King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Thursday, January 09, 2020
Chapters: Job 18-21
Message: I Stand Redeemed
Hello My Friend,
I was reading from an old commentary from K.L. Brooks on the Book of Job, and he said, “It is not true that all who suffer great distresses in this world should, on that account, be judged wicked when no other proof appears against them. Christ’s people are usually a suffering, cross-bearing people.”
Do you know why Christ’s people, go through so much suffering in this world? Two reasons, Satan, and the fact that the world, including the religious, hate Christ as He exposes their sin. Since they hate Christ they hate us. And do you know why people choose religion over Christ, even if Christ is supposed to be the center of that religion? Religion is created by man, they will make up their own law and say it comes from God so they can live in the lusts of their flesh and still say they are justified by their faith. And no, God is not leading me to write a message about judgment, He is leading me to a message about false judgment, how the religious falsely accuse the righteous. Unlike the ones who pretend to know Christ, saved, born again Christians know their Redeemer, that He lives, and no matter what they do, they will see Him. “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” – Isaiah 51:11.
There is a song, “I Stand Redeemed”, “I stand redeemed, by the blood of the Lamb, I stand redeemed before the Great I Am, when He looks at me, He sees the nail scarred hands that bought my liberty. I stand redeemed. Even at my best, I am unworthy, I have nothing precious I can give, a broken life is all I have to offer, and yet, it is a priceless gift to Him.”
Even at our best, we could never do enough good to save ourselves from death and hell. Thank God we do not have to because Jesus paid the price for us, and He will save all who come to Him in faith. You see, salvation has never been about works, of course, if you love God, and want His blessings, then you learn His ways, and follow them. However, Good works have never sent a soul to heaven, but one sin does send a soul to hell, and no matter how much good we do, we need redemption if we want to avoid judgment. There is also a false assumption among the religious that if bad things happen to you then you have some hidden sin in your life and God is judging you for it. This is what Job’s friends were doing, Bildad speaks again.
“How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak. Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight? He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place? Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.” – Job 18:2-6,18-21.
“shall the earth be forsaken for thee?” He is asking him if he deserves some special treatment because he is being afflicted. “and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.” He is also making the assumption that affliction is only caused by sin, and that he obviously does not know God. When God promised to give us salvation He promises that He would never leave nor forsake us, but He did not promise that every day would be pain free. And suffering with sickness, pain, or death does not mean we do not know God, or that He is punishing us for some wrong we have done, once we are saved, we are forgiven, and nothing can change that. Of course, we sin, and need to confess our sins because quite frankly, our minds and mouths cause more trouble than our hands, but God knows who are His, He will never put His Light out of anyone who receives His Son. So, the next time someone falsely accuses you or tries to convince you that you are not saved, tell them who your Redeemer is. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” – I Peter 3:15-17.
“they may be ashamed that falsely accuse” Let me tell you, the holier than thou, religious know it all’s, will be ashamed for falsely accusing you, which is why they react they way they do when you defend yourself. Job knew that no matter what his friends said about him that he has a Redeemer and He lives.
“These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me. And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself. If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.” – Job 19:3-6,23-29.
“ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.” They really do not have any shame in what they are accusing you of, and God help them, until God opens their eyes to see that what they are doing is wrong. “Oh that my words were now written!” Little did Job know that his words were written down in a book, and forever upon the Rock. “yet in my flesh shall I see God:” At this point, Job did not care what they thought about him, and even though he could not see God, he knew that he would stand before Him, and “that my redeemer liveth,”. Unlike we do, Job did not know the name Jesus, and in case you were unaware, He is LORD, but he knew there was a judgment, that he had a Redeemer, and that He lives. Amen! “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” – Revelation 1:18.
There are some people in this world that appear to know more about God than God does, and that He somehow reveals the secret sins of others in an attempt to get them to feel guilt and repent that instant. In reality, all they are doing is making up things. This is what Zophar does as he lashes out at Job, stating that he is suffering right now because he has been wicked all along.
“Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste. I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.” – Job 20:2-5,18-20,27-29.
“according to his substance shall the restitution be,” Again, he is saying that Job is getting what he deserved. Okay, I will tell you this, the more you walk with Christ, the more Holy Spirit does show you that suffering is coming to someone because of their sin, and you will see it coming because you see how their own behavior changes toward God afflicting them. We can expect godly people to, not judge us, but explain any wrongdoing if they see it in hopes that we will turn from it, but unless they know for sure what they are doing they cannot make that judgment. God does give us the ability to give righteous judgment when it is needed, but God in no way puts it in our heads to judge a person as if we are ourselves are sinless. None of us are, and to accuse by assumption will do nothing, but get our own sins exposed. “This is the portion of a wicked man from God,” This statement causes Job to wonder why the wicked do in fact, prosper.
“Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger. Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?” – Job 21:7-9,14-15,17,27-30,34.
“neither is the rod of God upon them.” There is not one faithful Christian that does not see an unfaithful Christian and wonder why they are getting everything while you struggle. And there is not one faithful Christian who does not question why the wicked get everything while you have to beg God for a piece of bread at times. However, every faithful Christian will come to the point that they understand that they already have their reward. “Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.” The worldly, the immoral, the politically correct crowd, the religious, are some of the most wealthiest people in the world. The love to falsely accuse us, mock us, and try to stop and destroy our faith, they care less about God, or the people they claim to be standing up for. And they shall have their reward, but so will you for your faithfulness. “Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” – Luke 6:21-23.
“That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction?” Even Job figured out that he needed a Redeemer, someone to save him from the day of destruction, and so do we. We need a Redeemer to be saved from death and hell, and that Redeemer is Jesus Christ. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” – I Peter 1:18-19.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for sending Your Son to redeem me, I know I am not saved by anything that I do of my own, but by my faith and trust in what He did for me. Because I am redeemed I know that You are always with me, but sometimes I feel like You are no where to be found. I catch myself trying to handle my troubles on my own instead of asking You for help and I, like Job, start to lose hope that things will change for me. Lord, give me Your power to always see past my troubles and look to You, as I do my part, by faith. For I know my Redeemer lives, and I will see Him in the latter days. I ask this in Your name, Jesus, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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