The Mosaic: A Novel of Revolt Against the Righteous
A few manuscripts, Western and Alexandrian, and many versions and patristic quotations give the second and third beatitudes in inverted order. Matthew added in spirit in order either to indicate that only the devout poor were meant or to extend the beatitude to all, of whatever social rank, who recognized their complete dependence on God. The same phrase poor in spirit is found in the Qumran literature 1QM For the meaning of righteousness here, see note on Mt — Ps Some would see the expression as indicating also that Matthew considered all Christian disciples as prophets.
They can no more escape notice than a city set on a mountain. If they fail in good works, they are as useless as flavorless salt or as a lamp whose light is concealed. To fulfill the law appears at first to mean a literal enforcement of the law in the least detail: until heaven and earth pass away nothing of the law will pass Mt Ex ; Dt The second part of the verse is not an exact quotation from the Old Testament, but cf.
Ex The severity of the judge in the parable is a warning of the fate of unrepentant sinners in the coming judgment by God. They, as well as the deed, are all forbidden. The ascending order of punishment, judgment by a local council? Sanhedrin : the highest judicial body of Judaism. The concept of punishment of sinners by fire either after death or after the final judgment is found in Jewish apocalyptic literature e.
The Old Testament commandment that a bill of divorce be given to the woman assumes the legitimacy of divorce itself. It is this that Jesus denies. This is true and yet not true. What the Devil is doing here is that he is hiding the truth. He is going back and forth in the earth. He is trying to see who he can devour.
Of course, he is not telling Yahweh that, but Yahweh knows it anyway. There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. This tells me that God is looking for people to brag about. He is fantastic, blameless, upright, he fears me, and he shuns evil. That guy Job is really something! I want to ask you a question. Is God bragging about you? Is He bragging about me? These are the kind of questions that we want to ask ourselves. If you do not feel that God is bragging about you, then what do you need to do to get to that place?
This is a question that we all need to ask ourselves because God really wants to brag on us! God is looking for people who are blameless, upright, who fear Him, and who shun evil. God is looking for that kind of person to brag about and it is completely within our power to be that kind of person. You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. That is exactly the way that the Adversary thinks.
The Adversary thinks that people love because they have stuff.
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That is the nature of the Adversary that nobody does anything unless they are getting something from it. If you take away his stuff, then he will curse You to Your face. I want to tell you something. The Adversary is never happy until he destroys people. Sometimes, like we will see in the book of Job, this can be very tough on people. When you feel like you are being pounded upon and you have not done anything wrong, it is so hard to bear up under that. That is one of the reasons that Job is such a wonderful book to read.
Job had such a wonderful reputation because he did stand faithful and worship God under all this pressure. I am not going to spend time here in this teaching to lay out the fact that this conversation between God and the Adversary is an allegory. This is an Old Testament allegorical way of looking at a spiritual truth. Also, I did a teaching on this called Overcoming Evil with Good. I am not going to take the time from this expounding of the book of Job to talk about how it is that Satan has his own freewill and his own control—1 John says that the Adversary is in control of the earth.
Many other verses exist that testify to this. Some are Matthew and Luke where Satan offered the control of this world to Jesus. Satan is already in control of this age 2 Cor. That is not the way life works. It is not the way that Job works. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!
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It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you! Not all disaster is from God or from the Devil; but, in this case, we see what the Devil is capable of doing to us. We have to be spiritually discerning about disaster in our life, why disaster occurs, or why problems occur. We can see here from verse fifteen that the Devil is capable of motivating other people to attack you. We see from verse sixteen that the Devil is capable of causing storms and natural disasters that will cause problems in your life.
We see also that truly the Devil does come to steal, kill, and destroy John We need to remember that God has given us the ability to fight in the spiritual world against these things. If we do something like leave the stove on at home, and the house burns down, then it is not the Devil. The Devil does do things to us, and we have to be very good at discerning that.
Job did not know what you and I know today because we have the benefit of the New Testament. Let me throw another interesting fact in here. Even by the time that you go to Deuteronomy chapter seven and you found out that God loved the Israelites basically more than others and chose them, it certainly is not saying that God loves everyone unconditionally. It was not in Scripture and not in the oral traditions.
This is a very important thing. Our understanding of God comes from God. It is simply not there. You can read the entire books of Moses and it is not there. May the name of Yahweh be praised. In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. I think that we have our own way of dealing with disaster. Romans And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Does the Old Testament Law Still Apply?
What Job had to rely and to rest on was that he did not have any promise that God would not punish him for some reason. Blessed be the name of Yahweh.
Job and 2 1 On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him [watch this] without any reason. Nothing was wrong with Job. Nothing was in his life that caused these problems. He was ruined because of the hate of the Devil, pure and simple!
The bottom line is that the Devil is hate, and he will steal and kill and destroy without reason. Our challenge our responsibility is to be like Job and worship God in whatever state we are in. I am so sorry. I caused that man so much pain and suffering, and I thought that he would curse you. I am just wrong. Maybe it is not all about possessions. Maybe there is such a thing about love and worship in good times and in bad times. Maybe I should rethink about how I am living my life? The Adversary will never admit that he is wrong.
No, he does not—he is pure hate. Make no concessions to the Devil. We pray and we get others to pray. We take a stand. We cannot just let the Devil beat us up because God has spiritually empowered us. We have got to take the fight to the Devil. Not all sickness is satanically caused. Sickness can be caused by things that we do to ourselves self inflicted sickness.
