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June 13, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Job 40-42

 

Job 41:10

None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

 

Leviathan, that fire breathing, water and land dweller, monster of a beast was so formidable, strong, and dangerous that none dare stir him up.  Whatever he was, Job and friends must have been familiar with him. They understood what God was communicating: If you will not as much as stir Leviathan up, how can you stand before me? After all, God created Leviathan. God spoke to him, and he to God. The Lord may have played with him as a child would play with a gecko. The question …who then is able to stand before me is well worth investigating.

 

Consider some individuals who stood before the Lord and the results.

 

Abraham fell on his face when God talked with him. Genesis 17:3

 

When the Lord spoke with Moses in Numbers 16:45, he (Moses) fell on his face.

 

Balaam fell on his face when he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way. Numbers 22:31

 

Joshua, upon seeing the Captain of the Host, fell flat on his face. Joshua 5:14

 

Manoah and his wife fell on their faces upon seeing the angel of the Lord ascend out of the flame of the sacrifice. Judges 13:20

 

Ezekiel saw the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord and fell on his face. Ezekiel 1:28

 

When the disciples heard the voice of God in Matthew 17:6 they fell on their faces.

 

All the angels, the elders, and the four beasts fell on their faces before God’s throne in Revelation 7:11

 

The four and twenty elders, which sit before God, fell on their faces and worshipped Him. Revelation 11:16

 

When John saw the Lord Jesus in Revelation 1, he fell on his face. Revelation 1:17

 

Some cannot stand and face a spider; how will they stand before Him?  Years ago, someone interviewed a very famous rock star and asked him if he would play his music and sing his lyrics before the throne of God to which he replied: “Yes, and when I see God face to face, I will tell Him a few things.” No, he won’t. He will do that which all who see God will and have done. We will fall on our faces.

 

If godly people like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Manoah and his wife, Ezekiel, the disciples, and the elders in the book of the Revelation fell on their face when coming face to face with God, Who then, can stand before Him?

 

The story of Job has ended, but ours is still being written. The best advice to be gained from this book is twofold: Fear not for God is in control, and try to sin not nor charge God foolishly.

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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