Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name

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The other name

To speak directly to the Son, in the manner of some churches, is not honouring to him, because he has instructed that we should approach the Father. On the other hand to ignore the Son in our approach to God is also not honouring to the Father, because it is recorded that “he that honoureth the Son honoureth the Father also.” We should respect the instruction of Jeshua/Jesus to direct our prayers to God in his name.

 

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Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected Jesus Christ, as depicted in the Christus Statue in the North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christ came to draw away the thick veil which the inborn corruption of the human heart and the accumulated sins and falsehoods of centuries had interposed between man and God. We cannot enter into the Fatherly character of God without being animated by the same Spirit that animated His well-beloved Son, Jesus. The later books of the Holy Scriptures which we call the New Testament show us that we must become like Christ. We should also be willing not to do our own will, like Christ did not his own will, but the Will of God. Jeshua looked onto the others around him as his brothers and sisters. We too must be very brothers of Christ, if we would claim His Father as our Father. Our approach to God as a brother or sister in Christ and as such also as a child of God in that way testifies to the reality of our claim that we are ‘sons of God‘. No proper approach, no real son-ship, is possible without that “spirit” which lets us call the Most High CreatorOur Father“.

Accepting Christ Jesus to be the son of God, and not ‘god the son‘ we do give the full value to that Nazarene man who gave his life at the stake for the sins of many. By believing and accepting that he really gave his life for us and was made higher than angels by his Father and taken at God His right hand to become a mediator between men and God, we should know that it is in that position that Jesus as our ‘brother‘ also shall be able to speak for us. Jesus is the ground or basis of the security of the New Covenant, and as such we should trust in him as the best placed person to mediate for us.

(15) And because of this He is the Mediator of a renewed covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus had promised that God would send a helper and we could see that the apostles received that Holy Spirit. We can see that the Spirit-word is an advocate on earth, helping to prepare our case for preparation in heaven. However, that case, when prepared, must be presented through our heavenly advocate or mediator: the Lord Jesus Christ.

(1) First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all men, (2) for sovereigns and all those who are in authority, in order that we lead a calm and peaceable life in all reverence and seriousness. (3) For this is good and acceptable before Elohim our Saviour, (4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one Elohim,{1} and one Mediator between Elohim and men, the Man Messiah יהושע, {Footnote: 11 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:6, Mk. 12:29-34}. (6) who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be witnessed in its own seasons, (7) for which I was appointed a proclaimer and an emissary – I am speaking the truth in Messiah and not lying – a teacher of the gentiles in belief and truth. (8) So I resolve that the men pray everywhere, lifting up hands that are set-apart, without wrath and disputing. (1Ti 2:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

(1) For this Malkitseḏeq, sovereign of Shalĕm, priest of the Most High Elohim, who met Aḇraham returning from the slaughter of the sovereigns and blessed him, (2) to whom also Aḇraham gave a tenth part of all, his name being translated, indeed, first, ‘sovereign of righteousness,’ and then also sovereign of Shalĕm, that is, ‘sovereign of peace,’ (3) without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but having been made like the Son of Elohim, remains a priest for all time. (Hebrews 7:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

(14) For it is perfectly clear that our Master arose from Yehuḏah, a tribe about which Mosheh never spoke of concerning priesthood, (15) and this is clearer still, if another priest arises in the likeness of Malkitseḏeq, (16) who has become, not according to the Torah of fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life, (17) for He does witness, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq.” (18) For there is indeed a setting aside of the former command because of its weakness and unprofitableness, (19) for the Torah perfected naught, but the bringing in of a better expectation, through which we draw near to Elohim. (20) And it was not without an oath! (21) For they indeed became priests without an oath, but He became Priest with an oath by Him who said to Him, “יהוה {Jehovah} has sworn and shall not regret, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq.’ ” (22) By as much as this יהושע {Jeshua} has become a guarantor of a better covenant. (23) And indeed, those that became priests were many, because they were prevented by death from continuing, (24) but He, because He remains forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. (25) Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to Elohim through Him, ever living to make intercession for them.  (26)  For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest – kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens, (27) who does not need, as those high priests, to offer up slaughter offerings day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. (28) For the Torah appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the Torah, appoints the Son having been perfected forever. (Hebrews 7:14-28 The Scriptures 1998+)

(16) For where a covenant is, it is necessary for the death of the covenanted one to be established. (17) For a covenant over those dead is firm, since it is never valid while the covenanted one is living. (18) Therefore not even the first covenant was instituted without blood. (19) For when, according to Torah, every command had been spoken by Mosheh to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which Elohim commanded you.” (21) And in the same way he sprinkled with blood both the Tent and all the vessels of the service. (22) And, according to the Torah, almost all is cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (23) It was necessary, then, that the copies of the heavenly ones should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly ones themselves with better slaughter offerings than these. (24) For Messiah has not entered into a Set-apart Place made by hand – figures of the true – but into the heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim on our behalf, (25) not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters into the Set-apart Place year by year with blood not his own. (26) For if so, He would have had to suffer often, since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the offering of Himself. (27) And as it awaits men to die once, and after this the judgment, (28) so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to those waiting for Him, unto deliverance. (Hebrews 9:16-28 The Scriptures 1998+)

We should believe that Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence, not of himself but of יהוה Jehovah God for us. (Hebrews 9:24).
Prayer, therefore, should be directed to the Father through the Son, who are in one spirit, i.e. of the same idea. Both are united like we also should be united with our parents and with our brethren and sisters.

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(10) “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from Myself. But the Father who stays in Me does His works. (11) “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, otherwise believe Me because of the works themselves. (12) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he shall do also. And greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father. (13) “And whatever you ask in My Name, that I shall do, in order that the Father might be esteemed in the Son.  (14) “If you ask whatever in My Name, I shall do it. (15) “If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.{1} {Footnote: 1See Ex. 20:6, vv. 21&23, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John v. 6.} (16) “And I shall ask the Father, and He shall give you another Helper, to stay with you forever – (17) the Spirit of the Truth, whom the world is unable to receive, because it does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, for He stays with you and shall be in you. (John 14:10-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

(1) My little children, I write this to you, so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Intercessor with the Father, יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, a righteous One. (2) And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for all the world. (3) And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands.{1} {Footnote: 1See 3:6.} (4) The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected{1} in him. By this we know that we are in Him.{2} {Footnotes: 1Gen. 17:1, Ps. 119:1, Mt. 5:48. 2See 3:24.} (1John 2:1-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

We not only should come like יהושע Christ and try to become holy or set-apart. When we pray like Jesus did, we also should present our prayers to the person Jesus prayed to. Also other god-loving people addressed themselves to the Most High in the same manner Jesus did.

Notice the way in which the Father is addressed by men and women of faith:

“He that keepeth covenant and mercy with those that put their trust in Him;” “The Father of mercies;” “The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;” “The God of all comfort;” “The God of love and peace;” “The God of patience;” “Our Father Who art in heaven.”

Notice how the prayers of the ancients ascribe glory unto Jehovah the Creator, present their petitions unto Him, speak of His past acts of deliverance and power, submit to His direction and guidance.