The sin of Adam and the affects of the sin of Adam is there; however, satanically caused sickness is also definitely there. Job Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. These are signs of humility. He had been a wealthy man; now, he would scrape himself with pottery and sit in ashes to show God that he is humble. Curse God and die! We have seen Job attacked in his physical possessions. He has been attacked in his health. Now, he is attacked by his wife. She does not understand. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
Daniel and the timing of Messiah
Again, the revelation that was available at the time period of the book of Job was that they thought of God like a dad, and sometimes He did good things and sometimes He did not. That was the theology of the day. We know from the New Testament that this is not the case. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. This shows that in their hearts they had meant to be good friends. However, they have a theology that is going to get in the way, but in their hearts, they admit to be good friends.
Job starts to speak in chapter three. Job 1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. Job here just emotes. He spews. His children have all been killed. His wife has turned against him. He is in constant chronic pain. His friends after sitting there for seven days and seven nights find that he finally just had a small emotional volcano, he just spews.
I wish that day had not occurred. I wish darkness and deep shadow could claim that day. Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to tell you that this is a natural human thing to do. It is extremely difficult to go through even much less severe circumstances than these without needing some kind of emotional release.
This is human nature. That is exactly what Job does here in chapter three. It is proof that Job is a human being. Later, he accounts for his behavior in Job chapter six. After having an emotional blow out and saying a bunch of things that he really did not mean they came from the pain in his heart , he says before his friends that I know that what I just said was impetuous. Anyone in that situation would have said terrible things. We will just forget it. You just have to understand that if my anguish could be weighed it would outweigh the sands of the sea. What I was going through was so emotionally painful.
This happens to all of us. A great verse is in here. It has something for all of us to learn because when you are around people in tough-emotional situations, they might speak impetuously. Ecclesiastes and 22 21 Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— 22 for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. This is exactly correct! Do not pay attention to every word that people say. Understand what being a human being is about and that people emote.
I spoke impetuously. That will help us a lot. Job and 26 25 What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I was reading a commentary on Job and found a very wonderful explanation of this. Many wonderful things are written in some theological books and commentaries. I read commentaries and theological books extensively, and I will be the first to admit that no statement can be found that is too absurd that some theologian somewhere might make it!
You cannot read and believe everything that theologians say. One of the things that I have learned is that great men and women of God as they have prayed to God through the generations and sought God for understanding that those prayers have been answered. That seems to have been happy and calm and perhaps, if anything, too tranquil and secure.
Most interpreters suppose that it refers to the state in which he was during his trial, and that it is designated to describe the rapid succession of his woes. It means that his calamities came on him in quick succession. He had no time after one calamity to be composed before another one came. When he heard of one misfortune, he naturally dreaded another.
They came on with overwhelming rapidity. When one part of his property was taken, he had a deep apprehension respecting the rest. When all of his property was seized or destroyed, he had alarm about his children. When the report came that they were dead, he feared some other affliction still. The sentiment is in accordance with human nature that when we are visited by a sever calamities in one form, we naturally dread it in another.
The mind becomes exquisitely sensitive. That is what Barnes said, and I believe it is true. I do not have my health; I do not have the love of my wife. Yet earlier Daniel stated that the Messiah would come and be killed after the 69th seven. This would appear to be a contradiction unless Daniel was speaking of two comings of the Messiah.
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The first time was to be after the 69th seven, when he would die a penal, substitutionary death for the sins of Israel and accomplish the first three purposes listed in verse The second time was to be after the 70th seven still future , when he will establish the messianic kingdom and accomplish the last three things of verse There is also an important implication here that should not be missed. The Messiah would be killed after his first coming. Yet he would be alive at his second coming. The implication is that the Messiah would be resurrected from the dead after he was killed.
This dramatic prophecy features certain things in very clear and unmistakable terms. First, the Messiah was to be on earth years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. Secondly, after his appearance on earth he was to be killed, not for his own sins, but rather for those of others; and the death he would die was to be the death of the penalty of the law. Thirdly, the death of the Messiah had to come sometime before Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed again, which occurred in the year 70 C.
For that to occur, the implication is that the Messiah who was killed would return again. But who is this Messiah? One man fulfills all that is required in this passage. Jesus of Nazareth was born into the Jewish world and proclaimed his messiahship years after the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem was issued. In the year 30 C. Daniel indicated that he would be cut off, not for himself, but rather for others. Isaiah 53 also prophesied the death of the Messiah, pointing out that he would die a substitutionary death on behalf of his people Israel.
The teaching of the New Covenant is that Jesus died a penal death by taking upon himself the penalty of the Law as a substitute for his people. In keeping with Daniel , he died for the purpose of making an atonement for sins. Three days after his death, he was resurrected. Finally, the New Covenant proclaims the fact that he will someday return to set up his kingdom and the age of righteousness. If Daniel was right, then Messiah came and died prior to the year 70 C. If Daniel was right, then there are no other options for who the Messiah is, but Jesus of Nazareth.
If Daniel was right, this Jesus is destined to return and to set up the messianic kingdom. The purposes of the 70 sevens Daniel b Daniel was next told by Gabriel that the 70 sevens are to accomplish six purposes. The start of the 70 sevens Daniel a Daniel was clearly told when the 70 sevens would begin their countdown. The first 69 sevens Daniel b The 70 sevens are divided into three separate units—seven sevens, 62 sevens and one seven. The events between the 69th seven and the 70th seven Daniel Whereas the second subdivision of the 70 sevens was to immediately follow the first, the third subdivision was not immediately to follow the second.
Conclusions This dramatic prophecy features certain things in very clear and unmistakable terms. Who is this Messiah? This content was adapted from an earlier Jews for Jesus article. Subscribe To Our Newsletter. Yes No. Thank you! You are now signed up for our email publications. Get more: Add my print subscription:. You are now signed up for our email and mail publications. Have Questions?