MARCH 28- My Redeemer Liveth
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
Job knew that there was a redeemer. Notice he said my Redeemer. His thoughts were upon his salvation provided by his redeemer. His certainty reveals a great faith before Christ was ever wrapped in human flesh. He knew that Jesus would be born. There was no doubt. Job knew that the Lord would stand one day on the earth.
Job understood the destruction of this body. Job had confidence of the change that would take place with his body. He understood that the old body would decay and pass away. He also realized that he would receive a new body and that body would appear before God. Under this trial he was confident that he would see God.
Job had a remarkable confidence in a living Savior. I am not sure how much he knew but he knew he had a Savior. He knew that his Savior was living at that present time. He knew that his corrupt body would never enter into the presence of God. He also knew that he would have a new body and a new life eternal.
We read of the Savior that died on the cross for our sins. His burial in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. We celebrate his resurrection and ascension. We have more evidence today of a heavenly home than Job ever did. Yet do we exhibit the faith of Job.
Lord, more faith. More faith in your presence. More faith in your security. More faith in your return.
An urgent reminder. Thank you Deborah Ann
MARCH 27 – I Will Wait Till my Change come
Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
This question is asked in many circles today. It is an old question and I think that Job was asking this question for the benefit of his friends. As we read the book of Job I believe we find in him a profound belief and trust in God. We find his answer following the question. “All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” His expectation was a change from this mortal body to an immortal body.
Notice Jobs statement, “… the days of my appointed time …” Do you think that the Lord knows the length of time we will be here on this wicked and sinful earth? Apparently, Job believes that. Job even said that “…thou numberest my steps.” We have a certain amount of time to serve the Lord. How much time have we wasted? My allotted time will soon end. How about you?
The next verse says “Thou shalt call …” We are called into the service of the Lord just as a soldier is called to serve his country. Too few that say that they are called are answering the call. Job said,”I will answer thee …” How many have announced their call to the ministry and are sitting on their hands lusting for a pastor to get sick so they can fill their pulpit. This reminds me of a preacher that sent out the word, “I am available to pastor anywhere within fifty miles of my home.” We have enough “so-called” preachers sitting in Churches and not pastoring that there is no excuse for a Church to be without a pastor for five years. This has happened. It is time for us to grow a spine and answer the call to work.
Job once again mentions a length of time. God was the original “Fitbit”. He numberest my steps. During a call to surrender and service, we are reminded that God marks my errors. He sees our sin of not surrendering. We say we are called, yet God calls men to service, to preach, to teach and announce the call but they do not respond to service. That is sin. God sees our sin.
May we yield to the call of surrender and service. The end of life draws near. What have we done?
MARCH 26 – Happy is the man
Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
Punishment looks to the past and past deeds. It looks to the law that was broken and the penalty of punishment that the infraction brings. Chastisement looks to the future to bring an effect to the mind of one that will benefit them and raise the character and moral standard of one. It is a correction to the path and the deeds of one of the children of God.
The one that sends chastening to us is a Holy Righteous God who loves us and desires the best for us. “Whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Proverbs 3:12. Here we see the origin of chastening is held in the Divine love that God has toward us. Within this chastening, we find the mercy of God in that we were not destroyed.
The chastening is upon fallen man. We have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We do find that in repentance, we have been cleansed and forgiven. Yet as long as we are in this carnal body, we will stray, say things we should not and do things we should not. Because of this God will use an instrument to chastise us. Ii might be a calamity or some kind of trouble. There certainly will be affliction that will get our attention.
Chastisement is not because God is cruel. God does this out of love and mercy to reform man. Make man more like Jesus. The purpose is to cause us to eliminate some bad things in our life and to add some Godly things to our life.
Happy is the man whom God correcteth because this is a sign of being a child of God. Have you ever been chastened? If not, check your salvation.
MARCH 25 – Fear changes People
Est 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
What a time to be alive and living in Persia and Media. A time when the people of God were hated with a vengeance. A time where the God of the Jews was hated with great a passion. Esther would not reveal that she was a Jew to the King. He ended up marrying a Jew girl and it was by the great providence of God.
Persecution of God’s people is not new. It has been happening for a long time. The evilness that man has hates the authority of God. The King had John the Baptist head lifted by the influence of a pagan girl and a hateful mother and wife. John was ushered into paradise to wait three years for our Savior to descend and lift him into heaven and the presence of God. For John the Baptist this was not defeat, this was victory. His work was done.
Paul persecuted the church by throwing them in jail and killing them. He stood and held the coats of the ones that stoned Stephen to death and was on his way to kill more when the Lord struck him with a conviction that called for repentance. He was so faithful after being transformed that he became a missionary and suffered many things for Christ. I am reminded that he was stoned and left for dead. He revived and continued the work he was called to do. Suffering for Christ is a privilege that some never get to enjoy. Because they do not have the joy of suffering, they seldom find the sublime joy of showing one that is lost how to be saved. They seldom point the way to the cross.
A Jewish maid in the hands of God faced all these things and was at the place to help her people, the Jews to defend themselves and show the people that assailed the Jews, the fear of God. Notice what is said – “And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
God can put you in the place to be a great influence. You might experience some trials and tribulations but is worth it. You are needed, “for such a time as this.”
William Andrew Dillard
LANDMARKS OF BAPTIST FAITH
Baptist Churches lay claim to continued existence since the days of the apostles. They are the only community of churches with such origin. They have not been called by the same name, but were known variously as Paterines; Novations; Paulicians; Albigenses; Waldensians; Petro-brusians; Donatists; Anabaptists, etc.
These names, and others, were put upon them usually by the population of their location throughout the centuries. However there is a common thread running through them all by which they are identified as one and the same people. That thread is a core of common beliefs. Recognizing that fact, scholars of various Protestant faiths including Methodists, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Catholic, too, have verified their continued existence since the apostles, and the only community of churches which have never symbolized with Rome.
These churches were often nomadic of necessity because of persecution from the religious wife of Rome which was most zealous to unite all religion in the empire or else put it out of business via taxation, confiscation of property, burning of houses of worship, imprisonment and execution of the people espousing Biblical views and practices.
There were things about them in different countries and in different times that were uncommon, but the common thread was there exemplified as in a statement of Faith dated 1120 A.D. in THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCHES OF THE VALLEYS OF PIEDMONT written in 1654 by Samuel Moreland.
The Landmarks which have always identified the people presently known as Baptists who are the legitimate successors of those earlier named, but all of whom were generally known as Anabaptists are 1) The depravity of the total man, that is, all of mankind are sinners by nature, and practice. 2) Spiritual salvation is effected by grace through faith plus nothing else. 3) There is eternal security of the believer in Christ, since all who believe in Jesus as personal Savior are granted everlasting life. 4) Baptism is effected by total immersion in water of a professed believer by the authority of a bona fide New Testament Church.
Of course, there are quite a number of other doctrines which make up historic and modern confessions of faith. All of them are important, but those four core doctrines are consistently identified as present and foundational among the Lord’s churches wherever, and whenever they are found. They truly are landmarks of the first church and its successors.
Solomon said it well in Proverbs 22:18, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” Today, a shallow people is giving way to marginalization by the world’s humanistic religions. Let the wisdom of Solomon be heard for when the landmarks are gone the ship of church is perished.