But with Christ Jesus we do have the promise of God fulfilled and a Saviour in whose name we can ask things at his Father. And whatsoever we shall ask in Jesus his name, that will be done or brought to fulfilment by Jesus so that the Father may be glorified in the son. Therefore when we pray to Jehovah and ask Him things we firstly should use the Name of God (Jehovah) and then can use the name of the Messiah Jesus Christ (Jeshua) so that it will be done. Honouring the Name of the Most High we also should respect Jesus to be the son of God, the man who could sin but did not, and dare to ask Jehovah in the name of Jesus to come close to us and to make our wishes come true.

Though we know we are sinners we can trust that man who did not sin and whom God was willing to give a higher position in heaven, so that we now have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1).

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Preceding articles:

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #13 Prayer #11 Name to be set apart

Next: Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #14 Gebed #12 De andere naam

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Find to read:

  1. Idolatry or idol worship
  2. Worship and worshipping
  3. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
  4. A God between many gods
  5. Only worship the Creator of all things
  6. Praise the God with His Name
  7. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  8. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
  9. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  10. Pluralis Majestatis in the Holy Scriptures
  11. The Christ, the anointed of God
  12. Jesus Messiah
  13. Jesus spitting image of his father
  14. Servant of his Father
  15. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  16. Christ having glory
  17. Promise of Comforter
  18. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  19. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  20. OT prophesies and the NT fulfillment of them
  21. Gain Christ, trusting Jehovah
  22. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  23. Parts of the body of Christ
  24. What part of the Body am I?
  25. The Church, Body of Christ and remnant Israel synonymous
  26. United people under Christ
  27. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  28. Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful
  29. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  30. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
  31. Behold, My mother and My brothers!
  32. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  33. Are Christians prepared to Rejoice in the Lord

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  • Loving Delay: God’s Glory and Love in Your Suffering (matgilbert.wordpress.com)
    You know that God’s love for you is uninhibited, unbound, and unmerited. You know that he loved you despite your deliberate rebellion against him in sending Christ Jesus to die for you. You know that God loves you because he adopted you; you are his child and he is your Father. You know he loves you as the Holy Spirit sanctifies you and reorients your desires toward Christ. And you know he loves you because in his preserving grace he wakes you up each morning saying, “I believe in Jesus.”
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    the end or purpose of Lazarus’ sickness is that God may be glorified in the glorification of Jesus Christ. When Jesus and his disciples finally arrived, Lazarus had been dead and in the tomb for four days. This is highly significant because of Jewish thought. At that time, there was a Jewish superstition that when someone died, the spirit of that person hovers over their body for up to three days, after which no resurrection or resuscitation would be possible. So, when Jesus arrives at Lazarus’ tomb after four days, there would be no question that any resurrection would be divine.
    (Cd remark: It is not the godhead of Christ or Jesus’ deity that is been demonstrated but it is the Father of Jesus His glory which has been on full display. Death does not have the last word. God has the last word but by Jesus it was made possible to come out of the dead.)
  • Evening Prayer 1.7.14: Tuesday after Epiphany (dailyoffice.org)
    O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord
  • Strangely enough in the article Denying Christ? the author himself (matthew24prophecy.wordpress.com) denies the position of Christ Jesus and minimises the deed Jesus presented to his Father, his and our God, Who is the only One True God, Creator of heaven and earth.
  • Also Why did God Become a Man? Part III- To Make us His Children (tableprepared.wordpress.com) does not want to recognise the full activity of God His son. He also does not seem to think God created us from the beginning or did not want to look at us as His children, because he considers God first had to become a human being before we could be children of God. By giving that impression it ridicules the power of God and would indicate God would be an unloving Father, preferring to let us suffer for ages before willing to take us and protect us as His children.
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    The Son is sent from the Father, he is from him; and according to this passage, we are now from him by our union with Christ.
  • A Prayer A Day – Seek Him, RIGHT NOW! While He May Be Found. 1/8/2014 (dailyprayerprayertogod.wordpress.com)
    We are in a time that all should be seeking the Lord.
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    I seek to be nearer, nearer, nearer my God to thee this day.  Yesterday is gone and I cannot retrieve it, tomorrow is not here and it is not promised to me, today as I hear your voice I will not harden my heart.  I will this day, right now walk in obedience.  I will this day, right now walk in faith.  I will this day, right now live holy.  I will this day, right now cast all sin away from me.  I will this day, right now seek your face Lord.  I will this day seek you Lord while you may be found.
  • Thank You Father! I Believe I Recieve (meditationtotransformation.wordpress.com)
    And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
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    And whenever I stand praying, if I have anything against anyone, I forgive him and let it drop ( I leave it, let it go), in order that You, Father, Who is in Heaven will forgive my failings and shortcomings and let them drop.  I will not cut off the power of Your favor and grace in my life, in Jesus Name.
  • The call to prayer (jeremycainbiblestudies.wordpress.com)
    My friends, don’t back away from the call to pray.  Don’t ignore that urgency just because the time is not right for you.  You may not understand what is happening somewhere else, in the natural or in the spirit realm, and your prayers are extremely vital in that moment.  Don’t resist that call to pray just because you don’t understand what needs prayer.  You would be very surprised to know that what may seem unimportant to you is priority to God.  It may have been for someone on the other side of the world, it could have been for your nation, it could have been for your coworker who is going through a hard time privately, or it could be for the person in the room next to you.
  • Finding Joy in Christ… (allysonswindell94.wordpress.com)
    It is so important to abide in Christ and put your joy in him alone. Once you rely on Christ for your joy, it comes easily, but once you rely on worldly things for that same level of joy, everything goes wrong. Initially things might seem better and all good but once something goes wrong, everything crumbles and you have nothing to fall on. If you fully trust Christ and rely on him for your joy, things will be good.
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    Christianity has taken so many divergent meaning among Christian circles and the observing majority. Subsequent to the death of the first and early apostles of Jesus Christ, Christianity has undergone so many modifications and amendments, brokered by those who were threatened by its glory and felt that its teachings are unattainable or a restrain of their fleshly cravings.
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    Relationship with Christ was sacrificed for romance with religion and strengthening of the walls of denominational-ism averse with the ways and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. All these and more has been the cause of confusion, indifference and taking into liberties, posterity, subsequent to the early apostles in history, face in regards to the true definition of Christianity. They succeeded in making people to see God through the lens of denominational-ism, creed, human doctrine, sacraments and ceremonial rituals.
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    The word ‘Christ’/ ‘ian’ is a two syllable word coined from two different words: Christ and ‘ianos.’ The Greek suffix ‘ianos’ is applied mainly to bond slaves. It implies being an adherent of an individual or group. In a more simplified meaning, a Christian is an adherent and a slave of Christ. A Christian is any one Committed to follow Christ all the way through. If a ‘Christian’ is a follower of Jesus Christ, He must follow him in the right way as proffered by the Holy Scriptures via the Holy Spirit. Note carefully, religion was not present in the definition of Christianity. It did not say being an adherent of religion. If that’s true, it would have been ‘Religionian’ and not ‘Christian.’
  • Discover Jesus Christ – Part 4 (fromapreacher.wordpress.com)
    Just as Israel needed a conqueror (and found one in Joshua), we too need a conqueror.  We are much like Israel and Jesus is much  like Joshua.  In fact, their names mean the same thing, Jehovah Saves.  Israel needed leadership to gain freedom and Joshua provided it.  We need leadership to gain eternal freedom and Jesus provides it.

