There are many interesting snippets within this potted family history of Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac and Rebekah have to wait for 20 years before she conceives. The problems and the joys of life are exposed to us within this family for our spiritual growth and for our own wrestlings in life.
In all his defence, Job’s great cry is for someone in heaven to come and be his defence lawyer before the judgment seat of God! Verses 31:35-37. Job is crying out for a mediator between God and himself! Isn’t Jesus the answer to his cry?
Look at how
detailed a mind Job has, to be able to run through this list of possible
misdeeds and sin.
He is exhaustive in his humility, being a wonderful example of what Paul says in Philippians 2 v12, that we “… Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,”.
This is what that
looks like! To be intentional and deep-thinking about our spiritual integrity.
We’re coming to the
pointy end of Job, and indeed, there isn’t much more from Job at this point (a
little at the end).
So it’s very
interesting that his final portion of the debate is this protestation of his
innocence with regard to his current situation.
He has reached this point, that as Stuart Snr says, he wants a heavenly defender to plead his case.
How good it is that
we have Jesus!
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Heb 7 v25
Jesus was very concerned that we understand about the Kingdom of Heaven. Why do you think He was so bull-doggish about this topic?
How backwards and
upside-down is this kingdom that Jesus tells us of!
The weeds (people
of the evil one) are left to grow amongst the grain (people of God’s kingdom).
How strange this is to think about, and how alien to what the world would have
The mustard seed
(the kingdom) grows from an insignificant-seeming seed into a tree that brings
benefit to all around.
The yeast (the
kingdom) completely changes the fundamental nature of the flour.
stories/parables from Jesus, His preaching, and expanding out to all of
scripture (which is God’s word, Jesus being it become flesh) – They teach us of
His kingdom, and how it is absolutely different to any other sort of kingdom.
What a privilege it
is to be a part of God’s kingdom!
Let’s be encouraged
and exhorted with these words, and go forth with joy at this wonderful promise,
“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their
* Dear Father,
Thank You for calling us into Your kingdom.
Thank You that Your Word is clear, that Jesus is
clear – Your kingdom is not like any other.
Thank You that we can look forward to shining like
the sun in Your kingdom, where You will be our light!