The Book of Job in the Old Testament,  dated between the 6th and 4th century BC, is believed to be the oldest book in the Bible by Theologians and Historians.

The Book of Job tells the story of a man who is prosperous but righteous; so afraid that his children may sin that he offers burnt offerings for them daily.  We learn that Satan, the adversary and accuser, comes before God and the “sons of God”, i.e., the Arch-angels, whereupon a wager is made that Satan can turn Job against God by taking away all he has of value to him.

After doing so, (and failing), Satan returns and says that if Job is touched directly he will turn away from God.  God then let’s Satan afflict Job, but not kill him.  The affliction that Job endures, along with the wrong deductions by his “friends” about why he is afflicted, eventually lead God to speak directly to Job (who has questioned why God would afflict him, a righteous man):

“{38:1} Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, {38:2} Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? {38:3} Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. {38:4} Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. {38:5} Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? {38:6} Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; {38:7} When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 

He continues on to enlighten Job on who he is (Job), and who HE is (God).  Job is then recompensed fully for his losses, and the “friends” are ordered to make restitution to God for their ill-conceived advice.

But, let’s take a closer look at a few of the verses I cited above:

First, notice in verse 4 of Chapter 38:  {38:4} “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.”

We know from the Book of Genesis, the foundations of the Earth were laid at the beginning of time.  In John, we read the following from chapter 1:

{1:1} In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. {1:2} The same was in the beginning with God. {1:3}
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made. {1:4} In him was life; and the life was the light of
men. {1:5} And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not. {1:14} And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

It states that the “Word” was with God and that the Word WAS God.  It goes on to say that the same (“The Word”) was in the beginning with God.  John then explains that the “Word” was there for the entire creation, and that without him was not anything made.  Then he tells us that the “Word” was made flesh, and dwelt among us, as the only begotten of the Father, Jesus Christ.  So God, well before Abraham and Moses, is telling Job that he laid the foundations of the Earth, and John let’s us know that Jesus Christ (The “Word”) was right there.  This is also why we read “Let us make man in OUR image”, when refering to Adam in the Book of Genesis:

{1:26} And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness:

Next, notice in verse 38:4 – 38:7, God is telling him that when He laid the foundations of the Earth, and “...laid the corner stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy?…”

Well, we read that the corner stone was Jesus Christ by his very words in the Book of Matthew:

{21:42} Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? {21:43} Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. {21:44} And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to
powder.”

And what happened when the Corner Stone (Jesus Christ) was born into the Earth?  Just like Job was told thousands of years before it happened, in the Book of Luke, it is related how the “Sons of God” celebrated:

{2:8} And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. {2:9} And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. {2:10} And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. {2:11} For
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord. {2:12} And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall
find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. {2:13}
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, {2:14} Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Finally, to be sure that Job knew that Jesus Christ would come one day to redeem his soul (i.e, make the payment for him, and all of us who sin and cannot otherwise approach God because of the Accuser, Satan), we read this marvelous verse:

{Job 19:21} “Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. {19:22} Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh? {19:23} Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! {19:24} That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! {19:25} For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: {19:26} And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body,] yet in my flesh shall I see God:”

Job is saying that the hand of God has touched him, convicting him (in his mind), but that he knows his words (account of his life) are written in the “rock forever”, which refers to Jesus (The corner stone).  And he proclaims that he “knows my redeemer liveth, and he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth”, a direct reference to Jesus Christ, the redeemer, who “paid back” the wages of sin for everyone, everywhere with His death on the Cross.   He also knows that, though his Earthly body will decay, he will in his flesh (the resurrection body) see God.  Who will do this for him?  The Word, this Jesus Christ – will stand at the latter day on the earth triumphant and ready to redeem all who have accepted or rejected the corner stone, giving us a new body and a new name:

{Revelations 19:11} “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. {19:12} His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. {19:13} And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. {19:14} And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. {19:15} And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. {19:16} And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Yes, many centuries before Christ, when Satan accused a righteous man before God, the Corner Stone, redeemer of mankind, and the Faithful and True Word of God, Jesus, King of Kings, was known by the faithful servant, Job.  How wonderful and gracious God is, to let us know His plan before times!  And that Job, in his depths of despair (Satan), KNEW his Redeemer would live and stand on the Earth at the End of Time, ready to destroy the Accuser of both Job and the world!

Thank you God, for your loving kindness shown from the very creation of time!

This is the true meaning of Thanksgiving…

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