"Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him... So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great."
(Job 2:11, 13 KJV)
Please notice, these were three friends of Job who knew about Our Awesome God, and came by foot and donkey to mourn with him. Eliphaz, the Temanite, who came from Edom, from people that were known for their wisdom. Bildad, the Shuhite, who came from a powerful people that lived on both sides of the Euphrates, bordering on Arabia. Zophar, the Naamathite who was from Naaman which was possibly Arabian and close to Uz and Syria. These places are all a long way from Job's home, especially by foot. Do you have one friend who would travel that far to mourn with you over the loss of your children and wealth? Job had three.
They saw Job's grief and it took them 7 days before they could talk to him, but Scripture says that they wept with him. These people really loved him! They probably brought their families and possessions with them. Would you feel a friend's grief so much that you would wait 7 days to talk to him? These were real friends! Then they opened their mouths and told Job what they thought. Almost all commentaries that we read said how awful his friends were because they thought it was Job's fault.
We should take a closer look at these three friends and what they said. They thought they were helping Job and supporting him in his grief. Remember, true friends would die for you as Jesus Christ did. We should consider these as true friends, just set in their ways and not very subtle, but really wanting Job to repent for his sake.
Our Awesome God wants you to check yourself daily and repent of any sin you have committed. He wants you to know Him as Job did and know your Bible well enough to know when you sin. You are His child if you believe in His son, Jesus Christ, who died for you and took your sins upon Himself and then arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Learn how to be a true friend, like
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM.
See you then, Friend!
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
(Philippians 3:20-21 KJV)
Our earthly bodies are all corrupted by sin (Romans 7:24-25) but we will get new spiritual bodies from Our Awesome God that are incorruptible and will have no pain and no growing old. These bodies will be bodies that last through all eternity. Our entrance to heaven requires a new body (1 Corinthians 15:50). Our hearts will be new too, and purified so that sin is not sitting ready to pounce on us (Psalms 17:4). If our heart desires heaven, then we will want to place our citizenship there, so it follows that we also want to know more about heaven.
We will get a new mind from Our Awesome God to go with our new heart and body. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV) So now things are known on earth in "part" but when we get to heaven we will have the mind of Christ (1 John 3:2). Most important is that we won't be sinning or tempted to sin as we are here on earth.
Our Awesome God has planned it all out from beginning to end (Acts 17:26). Our Christian encounters here are not by chance but are encounters with friends that God knew would help us and would enrich our lives. We will see many of them in heaven and meet many others including the great Biblical characters that are in the Holy Bible. That also is why we should want to know more about heaven.
Our Awesome God will work while we are on earth to improve us for the time when we will become perfect in body, heart and mind for His new heaven and earth. The feeling of being without sin must be marvelous. Remember, only Christians go to heaven because they are the ones that want to be with God in heaven. Look again at our website on 6/24/15 for #3 Is Heaven Our Home? This will be part 3 of Heaven with Our Awesome God.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA. There is more during the week. Bible Studies in homes and a Prayer meeting with a Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill