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~ Day Twenty-One ~
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Twenty-One
"Yet they say to God, "Depart from us,
for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?"
(Job 21:14, 15)
When the Lord purposes to bring His people into relationship with Himself, He introduces Himself with His personal name. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord visited him and said: "I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless" (Genesis 17:1). Later, when He appeared to Jacob to give him the new name, Israel, He revealed Himself by the same name: "I am God Almighty" (Genesis 35:11). The Lord affirmed the strength of His covenant relationship with His people again when He spoke to His servant Moses, revealing His name: "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:24); then He provided further revelation in an even more intimate way: "I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them...Therefore say to the children of Israel: I am the LORD...I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God..." (Exodus 6:2-3, 6a, 7a). From the beginning, the patriarchs had known the Lord as El Shaddai - God Almighty, but now He would have His people know Him as Yahweh - the LORD. The Lord intended to lead His people to a whole new level in their relationship with Him; He desired for them to know Him on a more intimate and personal level, both as a nation, and as individuals. "Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know that day that I am He who speaks: 'Behold, it is I' " (Isaiah 52:6).

"I will take you as My people, and I will be your God.
then you shall know that I am the LORD your God
who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
And I will bring you into the land which I swore
to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
and I will give it to you as a heritage:I am the LORD."
(Exodus 6:7, 8)

The tabernacle years in the wilderness were a vital season for the formation and transformation of a chosen people who would be used by God to bring the knowledge of His salvation to the world (Genesis 12:1-3). "I the LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:6). The Hebrews had lived under the yoke of slavery for so long that they needed to be re-acquainted with their covenant-keeping God. They would need to be "transformed by the renewing of their minds" (Romans 12:2) in order to restore their high view of God that they had entombed with all of Egypt's many idols in the clay structures they were forced to build in the years of their bondage. "...you shall know no God but Me; for there is no savior besides Me. I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought" (Hosea 13:4b, 5). Their understanding of God's tender mercy and compassionate care had been all but beaten out of them under the cruel and abusive hands of their Egyptian taskmasters. They had grown so accustomed to living in bondage that, even the idea of freedom was a concept so far out of their reach, they couldn't even begin to comprehend it with their imagination, let alone apprehend it in actual human experience. The Lord handled the frailty of His newly-forming infant nation with kid-gloves, revealing Himself to Moses as: "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin..." (Exodus 34:6, 7a). From the start, the Lord wanted His people to know He was for them and not against them. He was leading and guiding them as a Good Shepherd to a new and fertile land with green pastures and still waters, and away from the desolate land of their bondage and suffering. The wilderness years would be used to rebuild their relationship with Him and reestablish their trust. Through the tent of meeting and tabernacle they would learn how to communicate with the Lord, and be taught how to approach Him and worship Him with reverence and fear. Every step of the way, they would be led to new levels of intimacy and deepening dependence upon the Lord. He would transform His people spiritually as He led them physically out of the bonds of slavery into freedom and liberty, while faithfully protecting them and providing for their every need as He guided them with His Presence moment by moment, day by day, and year by year in their pilgrimage journey to the promised land. Israel's tabernacle journey provides us a beautiful and vivid picture of our own pilgrimage journey in the Christian walk of faith; illustrating how our Lord has led us out from under the bondage of sin's power and is now leading us in our own personal pilgrimage through this wilderness world, while guiding us with the help of the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit, to discover new heights and depths and lengths and widths in our understanding of His abounding love for us. Let us thank our Lord Jesus for this reminder of how powerful and precious His name is to each of us - for it is the gracious way He chose to reveal Himself to us in order that He might bring us into a personal, intimate relationship with Himself. "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15).

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty
by which Christ has made us free,
and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
(Galatians 5:1)
Read: Job Chapter Twenty-One

"How then can you comfort me with empty words,
since falsehood remains in your answers?"
(Job 21:34)

In making Himself known, the Lord's highest priority is for His people to experience a life of deep, abiding intimacy with Him. He wants us to enjoy unbroken fellowship and communication with Him, and to grow to trust Him more and more as He leads out of darkness into ever-increasing light in our relationship with Him. "And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God" (James 2:23). Job enjoyed a special friendship with the Lord, and the lines of communication were always open, until a certain day when everything went silent. The wires were cut and the lights went out. But even while he sat in the dark wondering what possibly could have happened, he never doubted God's love or mistrusted God's hand in His life. His friends should have been messengers from heaven bringing comfort and consolation to their friend while he waited for the darkened sky hovering over him to brighten again. Instead, they chose to report darker, more dismal weather ahead for their friend, and promised only disaster if he didn't make the necessary adjustments to get out of the eye of the storm. "Look, I know your thoughts, and the schemes with which you would wrong me" (Job 21:27). Job and his friends didn't know what God was doing, but Job knew his God and trusted Him completely. While Job kept his eyes fixed on the Lord and not on his tragic circumstances, his friends were continually assaulting him with wicked words to diminish and distort his vision, in an attempt to tempt him to surrender his high view of God. Thankfully, Job didn't bend to the pressure, and came back strong with the full armor on and set them straight with an artillery of truth. "Your words have been harsh against Me," says the LORD, "Yet you say 'What have we spoken against You?' You have said, 'It is useless to serve God; what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before the LORD of hosts? So now we call the proud blessed, for those who do wickedness are raised up; they even tempt God and go free' " (Mal. 3:13, 14). On the night of our Lord Jesus' arrest, when asked for His identity, all our Lord had to say was "I am He," and those standing there were cast to the ground (John 18:5, 6). There is power (wonder-working power!) in the name of Jesus! His name is our portion and our heritage. May we not be ashamed or afraid to be identified with so powerful, perfect, and precious a name, as the name our Lord has given to reveal Himself to us and uses to identify us as His own ~ JESUS! "...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9, 10). "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him
and given Him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth,
and of those under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:9-11)
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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