Preaching Thru the Bible Supplement to 1-4: Job 38.

The Living God of the Living with His Eternal Power in Job.

  1. God, Man, and Marriage , recorded in Genesis 1:26,27, Matthew 19:4,  and Mark 10:6, informs us God the Trinity said Let us make man in OUR image, speaking of the One God in 3 Persons at Creation.  In our image  and after our likeness  tells of some of the glory of man that during Creation was acquired from God. The dominion  of man over all the other works of Creation tells of the First Commission of man to be a pioneer in the exploration and control of the works of Creation.  The Bible refers to man as male and female  so that in marriage male and female becomes a complimenting couple of male and female.  That is the way God originally created them; and in marriage that is the way He intends for it to keep going according to Jesus, and absolutely no person is to have any part in the separation of those two which God has joined together.

From Gen 2:7 we learn that:  (a)  God created man physically from something that already existed, from the elements of the earth; (b) As far as the actual existence or inward spirit of man that came from God breathing into him the breath of life; and (c) With that spirit of life also man became a living soul.  From Gen 2:24 we learn of the one flesh  characteristics of marriage that God still intends and has always intended, that oneness emphasized by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament.  While Paul in First Corinthians 15:45 is emphasizing the difference between the first Adam and Christ the second Adam, also the difference between the natural and the spiritual body, the first man from earth and the second from heaven, he also contrasts the living soul and the living spirit.  As a man departs from the household of his mother and father, cleaving to a wife in marriage, the two become in Gods sight as one flesh. So serious is this matter of joining  with God that the Bible considers when a man has a relationship with a harlot that he becomes one body with her. Genesis 5:1,2 reinforces and builds on previous doctrine as God calls their name, male and female, Adam.

  1. God and the Gospel of Christ and the Everlasting Kingdom according to Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:8,9.

With Gods call to Abram to another land, God gave the everlasting covenant of:  (a) From Abram’s seed God would make the great nation of Israel; (b) Through his seed Christ the name of Abram would be great; and (c) Through Abram all the families and nations of the earth would be blessed.   Paul writes in Galatians 3:8,9 that When God said “In thee shall all nations be blessed” God was preaching the Gospel to  Abraham; This all nations meant the Gentiles, or  heathen  which is the favorite word of the Bible for Gentiles;

This Gospel is justification through faith; and All Gentiles and Jews who believe in Christ become the seed of Abraham through faith.  In Genesis 15:5 God identifies that the seed of Abram will be as numerous as the stars of the sky, and in Genesis 15:6 since Abraham believed, God said this, the faith,  was counted for righteousness. In quoting “So shall your seed be” from Genesis in Romans 4:18, Paul emphasizes how Abraham believed in hope against hope that he would indeed be the father of many nations although he had at the time no sons. The Apostle James in James 2:23  reiterates how the faith of Abraham was counted as righteousness, adding that Abraham was called the friend of God.

In Genesis 17:5 and Romans 4:17 As God changes the name of Abram to Abraham, He says “A father of many nations have I made thee”.   Paul tells us in Romans 4:17 that this quote from Genesis 17:5 tells us two things about God Himself:  God is a life-giving God; and God is a God that can call into existence what did not previously exist.

  1. God of the Living, our Father in Heaven.

With Genesis 18:12-14  as quoted and explained in Mark 10:27,  God told Abraham and Sarah that though old and stricken in years they would have a son, and when Sarah laughed God said, Is any thing too hard for the LORD?  Jesus in Mark 10:27, not in the same context but with a paraphrase of the same meaning, talks of salvation as all things are possible with God .  Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 teach us that All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham with that Seed being singular for Christ Himself.  the Seed is Christ.  Recorded in the Word of God of Genesis 38:8 and Mark 12:19, Judah told Oman to raise up children to his brother Er whom God had slain.  When the Sadducees brought  up the matter of raising children by a dead brothers wife and as to whose wife she would be in the resurrection, Jesus told them that what was important was that God was the God of the living, the God of the living Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Respect for the Eternal Power of This Living God from Job.

Would that we could do the almost impossible by summarizing the Eternal Power and Godhead in the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job. 

While intellectuals desire itching ears teachings of Gnosticism, would that they might discover the book of Job, much older than the Gnostics, and comprehend something of Our God the Father’s Eternal Power and Godhead.  God says directly in the book of Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”  In other words, in all your august wisdom based on personal experience, you were not there at Creation.

God Challenges Job as recorded in the 38th Chapter and thus challenges all men!

…Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me! Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across it?”  (Job 38:3-5  Berean Study Bible)

Job 38 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

NOTE:  By clicking on the sound below, you are able to listen to and read Job 38.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
 Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’

Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.
From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the upraised arm is broken.

Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?

Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,
To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.

Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
Who has put wisdom in the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together?

Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
When they crouch in their dens,
Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?

 

 

 

 

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