The more you know the more you know you don’t know. Ever had that realization? When you first start out and you are working on things you get to a point where you think you have it all under control and understood. As you continue to grow and learn you get to a point where you start to feel like you don’t know so much. I remember when I got a new boss at one point who asked for a deep dive into the areas I was responsible for and because of all the scope and breadth of things I had to cover that I felt like there was more things I didn’t know than I knew. As I put together the deck, it helped to encourage me as I realize that there was a lot of things I did know and helped me focus on that rather than on the fact that because of the breadth and the depth of the product there was so much I didn’t know.
So don’t be so proud and so arrogant that you think you know it all! Be humble and serve others because the reality is you don’t know it all. If you think you do, consider the questions that God was asking Job as we continue today’s reading in Job 39…
1“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving doe?2Do you count the months they fulfill and do you know the time when they give birth3when they kneel, bring forth their young, and their labor pains end?4Their young thrive and grow strong in the open field; They leave and never return to them.5“Who sent the wild donkey free? Who released the bonds of the wild ass,6to whom I gave the Arabah as its home, the salt land as its dwelling place?7It scorns the commotion in the town; it does not hear the taskmaster’s shouts.8It explores the mountains as its pasture and searches after every green thing.9“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will it spend the night at your manger?10Will you bind a wild ox to a furrow with his rope? Will it plow valleys behind you?11Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your labor to it?12Can you trust it to bring in your seed and gather it to your threshing floor?13“The wings of the ostrich flap joyously, but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork?14For she leaves her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the soil,15and forgets that a foot may crush them, that a wild beast may trample them.16She treats her young ones harshly, as if they were not hers; She is not concerned that her labor was in vain,17for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of understanding.18When she lifts herself to flee she laughs at the horse and its rider.19“Do you give the horse its strength? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?20Do you cause him to leap like locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying!21He paws in the valley and exalting in his strength he charges into the fray.22He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; he does not recoil from the sword.23On him the quiver rattles; the spear and javelin flash.24With quaking and excitement, he swallows up the ground. He cannot stand still when the shofar sounds.25At the blast of the shofar, he says, ‘Aha!’ From a distance he smells battle, the shout of the captains and the battle cry.26“Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, spreading its wings toward the south?27Is it by your command that an eagle soars and builds its nest high?28It dwells on a cliff and spends the night there, on a rocky crag and stronghold.29From there it searches for food; its eyes detect it from afar.30Its young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there it is.”–from Job 39
and in Job 40…we see how we need to be humble before God. We need to humble ourselves and pray! We need to be humble servants! We need to put our full trust in Him! We can’t be concerned about what our friends say or trying to justify ourselves, we need to be living our lives as living sacrifices to Jesus! We need to live our lives in ways that will glorify our Father in Heaven! We need to remember that the trials are for our good and should consider it pure joy when we get the opportunity to have one. We need to live in relationship with Jesus as overcomers! Yes in this world we will have troubles, but we can take hold and be encouraged by the fact that Jesus has told us that we will have troubles but to be encouraged for He has already overcome the world! So let’s see what God says to Job in Job 40…
Insignificant Before God1Then Adonai answered Job, saying:2“Will the one who contends with Shaddai correct him? Let him who accuses God answer!”3Then Job answered Adonai. He said:4“Indeed, I am unworthy— what can I reply to You? I put my hand over my mouth.5I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”6Then Adonai answered Job from the whirlwind:7“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you will inform Me!8“Would you really annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?9Do you have an arm like God’s and can you thunder with a voice like His?10Then adorn yourself in majesty and dignity; clothe yourself in splendor and honor.11Scatter the fury of your anger. Look at every proud person and bring him low;12look at everyone who is proud and humble him; tread down the wicked where they stand.13Hide them together in the dust bind their faces in the hidden place.14Then I—even I will acknowledge to you, that your own right hand can save you!
Behemoth and Leviathan15“Look now at Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox.16Now look at his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.17He stiffens his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.18His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs like rods of iron.19He is first among the ways of God, Let his Maker draw near with His sword!20For the mountains bring him food, and all the wild animals play there.21Under the lotus plants he lies down, in the secrecy of the reeds and marsh.22The lotuses conceal him in their shade; the willows of the brook surround him.23If the river rages, he is not alarmed. He is secure, even though the Jordan surges against his mouth.24Can anyone capture it by its eyes, or pierce his nose with hooks?25“Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, or tie down his tongue with a cord?26Can you put a reed rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?27Will he make many supplications to you, or speak softly to you?28Will he make a covenant with you, so you can take him as a slave forever?29Can you play with him like a bird, or put him on a leash for your girls?30Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him among the merchants?31Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?32If you lay your hands on him— you will remember the battle and never do it again!