    Joshua and Jesus conquered the troublers of God’s people.  The original inhabitant of the promised land were immoral and ungodly. Joshua was commanded to drive them out.  Israel did not inhabit the land without a struggle.  But, God was with them.  Their obedience to Him resulted in success.  Disobedience resulted in failure.  Humanity needed help getting out of spiritual darkness.  There was no hope and they were without God (Ephesians 2:12).

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The importance of Reading the Scriptures

Posted on June 1, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For those who say they have found Jesus and want to follow him, they should take the words of Jesus at heart.

Jeshua, better known as Jesus, spoke several times out of the Torah and tried to explain the Words of God.  People had to know him and his Father. The man of Nazareth was clear that he  of himself could do nothing. Always he made it clear that people should get to know his Father, on whose behalf he was talking and handling. Jesus knew very well the Word of God. It is because he was well aware of what was written in the Torah (the Hebrew Scriptures) that could learn what God wanted from his and from the people. Because he knew the Holy Scriptures so well Jesus could know what Godwanted and could tell to others what his Father had taught him.

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Holy scriptures (Photo credit: thriol)

Jesus was also aware that the One who sent him was still with him; He, Jehovah God, did not leave Jeshua (Jesus) the Messiah to himself, because Jesus always did what pleased God. Also we, as followers of Christ should try to please our Father. Many people who heard Jesus tell them to honour his Father and to pray to Him, who is in heaven, found the honesty in that man and trusted in him. So Jeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted him, “if you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“I have much to say and to judge concerning you. But He who sent Me is true, and what I heard from Him, these Words I speak to the world.” They did not know that He spoke to them of the Father. So יהושע (Jeshua) said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Adthen you shall know that I am He, and that I do none at all of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, these words I speak. “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” As He was speaking these words, many believed in Him. So יהושע said to those Yehud who believed Him, “If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:26-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Son of Man has been lifted up, and we should know that he Jesus (Jeshua) is the one to follow and to belief. He said he was the son of God and the son of man who loved his Father and prayed to Him. We also should do as Jesus and be aware of the importance to know the Father. To get to know this Father of Jesus we do have to listen to the words of Christ but also to the words of the One to whom Jesus was listening. To listen to the one who   sent him and taught him we do have to take up the Bible, read in it and think about the Words of God which are written in it.

As followers of Christ, being called Christians, we should hold to Christ his teaching, only then we can become considered to be really his disciples. Only by listening to Jesus words and to the Words of his Father we shall get to know the truth, and the truth will set us free.

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English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though Jesus himself knew that when he would be gone, many would stand up and come to preach all sorts of things.  Like savage wolves several preachers will come in among the people and to those who believe in Jesus they would bring all sorts of teachings which would bring confusion. For Jesus it was clear that they would not spare the flock. He even warned that even from among their own number, men will arise and teach perversions of the truth, in order to drag away the pupils or talmidim after themselves. “So stay alert!” Jesus warned his disciples and also us. Because the word said so many years ago are still going today.

In the short time of  three years public life, Jesus warned those around him night and day. The apostle Paul did the same as Christ, he never stopped warning the members of the meeting. But he knew his time on this world was very short and he had to go and therefore he entrusted them to the care of  God and to the message of His love and kindness. He did that because it could build them up and give them an inheritance among all those who have been set apart for God.
“And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, how I was with you all the time, serving the Master with all humility, with many tears and trials which befell me by the plotting of the Yehudas I kept back no matter that was profitable, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, witnessing to Yehudand also to Greeks: repentance toward Elohim and belief in our Master יהושע (Jeshua) Messiah. “And now see, I go bound in the spirit to Yerushalayim, not knowing what is going to meet me there, except that the Set-apart Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that chains and pressures await me. “But I do not count my life of any value to me, so that I might accomplish my mission with joy, and the service which I received from the Master יהושע , to bear witness to the Good News of the favour of Elohim. “And now see, I know that you all, among whom I went about proclaiming the reign of Elohim, shall see my face no more. “Therefore I witness to you this day that I am clear from the blood of all. “For I kept not back from declaring to you all the counsel of Elohim. “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Set-apart Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of Elohim which He has purchased with His own blood. “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves {1} shall come in among you, not sparing the flock. {Footnote: 1See Mt. 7:15-23, Mt. 10:16, Lk. 10:3, John 10:12}. “Also from among yourselves men shall arise, speaking distorted teachings, to draw away the taught ones after themselves. “Therefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn each one with tears. “And now, brothers, I commit you to Elohim and to the word of His favour, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those having been set apart. “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or garments. “And you yourselves know that these hands supplied my needs, and for those who were with me. “All this I did show you, by labouring like this, that you ought to help the weak. And remember the words of the Master יהושע  (Jeshua), that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” ” (Acts 20:18-35 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But He (יהושע Jeshua) answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה (Jehovah).’ ”{1 Footnote: 1Dt. 8:3}.” (Matthew 4:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

If we want to find the full meaningful life we should trust יהושע Jesus and get to know the words of his Father  יהוה our Elohim, who is the only one we do have to honour and serve the best we can.

“Then יהושע (Jeshua)  said to him, “Go, Satan! For it has been written, ‘You shall worship יהוה  (Jehovah) your Elohim, and Him alone you shall serve.’ ”{1 Footnote: 1Dt. 6:13}. (Matthew 4:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

We should know it is not from the physical and practical worldly work that we can get the most out of our life. We should be well aware that it is the spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help. The words Jesus has spoken to the world are spirit and life, and should be followed up.

““It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh does not profit at all. The words that I speak to you are Spirit and are life. {1 Footnote: 1See v. 68, and 1 Cor. 15:45}. Word and Spirit are in unity. ” (John 6:63 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus has let his disciples know God so that his Father could make his disciples competent as ministers of a new covenant— not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

“And such trust we have toward Elohim, through the Messiah. Not that we are competent in ourselves to reckon any matter as from ourselves, but our competence is from Elohim, who also made us competent as servants of a renewed covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. ” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6 The Scriptures 1998+)

Your God Is Here

Your God Is Here (Photo credit: sutton_steven)

We can find many letters on papers or on the screen, but the words shall have to get meaning. There have been many writers, but those who were in the hands of God and wrote down the Words of God, can bring us the most important words to go through life in the best way.

Peter, who believed Jesus was the Holy One of God and  Christ, the Son of the living God, asked the Master where to go to but knew Jesus had the words of real life, eternal life. (John 6:68-69) In the short time Jesus preached he showed the people they could find that mysterious life and all the answers in the Book of Books. Though they may have been written in the past they were written to teach us, so that with the encouragement of the Tanakh or the scriptures, we might patiently hold on to our hope.

“And all these came upon them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come, ” (1 Corinthians 10:11 The Scriptures 1998+)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

Knowing that the Holy Scriptures only can be God-breathed we can be assured that they are also profitable for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness. By reading and studying the Word of God we can get to know God better but also can get to know how to work at our self, so that we as men of God may ourself become complete, and completely equipped for every good work in a different way than a heathen doing good works. We shall get to see that the Word of God is so powerful that it also shall expose us for what we really are. We can never hide for God, He knows our inner thoughts. But for humans we can perhaps put on an other mask and  shield. Jehovah God does know everything of us. He knows when we sit and when we stand up and discerns our inclinations from afar (Psalms 139:2).

