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Saturday, November 8 2014
Job 29: In The Eyes Of The Beholder
"Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity"
The English word "behold" means to see with attention i.e. to be held, psychologically, even physically, by what is seen with the eyes. In the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?), humans can "be held" in the grasp of the good, or the evil, that they see.
"5:24 And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth." (Deuteronomy 5:24 KJV)
The tower of Babel was a magnificent-looking feat of engineering - that was created for an evil, rebellious purpose.
"11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:3-4 KJV)
The principle is compounded in the present world because good doesn't always look beautiful, while evil doesn't necessarily look ugly. We can only determine one from the other by means of the Light of the Word of God. If the Holy Scriptures say that something is evil, then it is, regardless of how wonderful it may appear in the eyes of the beholder. The Word of God is like the electronic instruments that enable an aircraft to fly through storms and darkness - safely, and in the right direction.
Sodom was a beautiful, well-watered city. It was very good in appearance, but very evil in behavior. Lot chose to live there because of what he saw, he was "be held" by it, but soon became "be held" by the misery that was caused by how the people there behaved. There are many cities all around the world today that are just like Sodom in which wickedness is hidden in bright daylight.
"13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." (Genesis 13:10-13 KJV)
Appearance alone does not distinguish between good and evil. Satan is still beautiful in appearance, but evil in behavior. So too there is nothing in the Word of God that says that the lesser demons aren't also still beautiful - Satan's "ministers" is a term that can be applied just as much to the angels that followed him (see also What Is Satan's Real Name?) in his rebellion against God's Law as it does to the humans, whether they realize it yet or not, who are agents of an antichrist "Christianity" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). It's their influence that produces an ugly-appearing result. A beautiful face can sometimes be a mask of evil (see also Satan's Masquerade).
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
Job was a righteous man because he refused to "be held" to evil (see What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle?). He did so by means of his ability to recognize the true Light (see Who Lights Your Walk?). Then, "When His candle shined upon my head, and when by His Light I walked through darkness."
"29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Fact Finder: Why did Lot's wife look back to Sodom? What "be held" her there?
This Day In History, November 8
960: The Battle of Andrassos. Byzantine forces under Leo Phokas the Younger defeated the Hamdanid Emir of Aleppo.
1226: Louis IX succeeded Louis VIII as the French king.
1519: Following the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the same area, for the same reason (to claim the New World for Spain; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernan Cortes entered Tenochtitlan, where Aztec ruler Moctezuma (also rendered as "Montezuma") welcomed him. Cortes took Moctezuma prisoner and thereafter began to make himself the ruler of the Aztec people.
1576: The Netherlands' 17 provinces formed a national federation.
1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University was opened to the public.
1619: The Battle of White Mountain, near Prague. Czech Protestants under Frederick "The Winter King" were routed by Ferdinand's (Hapsburg) Catholic imperialists under Johannes Tilly (a Netherlander). The first major battle of The Thirty Years War.
1620: The King of Bohemia was defeated at the Battle of Prague.
1630: Great flocks of passenger pigeons reportedly darkened the sky over Boston. They were hunted and shot (mostly for "sport") into extinction.
1656: English astronomer Edmond Halley was born. He became the first to accurately predict the date of the return of a comet. The comet, which has returned every 76 years is named after him - Halley's Comet.
1685: The Edict of Potsdam was proclaimed by Frederick William of Brandenburg to give the Huguenots refuge from religious persecution.
1793: The Louvre, the principal art museum of France, opened in Paris.
1895: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays while experimenting with electricity.
1917: The Canadian Press was founded by daily newspapers across the country. Before 1917, newspapers exchanged news regionally and received international news from the Associated Press, but they had no established means of sending news east and west across the vast country.
1923: Adolf Hitler's failed "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British, Canadian and U.S. forces landed in North Africa in "Operation Torch."
1944: 25,000 Hungarian Jews were "loaned" to the Nazis for forced labor.
1960: John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history. Although both men were elected President (Kennedy in 1960, Nixon in 1968), neither finished their full term - Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Nixon resigned in 1974 due to the Watergate criminal investigations.
1980: Voyager 1 discovered the 15th moon of Saturn (while many scientists reject the existence of the Creator and the truth of His Holy Bible, they ironically, and hypocritically, very often name scientific "discoveries" and exploration programs after non-existent pagan gods e.g. saturn, neptune, apollo; see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1987: 11 people were killed by a terrorist IRA ("Irish Republican Army") bomb at an Ulster Remembrance Day service.
1988: 900 people were killed by an earthquake in China.
2004: During the invasion of Iraq, 10,000 U.S. troops began the siege of Fallujah.
2011: The asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth, the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.