PATIENCE OF JOB – THE MAN/PATIENCE OF JOB – THE WORK OF FAITH

It is ironic the story of the Man named Job recorded in the Bible some 3500 years ago, is a word taking on so much more significance these Days. Many feel trapped in a Job they hate, or doesn’t pay enough to meet the cost of basic necessities to live, no matter how honest or hard working they are. More People are struggling to meet the rising costs just to subsist in the Free World.

Job the Man would have been viewed as part of the 1% Elite when he lived. He was fair and Just with his Servants, and helped those less fortunate than himself.

He had 7 sons and 3 daughters as well as seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of cattle, five hundred she- donkeys, and very much production; and the man was greater than all the children of the East.

Every Day, Job would pray to God, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and blasphemed God in their hearts.

Now the day came about, and the angels of God came to stand beside the Lord, and the Adversary, too, came among them. The Lord said to the Adversary, “Where are you coming from?” And the Adversary answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down in it.”

When I think on those words of the Adversary (Adversary in the Jewish OT=Devil in the Christian NT) Today, not much has changed at all. The People still go to and fro with every new fad, style or rumour, and the People are either up or down in the extremes, and every place in between. This is not dissimilar to Christ’s recognition of those same Realities 1500 years later by these words, to this very Day.

And the Lord said,  To what then shall I compare the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and you have not danced; (up) we have mourned to you, and you have not wept. (down)
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, (Jewish Religious Leadership) He has a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, (Jewish Religious Leadership) Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine bibber, (liked his wine) a friend of publicans and sinners!
But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Getting to Job, the story continues,

Now the Lord said to the Adversary, “Have you paid attention to My servant Job? For there is none like him on earth, a sincere and upright man, God-fearing and shunning evil.” And the Adversary answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

Haven’t You made a hedge around him, his household, and all that he has on all sides? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land. But now, stretch forth Your hand and touch all that he has, will he not blaspheme You to Your face?”

And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; but don’t touch him. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

job_-_sufferingAs he was praying for his children, a servant rushes in and says,

“The cattle were plowing, and the she-donkeys were grazing beside them, and Sheba fell upon them and took them, and they slew the youths by the sword, and only I alone escaped to tell you.” This one was still talking, and another one came and said, “A tremendous fire fell from heaven and burned the flocks and the youths and consumed them; only I alone escaped to tell you.” This one was still talking, and another one came and said, “Chaldeans formed three bands, spread out on the camels and took them, and slew the youths with the sword, and only I alone escaped to tell you.” While this one was still talking, another one came and said, “Your sons and daughters were dining and drinking wine at the home of their firstborn brother, when, behold, a great wind (tornado) came from the other side of the desert, and struck the four corners of the house; it fell upon the youths, who died, and only I alone escaped to tell you.”

The band of thieves Job was able to understand, even with no Insurance or 911 to call, but 2 Natural Disasters as well? The man was totally wiped out, psyched out, frustrated, and tormented like few humans have to go through, with the exception of War doing the same thing to many more people at the same Time. Not many humans would have the strength of character or Faith in the Eternal to react as Job did,

Then Job stood up, and rent his robe and tore his hair; then he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. And he said, “From my mother’s womb, I emerged naked, and I will return there naked. The Lord gave and the Lord took; may the name of the Lord be blessed.” Despite all this, Job did not sin, neither did he ascribe unseemliness to God.Job 2

We are born naked, and all Humans turn to dust at the end of our short Time on Earth. All of us are born toothless, dependant and vulnerable, having to wear diapers. Most of us leave this Earth toothless, dependant and vulnerable, having to wear diapers.

It’s what we say and do when we have our teeth between the Beginning and the End, that determines if we leave a Legacy for Posterity, or if we just turn to dust blowin in the wind.

There was another Day when the Sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came among them. They have the same exchange as cited above, and the Lord says to the Adversary,

 Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man has will he give for his life.
But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Here the Lord consents to the Adversary/Satan being both Tormentor and Saviour of Job.

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Now Job was not only broke and busted, in constant pain, but he was also physically repulsive to look at if anyone has seen just 1 boil, never mind boils from head to toe.The-Patience-of-Job-1

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still maintain your sincerity? Blaspheme God and die!”  And he said to her, “You talk as one of the disgraceful women talks. Shall we also accept the good from God, and not accept the evil?” Despite all this, Job did not sin with his lips.job-2-10-ww-mf-900x

Job had friends who heard of his misery and came to comfort him. Seeing he was so tormented, they sat in silence for a week before speaking and then they didn’t comfort him at all, making him feel worse.Job and Friends

That discourse between Job and his friends is too long to place here, discussing the many Mysteries of God People still seek to understand Today, but in the end, after Job endured the trials and tribulation, it is written,

Now the Lord blessed Job’s end more than his beginning, and he had fourteen thousand flocks and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of cattle and a thousand she-donkeys. And he had fourteen sons and three daughters. […] Nowhere in the land were women as beautiful as Job’s daughters to be found, and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. […] Now Job lived thereafter one hundred and forty years, and he saw his sons and his sons’ sons for four generations.Job-James 5

Those who are genuinely interested can read the discourse between Job and his friends following the links below.

Jewish version of Job

Christian version of Job

While Job does not have a separate Book or Chapter in the Islamic Quran,

he is mentioned in several places with one or two lines.