When we are going to search the Scriptures it is important that we do it with the right reasons, because the Adonai Jehovah Elohim, the Most High searches the heart and tests the inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve.

““I, יהוה (Jehovah), search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. ” (Jeremiah 17:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

When we take up the Book of the Word of God and read in the Bible regularly is shall be able to form  and transform us. By reading His Word we shall get to know what He says to us and what He wants from us. We shall get to know the tools to make us stronger and to resist temptations. It shall give us insight of what is good and of what is wrong (sin). In the words we shall find how we shall be able to please God and how we can avoid going against His wishes (sinning). By avoiding sin or doing what is wrong we can safeguard ourselves from the consequences of such wrong doing.

In the Book of Books we shall be able to find out how to behave in this world. Out of the many writings we shall be able to filter the necessary things to work on ourselves. Not only shall we will learn what kind of mental outlook we have, but also how to come to a better mental outlook.  By letting the Words work in us we shall be able to learn patience instead of anger. Our minds shall also get clearer. We shall be able to control our thinking much more so that we shall have not to think about bad things but shall find ourselves more thinking of  of good things instead of dwelling on the negative. In the transformation we can undergo by reading regularly the Bible we shall be able to learn real love and compassion instead

of love based on sexuality, personal greed or selfishness, and harsh intolerance. Humility instead of arrogance shall come into the heart which shall become more open to everyone whatsoever his conviction.

The many stories of other people shall give us more insight in how they have behave, what the consequences were and how we should behave. We shall be able to discover the many instructions on how to treat our spouse or other people, how to raise our children, how to act on the job, how to react to others or to help them, even how to be good for those who may be hurting us and giving them chances to become better citizens as well. The Bible shall learn us to comfort those who are hurting.

In the Words of God we shall be able to find a way to become better persons ourselves and how to make life easier and more enjoyable for us and those around us. By learning how we can have assurances in our life because we can trust Jesus and we can count on his Father, who shall always be there for those who look for Him.  On Jehovah God we may count that at any moment He shall be there with us to give us strength in our weakness, to give us faith when we doubt, and to give us peace when we are in turmoil. In times of hardship we shall be able to find comfort by taking up His Word, by reading in the Bible.

 

Torah

Torah (Photo credit: quinet)

The more we read in the Holy Scriptures the more we shall learn about God and what He wants for us. By studying His Word it will teach us also who we are in relation to Him.As we read and study the Bible, we shall discover that God is making us a new creation as he shall help us reach our full human potential. Jehovah, the Creator of everything, has provided the human race with The Bible as our Instruction Book. We shall be confronted with questions. We also shall have to make choices in what to believe or in which way to go further. But when we really want to be open minded and want to put away all the dogma’s which we have learned by the human teachings and biased popular human writings, we shall find that the Bible can be an eye opener which has all the answers for our life. By reading it regularly it shall become easier to discern God’s direction in our life. Full understanding only comes from time spent in His word. Though we shall not have to expect miracles overnight. It shall not bring an incredible change in a one two three click of the fingers. But day by day it shall bring some small changes into our personality and over the months or years you shall be able to grow to a new person, reaching at one point the turning point of becoming as ‘reborn’.

We do hope you want to be patient and want to read the Holy Scriptures, more than once, so that it can become a special experience which gets you away from this harsh world more than once in a lifetime.

No matter what happens know that everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is (Ephesians 5:13) and that God is willing to answer your prayers as long as they are consistent with His Will. He will give to each of us what our deeds deserve. (Revelation 2:23)

““Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. ” (Matthew 7:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore make time to read the Bible. Dig in the Holy Scriptures to find who is who and to find new pastures plus to get to know what Gods Plan is with this world. Are not afraid to pray to God before you start your reading sessions. In case you can read with somebody else you shall be able to discuss the read fragments with each other and can help each other to get a better understanding of the exposed material. When you read the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures take time to observe those things Gods Words presents to you. Try to hear what God wants to tell to you and incorporate those teachings in your life.

Whatever you read or see let it always be in the light of Gods Word. Let every word or action be checked with what the Bible enlightens you and take the according action to make the right changes.

And always remember that if you want to be a Christian it is even more important to read the Holy Scriptures than if you would not believe in a god or in the God we should honour.

Do not wait until it is tomorrow or to late to study the Bible. It is a too much important book not to spend important time to it.

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Previous article: The Importance Of Scripture

Please do find out how reading in the Bible can also give insight of how and what is going to happen to the world:

  1. Written to recognise the Promissed One
  2. On the Nature of Christ
  3. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  4. Another way looking at a language #6 Set apart
  5. Another way looking at a language #7 Lingua Franca
  6. The Bible and names in it
  7. Reasons to come to gether

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Read also:

  1. Why believing the Bible
  2. How was the Bible put together and by whom?
  3. A Book written by God
  4. How many people wrote the Bible?
  5. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  6. In which languages was the Bible originally written?
  7. Can we rely on scripture?
  8. How can we be sure that the Bible is true?
  9. When did the word “holy” get added to “holy bible”?
  10. What scriptures address the timelessness of the Bible?
  11. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  12. How many chapters and verses are in the Bible?
  13. A book sufficiently profound as to cause its readers to “think”
  14. Bringing Good News into the world
  15. What does the name of each book of the Bible mean?
  16. What is the Pentateuch?
  17. Old and New Testament not discordant
  18. How did the NT canon become established? Did the church decide what books it should include?
  19. In what year was each book of the Bible written?
  20. Where is the middle of the Bible?
  21. What book of the Bible has only two chapters?
  22. Are Paul’s writings guidelines for the times or commands for us today?
  23. What do 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21 mean?
  24. Should the Gospel of Thomas be included in the Bible?
  25. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  26. Why are some authors of Bible books unknown?
  27. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  28. Cell phone vs. Bible
  29. Bible for you and for life
  30. Power in the life of certain
  31. Possibility to live
  32. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  33. Forbidden fruit
  34. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  35. Gathering to chat about subjects wich could be related to the Bible
  36. What English Bible do you use?
  37. Choosing some Bible translations: Bijbelvertalingen Selecteren
  38. Appointed to be read
  39. I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! . –Psalm 119:127
  40. People don’t hunt out “loopholes” when they are seeking to love God and neighbours
  41. The Bible is a today book
  42. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  43. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  44. Bible like puddle of water
  45. Chief means by which men are built up
  46. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  47. Live much in the Bible
  48. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  49. How can we feel the Holy Spirit in our lives?
  50. What happens to people who twist Scripture for their own evil designs?
  51. What is the devil’s Bible?
  52. Does the Book of Mormon contradict the Bible?
  53. Does the Quran contradict the Bible?

