Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00pm to Wed, Apr 3 at 12:00am CST

I. Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

A. Lets judge in light of what the Word says. B. The Word makes sense -- religion doesn't.

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II. Job’s experience

A. Six important things to consider when reading the book of Job. 1. Job did not have the information we have from the first couple of chapters of the book of Job. 2. Job didn’t have the New Testament. 3. Job, in fact did not have any Bible at all. 4. Job said many thing that he thought were true, but he later admitted that he didn’t always know what he was talking about. a. Job 38:1 ¶ Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: 2 "Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? b. Job 42:3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 5. Satan is clearly the destroyer here, and God is clearly the blesser. 6. Job’s statements were not inspired of God, but the recording of them was. It is true that Job made all of those statements, but not all of his statements were true. B. Was God encouraging satan to attack Job? Job 1:6 ¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it." 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" 1. Verse 8 Jewish Publication Society And the LORD said unto Satan: ‘Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a whole-hearted and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil?’ 2. Satan was boasting to God about how he was having his way in the earth. God said, “No, you’re forgetting about Job.” 3. Satan said to God, “No, Job only fears you because you have blessed him, and besides that, I can’t touch him because of that hedge you put around him.” Job 1:9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 4. Satan tried to incite God against Job, but God refused. Job 1:11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" 5. God said to satan, “You’re so dumb you don’t even know that Job has torn his hedge down.” Job 1: 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. 6. Fear tore down Job’s hedge. Job 1: 5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly. a. Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. b. Proverbs 29:25 ¶ The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. C. So what is the point of Job’s story? 1. Learn from Job’s mistakes. 2. Satan is your enemy, not God. 3. God is the giver, protector, blesser and healer.

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III. He sent His Word – His medicine. Psalm 107:17 Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions., Proverbs 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

A. The Hebrew word translated “health” in Proverbs 4: 22 is “marpe’”. It could be translated as “a cure” or “medicine”. We could say (from Psalm 107:20), “He sent His medicine and healed them...” B. If God’s Word is medicine, could we not say it is God’s prescription for sickness and disease? C. If it is God’s prescription, should we not take it as instructed?

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IV. To say healing is not for us today is equivalent to saying God’s medicine has an expiration date.

A. God’s medicine has not diminished in its effectiveness or its suitability for use. Matthew 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled., 1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. B. You must take the medicine according to the instructions. Proverbs 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 1. “give attention” is the Hebrew word “qashab” = giving heed to and holding in high regard, to give respectful attention to. John 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 2. Diligence. 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. C. Get the instructions right. Genesis 3 1. Eve got it wrong. Genesis 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’" 2. What did God really say? Details are important. Genesis 2:17. "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." 3. Many have missed details that allowed the devil to confuse them, thus gaining access to their minds

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