Job 27:11-23 “This Is The Portion of A Wicked Man With God”

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Job 27:11-23 This Is The Portion of A Wicked Man With God

Job 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

Job 27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

Job 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

Job 27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

Job 27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Job 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

Job 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.

Job 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

Job 27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.

Job 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.

Job 27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.

Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

Introduction

If we have learned anything in these studies in this book of Job, it should be that you and I are all first “a wicked man with God”, before our old man, as Job, is judged by our Creator, “and that man of sin, the son of perdition” is destroyed within each of us by the brightness of the Lord’s coming to become a “new man” within us.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [“the day of Christ”, verse 2] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Our battle is not where Job or you or I at first think it is. We are not struggling against flesh and blood, rather we are struggling against powers and principalities within the heavens of our own hearts and minds. Our ‘heavens’ are the spiritual realm within us, which cause us to make all the physical decisions we make.

What Job will show us of ourselves today is that it is by God’s design that we are all at first completely unaware of what the scriptures call “a deadly wound” [ which is] dealt to the beast within us, and is then miraculously “healed]”. According to the scriptures, all men receive this “deadly wound” at their own appointed time, and at our own appointed time we are all healed of that deadly wound. Yet the scriptures reveal that we are totally unaware of what has taken place.

Here is part of what Job, the type of us, cannot yet see. This takes place within us all even though when it first occurs, we have not so much as a clue that it is taking place. We see this only as we “look behind [ us] ” to see the revelation of the voice of the true shepherd who reveals all of this to us (Rev 1:10-13).

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This beast does not see himself as a beast coming up out of the sea. This beast sees himself as Job sees himself and as Christ’s carnal apostles saw themselves and as you and I see ourselves while we think we are serving God, when in reality we are reproving, contending with and condemning God. Job has made it clear that he doesn’t consider Himself to be a wild beast. Job typifies us all as the self- righteous Pharisee we all first are, before we become the repentant publican. Job typifies who we are as Christ’s carnal disciples tell Him that He need not die to overcome His enemies. Here is this beast empowered by the dragon:

Mat 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Mat 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

Mat 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Calling Job’s and Christ’s carnal apostles wild beasts, may seem as uncalled for as Christ calling Peter ‘Satan’. Sure Peter was wrong, but he meant good. Doesn’t that count for something? The answer is, No, meaning good counts for nothing with God. It is nothing less than a tool of the Devil Himself, and Christ discerns that spirit immediately. But that is who we all are while we are in Babylon. We are at that time “of our father the devil”, just as “those Jews which believed on [ Christ, even as they wanted to] kill [ Him]”.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Joh 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We do not think of ourselves as being the seed of the serpent, blasphemers of God, even as we condemn our own Maker. All that dwell upon the earth worship this inward beast, and living out this whole event is “the patience and faith of the saints”. Those who deny that seeing themselves as this beast is an essential part of “the patience and faith of the saints”, do not know what is needed to develop that patience or that faith, and yet we all still, as Job did, “contend with… reprove [ and] condemn” our own Creator.

Christ’s own apostles are a perfect example of this total blindness to this part of the “one event” which is common to all men. The experience of the apostles is as much a type of us as is Job. Like Job, the apostles had served God for years. They all thought that surely, after being in Christ’s company for 3 1/2 years, they were now converted and were ready to die with Christ. Here is what they all said:

Mar 14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

Mar 14:28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

Mar 14:29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

Mar 14:30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Mar 14:31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Peter and “they all” are types of us. Peter actually thought, as we all do, that there had to be a way to just skip over the seven last plagues of the seventh trumpet, and still get into the temple of God. We may wish we could read these words and somehow choose to never deny our Lord. But that is not what is written in God’s book for any man. As hard as it is to believe or understand this is the Truth:

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

That one event is this Truth:

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

So the details are different in every life and in every generation, but the “one event” is the same. It is the same judgment and the same destruction of our old man. It is the same “day of the Lord”, the same seven seals, seven trumpets and seven vials which make up “the patience of the saints and the faith of Jesus” (Rev 13:10 and 14:12). We cannot leave out or skip over the seven seals, because the seventh seal is the seven trumpets, and the seals and the trumpets are both “the things which are written therein, which we are told we must “read… hear… and keep”.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass [ must be “kept” vrs 3]; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Which God gave to Him…” We cannot deny this whole book “proceeds out of the mouth of God”. If we confess that we are to “keep the things… written” in the seven seals, but we contend that we can skip over or somehow avoid ‘keeping’ the seven trumpets, then we are not “reading… hearing… or keeping the things which are written therein” at all. There is no way we can say that the seven trumpets are things we must keep, but the seven vials of God’s wrath have no personal application. If we do, we are forgetting that the seventh trumpet is the seven vials. So every seal, trumpet or vial is a vital and essential part of “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God… [ and essential part of] the patience of the saints… and the faith of Jesus”. They are all three essential parts of “every word” which describes the destruction of our corruptible old man, whose destruction within us is required of every man who would enter into the temple of God.