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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

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  • Not making a runner (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • The Soul confronted with Death (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Servant of his Father (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • A Great Gift commemorated (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • Elohim (earthpages.wordpress.com)
    Elohim is a modern and ancient Hebrew word that denotes god or gods, making it grammatically singular or plural.
  • God, Elohim (hoagiestyle.wordpress.com)
    Have faith and believe that God will carry out his perfect plan in your life. He cares about us and loves us. He will see to it that his plan is accomplished – we can either choose the hard way (trust man) or the easy way (trust HIM). Trust ELOHIM today…
  • I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    Paul used what part of the Bible? He used the Hebrew Scriptures. Paul used the Old Testament to show that Jesus was the Messiah
  • Submitting It All (beingrebekah.com)
    we are all called for a purpose and yes it is to reach those who don’t know Jesus but we can also have “worldly professions” that God can use
  • N. T. Wright’s “Big Book on Paul” (gaudetetheology.wordpress.com)
    For Paul, the church in its unity and holiness is itself a symbol, a visible symbol that proclaims to the world that there is a God and Jesus is Lord (“and by the way, Caesar isn’t”). Thus, Wright perceives the church at the heart of Paul’s theology, rather than at the periphery as it is often treated; and sees the practice of theology itself as the praxis that sustains the community.
  • Jesus Christ on the Infallibility of Scripture (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)
    Jesus never belittled Scripture (as some modern critics do), or set it aside (as the Jewish leaders of His day had done with their Oral Traditions), or criticized it (although He criticized those who misused it), or contradicted it (although He rejected many interpretations of it), or opposed it (although He sometimes was free or interpretive with it), nor spoke in any way as “higher” critics do of the Old Testament (Tanakh).
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    Jesus obeyed the Word of God, not man. He was subject to it. If some leaders” view of inspiration were true, Jesus was subject to an errant, rather casually thrown-together “Word of Man.” Jesus would have been subject, then, to the will of man, not the will of God.
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    The holy Scriptures . . . make you wise to accept God’s salvation (Hebrew Yeshua) by trusting in Christ Jesus (Hebrew Yeshua HaMashiach).

    The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. – II Timothy, Chapter 3, Verses 15–17, Living Bible

  • Why Read the Bible? – Day 7 of 32 – Guide to our Path (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
    we need a Word of God revival in our homes and in our churches.  That’s the ONLY way this nation is going to turn around.  It’s not going to be done from the top down.
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    Y’all ever tried to find your way around in a dark room?  It can be quite fearful, and maybe a bit comical can’t it?

  • Why Read the Bible? – Day 11 of 32 – Eternal Life (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
    the Bible is about Jesus…and the more we read it and apply it…the more we become conformed to His Image as our ministry verse Romans 8:29 tells us we can be.
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    Any pastor who stands in a pulpit and says that the Word of God isn’t relevant to today’s world…according to 1 John 4:1-6they are of the spirit of the Antichrist, and we ought to run out of that place as fast as we possibly can.
  • Seduction: A Primer for Persecution? (pilgrimpassing.com)
    One of the principal false teachings at the time was the belief that godhood could be attained by created beings. Though that is foundational to Mormonism (“As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become”) and Hinduism (self-realization is realizing that man is God), it had worked its way in various forms and methods into different “Christian” movements, teachings, and practices. Much of it was promoted by extreme Charismatics, but it was also finding its way into conservative evangelical churches through so-called Christian psychology (with its emphasis on self and self-esteem, leading to the exaltation and deification of self). Of course, the lie that man could become a god was the cornerstone of Satan’s seduction of the human race (Genesis:3:1-5).
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  • The Real Thing (lightandsalvation.wordpress.com)
    In order to not be fooled or deceived, I encourage you to: 1) Read your Bible daily, 2) Don’t just have head knowledge of the Bible but truly hide it in your heart, make it your foundation, and 3) Obey God’s Word. We live in a fallen world that is full of temptation, sin, and false teachings. The times that we are tempted are not when we are surrounded by our good Christian friends. We are tempted when we are alone, vulnerable and at our weakest. When we hide God’s Word in our heart and obey it on a daily basis, we will be able to overcome those temptations and know exactly what really is “The Real Thing.”
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Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42

Posted on June 23, 2011. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Satan and Evil, Suffering | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In his concluding speech in chapter 31, Job did demand that God appear before him, and in a sense, it is somewhat surprising for Elihu to appear instead.  But can a man command God to appear? Do we have the right or authority to demand the Most High to appear before us?
Job’s concluding remarks in chapter 31 could unlikely in some way compel the Almighty Elohimto appear.

Job restored to prosperity

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Elihu came in between the discussion because he found lots of things said to Job but also about God were not right. He had found that multiple words against God were uttered, charging God of doing nothing about wickedness or even using evil things to vindicate. Though we can find some kind of truth and authority in the words from Job’s three friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, they grated on the nerves of Elihu and angered God. It was not because God kept His silence that He did not listen or did not care, nor lost control over nation or man (Job 34:29-30). Also Elihu had the wrong idea about God working with His people. This sometimes arrogant looking person ends up offering a similar argument to that of the three friends: God is greater than man (Job 33:12) and thus he must have intended to warn or rebuke Job (Job 33: 14–30). He even hopes that Job’s trials will continue either until he recants or, if he does not recant, until he dies (Job 34:36-37) and states Job’s complaint that godliness avails a man nothing (Job 35:1-4). He also declared that God is too lofty to be affected either by godliness or ungodliness, which only affect other people (Job 35:5-8 ). An other fault brought forwards to those who are unlucky is that unanswered prayers would be because of the lack of faith of those who pray and to the emptiness of the prayer (Job 35:-16). Elihu at moments continued to attack Job in the line of the other three older friends (e.g., Job 34: 10-37; 35:16). He also suggested that Job had not recognized and maybe even had ignored the ways in which God had spoken to him (Job 33:14). The continual appeal for Job by the four friends to simply repent of whatever evil he has done is an obvious misdiagnosis, in light of the prologue (chapters 1-2) and on the other elements Job brought forward to plea for his justice, recapitulated by Elihu at the opening of his speech (Job 33:6, 9; 34:5-9).

Elihu, who sometimes handled as if he were thinking to be like a prophet, shed already a further light on the matter that the creator of the universe cannot be unjust (Job 32:18–20; 34:10-28). Perhaps we may be called men of understanding, but there are a lot of things we do not understand and who are to complex to grasp and to get over with. Often we can’t make God out because He is beyond us. We sometimes can’t get His meaning or miss the point of what He says and does. The Spirit God seems difficult to grasp, but He is not so incomprehensible as we think. We just should concentrate more on the essentials of Him.

In the Book of Job we got an idea in what ways evil come to this earth and how evil people suffer as well (Job 15:14-16, 20-35). Failure comes to many. In the many speeches from chapters 3 to 37 we heard the flawless logic but wounding thrusts of those who insisted on the traditional theology that it was indisputable that God is almighty, perfectly just and that no human can be pure in Gods sight. On the other hand we have to face the problem of godly, just people who suffer. In this Book from the Book of Books the author can give us some encouragement by showing us that our suffering provides an occasion like no other for exemplifying what true godliness is for human beings. As in the other books of the Bible we can get a picture of righteous people who suffer ‘unjust’ but, though they have to fight against certain thoughts, still continue to go strong for their beloved Creator and His creation.

