“Know now that God hath overthrown me and hath compassed me about with His net.”
After listening to another bogus tissue of lies from Bildad in which he advances, once again, the idea that the wicked do not prosper in this world but are rather cut off early in life, Job does not even waste his time in a retort. Bildad’s doctrine assumes that God will put out the light of the wicked from his tabernacle, withdraw his strength, root him out of existence and destroy his name so that they that come after him would be astonished and amend their ways. He believes that the conduct of a son of Adam could set an example and change the course of life of one that observes their ways and is horrified unto repentance. Yet the prophet said that the only way one can be turned is if Jehovah turns them; “turn thou me and I shall be turned for thou art Jehovah my God” (Jer. 31:18). The act of being turned from one way unto another cannot be a departure of that which has been ordained because the Word of Jehovah stands forever and none can change His ways. So when God turns one of His subjects it is not a forfeiture of His predestinated course or a violation of His will. Rather it is the assigned action that comes to pass in the appointed time in which a vessel of mercy, determined in his mind to rid society of the scourge of the sect of followers of Jesus, is halted in his path, caused to cease his conduct and as God revealed Himself to His chosen vessel, Saul of Tarsus is turned from a persecutor of the church to one who preaches the truth. This event happens by the grace of God, by the power of His will and in the exact circumstance that he has ordained. Man and his conduct has been interwoven into the lives of others so as to make an impact upon them but they are not the cause of the turning any more than they are the cause of their own actions. The words and actions of Jesus as He walked the earth had no effect upon one who walked with Him and tasted of the heavenly goodness for Judas was a devil from the beginning. No missionary, revivalist, preacher, Sunday School teacher or loving parent could have altered the life of the malefactor hanging on the cross until he was turned to His Lord at the appointed time and said, “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). And all the miracles that Messiah did in plain view of the Pharisees, even the raising of Lazarus from the dead, could turn one of them for His words were not for them because they were of their father the devil (John 8:44). So the actions of a person will not stir the heart of another man unto repentance. God has devised means that His banished be not expelled from Him but it is not the duty of man to find those means, be the means or try to invent the means whereby a change may come Bildad’s accusation that God will avenge Himself on the wicked in this world and lead others to belief in Him is another in the long list of Adam.
Bildad also stated that the wicked would lose all he had and live in poverty until he repents and changes his ways. Again the prophet records that the wicked do wickedly and forsake the way and the needs of the poor, widow, fatherless and strangers and yet they prosper (Jer. 5:28). The prophet also records that the father of all lies was created this way and that; “by the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence and thou hast sinned” (Ez. 28:16). This is the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience, who sustains his people with the dainties of this world and causes them to abhor the Bread and the Water of Life. Great Israel of old, who amalgamated the customs and traditions of the people of the land into the pattern given in the mount found this abomination to be profitable. Thus causing confusion by mixing (Babylon), natural Israel lived sumptuously in the merchandise of this world. The merchants of the earth who have committed fornication with her have lived deliciously and fared sumptuously from the trafficking of gold, silver and precious stones and all the elements of the tabernacle. Yet these were astonished when God destroyed her in a moments time (Rev. 18:10). Never-the-less they prospered abundantly contrary to Bildad’The children of this world are wiser in the things of the world than the children of light (Luke 16:18) and they have been given their rewards here in this present evil generation.
The affections of the children of light are in Jerusalem that is from above. The waters of Marah cannot quench their thirst and the wilderness of this world has nothing that shall sustain their soul. They hunger and thirst after righteousness as they wonder as strangers in the barren wilderness. As the body and emotions of Job grow weaker by the moment, the Spirit of Jehovah God reveals His presence and power and proclaims the truth. Man had not brought this evil upon Job it has come by the hand of Almighty God.
Let the world banter about the notion that God does not have anything to do with the evil that has come to pass upon this chosen vessel, the Spirit has taught Job exactly what God does and how He does it. Job commands his friends to be still, cease from speaking, hold their tongue and understand what God has done and by this rebukes their duty faith and work system.
