.
MLB Job 29:12-17 “For I delivered the wretched who appealed for help, the orphan and him who had no helper. Those who would have perished, blessed me, and I made the widow’s heart sing with joy. Thus I put on righteousness and my fairness dressed me as robe and turban. “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor, and I investigated the court cases of persons whom I did not know. I broke the grinder teeth of the unfair and forced them to drop their prey.”
The whole of chapter29 tells of his status before the satanic attack. Unfortunately, when the hedge was broken and the serpent struck and the poison broke down or degraded his flesh, Job became a thing of mockery and reproach to those who once respected him.
Job 30:1 “But now they mock at me, men younger than I have me, whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.” (NKJV)
This is the state of man now. When God created Adam and Eve, His glory protected them from every form of attack and all animals respected man because of the glory of God in their lives. Unfortunately, when the old serpent struck, the hedge of protection was broken by the poison of the serpent which became sin in the body. Since then, animals have regarded men as enemies and even mosquitoes started biting man.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
This sin in the body is what has subjected man to death.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Galatians5:19-21 reveals the outcome or products of the poisoned the body. The very moment a child is born, he or she has started to die, though it seems as maturing or growing. But the word of God, which is Spirit and Life to those who receive and believe, will quicken the dying soul. This is the redemptive work of Christ. Believing in Him gives us eternal life though the body is dying.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The wisdom in Job lies in the fear of God and the integrity is in his uncompromising attitude even in serious attack and discomfort. Job maintained a good relationship with God when others rejected him; he remained blameless, i.e. his heart did not deviate from the course of righteousness.
Salvation is free, beloved, but maintaining our salvation (faithfulness) is the required integrity that can make us blameless before God. Salvation is obtained by FAITH but we have to remain FAITHFUL to make heaven. Job was faithful even unto death.
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the demon shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful to death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Job31-33. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries