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November 13, 2021 12:00 am
Welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee weekend edition Pastor David McGee is internationally recognized for his unique conversational verse by verse and chapter by chapter teaching through the word of God. We have hundreds of his teachings through the many books of the Bible, and encourage you to visit, cross the bridge.com to study the Scriptures along with Pastor David right now open your Bible to the Old Testament book of Job and follow along for today's teaching pastor David has been teaching practical lessons from the life of Job. We are finding out that what needed to be learned. Back then, still needs to be learned today. I think you'll find that to be true today. Tomorrow as we take a closer look at chapters 29 and 30.
Now here's Pastor David. Turn with me to Joe chapter 29 in support continuing our verse five verse chapter by chapter study Joe. Now we were kind of joining Job in the middle of a speech and that's his longest speech, maybe longer speech of the Bible, Job speaks from chapter 26 all the way to 31 consumer jumping in the middle of that and what will do is read through here and make a few comments along the way. But then Kenneth take a look back. So when we finish the reading were not done so turn it off mentally.
You can still be there. Turn it on so chapter 29 a Job version this is Job further continues his discourse and said all that I were is in the months passed, as in the days when God watched over me. One interesting thing for Joe to say quick review because we saw and heard something that Joe did not see in here and that is those two meetings between Hassett time or the Satan, the accuser and God Job wasn't privy to what we know through reading this book that the accuser the enemy came to God and said I went test Joe and God's as well. You can do a lot of things but you can't touch him. He comes back a second and he says well you can touch him but you cannot take his life. Now let me confuse us a little bit, but we need to be real clear on who is doing what to do because your Job is making it as in the days when God watched over me.
The only reason Job is alive here is because God protected and is still protecting so that's kind of the irony just pop and write often and we can look at sale. Job your sincerely you did know that God was protecting you. Well, it usually doesn't help our spiritual growth to figure out what somebody else is supposed to be doing. Do you realize that you won't know until you get to heaven if you know Jesus. When you get to heaven seeing you will see all that you are protected from I think everyone of us will be amazed will see traffic jams that kept us from accidents will see dinners or lunches that went too long and because of that we missed a collision with a drunk driver and now think about that. We live in a fallen world that is, to some degree subject to the enemy when the enemy came and tempted Jesus. He said if you bow down before me. I'll give you everything.
Jesus didn't say what you can't do that. That's not yours to give it one of been a valid temptation if the enemy didn't have it to give so was a valid temptation to the enemy is as the New Testament suggests he's in control of the firmament here there into the power the air prince of this world is called and we see in Job that there's some sort of meeting place that the accuser comes to you.
Try to get permission from God to do certain things and some of this is falls under the Hebrew Scriptures of the old covenant and some of it is eternal truth. But here's like less of God protects us from more than we will ever God protects us from more than we will ever in the book of Job, Job speaking now to work clear he has all these attacks the enemy comes after takes lives of his kids wipes his businesses and his crops out and then affliction with boils so much that it says that he was taking pieces of pottery and just scrape the skin to get relief from the pressure release boils and then we have Job's comforters come to him and say man, God is doing this to you because that he's doing it to you because it did as I get.
I know it got doing he's judging you because at this and God did that to you because of that interesting because we know that God was not at the core of the attack, we read that the first two chapters that the enemy was silliest people that came to Job would calm friends not really. And we actually if you read the entire book.
In the end God rebukes Job's friends.
They're not acting like friends in life you have acquaintances, and then you'll come to a test or trial in the relationship. We tested and at that point what's founded on becomes essential, not where they met how they met when they met was the core. If it's not the love of God and the grace of God there still be problems and I know sometimes when were serving the Lord. People lazy man. I will be here by your side forever. Branham committed undedicated and yet some test or trial they're not there that you're tempted in that moment is a what's wrong with me are what's wrong with the church or what's wrong with the pastor. She's a military analogy, if you're in the military and somebody goes AWOL, runs off desserts. Do you immediately wonder what the captain did you realize there was something in the person that went AWOL because you tempted in that moment to think all I lost a friend know you didn't really didn't you lose friends ever. From the beginning of this ministry till now. I have not lost one single friend in ministry. I found out who my real friends are is what is happened is lifeless.
If you never lose friends you just find out who your real friends are. You don't ever lose friends you just find out who your roof is important yet painful sometimes, but it's better didn't know and find out than to get in some sort of critical situation where you're depending on that person and then they let you down like leaning on a sharp stick. It's okay as long as you don't put weight on mommy put weight on that relationship, you begin to get hurt and you'll figure out instructions.
Not really my friend restricts women's lamp showing upon my head and wouldn't buy has lighter walks in darkness, just as I was in the days of my problem. When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent when the Almighty was yet with me when my children were around me. When my steps were bayed with cream and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me and I went out to the gate by the city.
When I took my seat in the open square, and the young man saw me and hid in the H arose and stood the princes refrain from talking and put their hand on their mouth, the voice of nobles was hushed the tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth when the ear heard, then it blessed me when the I saw that it approved me because I delivered the poor who cried out, the fatherless, and the one who had no helper. They had accused Job with not caring about the poor.
