“The Blessed Hope…”
Jesus is our hope.
Not the bad.
Not the good.
Not the things that we “place our hope in”.
Nothing but Jesus.
Too often we place “our hope” in the good things/the blessings that the Lord gives…
- Correct theology
- etc. etc.
Continue to read what the Word says about the Hope of the Lord…
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly,
righteously and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior,
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed,
and to purify for Himself a people
Such truth here.
Give close heed.
Christ Jesus is our great God and Savior
His coming again is our blessed hope!
The appearing of His glory is our blessed hope!
Jesus, the Grace of God, appeared, bringing salvation.
He empowers us to…
- Deny ungodliness
- Deny worldly desires
- Live sensibly
- Live righteously
- Live godly
- …in this present age
Jesus - our Hope for the this Age…
Jesus - our Hope at His appearing…
“Jesus Is Hope”
In what/who do you hope?
The Word is clear.
Jesus is our hope.
Anything else will fail.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior,
and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
The Lord has loved us.
The Lord has given us eternal comfort.
The Lord has given us good hope…by grace.
The Lord will comfort.
The Lord will strengthen our hearts…in every good work and word.
Anything else is deception.
The Lord granted Job a double-portion of what he had lost.
The Lord provided a double-portion of all the livestock.
The Lord provided a double-portion of children.
Job had lost ten children.
He now had ten more.
He had a double-portion.
One portion awaiting in eternity.
Another with him on earth.
Job had seven more sons and three more daughters.
Read about the daughters…
He had seven sons and three daughters.
He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.
In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters;
and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.
After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations.
And Job died, an old man and full of days.
Job’s daughters were beautiful beyond all.
Job gave his daughters an equal portion of inheritance with their brothers - a rare thing.
Job lived a long, fruitful life.
To the fourth generation.
He died old.
He died full of days.
He died fulfilled.
“The Lord Restored His Fortunes…”
We have reached the end of the account of Job.
Give close attention.
Note what Job does.
Note what God does.
Watch the numbers.
And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends.
And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before
and ate bread with him in his house.
And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him.
And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job prayed for his friends as God instructed.
His friends were forgiven.
Job’s fortunes were restored…by double.
Remember what he began with?
He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys,
and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.
The Lord doubled his stuff.
But, what of this?
There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
Why not a doubling of children?
Ah…this is one of the most precious and poignant of all Scripture.
Job had been through much.
Job had been “caught between” a battle in the heavenlies.
Much of what occurred to Job we would call “unfair”.
He had lost stuff.
He had lost his children.
He still had a nagging wife.
Why no doubling of children?
I think it is because his children were doubled.
Half had already been taken to eternity.
The other half were given as restoration.
Job had 14 sons.
Job had 6 daughters.
Some were simply awaiting to be reunited in eternity.
I suspect this was a source of comfort to Job and his wife.
“The Lord Said to Eliphaz…”
We have come to the end of the questions the Lord had for Job.
What was the purpose?
Primary is that the Lord wanted Job to know Who He was and who Job is.
The wonder of the Lord.
The glory of the Lord.
The all-encompassing power of the Lord.
Job had been right in what he had said to his three friends that visited.
Read what the Lord says to the friends.
After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite:
“My anger burns against you and against your two friends,
for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves.
And my servant Job shall pray for you,
for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly.
For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.
The Lord spoke to Job.
Now the Lord spoke to Eliphaz.
The Lord’s anger burned against the three.
They had not spoken what was right of the Lord.
Job, the Lord’s servant, had spoken rightly.
The Lord offered them forgiveness.
They were to bring a burnt offering…not to Job, but to the Lord.
They were to do so with Job.
Job was to pray for them.
The Lord heard.
The Lord accepted Job’s prayer on behalf of his friends.
Do we pray for one another?
Or, do we prey on one another?
Do we do what the Lord tells us to do?
Or, do we do what we want to do?
Do we walk in humility before the Lord as did Job and his friends?