Creation Studies Institute
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Weekly Devotionals by Pastor Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.



April 6, 2014 – Have You Considered My Servant Job

Job is thought to be the oldest book of the Bible, predating the Torah (Pentateuch or Books of Moses). At the end of the book, we read that Job died when we was 140 years old. That lifespan makes him a contemporary of Abraham as an early post-Flood patriarch. After we are introduced to Job, who is referred to as blameless and upright, Job 1:1, we are given a brief description of Job’s possessions, his family, servants, flocks, and the fact that Job made intercession for his sons with burnt offerings in case they had sinned against the Lord, Job 1:2-5.

It is here that we are given a glimpse of a meeting that took place in God’s heavenly throne room. The sons of God (in this case fallen angels, see Gen. 6:2) appear before the Lord. When the Lord asks Satan, “Where have you come from,” he replies, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.,” Job 1:6-7. Remember, that Satan is the god of this world. Eph. 2:2, the accuser of God’s children, Rev. 12:10, and Peter describes him in the same terms as the book of Job, I Peter 5:7-9.

 It is God who brings up the subject of Job. God is always sovereign, Acts 4:27-28; Lam. 3:37-38; Is. 54:15-17. In the case of Job, and in our own lives, God may give Satan permission to act against us, Job 1:12, 2:6, but it will always end in the same way, glorifying God and benefiting us, Rom. 8:28.

As is true for us today, Job is going to come through this victoriously, but not before he experiences godly sorrow with regard to his own pride, Job 35:9. Not only did Job receive awesome spiritual revelations and insights, he also was given insights of a scientific nature. It is clear from Job’s example that we learn things about God, and His ministry to us, through the various trials and tribulations of life. Sometimes our growth comes during severe wilderness experiences, but we always grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord through them all, Rom. 5:1-5.

 

April 13, 2014 –God’s revelations to His servant Job  

As we have noted, much of our growth process is connected to the trails and tribulations we experience this side of glory. Here are some of these great truths revealed to Job in the midst of severe trials and suffering.

The Lord is sovereign in the affairs of men

And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong, Job 1:20-22. 

Job understands he needs an intercessor

For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman (umpire) betwixt us that might lay his hand upon us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me, Job 9:32-35.
God’s creation speaks for itself
But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? Job 7: 7-9 (See also Rom.1:19-20)

Trust the Lord no matter what!

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him, Job 13:15.  

Job understood and believed wholeheartedly in the resurrection

“Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:23-27.

God’s Word is more important than regular food

But he knows the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food, Job 23:10-12.

Man will always reap what he sows (unless he reaps what Messiah has sown)

For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways, Job 34:11

There are countless insights and revelations about God’s creation throughout the Word of God, but the book of Job stands out for many reasons, not the least of them being its antiquity compared to the rest of God’s Word.



April 20, 2014 – Science insights in the book of Job

God stretched out the heavens, creating all of the countless stars, planets and heavenly bodies in the universe, Is. 42:5, 45:12, 48:13, 51:13; Jer. 10:12, 51:15. This “stretching” may have some impact as to why the known universe is millions of light years across, yet it was created during day four of the creation week. This may explain why local time (approximately 6-10,000 years) may not be in conflict with cosmic time (the distance light can travel which is 186,000 miles per second). Other questions such as “was the speed of light faster in the past” are also possible reasons for the apparent discrepancy between local earth time and cosmic time.

He shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars; He alone stretches out the heavens And treads on the waves of the sea; He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number, Job 9:6-10.

  • The Earth is suspended in outer space. It hangs on anything. Job could not have known this.

He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing, Job 26:7

  • The water or condensation cycle is described in the oldest book of the Bible.

For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man, Job 36:27-28.

  • Job describes the how water can be responsible for the rapid formation of the major geologic formations such as the Grand Canyon such as in the catastrophic worldwide flood in the days of Noah. What caused the Grand Canyon to form? Was it a little water and enormous eons of time or was it the catastrophic movement of a massive amount of water (the Flood) and a relative small amount of time. The evidence is on the side of the creationists. An important fact of recent history seems to support the biblical view of an enormous amount of water and a relative small amount of time. After the eruption of Mt. Saint Helen’s in southwest Washington state in 1980, a 1/40 scale model of the Grand Canyon formed in one day!  

“Who cuts a channel for the overflowing water, or a path for the thunderstorm?” Job 38:25

  • The book of Job describes how conglomerate sedimentary rocks are formed.

Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps, and the clods cling together? Job 38:37-38.

  • A terrestrial dinosaur, possibly an Apatosaurus, is described in the book of Job. A careful reading eliminates any animal known to exist today. Note that God says He made it when He created man.

“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; he eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron,” Job 40:15-18.

April 27, 2014 – Godly sorrow versus worldly sorrow

Job describes worldly sorrow.

By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none say, where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night; Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of the air? There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not hear vanity; neither will the Almighty regard it, Job 35:9.

Worldly sorrow begins and ends with circumstances, Ex. 9:29-32. It is purely superficial. It is externally motivated and it bears no fruit. When the pressure is taken off, those who experience worldly sorrow will go back to their lives with this attitude, “Thanks God, the next time I need You I’ll give you a call.”
But Job experiences godly sorrow.

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes,” Job 42:5-6.

Godly sorrow is also known as biblical repentance. Like everything else associated with the gospel, this too is a gift of God’s grace. With godly sorrow, the circumstances are used by God, I Kings 8:33-40. It is internally connected, Ps. 38:18, and it always bears fruit, Heb. 12:5-11.

God gave Job several important revelations, while Job was experiencing very real trials and tribulations. Often God gets our undivided attention by placing seemingly insurmountable problems in our lives so He can make us receptive to His truth. Because God desires us to be able to fulfill His perfect will, the nucleus of which is summarized by Paul to the believers in Thessalonica, the apostle Paul writes:

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Messiah Jesus,”

He will use everything at His disposal, even the enemy of our souls, Satan, to accomplish His perfect will for our lives, Phil. 1:3-7.

 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. Phil. 1:3-7.