TOMORROW’S SERVICE (JANUARY 16th)

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Due to predicted bad weather and possible snow/ice accumulation, Sunday’s service (Jan. 16) is canceled. Please join us next week for our Wednesday night and Sunday services.

 

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Bible Study – Suffering Servant

When Yeshuah was preparing His followers for ministry he warned them that they would be treated as He was treated but not to lose faith.  God works in His people to strengthen our faith for His Glory.  Most often it is through the trials in our lives that we grow, our trust in God becomes stronger and our relationship with God grows closer

Job was Blameless

Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible and centers around the theme of a suffering servant.  Why did Job suffer when the first three verses confirm that he was faithful to God:

JOB 1:1-3 – There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. His possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.  NASB

We can make several deductions from the details given in the first chapter – Job was faithful to the Lord and was wealthy by Abrahamic standards and well respected among the “men of the east”.

God allowed Satan to test Job by taking everything from him, including his health.  His wife and friends insisted he had done something to offend God but he maintained his faithfulness to God.  His suffering had the purpose of demonstrating his faithfulness to God.  Was he miserable and in pain?  Absolutely!  Did he get whiney and pray for God to let him die? Yes!  Put yourself in Job’s place. What would you do?  How long would you be patient waiting for God to deliver you?  As if that was not enough for this man to deal with, his wife and friends did not offer him compassion and support in his suffering but insisted he had done something really bad for the Lord to allow this to happen to him.  

What is interesting is that In the middle of his misery Job makes this wonderful profession in the midst of his suffering:

JOB 19:25-26 – Yet as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last, He will take His stand on the earth.  Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I will see God. NASB

If this passage was shared with me without context I would assume it was a passage from the New Testament Epistles – my Redeemer lives?  He will take His stand on the earth?  I will see God?  But here it is in the oldest book in the Bible!  

The sub-title in my Criswell Study Bible for the passage below says “Job Submits to God”.  So this faithful man of God still had something to learn.  

JOB 42:1-6 – Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no plan is impossible for You. ‘Who is this who conceals advice without knowledge?’   Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I do not know.  ‘Please listen, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You will instruct me.’ I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You, Therefore I retract, And I repent, sitting on dust and ashes.”  NASB

God commended Job for his faith.  He was not happy with Job’s friends and required that they take a hefty burnt offering to Job to offer on their behalf.  We studied “Types of Christ” a few studies ago and in this passage Job is a type in that God had His servant, Job intercede for his friends before God.  Since the redeeming work of the cross, Yeshuah is our intercessor before God.  

JOB 42:10 – The Lord also restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased double all that Job had.  NASB

So the result of Job’s suffering was that his faith was made stronger and God restored Job and was glorified by Job, his friends and his new family.  

Joseph Saw the Big Picture

We studied the History of Joseph in GENSIS 37-50 in one of our previous studies as well.  Joseph also suffered but he did not lose faith in God even though he spent seven long years in prison for something he did not do.  Whether in prison or in Pharaoh’s court Joseph found a purpose and stuck to it.  When he finally revealed himself to his brothers they were afraid he would retaliate for what they had done to him but read Joseph’s response to them:

GENESIS 45:5-8 – Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save lives. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. So God sent me ahead of you to ensure for you a remnant on the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. NASB

God sent Joseph ahead to preserve the remnant.  They were two years into a seven year famine and the Lord had been at work for decades making provision to preserve the remnant of Israel.  Jacob’s sons were the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel!  God preserved the remnant that would bring the promised Messiah who would save the world.  

From suffering came powerful faith and God was glorified.  

Yeshuah the Messiah

In the Gospels we learn about Yeshuah’s life when He walked the earth.  He came from Glory to live a simple life on earth, announced to Israel He, the promised Messiah had come, suffered and died in our place.  Arose on the third day and God was glorified!

Are you seeing a pattern here?  

Suffering – Faith – God Glorified

There is a sub-theme, if you will, in the Gospel of John of suffering resulting in stronger faith and God glorified.  In a recent article by Dr. Cory M Marsh in the Winter 2021 Edition of Ariel magazine (www.ariel.org) he makes a statement that “John views the suffering of believers as a uniquely ordained channel that exalts, glorifies and reveals God.”  “Yeshuah’s suffering exalted God. (John 12:32-33)” There is purpose in our suffering.  

Re-read the Gospel of John with a focus on the humanity of the people Yeshuah encountered.  

Feel the grief of a father whose son is ill and dying and he cannot do anything about it but ask the Messiah to heal his son.  His son was healed as a result of his faith in Yeshuah.

Put yourself in the place of a man born unable to see and assumed to be cursed for a sin he and his family did not commit.  By faith he made the journey to the Pool of Siloam to wash his eyes.  Not only was his physical blindness healed but his spiritual blindness as well.

Yeshuah was one day’s walk from where Lazarus was dying but he waited till his friend had been dead for four days before arriving.  Consider the anguish of his sisters who loved their brother and loved Yeshuah who they knew could heal him, but now Lazarus was dead!  God was glorified as Lazarus walked out of the tomb and many believed!  

The disciples were totally bewildered when Yeshuah was crucified as they did not understand – He was the Messiah!  But Sunday was on the way and the second Chapter of Acts was coming, Praise God!  The Good News was spread to the ends of the known world and God was glorified!

And then there was Peter who caved when he was associated with Yeshuah on His way to be crucified.  Have you ever felt like you really disappointed God?  Haven’t we all felt like that at some point?  In each account faith was made stronger and God was indeed glorified.  

What About Today?

Messiah Christian Church is a community of faith where the link between suffering, faith and God Glorified has been experienced for years!  Ask anyone who has attended services and they can tell you of seeing God’s Glory in the faces of people who have come in the doors hurting and broken and leave healed and praising God for answered prayer.  It’s in the faces of members who know in their hearts that God still hears us and still is in the business of loving us and healing us.  Believers who gather to pray for people who are ill, are suffering and need to hear from the Lord and soak in His presence.   

It seems like every week God reveals someone else whose suffering lead to increased faith and God glorified.   Look at your family, your friends and your church family and look for the glory!

I like to keep in touch with OneForIsrael.org and read about the bountiful harvest they are seeing through their media ministry.  They have worked for many years to share the love of Yeshuah with the people of Israel and making in-roads had been a struggle.  Covid19 and four mandatory lockdowns in Israel over the past eighteen months resulted in an explosion of interest in their Facebook and YouTube ministries.  They are now getting 500,000 hits a month just in Israel!   From an unlikely circumstance of a pandemic their faithful struggle to share the Messiah is bearing fruit exponentially.  All for the Glory of God.

Ask the Lord to give you spiritual eyes to see where suffering has led to increased faith all to the Glory of God!

Resources for Bible Study

Through the Bible www.ttb.org offers a 5-year study of the whole Bible and is available to listen to, or you can request study materials from the website.

Ariel Ministries www.ariel.org offers “Yeshua The Life of the Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective”, by, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, TH.M,PH.D which is a great resource for an in-depth study of the Harmony of the Gospels.  Dr. Fruchtenbaum has spent the better part of his ministry publishing line-by-line studies of the books of the Bible from a Messianic Jewish perspective.

Notes:

  • Choose a literal translation, not a paraphrase for study. Some reliable translations are King James Version, New King James Version or New American Standard Bible.  Some examples of paraphrases are New Internation version, the Message and the Passion.
  • Ryrie Study Bible, NASB offers commentary, historical information and cross-references to enhance your personal study. Different versions of the Bible are available at BibleGateway.com where you can compare passages in different versions online.