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Thursday, November 13 2014

Job 34: The Spirit Of Life

"If He gather unto Himself His Spirit and His breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust"

The Holy Spirit of God is the source and means of all life - physical and spiritual. The angels were created, righteous, but, like humans, free to choose, by the Spirit of God ("28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee" Ezekiel 28:15 KJV). Physical humans were created by the Spirit of God (see Adam and Adamah). Eternal life after salvation (see The Postponement Of Death and Who Can Be Saved?) will be made possible by the Spirit of God, beginning with the "quickening" of the dead at the time of the resurrection. The Spirit of God, which is the Power and Presence of God, not a "person" of itself, is both the record and the means by which all will be Judged.

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"33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." (Job 33:4 KJV)

"6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:8 KJV)

"4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;" (2 Timothy 4:1 KJV)

"4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

Elihu was a young man who was wise beyond his years (see Elihu's Answer) primarily because he was born with the means of wisdom, like all humans, but unlike all humans, he chose to make good use of it.

Elihu understood that the Spirit of God is the life of all things, for "If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." When the Spirit of God is withdrawn from a physical life, it's done to make possible eternal life, in due time (see the Fact Finder question below).

"34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said,

34:2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat. 34:4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment. 34:6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression. 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? 34:8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men. 34:9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

34:10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. 34:13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world? 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

34:16 If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words. 34:17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? 34:18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? 34:19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands. 34:20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.

34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 34:23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. 34:24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. 34:25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; 34:27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted. 34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

34:31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 34:32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. 34:33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

34:34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me. 34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. 34:36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men. 34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God." (Job 34:1-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: When are the resurrections to eternal life going to happen? Which one already has happened?
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This Day In History, November 13

1002: English king Ethelred II launched a massacre of Danish settlers, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.

1093: Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died during his fifth attempt to invade England.

Battle of Edge Hill 1160: King Louis VII of France married Adele of Champagne.

1460: Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator died at age 66.

1474: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss forces defeated the army of Charles the Bold at Hericourt.

1642: The Battle of Turnham Green during First English Civil War. Royalist forces withdraw from the Parliamentarian army.

1715: The Battle of Sheriffmuir in Scotland.

1833: One of the greatest Leonid meteor storms dazzled people in eastern North America from midnight to dawn.

1843: Mount Rainier in Washington State erupted.

1851: A telegraph link was established between London and Paris.

1907: The first helicopter to achieve free flight carrying a man, designed by Paul Cornu, rose 6 feet above the ground at Lisieux, France.

1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a German torpedo off Gibraltar and sank the following day.

1945: Charles de Gaulle became the President of the French provisional government at the end of the Second World War.

1970: Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.

1970: The Bhola cyclone struck the highly-populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. The Bhola cyclone is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster.

1985: In Colombia, the Neva del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.

1994: Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.

1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000.00 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against him. A New York businessman had earlier paid the woman another $1,000,000.00

1998: Michel Trudeau, 23, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, drowned during a ski trip in British Columbia after being swept into a lake by an avalanche. The body was never recovered.

2001: During the "War on Terrorism," U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing secret military tribunals, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (e.g. water boarding) and life imprisonment without charge or trial of "all them foreigners that's out to get us." Many historians and political/military analysts believe that the policy actually created vastly more "terrorists" and enemies than would have otherwise existed if the long-established laws of war had been maintained. The policy also set a new unintended standard for how U.S. prisoners of war may be treated.


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