UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
8 July 2001
The physical suffering of Job is beyond what we can understand today, as evidenced by his own description - Job 7:1-10
Not only was there a painful physical suffering, but the spiritual battle with the Devil himself, who is a master in mental torment - verses 11-16
There is no doubt in my mind that Satan and his demons hammered mentally at Job that this suffering and rejection came from God! verses 17-19
Job was pleading with God to forgive him for the sins he had committed, but there was no relief. verses 20-21
Bildad, was his friend, through whom the Devil spoke - Job 8:1-7
At this point Job believed that God had filled him with bitterness - Job 9:13-18
The mental anguish is now getting stronger - Job 10:1-14
The torment is now casting Job into confusion - verses 15-22
Now the Devil attacked Job in his knowledge of the Word of God, the very foundation of his faith - Job 11:1-4
Job was fighting back - Job 12:1-4; 13:1-13;
At this point Job took a stand, that shocked the Devil and must have brought
a standing ovation in the court room of heaven - Job 13:14-28;
The Devil continues to mock Job - Job 15:1-13
Job refuses to buckle under the pressure - Job 16:1-3
Job continues to plead for mercy from God - verses 11-22
At this time he is getting so worn out, that he is about to give up - Job 17:1-16
Satan is now going for the kill - Job 18:1-14
Job is now reeling and weak - Job 19:1-22
At this time the Holy Spirit is intervening and infusing faith into Job - v.23-27; (Matthew 16:13)
THIS STATEMENT BROKE THE ATTACK FROM THE DEVIL!
The power of the spoken word - Matthew 12:35-37
Job was quoting the Word of God, which had been written down by Enoch around 1000 years earlier: "There is a Redeemer, he is alive and he is coming some day for his own."
700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah cried out - Isaiah 9:1-7
The apostle Paul some 1900 years ago wrote this: Romans 10:5-17
This is spiritual warfare - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Do you have an ear with which to hear ?
To be continued . . . . . .
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