When the Morning Stars Sang TogetherJanuary 29, 2007
Exodus 3:14 “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
From everlasting. The very concept resides beyond our ability to grasp and yet God is from everlasting. Not even the most knowledgeable quantum physicist can come up with a formula that would capture the essence of “from everlasting.” It definately falls into the catregory of things past finding out, and yet we can take comfort in the fact that God is eternal and that he has never changed. Nor will he ever be any different than he is now. The more that we learn of his nature, the more profound this concept becomes. In times past, folks of a doubtful mindset have asked such questions as “Well where did God come from?” A logical question indeed. Since everything on earth has a beginning, it’s only logical to consider “having an origin” to be a universal attribute. Yet the truth is that God didn’t come from anywhere. He was, and is, and forever will be “I AM.”
Job 9:1-3 “Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?”
This is remeniscent of the advice that Gamaliel offerd in Acts 5:34-39 as the council was minded to slay the apostles. “If it be of God ye cannot overthrow it.” The ninth chapter of Job goes on to tell how God spread out the heavens, made the chambers of the south and does great things “past finding out.” Modern science can definately attest to this. As a result, researchers are continuously searching deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the Almighty and yet many of them will not acknowledge that “this cannot possibly be just a chance happening.”
Job 12:7-10 “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee: Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.”
The very creation proclaims that God is and that he holds the very breath of life in his hand. When we see the wicked seeming to prosper, it’s good to remember that what we’re actually witnessing is the tender mercies of the Lord. The same type of mercy that he showed toward us when we were lost and undone. He can cut a person off with no warning and could have done so with any one of us prior to our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He loves us so much that he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus into the world to pay for our sins with his own innocent blood. The book of Job proclaims just how awesome God is while it details the undeniable limitations of those who dwell in houses of clay. Our great salvation becomes increasingly greater as we gain in our understanding of the deep things of God.
Job 14:1-2 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.”
Probably one of the most well-known chapters of Job would have to be chapter 38. It is here where God demands of Job an answer. God then proceeds to make the point that he it was who laid the foundations of the earth and commenced to create all that is in the earth. Chapters 38 and 39 are so powerful that an attempt to capture their meaning by placing a few strategic verses in this post would do them a great disservice. Thes chapters openly declare the marvellous creative nature of our God and in reading them a person cannot help but marvel at just what a wonderful creator he is. One particular portion of chapter 38 has always intrigued me and I’ll mention it here.
Job 38:31-36 “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that the abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightenings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?”
God fills heaven and earth. He is, without a doubt a very present help in trouble and a strong tower to all who place their trust in him. He knows them that love him and who think continuously upon his name.
I need to close this up shortly so that I don’t begin talking in circles. As we begin to grasp this concept of just how incredible God is, we’ll be less amazed by those things coming to pass upon the earth. The more we understand these things, not as merely statistical or historical events, but as they are, God revealing himself to us through his word, the more that Gods perfect peace which passes understanding will abide within us. This is a very basic concept, but we really need to get this into our hearts more so each day. Without a doubt, “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. In light of the topic of this post, I’ll leave with the following verse.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and for ever.