The story of Job has been a great comfort to Jew, Gentile, and Christian alike. Some take comfort that, 'bad things happen to good men', and this is so.. but in the church dispensation, the depth of teachings are ofttimes overlooked. In the life of a Christian, the profundity of the lessons of Job, are immense. In the life of His people, God’s eternal purpose in Christ is its clear, central message. The story of Job is an 'ensample'. The story of Job is the tale of two types of believers. From start to finish, it typifies the spiritual man and the carnal believer.
From beginning to end, it exemplifies two choices for the 'One New Man In Christ'. The story of Job is emblematic of believers. It contrasts the spiritual walk with a religious life. There are only two choices, for the one that has been born again. 1) either to live the Christ-life, or 2) to live the Self-life – there is no alternative. There are some in the Body of Christ, in the front lines of intense spiritual conflict - a spiritual conflict that is intensifying in these last days.. a spiritual conflict that is directed against those committed to intercessory prayer. It is an intense and bloody spiritual warfare, which is exemplified throughout Job; a fierce offensive, that has raged for 2000 years. This is the way for those that are in Christ to live. This is His Way. It has one purpose; one motive; one intent; one end; one way. It is a way that sets its face, like a flint, to accomplish His end – His way.
Such intercession becomes a progressive reality in the life of the man-of-faith. Such prevailing prayer is the power behind the life that is 'hid in Christ'. Job lived by faith, and demonstrated his trust in the Lord through his intercession, and thus, from the start of Job’s walk with the Lord – Job interceded. We read, 'and thus Job did continually' – and thus Job interceded continually Job 1:8.
God laid down His basic principles for us – from the very beginning of His Word. And later God identified Job’s value as an intercessor, in Ezekiel 14 where he places Job with two other effectual prayer warriors. In times past God revealed Himself, “unto the fathers by the prophets” Hebrews 1:1 – and all Scripture is given for our learning. All Scripture is given for our growth in righteousness.
And God’s revealed Word establishes Job in the company of 'these three men….' – Noah, Daniel, and Job. Noah, Daniel, and Job were Ezekiel’s – "These three men…." These three men travailed in prayer. These three men worshiped the Lord. These three men lived by faith. These three men pleased the Lord. These three men were effectual prayer warriors. These three men were found interceding in the fiercest of times. These three men were found pleading for family; for friends; for their nation
These three men questioned the Lord – but none were given the answer. These three men practiced 'blind faith'. These three men were rejected by the world; by friends; by the religious man. These three men were seen battling in the spiritual realms. These three men 'found grace in the eyes of the Lord..' These three men were trusted to stand fast for the Lord at any cost. These three men were 'beloved of the Lord'. ’And why..? Because these three men stood at all cost for God’s end; God’s purpose; God’s motive; God’s intent; God’s end – God’s way.
And what is the end and final reason for that intense spiritual warfare…? Well, it is the ongoing battle that will one day consummate all things in Christ. These three men could all proclaim – "Though He slay me yet will I trust Him…" Let us seek daily to be found in the company of these three men'.
Though He slay me, YET will I trust Him…”
Job 13:15 '
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