The CJCN Sabbath Day Worship.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.
Pastor Don Roy. Gooooooooooooooooooooood Evening 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 evening 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 42. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from Thee.
3 ‘Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore have I uttered what I understood not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 ‘Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will question thee, and declare thou unto Me.’
5 I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth Thee.
6 Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against thee and against thy two friends; for ye have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering. And My servant Job shall pray for you; for him will I accept, lest I deal with you after your folly in that ye have not spoken of Me the thing which is right, like My servant Job.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did according as the Lord commanded them. The Lord also accepted Job.
10 And the Lord released Job from captivity when he prayed for his friends. Also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they bemoaned him and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. Every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Kerenhappuch.
15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them an inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his sons and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.
Verse of the Day.
For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – the Lord Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand – I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, “You are my people.” Isaiah 51:15-16, NIV.
The CJCN. Daily Prayer.
Lord God Almighty, your eyes watch over the whole world. We come before you with the evils that surround us still clinging to us. Shelter our lives in your hands. Give us your strength to win through, even in suffering and need. For we are yours, O Lord our God. You have chosen your people to strengthen them and to free them from all evil. We beseech you to help us. May we feel your presence among us. May your Word bear fruit in us to the everlasting honour of your name. Amen.
The CJCN Sabbath Day Lesson.
(1) Then Job answered the LORD and said: (2) “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. (3) You asked, “Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?”
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. (4) Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, “I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” (5) “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You. (6) Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”
This is the conclusion, the climax, of his long and detailed story. Now Job can see God. From the context, properly seeing God involves getting the self out of the way! As long as self was in his line of sight, Job judged God by his own perspective. Remember, we see what we want to see, what we are educated to see. So Job saw his own wisdom, his own works, and they blocked his view of God in His greatness. The carnal mind is trained to do this.
It takes great determination, discipline in study and in prayer, and meditation to break oneself of that natural, carnal mode of thinking. Even when we succeed, we have to understand that our vision of God still has to be constantly replenished—”day by day,” Paul says (II Corinthians 4:16)—and upgraded, refocused, exercised, as it were, in the truth.
Job’s case is particularly interesting. Job thought he knew God well, but he was painfully unaware that there was still much that he did not know. During his sufferings, he threw a great many direct challenges at God in an effort either to justify himself or to understand why he was going through this trial. Yet, God never directly answered any of Job’s challenges! Instead, beginning in chapter 38, He leads Job to see his own insignificance in light of God’s greatness. Most people do not realise that in the entire book Job never repents of sin. Sin is not the issue! The issue is that, despite Job’s extensive knowledge of God, he did not see Him as all-powerful! He did realise that God alone puts down evil and brings to pass all of His holy will.
We can tell the real issue in the book of Job by what God says in chapters 38-41. God makes two speeches. It is not self-righteousness that God addresses, but Job’s questioning of God’s justice in the governance of His creation.
When Job opens his mouth to speak in Job 42:1-6, it is to tell God that he got the point: God’s purpose is all that counts! In addition, since He is God, He can bring it to pass. God has the right, the will, and the loving nature to do anything He pleases to anybody at any time—and good will result.
Do we believe that? A caution, however: A man as spiritually mature as Job did not—until the end of the book.
Have a great Sabbath day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN.
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be ever gracious unto you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and grant you peace, now and evermore. In Jesus we proclaim. Amen.
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