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [ the beast within us all], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man [Rev 13:8] worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

These words are all “written therein”. This is all essential to the “one event” which is the judgment and destruction of the beast, the first “old man” which is common to all men. Living these words is an essential part of “the patience and the faith of the saints” of verse 10.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Job is just like Peter. He thinks that he knows better than Christ, who is, and who us not Satan’s seed, and what must happen to “the wicked man”, who is anyone other than himself.

So here we are as self- righteous Job, and as self- righteous Peter who just naturally considers himself to be much better informed than Christ. This is us, and these are the words “out of our own mouth [ which will] judge [ us]”:

Job 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

Job 27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

Job 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they [ we, our own “old man”] shall receive of the Almighty.

“I will teach you by the hand of God”. That was what Peter thought he was doing when he declared to Christ that He would never be delivered up to be crucified. Like Peter, Job has no idea that he is describing the fate of his own old man Adam. Job thinks these words apply to anyone but himself. In the same way, when Christ told Peter that he and all of His disciples would deny Him, before that night was over, Peter and “they all… vehemently” denied they would ever do such a cowardly thing.

Mar 14:30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Mar 14:31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

When we deny that we are that weak, and when we deny that we are that beast who has blasphemed God, we are contending with our Lord, who just happens to know that we can of our selves “do nothing”.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Our Lord knows we are all beasts who must come to see ourselves as such. “Without me you can do nothing”, is not speaking just about obeying our Lord. It is also speaking of being that beast that comes up out of the sea and blasphemes our God and endures all those things which we are told are the essential ingredients for developing “the patience of the saints and the faith of Jesus”. Our contending otherwise with our Lord, telling Him that none of that is necessary, is the voice of a beast whose deadly wound is healed. Peter and Job are us as we reprove, contend with and condemn our own Savior. We say we love and obey Christ, but when push comes to shove, we pull out our sword and disobey our Lord.

What characterizes us at this point is that we like Job, do not even see or know that there is such a thing as a ‘carnal Christian’ or a beast who has received a deadly wound which is healed. We do not know that we are blasphemers by nature. We are blaspheming our Lord by virtue of the fact that we reprove Him and contend with our own Creator. While doing so, as Job demonstrates, we actually think we are speaking Christ’s words of Truth for Him.

Job has accused God of taking away his judgment and complains because God actually blesses those He has sent to try and prove Job while vexing Job.

Job 27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

Speaking in God’s stead, Elihu tells Job:

Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

We will all say these things against God, but like Job, when we are shown that we “are not just” in doing so, it is time to put our hand to our mouth, confess that we are vile and say no more:

Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Is Job innocent? Is he “clean without transgression”? Do any of us have any righteousness of ourselves? Absolutely not!

Is God seeking occasion against our old man? Yes, He is. Does God count our old man as His enemy? Is the carnal mind enmity against God? The answer in every case is yes, God is seeking an occasion against our flesh? Yes, He does count our old corruptible man to be His enemy, and yes, the carnal mind is enmity against God because it “cannot hear His Words”

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Job did not choose with his fabled free will to be ignorant of what God is doing in his life. At this time he, as the type of us, is simply “keeping the things which are written therein”, and it has nothing to do with Job, as the type of us, just freely choosing to reprove, contend with and condemn His Creator. Job “cannot hear [ God’s] Words”. When God is seeking an occasion against our flesh, He uses Job’s false accusers to harden him in his self- righteousness. He uses Philistine women to seduce Samson, and is justified in doing as He will with His creatures to demonstrate the unworthiness of all flesh, and His own sovereignty over all things, because in the end He will judge and make right all things.

Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Paul applies this truth to us:

Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Later in this same book, Paul demonstrates that God does not answer to us for any of His works:

Rom 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Here again is the New Testament account of the story of Job. We, as Job and as Pharaoh, were “for this same purpose… raised… up, that [ God] might shew [ His] power in [ our old man…] that [ God’s] name might be declared throughout all the earth”. Here is how God has “caused us to err”. This is what “is not of him that wills but of God that shews mercy”:

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

So yes, the scriptures do not blame any of us for what we do (Rom 7:17-23). It is all a work of God (Eph 1:11). Nevertheless, here is a New Testament example of us as Job, the Old Testament type of the beast within us whose deadly wound was healed. We quote scripture to Christ. We throw His own words in His face, but like Job, we don’t have even an inkling of the spiritual understanding of a word we are saying. These words are coming from the very people who had just witnessed the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000:

Joh 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did [ feeding the 5,000], said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

Joh 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what [ physical work] dost thou work?

Joh 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

Joh 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

Joh 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Joh 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

This story demonstrates the fact that physical miracles do not necessarily change the hearts of men. Who among us has not “seen Christ” and yet have not believed Him? Our thoughts and our actions demonstrate that we are trying to slay our own Lord within our own lives.

