Our life on earth is a shadow
Job 8:9 -
(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. It was written even before Moses that is why one will not find any reference to any other book or any Man of God in it. Job was not a Prophet but was a Teacher by calling. There are no prophetic scriptures in the book of Job, but one will find the whole book loaded with understanding of the Kingdom of God.
If there was no prophetic Word then how did Job understand the Kingdom of God?
If one reads in Romans, Paul acknowledges the Word of God was given even before God spoke through His messengers and started telling man to document it for this Word was in His creation. We need to understand even thing seen and unseen, from the smallest to the greatest, from the weakest to the strongest has been designed for a purpose and that purpose is to learn of the spiritual kingdoms - the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness, recorded in Genesis as His kind and their kind respectively. That is why even though some animals are called 'unclean' yet when the Spirit of Truth was given to man, God instructed man to consume them. The unclean was not the flesh of the animals but in what it represented.
In today's message Job and his friends are discussing about life and the scripture shows they knew life by looking around even though no Prophet had spoken in the Name of the Lord. They had not seen Heaven neither were told about spirit life, but by observing earthly life they know a spirit dwells in the body and even though the person dies in this world yet his or her spirit continues to live.
Bible says all those who reject the Lord are already judged and are like grass that is cut of when they dry and are thrown in the oven. Most people raise the question what about those who have not heard the Gospel how can they be accused of rejecting God.
Irrespective of anyone giving or not giving the Gospel, every human being knows God exist and that He is holy and almighty, and God has created him or her for a purpose and he or she needs to live a life of holiness and also worship Him through his or she life. They also know those who do will be gathered unto Him and those who do not will be punished.
Since man does not want to live a life holy but wants to fulfil the desires of his flesh (carnal mind) he tries to be god and therefore like God created man out of dust, he tries to create gods out of dust; he also starts to worship the creation and not the Creator. Even an atheist who claimed there is no God knows God exist but as scripture says he keeps telling himself there is no God and tries to fool himself.
Now coming to the part of giving the Gospel, we read 'unless every ear has not heard the Gospel the end will not come'. The term 'ever ear' is not speaking of every man but only those who are His children which means His flock. We read Jesus states in Luke 4 after reading scriptures that spoke of Him, He talks of two incidents of Elijah and Elisha being guided to specific people and not to all. The Jews in that synagogue understood what He meant and were furious, therefore they tried to throw Jesus off the cliff, but Jesus slips away from their midst.
Bible says in the later days more and more children of God will come in the world, therefore His Spirit and His grace will abode more and more. Also more and more messengers / workers will be sent to give the Gospel to His people, and God will make a way for His sheep to hear His voice and come to Him.
Today's message is tell all His people the life they live here on earth is not the real life God has created them for, but is a shadow of the things He has set for them. Look at this world minus man's tampering it, if the shadow is so beautiful then what would the real be?
If you are His sheep this message has done its job and speaking unto you. So let us not live for this world but live to move on to our real Home.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are an Awesome God and your wisdom is un-measureable. You created this beautiful and great universe and that too just for us to understand and know You so as to come to You. We cannot even imagine how beautiful our real Home would be, for our human minds cannot imagine it. Lord, we pray we more and more die to the flesh and live for the spirit so that we do not miss our way Home...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
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