Job being answered by God - from Byzantine manuscript - Megisti Lavra Monastery,Codex B. 100, 12th century

When we started this study of the Book of Job we mentioned the accuser of God. Satan, the adversary who brought a radical assault on God and godly people. When God called up the name of Job before the accuser and testified to his righteous, the Almighty is called a fool and His followers even more fools. Is it not that humans prefer to love the gifts of the Creator then the Creator Himself? It is up to men to proof that he not tries to pleases God merely for the sake of his benefits. Job did good things he told us, but not in the hope to get something in return. Are you “religious” and “good” because it pays? Do you want something in return for the good things you do?
That is an other subject tackled in the Book of Job. Which position do we as humans want to take in our life here on earth? How do we want to place ourselves against other people. How do we want to face the One from who we get all this around us? Job faced toward God with anguish, puzzlement, anger and bitter complaints. How do we want to look at our Creator? And when we do not hear our answers, at first, answered how can we cope with that seemingly silent Authority? but are we sure that this God, ruler of the universe, is really silent? We should know that He has given His Words to be with us every day. Most of the answers we have to know are handed over to us. We just have to grasp them. It is to us to take them at hand and to read them, to be able to hear them. So we cannot say God does not give the answers to us. He has given them already to all those who want to have them.

Only we do have to understand that we can not desire to get to know God thoroughly. Longing to know God is very good. But to read Him like a book is not possible. It is not so easy to have God taped in full. We cannot expect hat at the end of our life we shall know everything about God. It would be foolish wisdom to think that. We shall not be able to control everything, because that belongs to God. But He is willing to share parts of His knowledge with us. He is willing to give wisdom to His creatures. However Job’s experience makes bitterly clear to him that his friends “wisdom” cannot fathom the truth of his situation. No, the wisdom we can get does not bring the answers we would like to hear or see. Sometimes it can frustrate us. It can make us hungry. Wisdom and truth is discerned through hearing, just as the quality of food is discerned through tasting (Job 34:3). We better listen today to the Wisdom of God to get some ray of understanding some things and be  satisfied with what we already can get for answers at the moment. Patience is a good virtue. We should be pleased already that we can receive enough wisdom to comprehend those difficult creatures around us. And as we saw from the different answers of Job friends we do not always have to go by age, or by popularity. We always should remember that from these creaturely things, we as humans cannot learn all of God’s ways. And who are we mere human beings to to talk back to God? Does any object that is created riposte to its maker or will what is formed say to him who formed it, “why did you make me this way?” (Isaiah 29:16,45:9; Romans 9:20) “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus?” (Romans 9:20 ASV)
Who in the world do we think we are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mould it, saying, “Why did you shape me like this?”
For us it is perhaps best to recognise who is the Superior and not to deny God above (Job 31:28 ), recognising also the fact that our time on earth is also just a temporarily situation, and that the man who responds submissively to God’s dealings with him will regain health and joy (Job 33:25-28 ) Yes the Book of Job sheds also a light on what we might expect after death. When we die we shall all land up in the grave, the oppressors and the oppressed, they all shall perish and we shall not be able to take anything of our wealth or fame into our grave, the place of  departure (Job 27:15-23; Psalm 164:4 Isaiah 38:18). For the wealthy as well as the poor, the happy as the sufferers it shall be be as the animals (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20) When God does not look at them any more, or His face is veiled, they shall be troubled; when He takes away their breath, they come to an end, and go back to the dust. “Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; Thou {1} takest away their breath, they die, And return to their dust. {1) Or gatherest in}” (Psalms 104:29 ASV) “and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 ASV) Let us take Paul’s words into our hearth: “We speak wisdom, however, among them that are fullgrown: yet a wisdom not of this {1} world, nor of the rulers of this {1} world, who are coming to nought: {1) Or age; and so in verses 7, 8; but not in verse 12}” (1 Corinthians 2:6 ASV)
Job will pass the supreme test of all true godliness, namely, to live by the wisdom God had given him, having the fear of the Most High Jehovah God and to depart from evil (Job 28:28 ),  and acknowledging the limits of human wisdom. Are we prepared to be satisfied with the brain we got and with what it can cope?

Elihu repeatedly stated that the purpose of God’s speaking to a person in the way he described is to keep “his soul from the pit” (also Job 33:18, 22, 24, 28, 30). Thus he implies that Job’s suffering may be a corrective of his overall path rather than simply punishment for some hidden sin. Though God does not five a warning finger to Elihu we can find God answer in the rest of the Bible. God response to Job will include some vocabulary and references that are similar to portions of Elihu Barachel (meaning either “may God bless” or “God has blessed”) his speeches, but He does not commend either Elihu’s suggested reasons for Job’s suffering or his anger against Job.

The Holy Spirit = Power of God

Elihu had played on the words “spirit” and “breath” in his early speeches (see also Job 33:4; 34:14) in the way most likely to evoke Job’s earlier plea (Job 27:2–3) as he asserted his own right to speak. But he rightly let us know that God is the Spirit, and it is His breath, the live in Him that brings us His Words. It is this breath or  Holy “Spirit” which is the “power” that can enlighten us.

“For he (God) needeth not further to consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.” (Job 34:23 ASV)  So God Almighty will not lay upon man more than right, that he should enter into judgement with God. Let us look at these words of the Lord of lords where He asks what evil or iniquity people have seen in Him that they have gone far from Him, and have walked after what is false,  worthless idols, worthlessness, vanity, and are become vain or become themselves nothings?
“thus saith Jehovah, What unrighteousness have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” (Jeremiah 2:5 ASV)

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Brenton Translation
1851 by Lancelot Brenton

Job Chapters 38-41

Job 38:1 And after Elius had ceased from speaking, the Lord spoke to Job through the whirlwind and clouds, [saying],
Job 38:2 Who is this that hides counsel from me, and confines words in [his] heart, and thinks to conceal [them] from me?

Job 38:3 Gird thy loins like a man; and I will ask thee, and do thou answer me.
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I founded the earth? tell me now, if thou hast knowledge,
Job 38:5 who set the measures of it, if thou knowest? or who stretched a line upon it?
Job 38:6 On what are its rings fastened? and who is he that laid the corner-stone upon it?

Job 38:7 When the stars were made, all my angels praised me with a loud voice.
Job 38:8 And I shut up the sea with gates, when it rushed out, coming forth out its mother’s womb.
Job 38:9 And I made a cloud its clothing, and swathed it in mist.
Job 38:10 And I set bounds to it, surrounding it with bars and gates.
Job 38:11 And I said to it, Hitherto shalt thou come, but thou shalt not go beyond, but thy waves shall be confined within thee.
Job 38:12 Or did I order the morning light in thy time; and [did] the morning star [then first] see his appointed place;
Job 38:13 to lay hold of the extremities of the earth, to cast out the ungodly out of it?

Job 38:14 Or didst thou take clay of the ground, and form a living creature, and set it with the power of speech upon the earth?
Job 38:15 And hast thou removed light from the ungodly, and crushed the arm of the proud?
Job 38:16 Or hast thou gone to the source of the sea, and walked in the tracks of the deep?
Job 38:17 And do the gates of death open to thee for fear; and did the porters of hell quake when they saw thee?
Job 38:18 And hast thou been instructed in the breadth of the [whole earth] under heaven? tell me now, what is the extent of it?
Job 38:19 And in what kind of a land does the light dwell? and of what kind is the place of darkness?
Job 38:20 If thou couldest bring me to their [utmost] boundaries, and if also thou knowest their paths;
Job 38:21 I know then that thou wert born at that time, and the number of thy years is great.

Job 38:22 But hast thou gone to the treasures of snow? and hast thou seen the treasures of hail?
Job 38:23 And is there a store [of them], for thee against the time of [thine] enemies, for the day of wars and battle?
Job 38:24 And whence proceeds the frost? or [whence] is the south wind dispersed over the [whole world] under heaven?

