The CJCN Daily Worship.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen……
Job 9. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I know in truth it is so, but how should man be just before God?
3 If he will contend with Him, he cannot answer Him one in a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against Him and hath prospered—
5 Who removeth the mountains, and they know not; Who overturneth them in His anger;
6 Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble;
7 Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not, and sealeth up the stars;
8 Who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea;
9 Who maketh Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south;
10 Who doeth great things past finding out, yea, and wonders without number?
11 Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not; He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.
12 Behold, He taketh away. Who can hinder Him? Who will say unto him, ‘What doest Thou?’
13 “If God will not withdraw His anger, the proud helpers do stoop under Him.
14 How much less shall I answer Him, and choose out my words to reason with Him—
15 whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my Judge?
16 If I had called and He had answered me, yet would I not believe that He had hearkened unto my voice.
17 For He breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.
18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
19 If I speak of strength, lo, He is strong; and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me; if I say, ‘I am perfect,’ it shall also prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul; I would despise my life.
22 This is all one thing. Therefore I said it: ‘He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.’
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, He will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covereth the faces of the judges thereof. If not, where and who is He.
25 “Now my days are swifter than a courier; they flee away, they see no good.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships, as the eagle that hasteneth to the prey.
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness and comfort myself,’
28 I am afraid of all my sorrows; I know that Thou wilt not hold me innocent.
29 If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water and make my hands never so clean,
31 yet shalt Thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
32 For He is not a man as I am, that I should answer Him and we should come together in judgment.
33 Neither is there any mediator between us who might lay his hand upon us both.
34 Let Him take His rod away from me, and let not fear of Him terrify me.
35 Then would I speak and not fear Him, but it is not so with me.
The Daily Prayer.
Lord our God, dear Father in heaven, we come into your presence and ask you to show yourself to us as the true, great, and almighty God, who can shed light into our misery and change it all, letting us find reconciliation and redemption in Jesus Christ. Protect and help us with your mighty hand. Let every country and nation see your grace and see the victory over all sin and injustice. Let your justice come on earth, and let peace fill every heart and show in every life. May all that happens to us serve the good. Help us always look to you, our Lord and God, for you have power to rule everything and to turn everything to its right purpose. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
The Daily Lesson.
(32) “For He is not a man, as I am,
That I may answer Him,
And that we should go to court together. (33) Nor is there any mediator between us,
Who may lay his hand on us both. (34) Let Him take His rod away from me,
And do not let dread of Him terrify me. (35) Then I would speak and not fear Him,
But it is not so with me.
As early as Job 9:32-35, Job complains that what he is enduring is completely and totally unfair and that God is wrong in permitting it to occur. The Revised English Bibleclearly exposes at least an irritation against God, showing that Job, despite admitting that God is far greater, feels a measure of equality with Him!
God is not as I am, not someone I can challenge, and say, “Let us confront one another in court.” If only there were one to arbitrate between us and impose his authority on us both, so that God might take his rod from my back, and terror of him might not come on me suddenly. I should then speak out without fear of him, for I know I am not what I am thought to be.
Despite being aware that a vast difference exists between God and man, Job is nonetheless unaware of how immeasurably different the reality is, shown in his willingness to stand with God before an umpire who would hear both sides of the case! He wants to be heard, not realizing he has no case to argue at all! He truly deserves nothing but death. At this point, Job is not yet overly concerned about God’s right to do with him as He sees fit, but rather he is disturbed that God has not intervened and vindicated him before his accusing friends.
Job’s complaint also reveals that he thought of sin merely in terms of an unrighteous act. He does not yet grasp that sin is more than a transgression of a code; it is a breaking of our covenant relationship with God that distorts life itself. Sin is the distortion, and whether it is an act visible on the outside or one of heart and motivation, the relationship with God is damaged because all sin is against Him. Jeremiah 17:9 reads, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
To speak or act of sin as though it is of no account to God, as though He is indifferent to it, to disclaim responsibility, strikes at the very core of our relationship with Him. This is what Job was doing in claiming that God did not care about him. The reality is that God was putting Job through this rigorous trial because He did care and did not want to lose the relationship with him.
Job’s trial thus becomes a witness to us of the vast difference between God and us. Besides God’s being eternal spirit and our being flesh, the greatest difference between Him and us is in our hearts. Jesus points out in Matthew 15:18-20 that sin begins in the heart. It is man’s heart that needs changing. For one thing, its pride needs to be wrung from it.
Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
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