Did he care about the poor, excellently sounds like he did quite a lot fruitful and with somebody acoustic you can accuse anybody of anything at any time. It takes no basis in truth.
Verse 13 the blessing of the perishing man came upon me and I call most the widow's heart to sing for joy I put on righteousness in a closely my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and I will speak to the lame was a father to the poor, and I searched out the case that I did not know I broke the things of the wicked and plucked the victim from his teeth and then I said, I shall die in my nest and multiply my days as the sand my route spread out to the waters and the due lives all night on my branch but glorious fresh within me and my boat was renewed in my hand. Verse 21 men listen to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel after my words they did not speak again in my speech settled on them and do they waited for me as for the rain and they open their mouth wide.
As for the spring rain, looked at them they did not believe it in the light of my countenance. They did not cast down.
I chose the way for them set as chief sought 12 is a key in the Army is one who comforts mourners one who comforts mourners to Job is recalling good days and good times which is a good thing to do.
The Bible encourages us to think about good things and pure things and true things that fix our thoughts… And we live in a time where you can watch the news and begin to think about the future and begin to be unsure and get unsteady and then get fearful and fear is not from God is not from God before you jump in the chapter 30 speak about figure there's a couple verses that we need to throw in the mixing of our discussion that will way that in Job chapter 3 verse 25. When all these things happened. Job makes an interesting statement he says is for this thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come under me unless the King James. The new living translation says what I always feared has happened to me and what I dreaded has come true soon so let's review a couple of things that we know we know the enemy was going to attack Joe and before the enemy attack Joe we did surveillance work. It sounds like the way we think about the enemy in sight words. I am always unhealthily done now know that's not what the Bible says he will one day begin nail he's not there now where is walking to and fro, seeking whom he may devour.
The Bible says.
Now we need to understand Paris is a great during World War II the Nazis actually control a lot of your Paris date. I mean the leaders where they are in the town you go into the sea, haters, and they felt safe because of having the front lines were far from there, but there were pockets of resistance of people that were saving Jewish people from going to concentration camps and there were people that were being spies for the allies that described our situation because this is a fallen world when were burned into this world were not burned into God's John chapter 8 Jesus was speaking of really religious people who had done a lot of good things but they didn't know Jesus, so they had not been adopted. According to John chapter 1 verse 12 it says as many as believe in Jesus day sees the right to become children of God. I know we like to think well over all this children God does hold him think about you that's not the way the world is structured so Thursdays following folks that Jesus said were the children of the enemy, and we were children of him until he got saved and not only were we forgiven, we change kingdoms we were looking in the dark, now or in the kingdom of light there's a lot of our friends and family that are still part of the kingdom of dark.
We are protected from the enemy. He does not have free access like the first few chapters of Job here because of the blood of Jesus to the unbeliever. However who's rejecting Jesus and rejecting the blood of Jesus. There is no protection in less we pray for protection for and even then that's not the safest becoming the child of God. Pastor David will be back in less than one minute. As he continues teaching in the book of Job. A great way to start out each day is with a practical email devotional every morning from Pastor David visit cross the bridge.com to start receiving yours for free.
If you have a cell phone. You can also text the word encourage 294253 to receive a short encouraging text from us each day. That's 94253 and now back to the teaching so the things that Joe figured came to pass him have to wonder Job somehow tear down the hedge of protection with this fear. We don't know were not told think we need to be careful about going to doctrinal extremes from the book of Job.
What I mean by that is all all sicknesses of God for all sicknesses completely of the devil.
I believe it's over here way over here on the scale so speak about jumping to doctrinal conclusion, but in general is the exact things I was afraid of happened. We gotta give that some credence of because when we think about that you God says so many times. Do not fear. Do not fear. Do not fear.
Do not fear don't fear you don't lose heart was don't lose heart. Don't fear don't so to fear is to disobey God and this other common causes of sin and fear are not trusting God fear of lack of fear of not knowing something, goodness out last was huge. We've talked before member, spirit, soul, body. You are a spirit. You have a so you live in a body. Your body or your flash get you in all kinds of trouble. Your spirit is regenerated free porn with God. Your body is slowly beginning the process of following God that our flesh is still later that war is still going on between good and evil, you can walk past to people that are talking about somebody and you not know, but also the art will who will happen will happen, mentally went well and I don't know tell me what happened. Anyway, there is something broken in each of us that wants to know everything and there's actually a 50 year it is of not knowing something when somebody does something with what they know that I don't.
