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Friday, October 17 2014

Job 7: The Appointed Time

"Is there not an appointed time to man upon Earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling?"

A key element of true wisdom (unlike carnal "wisdom" which is merely about survival in the physical world) is to know what to do when the time comes to do it. King Solomon's famous "a time for everything" contrasted, not mere extremes, but the cycle of life - exactly as the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) designed and created it.

A Man and Woman

"3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV)

The LORD gives everything to everyone - beginning with the "breath" of life (see By Him Were All Things Created and the Fact Finder question below). Humans are commanded to work (the first half of the Fourth Commandment is "for six days you shall work"), but everything that they come to rightfully possess ultimately belongs to the LORD.

"24:1 A Psalm of David.

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods." (Psalm 24:1-2 KJV)

Job "lost everything" that he had earned because the LORD permitted Satan to take away what Job would have lost anyway at the end of his natural life. The target of Satan's attack wasn't Job's property, but to provoke Job into blaspheming the LORD, exactly as Satan had done, by claiming what belonged to the LORD belonged to him (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?). Grief is a lament of a physical loss - which is a necessary condition of the eternal spiritual life that will overcome it.

"7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling? 7:2 As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. 7:4 When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. 7:5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. 7:7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

7:8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 7:13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. 7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 7:18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 7:19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 7:21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be." (Job 7:1-21 KJV)

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This Day In History, October 17

456: Western Roman emperor Avitus was forced by Ricimer (a Roman general of German birth; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to abdicate and to become bishop of Placentia.

1244: The Sixth Crusade ended when the army of Franks was defeated by the Egyptians at Gaza (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1346: David II of Scotland, in attempting a military diversion on behalf of Philip VI to relieve the siege of Calais, was wounded and captured by Edward III.

1448: The Second Battle of Kosovo. The Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi was defeated by Ottoman forces led by Sultan Murad II.

Laura Secord 1456: The University of Greifswald was established, making it the second-oldest university in northern Europe.

1483: Pope Sixtus IV began the Spanish Inquisition, placing it under joint direction of the Church and state. Tomas de Torquemada, 63, was appointed Grand Inquisitor in charge of removing Jews and Muslims from Spain.

1529: King Henry VIII of England removed Thomas Wolsey from office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.

1797: The Treaty of Campo Formio, a peace accord between France and Austria, was signed.

1868: Laura Secord died at age 93. A Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, she warned British forces of a major impending U.S. attack on southern Ontario (that she learned about when they invaded her home where she was tending to her wounded husband - she then ran 20 miles overnight through woods and swamp to report their presence) that led to the British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams on June 24 1813. 500 U.S. invaders, including their wounded commander, were taken prisoner.

1907: Guglielmo Marconi's company began the first commercial transatlantic wireless service, between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.

1910: The first battleship of the Royal Canadian Navy was commissioned at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1933: German-born Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S. as a Jewish refugee from the growing Nazi threat in Europe.

1941: A German submarine torpedoed the U.S. destroyer Kearney off the coast of Iceland, killing 11 of the crew.

1956: Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Britain's first nuclear power station at Calder Hall in Cumbria. Calder Hall was the first nuclear station to supply an appreciable amount of power into a civilian network.

1970: President Anwar Sadat was sworn in as President of Egypt in succession to Gamal Abdel Nasser.

1970: Pierre Laporte, a Quebec cabinet minister, was kidnapped and murdered by Quebec separation terrorists.

1973: Arab oil producers increased oil prices and cut back production in response to U.S. support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.

1989: The biennial conference of the 103 nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species settled on a world-wide ban on ivory trading.

1989: An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale struck the San Francisco area. 66 people were killed in the area, and damage was estimated at $10 billion.

1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty, formally ending their 46-year state of war.

1997: Cuba re-buried the remains of leftist guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara, as a national hero, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.


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