In our 30 second sound byte Society, it does take the Patience of Job as in a Job, to question The Eternal and wait Patiently for the answer with an open mind and heart.

You enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in that way:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

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It is 40 years ago TODAY, The Kansas City Times published this report, the 1st of 2 in the Spirit of ’76, as Americans were celebrating the 200th Anniversary of their Revolution. When the Republican Convention was over, and the crowds left, I stayed behind and camped out at the Liberty Memorial Mall in Penn…Read more BACK TO THE FUTURE

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TODAY is another 40th Anniversary Day for me. On ALL SOULS DAY, November 2, 1976, THE KANSAS CITY TIMES published the 2nd of two reports on my visit to the City in The Spirit of ’76. The writer of this 2nd record is not the same Reporter who wrote ‘Prophet Chooses Park For Vigil‘ on…Read more ALL SOULS DAY

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BORN AGAIN

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TODAY is my Birthday! I’m 72 going on 41. My Flesh came into being in this world on May 21, 1944. My Spirit came alive to the Eternal God on February 1, 1975. I was born again with a new outlook on Life and a new Beginning.

Before that day, I believed I was born and then I die – whenever? There was nothing more beyond the grave. The body rots, turns to dust, returns to the earth like the billions of people born into this world and long dead or still alive. The worms eat the decayed flesh and this earth grows the food that keeps us alive. It’s some cycle of Life and Death in this material dimension!

I believed this world was seriously messed up and the most powerful being in existence was the President of the United States. All of that changed unexpectedly 41 years ago when I was 29 going on 30. I did not think much about God since I was a preteen, before Television, and having discovered the pleasure God created within the human body, abandoned the Faith and ventured out into the material world looking for Love and Adventure.

I describe what happened to me that fateful Day, February 1, 1975, to the best of my ability in describing a “Spiritual” experience in the article,

DAY OF AWAKENING – DAVID vs GOLIATH vs ARMAGEDDON

That being the 1st Day, I wasn’t even thinking in terms of Armageddon. I was filled with such a Joy, Euphoria and Optimism like I never felt in all the 29 years of my life before that Day. I was so exhilarated, on the 3rd Day, I climbed over the fence to the top of the Mount Royal Cross at Sun rise in the Wonder of it all.

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I thought the whole world would be awakened to that Peace and Joy of God within 3 years. Wars, crime and violence would have been eradicated after such a long bloody human History.

That Euphoria was constant for 3 Days and nights, until I woke up on the 4th Day and it was gone. I was at a loss to understand what happened, but I soon realized I just went through was the inducement, and was now inducted into God’s service, and had to go to Boot Camp for re-Training from the self-seeking ways of this material world. With my mind opened to this new Dimension of being, it no longer made sense this world was so messed up, and there was a power higher and more powerful than any President or Nation. Something had to be done, and I had to learn to get with the plan.

Nine months later, September 1, 1975, I sold all my possessions, put on a backpack, and left my home in Montreal, family and friends in my Spiritual wake, entered the US, and hitch hiked through some 45 US States looking for the Spirit of ’76, the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution. A Passport was not required in those Days and Terrorism was not a common word in the vernacular.

I ran out of money after 3 months and continued on empty, lacking nothing. I wasn’t worried about rent, utilities or food. I was invited to stay with poor Black people in the Black Ghetto of different cities, to millionaire’s mansions. People treated me like a king, and with my new found Faith in God, it was an amazing Voyage of Discovery. The Hand of God was there for me Time and Time again. It still is to this very Day, helping me get through this complicated world with Peace of Mind, Trust and Confidence in the Goodness of God!

That American Spirit of ’76 brought me to places I never would have imagined if I stayed in Montreal. At the Republican National Convention in Kansas City in 1976, the Secret Service called me out of a great crowd for questioning. Instead of leading me into some anti-room, they led me beyond all SS security check points to stand on a restricted balcony having the podium of the President of the United States while the 3 TV networks were broadcasting live, pre-cable, and thousands of Republicans looking up to that spot from the Lobby of the Crown Center Hotel, expecting The President to be standing there. With my shoulder length hair, beard and #13 football jersey, it was a Revolutionary image in the Spirit of ’76.

What was an even greater, unexpected surprise to me finding myself in that unusual position, was when the Secret Service Agent, standing eyeball to eyeball with me, asked after a dozen questions, “Are you Jesus Christ?” Imagine!

Having no illusions about that then or now, I immediately answered, “No!” The next questions were, “Who are you, then? A Prophet?” I never thought about it before those unusual questions in those unusual circumstances, but I answered, “something like that.”

Not making the claim, but telling a reporter from THE KANSAS CITY TIMES those exact circumstances you just read, they wrote 2 articles on my visit to the City, on September 13, and ALL SOULS DAY, November 2, 1976, calling me a Prophet. Those original 2 articles can be read in SIGNS OF THE TIMES.

While my Faith in God has grown to be almost automatic, you can’t imagine the struggles in the Faith I have to deal with to this very Day because of the experiences I’ve had since I 1st believed.

Every human without exception is a sinner, falling short of the mark or bulls eye. A sinner dies in their Youth, but a Child of God dies at 100.

Let all those that seek You rejoice and be glad in You: let such as love Your Salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.                                                                                 Psalm 40

God is Great!