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10 Take [lambano], my [mou] brethren [adelphos], the prophets
[prophetes], who [hos] have spoken [laleo] in the
name [onoma] of the Lord [kurios], for an example [hupodeigma]
of suffering affliction [kakopatheia], and [kai] of patience [makrothumia].
11 Behold [idou], we count them happy
[makarizo] which endure [hupomeno]. Ye have heard [akouo] of
the patience [hupomone] of Job [Iob], and [kai] have seen [eido] the end [telos] of the Lord
[kurios]; that [hoti] the Lord [kurios] is [esti] very pitiful [polusplagchnos], and [kai] of tender mercy [oiktirmon].KJV-Interlinear
10 As an example, brethren, of
suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we count those blessed who endured.
You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's
dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. NASB
As an example of
blessing resulting from suffering, James mentions the prophets in general and Job
In Jobs case, Satan
and the three friends of Job represent the activities of the world, in its
quest to destroy for no good reason.
Satan wants to be
like the Most High, and in an attempt to attain his goal, Satan would destroy
every living thing, which seems rather contradictory on Satan part.And likewise, the three friends desired to be
right in their views, they desired to be admired for their wisdom, and in achieving
their goals, they would gladly destroy Job, as they disregarded the facts and
invented their own facts.
But, Job, Daniel,
Jeremiah, Isaiah, Moses, and others all endured through tremendous trials, and
in the end received tremendous blessings, because of their faithful endurance.
They could have
easily turned bitter and vindictive.They could have become angry and blamed God and others for their
problems and unhappiness.But, they did
We just finished our
study of Job so I will use Moses as our example in this study.
Moses grew up in the
palace of Pharaoh.Moses became the
crown prince of Egypt and would have been the next Pharaoh, but God had other
plans for him.Moses, once he learned
doctrine while in exile, saw the blessings of Egypt with its vast wealth and
prestige, and then he saw the vast blessings of eternity, provided by God, and
he chose God over Egypt.
In today's vocabulary,
Moses as Pharaoh, would have been a multi-billionaire, would have had tens of
thousands of slaves, would have had a high office and power, would have had a harem
second to none, would have had everything one could possibly imagine in this
But Moses looked to
the blessings of eternity, and chose God in a heartbeat.
The blessings of
spiritual maturity offer untold blessings both in time (Job, David, Solomon)
and in eternity (Moses, Elijah, the Apostles), blessings that far exceed
anything you can even imagine in this life.
Therefore, do not get
caught up in sinful, moral, or criminal activities, because the Lords mercies are
so vast, and so well documented, that you will have no excuses if you ignore Him.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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