“Find out now that God has perverted me” (19:6)
The Lord God had decreed that in the appointed time His servant Job was to be falsified, bent, made crooked and perverted through the medium of the hand of the Adversary and it was so. Jehovah had purposed this from before time. He had brought it to pass at His appointed hour. Job had not caused this by any thought, word or deed and nothing he could possibly do could ever make him clean, true or straight. God had set His fortress about Him and it is impenetrable. He had built a wall in his path and Job could not cross over (cp. Lam. 3:7) and God had fixed his travels in obscurity. In addition to this God has stripped away all of Job’
“I know that my redeemer liveth and He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth and though this hide be ripped away yet in my flesh I shall see Him” (19:26)
The words of Job were indeed written in a book and engraved in the Rock. Job knew he was in need of a redeemer. He knew there was no hope for him at all in this world yet he was not deceived to think himself capable of standing before the throne of God. He knew that there was a redeemer, he knew he needed to be redeemed and he knew who he was. Job knew that the redeemer was the salvation of Jehovah by the communication of the Spirit within. He knew that this salvation was already appointed and fixed as the Rock of God. He knew that this was one who was stronger than he was who had the mind of God and was the only one who could resolve the demands of the law for him. This Redeemer was alive here and now yet He would be made manifest in the last time. He knew all this thousands of years before Jesus stood upon this earth as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of His people. Job also knew that in the fulness of time when God would send forth His Son as the sacrifice for sin (Heb. 9:26), that Job would be present with Him. Not in substance or in theory but in his flesh. The unity of Christ and His children is such that as they were one in His death and burial so they were one in His resurrection and life as His body. They all stood before the Father, clothed upon with fine linens pure and white which is the imputed righteousness of Messiah. Resurrected with Him they stood before the Father as He declared His generation saying, “Behold I and the children which God hast given to me” (Is. 8:18). They who had slept had been raised in a glorified state, just like He, “the first fruits of them that slept” was, having bone and flesh but no blood for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor, 15:50) and since the blood is the life of the body (Lev. 17:11) and the body is dead because of sin (Rms. 8:10) so flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom. Christ is the way the truth and the life and He gave His blood that His bride, His body might have life and have it more abundantly so in the risen, glorified, spiritual body of Christ there was no blood (Luke 24:39). In this body Job stood with the risen kinsman redeemer in the Holy city, that New Jerusalem which John saw coming down from above. The earthly tabernacle of pain and sufferings of Job had returned unto the dust and he has received that tabernacle not made with hands which is eternal in the heavens and he has been blessed to be seated with Him in the heavenlies.
After the nature of Adam all the children of the redeemed are subject to pain, sorrow, anguish and sorrow and God has ordained this for good. Yet each one in his own order, when the time of this habitation is over, shall see Him with their own eyes and shall stand before Him in their flesh, glorified as He is and one with Him as He is one in the Father. Though their memory has long faded and their deeds have been forgotten yet He cannot forget them because He has engravened their names upon the palms of His hands (Is. 49:10). The walls of salvation that surround the Holy city are ever before Jehovah and He has promised to never leave nor forsake His Beloved.
The education of Job is most arduous and yet most precious. The wisdom of man is pathetic and labourious and until such time as we shall see Him with untrammeled eyes we shall be subjected to that logic and tempted by it. It is the Spirit that grants eyes to see and ears to hear that we may discern the wisdom of man. It is the Spirit that calls to His children saying, “this is the way, walk ye in it” (Is. 30:21) It is the Spirit that quickens this mortal body and gives the understanding about the weakness and frailty of this earthen vessel and it is the Spirit that testifies to the hope that is within. The expectation that they shall all be changed and when He shall appear all His people shall be like He is, now and forever more.
Your servant in Christ
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 19, 2012