Be careful is when you're in fear, it's the enemy man can lose you like upon because when we say were fearful were not trusting God it can what we know about fear will we know that is not from God. Fear is not from God. We know that the Bible tells us is very plain spoken about that second Timothy chapter 1 verse seven for God has not given us a spirit of fear centers in the sky was clear. But of power and of love and of sound mind. So that's what God is giving you power, love, and so not new living translation says that God is not given us a spirit of fear, timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline or self-control is mentioned as the fruits of the spirit, or a fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5 the amplified second of the 17 for God did not give us a spirit of timidity of cowardice craving of cringing and fawning fear, but he is given us a spirit of power and of love and of home and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. Meiners recently got amplified but those are a lot of great descriptive words and there's other forces and if you're struggling with fear, fear of not knowing something for fear of people making couple scriptures for you to memorize Hebrews 13 six so we may boldly say the Lord is my helper, will not fear what can man do to me what can man do to me. Well I'm afraid something might happen with niceness will be an honest chances are pretty good so we don't know is going to bother you when you hear that's that's assuming an awful lot and so you worried about something that will probably never happen. The and that's about 99% of the stuff we worry about never happens to us. First John 4/8 is there is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment, but he fears has not been made perfect in love again were dealing with all dynamics and spiritual dynamics. According to the word of God in Joe he ends up getting the last beyond where he started and he's in a better place, one because he no longer has that great for you about this thing happening like he did in the beginning that that's been dealt with, and God blesses them beyond where he started and that's what happens every time the worst thing that ever happened on the planet Earth. Somehow God took it and made it the best thing that ever happened on this planet about the crucifixion all these amps and demons and whatnot their own.
Let's kill those that I God is going to be great fill right into the trap, not knowing and understanding what God's love instead of The tenant count Jesus out is more like a countdown.
Amen. After three days rumble rumble stone rolled away all the spiritually but oh what the Bible says. First Corinthians 28 which none of the rulers of this age new for had they known they would not have crucified the Lord of glory for script and seven at night know the wisdom we speak of is the mystery got his plan that was previously hidden.
Even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began, but the rulers of this world have not understood if they had they would not have crucified our glorious Lord just like the crucifixion plan was somewhat hidden in your life plan is somewhat you don't know. I don't know he's not telling. So go with what you know and follow the Scriptures them was get back. Chapter 30 verse one but now they mocking me men younger than us, and Job say where this is they used to really like me and respect me.
Now they mocking me men younger than I whose fathers are disdained with the dogs upon flock. These guys are mocking me wouldn't even let their fathers vest with his dogs, which were unclean. Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to their vigorous parish. They are going from long-standing fleeing late to the world and its desolate waste to pluck Mallow by the bushes and broom treat roots for food. That's is the food of the very very poor.
They were driven out from among men, they shouted down is that of the handle, live in the clefts of the valleys of the rocks are in caves or holes of the earth, and the rocks among the bushes. They breed under the nettles thing nestled they were sons of fools just tons of all men.
They were scourged from the land and now I am there talking.
So yes I am, thereby work, they are poor me. They keep far for me. They do not hesitate to spit in my face because he's loose my bowstring and afflicted me. They have cut off restraint before me at my right hand. The rabble-rousers push away my feet and they raise against me their ways of destruction.
They break up my path. They provoke my calamity. They have no helper. They come as brawl breakers under the rule in this storm. They roll along. So all these people who thought well of Joe before thinking really poorly of him now, but the real question is does that tell us anything about Joe. No other than that he had a lot. Now he doesn't doesn't reveal anything about people. Yeah, they respected him just because he had money. He's the same guy same person may be a little bit smarter, less definitely poorer for the moment, but they treated him bad. When Job hasn't really changed is just what he hands. What we know they were treating good for what for what they can get getting any to realize that it at certain times. The crowd is wrong. The majority goes along with stuff and we as Christians that's like no not with that. Not with that gay now with that majority. I don't care how many buildings you light up and how many colors I still agree with that. Crowds of the Israelites Won't go back to back is also good in Egypt where they killed the babies and you were slaves. Yeah, we love that just go back being unpopular is not a bad thing as matter fact, Jesus is well unto you, if all people speak well of you just say it. You have that I don't have therefrom, but if you have that problem that we need to realize again were in a fallen world. So when you go on something that's worldly or of this world like Facebook and stuff like that you're going to see a lot of pain but I hate. Lot of unforgiveness and bitterness.
That's not who we are. Don't… Don't mimic that don't mirror that is a big Bible study to people shouted hosanna blessed be the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Five days later some of those same people now cried, crucified Jesus when injuries of God.
Hosanna blessed me to want to come to name the Lord that have priest and people go through and pay some of the folks crucified this way goes this way.
Some people are to flip like that for a few days and understand. Yet it was somebody starts telling you exactly what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. Be careful not where you are and there's principles that we can all share with each other to come from the Bible but I hesitate when somebody who has never been a senior pastor, never been a pastor never even been in ministry never even serve the Lord starts telling me what I should be doing and how I should be doing my thereof the world but not another pastor helped me see things clearly. Here's a life lesson when someone you know quits or gives up in the middle of the test or a trial doesn't reveal anything about you or your friendship for your relationship or your church or your past. It reveals the person is a quitter. You've been listening to Pastor David McGee on the cross the bridge weekend edition union again tomorrow afternoon as Pastor David continues teaching on most stations. If you're not able to make it to your home church this Sunday. Why not join us for our lifestream at 10 AM Eastern time or on Thursday nights at 7 PM Eastern time. Just visit cross the bridge.com and click on a lifestream link there. You experience a live service in David's home church bridge in North Carolina again. That website is cross the bridge.com. Remember that you are not alone and you are loved.
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