In all we do, let’s acknowledge God! Let’s not walk around thinking we know it all, but rather let’s humbly turn to God for wisdom! By acknowledging Him, He will make our path straight! By turning to him for wisdom humbly, He will provide it without finding fault! Let’s not lean on our own understanding, but let’s turn to the one who does know it all, the beginning from the end! And allow our lives to shine for Him and because of Him that others may see it and praise our Father in Heaven!
Today’s reading concludes in Acts 2. Have you received the baptism of he Holy Spirit, which is for everyone? The gifts of the Holy Spirit are different and are given specific people for specific times and purpose! The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for everyone! Let’s see how it took place the first time while they waited in Jerusalem…
The Ruach Fills the Disciples1When the day of Shavuot had come, they were all together in one place.2Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.3And tongues like fire spreading out appeared to them and settled on each one of them.4They were all filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh and began to speak in other tongues as the Ruach enabled them to speak out.5Now Jewish people were staying in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.6And when this sound came, the crowd gathered. They were bewildered, because each was hearing them speaking in his own language.7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “All these who are speaking—aren’t they Galileans?8How is it that we each hear our own birth language?9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and those living in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and parts of Libya toward Cyrene, and visitors from Rome11(both Jewish people and proselytes), Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring in our own tongues the mighty deeds of God!”12And they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to each other, “What does this mean?”13Others, poking fun, were saying, “They are full of sweet new wine!”–from Acts 2 (TLV)
It took Peter the shy quiet type and gave him courage and boldness and wisdom to speak up about what was and had taken place…
Peter Speaks to the Shavuot Crowd14But Peter, standing with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: “Fellow Judeans and all who are staying in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and pay attention to my words.15These men are not drunk, as you suppose—for it’s only the third hour of the day!16But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:17‘And it shall be in the last days,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out My Ruach on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.18Even on My slaves, male and female, I will pour out MyRuach in those days, and they shall prophesy.19And I will give wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath— blood, and fire, and smoky vapor.20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious Day of Adonai comes.21And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of Adonai shall be saved.’22“Men of Israel, hear these words! Yeshua ha-Natzrati—a Man authenticated to you by God with mighty deeds and wonders and signs God performed through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23this Yeshua, given over by God’s predetermined plan and foreknowledge, nailed to the cross by the hand of lawless men, you killed.24But God raised Him up, releasing Him from the pains of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held by it.25For David says about Him, ‘I saw Adonai always before me, for He is at my right hand so that I might not be shaken.26Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my body also will live in hope,27because You will not abandon my soul to Sheol or let Your Holy One see decay.28You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.’29“Brothers, I can confidently tell you that the patriarch David died and was buried—his tomb is with us to this day.30So because he was a prophet and knew God had sworn with an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne,31David saw beforehand and spoke of Messiah’s resurrection—that He was not abandoned to Sheol, and His body did not see decay.32“This Yeshua God raised up—we all are witnesses!33Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God and receiving from the Father the promise of the Ruach ha-Kodesh, He poured out this—what you now see and hear.34For David did not ascend into the heavens; yet he himself says, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,35until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’36“Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him—this Yeshua whom you had crucified—both Lord and Messiah!”–from Acts 2(TLV)
It touched hearts and transformed lives. Not just the disciples, but those who heard what was taking place!
Teshuvah—Thousands Immersed37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the emissaries, “Fellow brethren, what shall we do?”38Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be immersed in the name of Messiah Yeshua for the removal of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach ha-Kodesh.39For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away—as many as Adonai our God calls to Himself.”40With many other words he warned them and kept urging them, saying, “Save yourselves from this twisted generation!”41So those who received his message were immersed, and that day about three thousand souls were added.–from Acts 2 (TLV)
So let’s be calling people up! Let’s be giving hands up to a better life rather than handouts! Let’s be calling people to a higher standard rather than allow people to live at the lowest common denominator! Let’s be helping to foster a place where people can live to their fullness in and through their relationships with Jesus! We see Acts 2 closing with the following! So let’s keep God in the center and as our focus! Let’s be building the kingdom of God and those who are being saved!
New Covenant Community Begins42They were devoting themselves to the teaching of the emissaries and to fellowship, to breaking bread and to prayers.43Fear lay upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were happening through the emissaries.44And all who believed were together, having everything in common.45They began selling their property and possessions and sharing them with all, as any had need.46Day by day they continued with one mind, spending time at the Temple and breaking bread from house to house. They were sharing meals with gladness and sincerity of heart,47praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord was adding to their number those being saved.–from Acts 2 (TLV)