Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Divine Decrees. Part 11.

Friday, July 29, 2011

God’s decrees include:
1. His directive will.
2. His permissive will.
3. His overruling will.

The only way any believer can really know the difference between God’s directive will, His permissive will, or His overruling will is found in having their spiritual senses trained or exercised, HEB 5:13-14; Ti 4:7-8.

HEB 5:13-14 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

PRO 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
PRO 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
PRO 26:1 Honor is not fitting for a fool.

PRO 26:3 “A rod for the back of fools.”
PRO 29:11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

ECC 5:4 When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it, for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
ECC 10:12 Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
ECC 10:14 Yet the fool multiplies words.

JER 4:22 “For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children, And they have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”
JER 10:8 But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion – their idol is wood!

JOB 12:11 “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?”

It bothers me a lot when mature believers have to be sidetracked by legalistic pip-squeaks and have to even answer carnal legalistic believers, but so be it, it is a part of our spiritual growth.

Now he starts out with the fact that self-righteous arrogance gets what it deserves.

This is what Zophar has been saying.
He is a spiritual-know-it-all, and Job is treating him as such.

PRO 26:5 “Answer a fool as his folly deserves, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.”

1KI 18:27 Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or sitting on the toilet, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”

2CO 11:19 For you, being so wise, bear with the foolish gladly.
1CO 4:10 “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor”

GAL 5:12 “Would that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.”
GAL 5:12 “I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”

Job is saying in effect, “What you’re saying is common knowledge, Zophar; who doesn’t know those things?”

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