“Gird up thy loins now like a man, I will demand of thee and declare thou unto me.”
Job has entered the final phase of this portion of his educational experience. He has concluded with his three friends and their renditions of the theology of Adam and he has heard the deceivingly subtle lecture of the Adversary who would usurp the position of the Most High and present himself to Job in His stead. Job is not called upon to refute this blasphemous oration, for no one can stand against the accuser of the brethren after the strength and wisdom of man. Even ‘He who is like God’ (Michael the ‘mighty messenger’ that great Prince that stands for His people), when contending with the Devil, durst not bring railing accusation against this adversary but rebuked Him in the name of Jehovah (Jude 9). Even so the servant of God is never required to combat the ‘Destroyer’ of his own nor with the assistance of the few of the little flock. The Great Shepherd has defeated the Adversary and the accuser of the brethren is cast out though he goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he has been given to devour.
Jehovah God speaks to Job in a firm and direct manner. HE commands Job, as a man, to put a belt around the seat of his emotions and prepare for an oral exam in which he shall be required of God to reveal the wonders and majesty of things unseen. Job has spoken many things in retort of the foolishness of the miserable comforters and although in all these things he did not sin, he also did not know the height, depth, length and breadth of the glory of God.
The trial of Job was devastating to the flesh. Moment by moment he grew weaker and weaker while the Spirit waxed greater. Not that the Spirit of God became stronger but that He revealed Himself to Job and the magnitude of His strength was realized in a greater manner. Now God commands Job to summon all of his strength and to control his emotions. Every child of grace knows what an impossibility that is. Even if one may honestly could come before the throne and proclaim, “all these have I kept from my youth” yet would they know that the mind and the emotions witness against them. The thoughts and the intents of the natural heart of Adam desire the things of this world and even if confined to just the common desires of food, shelter and clothing we are beset with fears and doubts on every side. Job could no more contain his emotions than he could have stayed the hand of God against him in this trial.
Job also wanted an audience with God to be able to plead his cause. He said that if he just knew where He was then he could order his words before Him and plead his cause. Now God tells him that when he, after the power and will of the flesh, contained his emotions, God would demand of Job and Job would have his hearing in the presence of God. Without this control over the simplest organ of the body, Job could not order his thoughts and properly speak, and so it was taught to Job that he had no power, his will was useless and his desires unfounded before Almighty God.
“Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency and array thyself with glory and beauty” (40:10).
The King may sit in judgment with His subjects and rule over all matters but only when He is presented with one who is equal to Him may He be given advice and counsel. In order for Job to stand before the throne and be as the King he must be clothed in majesty and excellency and must stand in his own beauty and glory. Only then can he even be considered to be able to come before His courts with thanksgiving and sit in the congregation of the living. But once again, Job has not the knowledge, he does not possess the clothing nor know where to obtain it and he cannot clothe himself. So again he stands helpless and naked in the presence of God, worthy to be cast out into utter darkness. If the only hope Job has is to able to present his righteousness by the works of his hands using the materials and tools of this world and the designs and craftsmanship of this present evil generation, than he of all men is most miserable.
The pattern given in the mount is an earthly representation of the heavenly reality. All these works were finished before the foundation of the world and the types presented in the feasts of Jehovah exemplify this wonderful and basic truth The first is the feast of the Shabbath or Sabbath. Six days are allotted for works and recreation but because God finished His wok of creation and rested on the seventh day, it was Holy unto Him. The next day, wherein the feast of the Lord was remembered as an Holy convocation, was the day of the sacrificing of the day Paschal Lamb. Man had no hand in the matter for it was Jehovah God who gave life to the first born lamb without spot or blemish that was acceptable for His sacrifice. When the Lamb was slain, the blood identified the children of the redeemed and delivered them from the judgment that came upon Pharaoh and his people. Before the blood was spilt the leaven (sin) was cleansed from within the house and then for seven days (completed work) no leaven was present, handled or consumed. During this time, when the children had obtained their inheritance (not after they had waited for it) the small shoots of the First Fruits were waved before the Lord signifying the First born of many brethren and the resurrection. Seven Sabbaths later, on the morrow, the mystery of God was revealed as the two loaves (Jew and Gentile) were waved before the Lord, being baked with leaven, in the representation of the manifestation of those ordained unto eternal life. This is what was spoken about by the prophet Joel when God poured out His Spirit upon all men at Pentecost and since seven Sabbaths had past and seven lambs have been sacrificed it is presented as a finished work. It also represented that the harvest had been completed also.
The next feast of Jehovah was on the first day of the seventh month, the month of completion. This was the feast of the Word of God as demonstrated in the trumpet. The Word of God is the same Word that became flesh and dwelt among us and the sounding of the trumpet is the proclamation of that Word, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ, a finished work. For seven days all were reminded of the work of the Salvation of Jehovah and when the seventh trumpet sounded, the mystery of God was finished (Rev.10:7). Then came the covering or atonement. They covered the house of the redeemed with the fine linen clean and white which is the righteousness of the saints. They did not fashion their own garments and they did not clothe themselves but they were adorned in the garments of salvation with the breast plate of righteousness and zeal encompassed them like a cloak (Is. 59:17). They were clothed upon and their filthy clothing was swallowed up and seen no more. Now could they stand before the throne of God being one with Him as His children are One in Him but while here in this habitation they stand as strangers in a foreign land. Therefore they inhabit booths for seven days (until the time of their habitation is over and the tabernacles of this dwelling is dissolved) and when this is completed they enjoy the last Sabbath. “On the eighth day shall be an Holy convocation and ye shall offer an offering made with fire unto Jehovah. It is a solemn assembly ye shall do no servile work” (Lev. 23:36). There remains therefore a rest for the children of the King and we labour for that rest.
Job did not stand before God because he had made himself ready as a man. God came to him because he had been granted to be arrayed in the righteousness of the saints and had been made accepted in the Beloved. Therefore Job had peace with God. Job could say no more, he called himself vile and laid his hand upon his mouth. The lesson was learned that his God is a great God that He does whatsoever He desires in the armies of heaven and rules over all. Job’s habitation was marred, weak and impotent but as he was brought low and made weak in the flesh he was raised up and made strong in the Spirit. He did not enjoy his trial, he did not chose his temptation and he was not happy as he despaired for his life but he had a peace that was beyond all understanding and that peace with God kept his heart and mind in Christ Jesus, his Lord.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 30, 2012