Job 38:25 And who prepared a course for the violent rain, and a way for the thunders;
Job 38:26 to rain upon the land where [there is] no man, the wilderness, where there is not a man in it; so as to feed the untrodden and uninhabited [land],
Job 38:27 and cause it to send forth a crop of green herbs?
Job 38:28 Who is the rain’s father? and who has generated the drops of dew?

Job 38:29 And out of whose womb comes the ice? and who has produced the frost in the sky,
Job 38:30 which descends like flowing water? who has terrified the face of the ungodly?

Job 38:31 And dost thou understand the band of Pleias, and hast thou opened the barrier of Orion?
Job 38:32 Or wilt thou reveal Mazuroth in his season, and the evening star with his rays? Wilt thou guide them?

Job 38:33 And knowest thou the changes of heaven, or the events which take place together under heaven?
Job 38:34 And wilt thou call a cloud with thy voice, and will it obey thee with a violent shower of much rain?
Job 38:35 And wilt thou send lightnings, and they shall go? and shall they say to thee, What is [thy pleasure]?

Job 38:36 And who has given to women skill in weaving, or knowledge of embroidery?
Job 38:37 And who is he that numbers the clouds in wisdom, and has bowed the heaven [down] to the earth?
Job 38:38 For it is spread out as dusty earth, and I have cemented it as one hewn stone to another.

Job 38:39 And wilt thou hunt a prey for the lions? and satisfy the desires of the serpents?
Job 38:40 For they fear in their lairs, and lying in wait couch in the woods.
Job 38:41 And who has prepared food for the raven? for its young ones wander and cry to the Lord, in search of food.

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Job 39:1 [Say] if thou knowest the time of the bringing forth of the wild goats of the rock, and [if] thou hast marked the calving of the hinds:
Job 39:2 and [if] thou has hast numbered the full months of their being with young, and [if] thou hast relieved their pangs:
Job 39:3 and hast reared their young without fear; and wilt thou loosen their pangs?
Job 39:4 Their young will break forth; they will be multiplied with offspring: [their young] will go forth, and will not return to them.

Job 39:5 And who is he that sent forth the wild ass free? and who loosed his bands?
Job 39:6 whereas I made his habitation the wilderness, and the salt land his coverts.

Job 39:7 He laughs to scorn the multitude of the city, and hears not the chiding of the tax-gatherer.
Job 39:8 He will survey the mountains [as] his pasture, and he seeks after every green thing.

Job 39:9 And will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or to lie down at thy manger?
Job 39:10 And wilt thou bind his yoke with thongs, or will he plough furrows for thee in the plain?
Job 39:11 And dost thou trust him, because his strength is great? and wilt thou commit thy works to him?
Job 39:12 And wilt thou believe that he will return to thee thy seed, and bring [it] in [to] thy threshing-floor?

Job 39:13 The peacock has a beautiful wing: if the stork and the ostrich conceive, [it is worthy of notice],
Job 39:14 for [the ostrich] will leave her eggs in the ground, and warm them on the dust,
Job 39:15 and has forgotten that the foot will scatter them, and the wild beasts of the field trample them.
Job 39:16 She has hardened [herself] against her young ones, as though [she bereaved] not herself: she labours in vain without fear.
Job 39:17 For God has withholden wisdom from her, and not given her a portion in understanding.
Job 39:18 In her season she will lift herself on high; she will scorn the horse and his rider.

Job 39:19 Hast thou invested the horse with strength, and clothed his neck with terror?
Job 39:20 And hast thou clad him in perfect armour, and made his breast glorious with courage?
Job 39:21 He paws exulting in the plain, and goes forth in strength into the plain.
Job 39:22 He laughs to scorn a king as he meets him, and will by no means turn back from the sword.
Job 39:23 The bow and sword resound against him; and [his] rage will swallow up the ground:
Job 39:24 and he will not believe until the trumpet sounds.
Job 39:25 And when the trumpet sounds, he says, Aha! and afar off he smells the war with prancing and neighing.

Job 39:26 And does the hawk remain steady by thy wisdom, having spread out her wings unmoved, looking toward the region of the south?
Job 39:27 And does the eagle rise at thy command, and the vulture remain sitting over his nest,
Job 39:28 on a crag of a rock, and in a secret [place]?
Job 39:29 Thence he seeks food, his eyes observe from far.
Job 39:30 And his young ones roll themselves in blood, and wherever the carcasses may be, immediately they are found.

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Job 40:1 (39:31) And the Lord God answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2 (39:32) Will [any one] pervert judgment with the Mighty One? and he that reproves God, let him return it for answer.

Job 40:3 (39:33) And Job answered and said to the Lord,
Job 40:4 (39:34) Why do I yet plead? being rebuked even while reproving the Lord: hearing such things, whereas I am nothing: and what shall I answer to these [arguments]? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 (39:35) I have spoken once; but I will not do so a second time.

Job 40:6 (40:1) And the Lord yet again answered and spoke to Job out of the cloud, [saying],

Job 40:7 (40:2) Nay, gird up now thy loins like a man; and I will ask thee, and do thou answer me.
Job 40:8 (40:3) Do not set aside my judgment: and dost thou think that I have dealt with thee in any other way, than that thou mightest appear to be righteous?

Job 40:9 (40:4) Hast thou an arm like the Lord’s? or dost thou thunder with a voice like his?
Job 40:10 (40:5) Assume now a lofty bearing and power; and clothe thyself with glory and honour.
Job 40:11 (40:6) And send forth messengers with wrath; and lay low every haughty one.
Job 40:12 (40:7) Bring down also the proud man; and consume at once the ungodly.
Job 40:13 (40:8) And hide them together in the earth; and fill their faces with shame.
Job 40:14 (40:9) [Then] will I confess that thy right hand can save [thee].

Job 40:15 (40:10) But now look at the wild beasts with thee; they eat grass like oxen.
Job 40:16 (40:11) Behold now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
Job 40:17 (40:12) He sets up his tail like a cypress; and his nerves are wrapped together.
Job 40:18 (40:13) His sides are sides of brass; and his backbone is [as] cast iron.

Job 40:19 (40:14) This is the chief of the creation of the Lord; made to be played with by his angels.
Job 40:20 (40:15) And when he has gone up to a steep mountain, he causes joy to the quadrupeds in the deep.

Job 40:21 (40:16) He lies under trees of every kind, by the papyrus, and reed, and bulrush.
Job 40:22 (40:17) And the great trees make a shadow over him with their branches, and [so do] the bushes of the field.
Job 40:23 (40:18) If there should be a flood, he will not perceive it; he trust that Jordan will rush up into his mouth.
Job 40:24 (40:19) [Yet one] shall take him in his sight; [one] shall catch [him] with a cord, and pierce his nose.

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Job 41:1 (40:20) But wilt thou catch the serpent with a hook, and put a halter about his nose?
Job 41:2 (40:21) Or wilt thou fasten a ring in his nostril, and bore his lip with a clasp?
Job 41:3 (40:22) Will he address thee with a petition? softly, with the voice of a suppliant?
Job 41:4 (40:23) And will he make a covenant with thee? and wilt thou take him for a perpetual servant?
Job 41:5 (40:24) And wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or bind him as a sparrow for a child?
Job 41:6 (40:25) And do the nations feed upon him, and the nations of the Phoenicians share him?

