Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Having A Conversation With The King An Open Invitation To Mercy
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
2. With what constancy he depends upon him: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him, Job_13:15. This is a high expression of faith, and what we should all labour to come up to - to trust in God, though he slay us, that is, we must be well pleased with God as a friend even when he seems to come forth against us as an enemy, Job_23:8-10. We must believe that all shall work for good to us even when all seems to make against us, Jer_24:5. We must proceed and persevere in the way of our duty, though it cost us all that is dear to us in this world, even life itself, Heb_11:35.
We must depend upon the performance of the promise when all the ways leading to it are shut up, Rom_4:18. We must rejoice in God when we have nothing else to rejoice in, and cleave to him, yea, though we cannot for the present find comfort in him. In a dying hour we must derive from him living comforts; and this is to trust in him though he slay us.
V. He wishes to argue the case even with God himself, if he might but have leave to settle the preliminaries of the treaty, Job_13:20-22. He had desired (Job_13:3) to reason with God, and is still of the same mind. He will not hide himself, that is, he will not decline the trial, nor dread the issue of it, but under two provisons: -
1. That his body might not be tortured with this exquisite pain: “Withdraw thy hand far from me; for, while I am in this extremity, I am fit for nothing. l can make a shift to talk with my friends, but I know not how to address myself to thee.” When we are to converse with God we have need to be composed, and as free as possible from every thing that may make us uneasy.
2. That his mind might not be terrified with the tremendous majesty of God: “Let not thy dread make me afraid; either let the manifestations of thy presence be familiar or let me be enabled to bear them without disorder and disturbance.” Moses himself trembled before God, so did Isaiah and Habakkuk. O God! thou art terrible even in thy holy places. “Lord,” says Job, “let me not be put into such a consternation of spirit, together with this bodily affliction; for then I must certainly drop the cause, and shall make nothing of it.” See what a folly it is for men to put off their repentance and conversion to a sick-bed and a death-bed. How can even a good man, much less a bad man, reason with God, so as to be justified before him, when he is upon the rack of pain and under the terror of the arrests of death? At such a time it is very bad to have the great work to do, but very comfortable to have it done, as it was to Job, who, if he might but have a little breathing-time, was ready either,
(1.) To hear God speaking to him by his word, and return an answer: Call thou, and I will answer; or,
(2.) To speak to him by prayer, and expect an answer: Let me speak, and answer thou me, v. 22. Compare this with Job_9:34, Job_9:35, where he speaks to the same purport. In short, the badness of his case was at present such a damp upon him as he could not get over; otherwise he was well assured of the goodness of his cause, and doubted not but to have the comfort of it at last, when the present cloud was over. With such holy boldness may the upright come to the throne of grace, not doubting but to find mercy there.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
come — rather as Greek, “approach,” “draw near.”
boldly — Greek, “with confidence,” or “freedom of speech” (Eph_6:19).
The throne of grace — God’s throne becomes to us a throne of grace through the mediation of our High Priest at God’s right hand (Heb_8:1; Heb_12:2). Pleading our High Priest Jesus’ meritorious death, we shall always find God on a throne of grace. Contrast Job’s complaint (Job_23:3-8) and Elihu’s “IF,” etc. (Job_33:23-28).
Obtain — rather, “receive.”
Mercy — “Compassion,” by its derivation (literally, fellow feeling from community of suffering), corresponds to the character of our High Priest “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Heb_4:15).
Find grace — corresponding to “throne of grace.” Mercy especially refers to the remission and removal of sins; grace, to the saving bestowal of spiritual gifts [Estius]. Compare “Come unto Me ... and I will give you rest (the rest received on first believing). Take My yoke on you ... and ye shall find rest (the continuing rest and peace found in daily submitting to Christ’s easy yoke; the former answers to “receive mercy” here; the latter, to “find grace,” Mat_11:28, Mat_11:29).
In time of need — Greek, “seasonably.” Before we are overwhelmed by the temptation; when we most need it, in temptations and persecutions; such as is suitable to the time, persons, and end designed (Psa_104:27). A supply of grace is in store for believers against all exigencies; but they are only supplied with it according as the need arises. Compare “in due time,” Rom_5:6. Not, as Alford explains, “help in time,” that is, to-day, while it is yet open to us; the accepted time (2Co_6:2).
Help — Compare Heb_2:18, “He is able to succor them that are tempted.”
Many people neglect prayer, because they do not understand how to pray. The disciples said, “Lord teach us to pray"
Others, because they do not know what to pray for.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Reader understand, it is the role of the Holy Spirit to pray the will of the lord in us, and the spirit helps us in ALL our infirmities, the word infirmity in the Greek , is weakness of Body or mind. That covers it all. We know Jesus is our intercessor, few know the Holy Spirit also is our intercessor, the spirit of Christ, the spirit of Jehovah, and the Holy Spirit as a separate part of the divine trinity, confused, so am I. The trinity is an unexplainable mystery, but well supported in the word of the lord.
This groaning of the Spirit that groans in such a way it is not expressible in human language. It is a heavenly groaning, so holy, so profound; it cannot truly be uttered. We have our spirit prayer language; this intercession by the Spirit is different. JFB makes it understandable.
Maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered — that is, which cannot be expressed in articulate language. Sublime and affecting ideas, for which we are indebted to this passage alone! “As we struggle to express in articulate language the desires of our hearts and find that our deepest emotions are the most inexpressible, we ‘groan’ under this felt inability. But not in vain are these groanings. For ‘the Spirit Himself’ is in them, giving to the emotions which He Himself has kindled the only language of which they are capable; so that though on our part they are the fruit of impotence to utter what we feel, they are at the same time the intercession of the Spirit Himself in our behalf.”
We have all been there, maybe you are there today. Your prayers are filled with tears, sorrow, fear, hurt, weakness of mind, or body, remember the word says , Jehovah has mercy on his inflicted ones, this verse I used many time when I was in the Mental Health field. I lead many seriously disabled ones, to Jesus, and yet saw little change, over medicated, seriously impaired, anyone with any mental illness, a mental weakness finds great hope in this, the lord of mercy knows our frames and we are but dust, thank the lord for mercy.
However, not in vain are these groanings. For ‘the Spirit Himself’ is in them, giving to the emotions which He Himself has kindled the only language of which they are capable;
This is key in having a conversation with our king, we must understand, He understands. The king knows his subjects well, he knows our need, our emotions, our fears, our failures, our depravity, our flesh, the trials and tribulations, and yes, we have a compassionate King that knows every hair on our head. Many things in the word are clear, others are so deep and this is why deep calleth unto deep, this is why, Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit....
It is not mystical, but it is revelation, things we claim by faith as truths, many times we cannot even explain these deep truths, as we cannot.
Why do bad things happen to good people, (saved people), and good things happen to bad people, (evil people), it is a subject well covered in the bible, this is why we are not to covet what another has, because that person is probably going to hell, and to date I have never seen a hearse pulling a u-haul behind it, have you?
The ways and thoughts of our King are far above ours, he is the King, he knows all, so when we converse with our king, understand the verses I have used, we have confidence, and freedom of speech, we can freely talk to our King as our friend, because he is our friend. Jesus said," I know longer call you servants, but friends" this is a profound thing, yet servant friends we are.
If you were to approach a Queen or a King, you had to get permission for a conversation, with our King we do not, so why do we neglect prayer, we have full permission and access right now. When you leave the conversation with a Queen or King, you have many things you have to do, during and after, after, you have to walk away backwards or you would be put to death, you never turn your back, you bow and walk backwards facing the royalty.
How different it is with our King, we have one rule, the blood of Christ, if covered by the blood He shed, we can freely inter, no real rules at all, anytime, anywhere we can have this conversation with our merciful King.
The others that do not pray is due to unbelief, in this category we may be in prayer and say a lot of words, but if there is no faith, no belief, we might as well be talking to the postman.
Others do not have a conversation with our King, because they fear Him.
We are to have the fear of the lord, he alone is sovereign, he is a consuming fire, we do not enter in lazy, or fog headed, clutter minded , or with such a casual presence we almost think our King is our Sugar Daddy, like many in the Word of Faith Camp, also many in some denominations think if you do not use a sacred name, others if you do not bow your head and pray like a dead man, your dead, a false reverence of legalism.
No, we enter in and freely talk in reverence, it is Ok to lift your hands, many think if you even lift your voice or lift your hands it is ungodly, and shows a lack of reverence or humility, what bible are they reading, let me know, please.
It is the Holy Spirit that empowers and energizes our prayer, it is the dunamis power of our King that is a free gift, I guess many accept one free gift, salvation, but choose to not take the second gift, the second blessing, they are satisfied with being sealed, as all born again saints are, but we must desire to be filled, amen.
This gives us the power, the key to pray as we should, it gives understanding that our King is a loving King, and loves the praise of his people, even in tough times, maybe even more when we are in tough times, when we make the choice to rejoice.
The Spirit of truth will lead us into all truth, we need not fear anything, nor fear approaching our lord who is a consuming fire, he baptized many of us with the wind and flame, a baptism in a Holy Fire, with His Holy Spirit, and the holy Spirit, helps us in all our weaknesses, we can groan and groan and the lord understands all, as it is his spirit doing the groaning for us, praying the will of the lord.
Once we are resolved to a life of prayer we can say as Job said in the text, Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:..............
Even till death do we part, no matter what we go through, no matter what comes, in life and death we are his, if death, our conversation with our King will be face to face, what a day that will be. The whole matter of prayer is Mercy, and Trust. The lord’s Mercy that we can trust in. The lord’s majesty as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, what a mighty savior we have. In all tribulations today and in our days ahead, we can with confidence say, if the King chooses to slay me, let me die, even than I will TRUST in him.
Has it been a while sense you had a conversation with our King? If so, have it right now, where you are, he is just waiting to talk to you, and as the song says, I miss my time with you.
We can let all the worry of our nation falling, the coming economic collapse and fall of our nation and other nations, but even in this we can trust our King, and why? We can freely, at anytime have a one on one talk with our King.