Eliphaz hits upon a tremendous truth about God. He says, “Please receive instruction from His (God’s) mouth, and establish His words in your heart.” (22:22) Then he goes on to list the blessings of being one of God’s people.
Now I have a question: how does he know this?Which words is he talking about? This was before the time of God’s Word being sent to us in written or even oral form. The first books of the Bible were not written until Moses came along.
It’s interesting to think about these things, because we know that God spoke to Adam, Noah, and Abraham among others. There was communication, but not the written word. We really don’t know how that communication came – maybe through dreams or thoughts.
I think about Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through that which He made.” There is an evidence of God which we have by just looking around us – if we will do that.
I am just so thankful for the written Word. It explains the things which are hard to understand and it lets us know the source of questionable events. The Word also tells us God’s overall plan, and where we are going from here.
Yet even before these people had the written Word, God seemed to let these people know of His existence, just as Paul said. However, their knowledge was sketchy and therefore all of the speculation provided by everyone in the book of Job.
Today we have an incredible blessing in the Word of God. I am so thankful that when there are questions I can go and read and understand God’s nature, His plan, and His purpose.
Thank you, Lord, for your Word.
We see a manifestation of the “seed principle” to the fullest. The Jewish nation had been the Fig Tree which God had raised up over all of those centuries, producing the fruit of the law, a nation who knew God, and a nation who realized that they could not be holy in themselves. The seed from that fruit, God’s holy Seed, was Jesus.
When God planted His seed through the cross, He was expecting a great harvest – a harvest of sons and daughters which would come from the new birth being released into the earth And from this seed would spring many other seeds which would eventually reach to the uttermost parts of the earth. Just as trees release their seed pods and the wind scatters them far and wide, God Himself was releasing His seeds which would be scattered throughout the world by the wind of the Holy Spirit.
In this passage of Acts we see some of the first seed pods being scattered. The new birth of Cornelius made quite a stir among the apostles. At first they “took issue” with the salvation, but then they “quieted down, and glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.'”(V. 18).
So the scene was set for more scattering to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch and eventually to us!
The New Covenant was on the way around the world – so that all nations and tongues could receive the gift from God. This was surreal to the people of that day. No longer were Jews the only ones who would be the keepers of the flame for God; now that privilege had been extended to all.
My prayer is that we will all appreciate what has been delivered to us. No words can explain what it means to us to have even a better covenant than the Jews. We have the very life of God living on the inside of us – giving us wisdom and power to live the life God designed for us.
May we never take it for granted!