Job 41:7 (40:26) And all the ships come together would not be able to bear the mere skin of his tail; neither [shall they carry] his head in fishing-vessels.
Job 41:8 (40:27) But thou shalt lay thy hand upon him [once], remembering the war that is waged by his mouth; and let it not be done any more.

Job 41:9 (41:0) Hast thou not seen him? and hast thou not wondered at the things said [of him]?
Job 41:10 (41:1) Dost thou not fear because preparation has been made by me? for who is there that resists me?

Job 41:11 (41:2) Or who will resist me, and abide, since the whole [world] under heaven is mine?

Job 41:12 (41:3) I will not be silent because of him: though because of his power [one] shall pity his antagonist.

Job 41:13 (41:4) Who will open the face of his garment? and who can enter within the fold of his breastplate?
Job 41:14 (41:5) Who will open the doors of his face? terror is round about his teeth.
Job 41:15 (41:6) His inwards are as brazen plates, and the texture of his [skin] as a smyrite stone.
Job 41:16 (41:7) One [part] cleaves fast to another, and the air cannot come between them.
Job 41:17 (41:8) They will remain united each to the other: they are closely joined, and cannot be separated.

Job 41:18 (41:9) At his sneezing a light shines, and his eyes are [as] the appearance of the morning star.
Job 41:19 (41:10) Out of his mouth proceed as it were burning lamps, and as it were hearths of fire are cast abroad.
Job 41:20 (41:11) Out of his nostrils proceeds smoke of a furnace burning with fire of coals.
Job 41:21 (41:12) His breath is [as] live coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.
Job 41:22 (41:13) And power is lodged in his neck, before him destruction runs.
Job 41:23 (41:14) The flesh also of his body is joined together: [if one] pours [violence] upon him, he shall not be moved.
Job 41:24 (41:15) His heart is firm as a stone, and it stands like an unyielding anvil.
Job 41:25 (41:16) And when he turns, [he is] a terror to the four-footed wild beasts which leap upon the earth.

Job 41:26 (41:17) If spears should come against him, [men] will effect nothing, [either with] the spear or the breast-plate.
Job 41:27 (41:18) For he considers iron as chaff, and brass as rotten wood.
Job 41:28 (41:19) The bow of brass shall not would him, he deems a slinger as grass.
Job 41:29 (41:20) Mauls are counted as stubble; and he laughs to scorn the waving of the firebrand.
Job 41:30 (41:21) His lair is [formed of] sharp points; and all the gold of the sea under him is an immense [quantity of] clay.

Job 41:31 (41:22) He makes the deep boil like a brazen caldron; and he regards the sea as a pot of ointment,
Job 41:32 (41:23) and the lowest part of the deep as a captive: he reckons the deep as [his] range.

Job 41:33 (41:24) There is nothing upon the earth like to him, formed to be sported with by my angels.
Job 41:34 (41:25) He beholds every high thing: and he is king of all that are in the waters.

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Job 42:1 Then Job answered and said to the Lord,
Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do all things, and nothing is impossible with thee.
Job 42:3 For who is he that hides counsel from thee? or who keeps back his words, and thinks to hide them from thee? and who will tell me what I knew not, great and wonderful things which I understood not?
Job 42:4 But hear me, O Lord, that I also may speak: and I will ask thee, and do thou teach me.
Job 42:5 I have heard the report of thee by the ear before; but now mine eye has seen thee.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I have counted myself vile, and have fainted: and I esteem myself dust and ashes.

Job 42:7 And it came to pass after the Lord had spoken all these words to Job, [that] the Lord said to Eliphaz the Thaemanite, Thou hast sinned, and thy two friends: for ye have not said anything true before me, as my servant Job [has].
Job 42:8 Now then take seven bullocks, and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and he shall offer a burnt-offering for you. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will only accept him: for but his sake, I would have destroyed you, for ye have not spoken the truth against my servant Job.
Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Thaemanite, and Baldad the Sauchite, and Sophar the Minaean, went and did as the Lord commanded them: and he pardoned their sin for the sake of Job.

Job 42:10 And the Lord prospered Job: and when he prayed also for his friends, he forgave them [their] sin: and the Lord gave Job twice as much, even the double of what he had before.
Job 42:11 And all his brethren and his sisters heard all that had happened to him, and they came to him, and [so did] all that had known him from the first: and they ate and drank with him, and comforted him, and wondered at all that the Lord had brought upon him: and each one gave him a lamb, and four drachms’ weight of gold, even of unstamped [gold].

Job 42:12 And the Lord blessed the latter end of Job, [more] than the beginning: and his cattle were fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, a thousand she-asses of the pastures.
Job 42:13 And there were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:14 And he called the first Day, and the second Casia, and the third Amalthaea’s horn.
Job 42:15 And there were not found in comparison with the daughters of Job, fairer [women] than they in all the world: and their father gave them an inheritance among their brethren.

Job 42:16 And Job lived after [his] affliction a hundred and seventy years: and all the years he lived were two hundred and forty: and Job saw his sons and his sons’ sons, the fourth generation.
Job 42:17 And Job died, an old man and full of days: (42:17A) and it is written that he will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up. (42:17B) This man is described in the Syriac book [as] living in the land of Ausis, on the borders of Idumea and Arabia: and his name before was Jobab; (42:17C) and having taken an Arabian wife, he begot a son whose name was Ennon. And he himself was the son of his father Zare, one of the sons of Esau, and of his mother Bosorrha, so that he was the fifth from Abraam. (42:17D) And these were the kings who reigned in Edom, which country he also ruled over: first, Balac, the son of Beor, and the name of his city was Dennaba: but after Balac, Jobab, who is called Job, and after him Asom, who was governor out of the country of Thaeman: and after him Adad, the son of Barad, who destroyed Madiam in the plain of Moab; and the name of his city was Gethaim. (42:17E) And [his] friends who came to him were Eliphaz, of the children of Esau, king of the Thaemanites, Baldad sovereign of the Sauchaeans, Sophar king of the Minaeans.

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Continues: Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue

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“For He will not lay upon man more than right, that he should enter into judgment with God.” (Job 34:23 KJ21)

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Note:

The Holy Spirit is the Author of Scripture; therefore the Word of God is inseparable from the Spirit of God. God is Spirit and the Holy spirit is not on other entity, it is the Power of God itself. The Scriptures introduce the reader to the Holy Spirit and the Spirit applies the truths of the Word to the hearts of the reader. Scripture must be interpreted in the immediate context of personal prayer. The Bible promises over and over that when we seek God, he will be found. The same is true if we seek his power. The “knowledge of God” is an essential feature of Christian attainment, according to the apostolic standard. Those “who know not God” are among those whom vengeance is to overtake (2 Thessalonians 1: 8). Knowledge of God is the basis of sonship to God. Without it, we cannot enter the divine family. How can we love and serve a being whom we do not know? Knowledge is the foundation of all. It is the rock upon which everlasting life itself is built. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, The Only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 27: 3).

Prayer is the medium that brings individuals into contact with the same Spirit who inspired the writers of the Bible. To hear what the Spirit of the Only One God is saying through the Word you must encounter God through prayer. Prayer is the means that we must use to understand the Word of God. Without the assistance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, our Bible study will be in vain. Let us ask for the Spirit to speak to us through the Word.

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