So Job chapter 20 this morning very interesting!! Now the story of Job is that God and satan have a conversation at the beginning of the book in which God says to satan “have you considered my servant Job who is righteous, fears me and hates evil”? And satan says “yeah, but you have a hedge of protection around him and all his substance, therefore I cannot get to him to try him” and so God takes away the hedge and allows satan to take everything from Job to test his faith in God!! To see if even when he loses everything, if he still praises God and keeps his Faith in Him (I feel your pain Job)!! The conversations are between Job and his friends, who think he has sinned against God and is being punished because they didn’t hear the conversation at the beginning!! So what they are saying is correct but their intentions behind these conversations are unjust!! Anyway Job loses everything but keeps his faith in God to deliver him but has a wrestling match in words (not unlike Jacob when his name was changed to Israel when he wrestled with the angel of God in Genesis 32!) with God in the process throughout the book as well as with his friends! At the end of Job’s trials God rewards him double what he had originally because he kept his faith in God no matter what was happening!! Very important message given the trials we have all been going through over the last 5 years or more!! The moral of the story is keep your Faith in God because He has to try us all in the fire like silver to refine us and make sure we have a pure heart that is devoted to Him through our Faith!! We are saved by Faith not by works but having faith brings good works!!!!
Also the number 20 has some very interesting connections to the Bible it can convey a meaning of a complete or perfect waiting period. In Exodus 20 – God gives Us the 10 commandments, Samson was judge over Israel for 20 years, God promised Abraham if He found 20 righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah that He would not destroy them, Solomon spent seven years building the house of God in Jerusalem and another 13 building his own home for a total number of 20 years. After he had completed both buildings Solomon gave Hiram, the king of Tyre, twenty cities in the land of Galilee (1Kings 9:10 – 11). Jacob for 20 years waited to get possession of his wives and property, and to be freed from the control of Laban his father-in-law (Genesis 31:38 – 41). The children of Israel for 20 years waited to be freed of Jabin, king of Canaan, who oppressed them. God’s response was to raise up Deborah and Barak who freed the people from bondage (Judges 4 – 5).
Very interesting we could be in the perfect waiting period before He releases Us from the bondage, oppression and slavery we have been in for far too long, the completion of the 70 year captivity!!!!
Also Strong’s concordance H20 – is watermelon an Egyptian fruit and grows on a scrambling and trailing vine-like plant!! I AM the True VINE says Jesus!! This could well be a message to all the idolators worshipping and mourning the death of Egypt remember the pyramid at Baal-moral??
And G20 – is exultation, extreme joy, gladness. And comes from the root word to jump for joy, be (exceeding) glad, with exceeding joy, rejoice (greatly). So we should be joyfully jumping with exceeding gladness and rejoicing greatly and not partaking in the ritual for dead of Egypt!!!
Exodus 20:1-6 King James Version
And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
There is always so much more to things than we could ever imagine who knows the understanding of Our Father?? One thing is for sure there are always very important messages within messages within scripture!!!!!!! How many will listen though?? My guess would be the ones He has chosen for Himself!!!!
Job 20 King James Version
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.
17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.