(Part 2 of 2)
Job 29:6… When the friendship of God was felt in the home, there was abundance. Butter and oil are emblems of the anointing in Scripture. The hot sand of the desert was hard on the feet and ankles, so the wealthy bathed their feet in oil and used butter as an ointment to soothe the feet. The presence of God is the best thing for a tired body and spirit. Jesus took care of tired feet too in John 13.
Verse 7… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, the father is a better man on the job. The “gate” referred to Job’s place of employment (he was a magistrate).
Verses 8-10… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, the young and the old respect authority. They listened, obeyed, and honored his words. That’s what God’s influence will do. In Job 27:5 he says, “Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me” (KJV). In Job’s home there was respect, receptivity, and reward. God’s presence enabled Job to release his gifts. People recognized the presence of God in this man and were rewarded by his ministry (Matthew 10:41).
Verses 12-13… When the presence of God is felt in the home, the gift of helping the poor rises to the surface. Orphans and the elderly experience compassion and the divine love of the man or the woman whose friend is God.
Verse 14… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, the father put on righteousness. “It clothed me,” Job said. The robe and the diadem were symbols of justice.
Verses 15-16… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, the father’s strength is seen. He was a protector and a counselor.
Verse 17… When the friendship of God was felt in the home, Job rescued people from their oppressors. The Living Bible puts it, “I knocked out the fangs of the godless oppressors and made them drop their victims.” In other words, Job made the devil let go of people’s lives. He took away from the devil that which belonged to God. Job 27:11 says, “I will instruct you in the power of God” (NASB) or “what’s in God’s power.” “I can show you how God’s power works” (Moffatt).
Verses 18-20… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, you will be safe in your retirement years. God has a blessed retirement for senior saints. The best security for retirement is know that while you are sleeping God is awake. These verse teach long life and daily refreshing from the Lord. Job didn’t fear old age. He says, “My glory was fresh in me” (v. 20, KJV). King David affirmed in his old age, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Psalm 92:10).
Verses 21-25… When the friendship of God is felt in the home, the father is able to give leadership. People need leadership. The rain in verse 23 refers to knowledge being poured forth. Job was a man whose counsel satisfied people, because he never laughed at people’s problems. God wants to be your very best friend. The Spirit says to you, “Come and be God’s friend.” God’s friendship… is it in your home? Job 1:1 tells us that Job was perfect (mature) and upright, a man who feared God and hated evil.
Pastor George Belobaba
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