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~ Day Twenty-Five ~
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The Book of Job ~ Chapter Twenty-Five
"Dominion and fear belong to Him;
He makes peace in His high places.
Is there any number to His armies?
Upon whom does His light not rise?"
(Job 25:2, 3)
MORNING MEDITATION
Dominion
In the beginning, the Lord made man in His image, to reflect His majesty on earth, and to represent His reign as His regents, ruling with wisdom. "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:27, 28). The Lord purposed from before its' foundations, that the physical earth would be subdued and yield its' rich natural resources under the leadership of His people who ruled with His same spiritual and moral nature with which He created them, always seeking the highest good for His creation and His creatures. Tragically, when sin was given opportunity to reign, the image of God was diminished in man, and for a time was distorted, until the day when the Son of Man came to earth and brought it back into focus (2 Corinthians 3:18).

"Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed."
(Daniel 7:14)

Outside of the safe compounds of the garden God had planted on the earth, the world is a hostile place. Sin has made the world a difficult place to live in and Satan's presence makes even the best efforts challenging. "Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:17b). All of man's energies and resources are spent trying to manage and control the earth, but sins' weeds and tares dominate the majority of man's labors. Where once man spent His days cultivating the ground of God's presence, sin slammed the golden door in his face, and the only way back into the Paradise of God is to look into the face of Jesus Christ, who alone has been given all the dominion. "...you shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:31-33). All man's empire's and enterprises will eventually vanish with the winds of time, but God's dominion is everlasting and will one day fill the whole earth. "In the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44). Let us lift up our glad voices in praise for the victory we have in Jesus Christ and the promise of the better Paradise where we will joyfully serve the Lord forever in His eternal kingdom. "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15b). Let us not waste our labors on lesser things with the time we have been given on this earth, but rather enter through the Golden Door, which Christ's blood has turned the key, and do the first works that we were entrusted with - to cultivate a life of fellowship with God, and to steward the gifts He has blessed us with to bring His goodness to the land for the benefit of all earth's inhabitants. "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
or say to Him, "What have You done?"
(Daniel 4:34b, 35)
AFTERNOON DEVOTION
Read: Job Chapter Twenty-Five

"How then can man be righteous before God?
Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?"
(Job 25:4)

Job's long-winded friends used a lot of words to say very little that brought the comfort their suffering friend so desperately needed to hear in his hour of need. As their counseling sessions were coming to a close, Zophar had already ran out of words and left the scene, and Bildad used the fewest words possible to sum up the unfathomable God of power and justice. "Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places. Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise?" (Job 25:2, 3). Job had been longing for an audience with God, so Bildad decided to set the record straight, and reprove his friend for trying to bridge the infinite distance that exists between holy God and sinful man. "The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S; but the earth He has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:16). How can man, who is born earthly and impure, even entertain the thought that he can stand before the Majestic Glory, when even the brightest lights of heaven are diminished and defective in God's sight? This was the main question that Job and his friends were battling round after round (Job 4:17; 9:2; 14:1). "If God puts no trust in His saints, and the heavens are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water!" (15:14-16). Let's not forget that it was God Himself who started the whole conversation, when He said to Satan: "Have you considered My servant Job, there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" (Job 1:8; 2:3). Job's friends had mistaken Job's tragic circumstances as the just outcome for his sins, when in fact, the Lord hand-picked Job for an action sermon to illustrate the devastating effects of sin on a righteous man and the powerful deliverance that comes when man trusts in Him. "For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). "For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). When sin is given dominion it will destroy all that a man has, disfigure his body, and diminish the image of God in which he was created, and reduce man to a worm-like state. Job was also being used to portray the power and justice of God in providing the only acceptable Mediator between God and man, the Man Jesus Christ, who alone can lift us up out of the ashes and place a crown upon our head. "To bestow on them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor" (Isaiah 61:3, NIV). God never intended for sin to have dominion over His creation, He purposed from the beginning that man and woman would rule as His regents over the earth. Therefore, before He laid the foundations of the earth, He provided the remedy for the disease that would wreak havoc on His creation and seek to destroy the moral health of the world which He had entrusted to man. Before we can adequately steward this world as God has intended, we must first yield dominion to Jesus Christ - for He has been given dominion over every kingdom, and that includes the hearts of man. "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:10, 11). May we yield daily to the Lord's rule and reign in our lives, through the blessed Holy Spirit indwelling within, as we pray continually with joy: Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)!

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
and to present you faultless before the presence
of His glory with exceeding joy,
to God our Savior, who alone is wise,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and forever. Amen."
(Jude 24, 25)
EVENING PRAYER
"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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