Joh 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

“No man can come to me, except it were given Him of My Father”, dethrones the beast within. That statement denies the false doctrine of choosing Christ through our ‘free will’, and being that inconsequential to our own fate is not to be tolerated by a beast whose deadly wound is healed. It is much easier to tell ourselves we are God’s mouthpiece even as we deny these His words. So we speak of “the portion of the wicked”, fully convinced that the “wicked man” is anyone but ourselves.

Job 27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

This verse is the answer to Job’s earlier question asking why God blesses the wicked while vexing the righteous:

Job 21:7 Wherefore [ Why] do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Job 21:8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

Job, the type of our self- righteous old man is aware that there will be a day of judgment in which the wicked will be judged. He simply cannot understand why He is being vexed considering how righteous he considers himself to be.

Job 27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Job 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

These are our own words out of our own mouths. These words are from our hearts, and they are the very reason why “the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God, of which ‘house of God’ within us, Job is the type and shadow.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God

We first apply these words primarily to anyone who thinks that we are anything less than innocent and righteous, and who deny that we are the captain of our own fate. They are spoken of anyone but our own self- righteous self. We do not want to hear that we are any less righteous than we see ourselves. We have done many wonderful works in Christ’s name, and no one will take that away from us. We have heaped up silver as the dust, so God has to forgive us because of all of our good works. We see those very works as our own raiment which we have also prepared as abundantly as clay. Of course our silver and our clothes will be given to the new man who knows that his wealth is in Christ and his raiment is His works in their lives, and they of themselves bring nothing to God’s table. But these words come from our own mouths, and it will be our own words which will judge us:

Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

If we understood and believed this, we would put our hand to our mouth, but at this time we just cannot see that, and we certainly do not think anyone can find any real fault with us. So we continue to describe the fate of our own self- righteous “old man”.

Job 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.

Job 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

Job here is agreeing with what his accusers have been saying about the portion of the wicked. Bildad has said the same thing using a spider’s web to make this same point. That point is that the wicked will not endure, and are destined to be destroyed. Based on the truth of Christ’s revelation that we are all judged out of our own mouth, it is these very words which ‘must begin at our own house’ if indeed we are the “predestinated… house of God”. Bildah had used the example of a spider’s web to make this same point.

Job 8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.

Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

Isaiah uses the same symbol of the moth to make the same point Job and Bildad have made. That point is that the judgment of our corruptible “first man Adam” has been predetermined:

Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Isa 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

As Job demonstrates, we are all guilty of reproaching our own God. We ourselves are “the reproach of men” first. That is why Job is the first in type to “lose his life for Christ’s sake”, and he is the first, in type and to ‘find his life’, and to be in the position to pray for God to accept his friends.

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

But these are the words which we pronounce upon our own old man:

Job 27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.

Job 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.

Job and Bildad agree on the fate of the wicked, though as the type of our blinded self- righteous selves, we have no idea we are ‘judging ourselves out of our own mouths’.

Job 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Job 18:12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

Job 18:13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death [ our old man, judged out of his own mouth] shall devour his strength.

Job 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

There are many scriptures which we want to believe are promising us that our old first man Adam can avoid being destroyed, but what they are all really promising us is that we will be ‘dealt with after our folly’ and we will reap what we sow, and through that destruction of our old man our new man will be brought forth as a glorious “new man”.

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Nowhere does God ever promise to preserve our old first man Adam. Everywhere He is very straightforward in telling us that He is intent on making our old man His mark to destroy Him and through that destruction bring forth the heavenly new man. Here it is coming out of our own mouth:

Job 27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.

Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

Such is the portion of our wicked old man, who is God’s rejected ‘seed of Abraham’ who are “Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children”, within us.

Lam 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Rev 18:20 Rejoice over her [“Babylon the great”, the rejected “seed of Abraham”], thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

We are predestined to wear this “body of death” before we will be granted to wear the new spiritual ‘heavenly… body’. But there is not, nor ever has been, a righteous “first man Adam”. Our Savior never sinned, but by His own mouth even His flesh and blood could not be perfected, and even His flesh and blood, which came “of a woman” (Gal 4:4) was unfit to inherit the kingdom of God:

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Luk 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, t hat flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Christ’s flesh would have rotted into the ground like all before Him, had He not been raised from the dead and “perfected [ on] the third day”.

Act 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Or as it is rendered in the CEV:

Act 2:27 The Lord won’t leave me in the grave. I am his holy one, and he won’t let my body decay. (CEV)

Paul tells us what a body of flesh is.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that f lesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Christ is not ashamed of His achievement. He knew when He created “the first man Adam”, exactly what Adam and his seed would do. So He is not ashamed to be connected to the work He is doing. So much so that He makes this statement:

Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

He even makes this amazing statement:

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

and Paul informs us of this incredible Truth:

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Next week we will learn more of the fate of the carnal old man we all first must be, as Job continues declaring God’s sovereignty. He declares God’s sovereignty and in the same breath he complains of what that sovereign God is doing in Job’s life.

Job 28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.

Job 28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

Job 28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.

Job 28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

Job 28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

Job 28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:

Job 28:8 The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

Job 28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

Job 28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

Job 28:11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

 

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