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Luke 10.26-27

Job 42. 7-10

In the book of Luke  chapter 10.25  we are told  a lawyer stands up to ask Jesus a question, “Teacher what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  These men were very astute, learned men who weighed their words carefully before they spoke. If you will notice the question asks about an inheritance.  An inheritance comes at the sole discretion of the giver. There is really nothing to be done to earn it, buy it, or steal it, an inheritance is a gift.  The prevalent assumption of the nation of Israel though, was, as the chosen ones of Jehovah they would by reason of relationship simply obey the Torah and eternal life would be theirs.  Jesus response to this man was, vs.26 ” What is written in the law, how do you read it?” The answer from the lawyer was, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and  with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind;  and your neighbor as yourself.”  And Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you shall live.” But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ” And who is my neighbor?”

Reverse in time to the time of Job.  One of the earliest stories in our scriptures, referred to by Ezekiel 14.14, and James 5.10 as a true person and not a fabled hero to merely instruct us in morality.  At the beginning of the book, a cosmic wager has been established between Jehovah and Satan, and enacted to test Job’s loyalty to Jehovah.  Three wise friends come to Job, to help and instruct him in his time of trouble and loss.  El Shaddai , God Almighty,  finally arrives on the scene to establish truth, speaks to Job and instructs all present, saying in Job 42.7 to one of the friends, Eliphaz, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as my friend Job has. Now therefore, …offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and my servant Job will pray for you.”  In vs. 10 “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job – when he prayed for his friends.”

What we see here in the oldest of the scriptures is the same truth that Jesus taught to the pharisees.  “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and  strength, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Job remained true and faithful to Jehovah, and proved his love for his neighbors by praying for them, though they showed contempt for him, still he was willing to be their advocate, and reconciler.  Job had options, he chose well.  He proved his love for God Most High by genuinely loving his friends.

If our trust in God is only spiritual and has no earthly, fleshly expression then it is of little use.  If our relationship to God is only defined by what we don’t do, “Thou shalt not…, and is not expressed by what we do, in love for God and friend, then our faith is less than genuine.  James 2.18 …”show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Karl

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