Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In Depth Job Study Part 7

Dear Readers,

Today we will be talking about Job 38:19-21. If you remember, we just figured out that most of what we had been talking about was Pre-mortal and Pre-creation stuff. The earth has been formed.

If you can remember, I brought this up before, but what did God create on the first day, after He created the heavens and the earth?

Light, and He separated it from the darkness.

 19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
Not quite the complete questions, but this makes sense that God would be talking about this next. Dwelleth, is like saying a dwelling or a home. Where, in this case light, resides. Then darkness as well. Light has its home with God and Christ. The light of Christ. Darkness's place is to flee from it. Light cleaveth unto light, but darkness departs. Like a shadow from the sun. Or like a dark room, when you turn on the light. 
 20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
This is a little tricky. Kind of two questions. First one: basically saying that we should cast out the darkness and take in light. Send it to the boundaries of its home/where it belongs, out of the light. The second one: "that", such an awesome word. For this cause that you may know how to get rid of the darkness. Now, not only is God teaching about the creation, but what we can learn from the creation. How to apply it. First God builds a foundation. Then He purifies it. So, after we have a foundation in Christ, or faith in Him, then we should work on casting out the darkness and become more like Him. That sounds like repentance to me. 
 21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
I like the way this is put. "Knowest thou it..." First it looks like God is asking if he/Job knows about the creation and about Christ's Gospel, which includes faith and repentance. Then, as you look at it, the question is not if Job knows it. Because Job bore his witness of it already while talking with his so called "friends". The question is actually, why he knows it. Asking if Job discovered this truth because he was told it, because he experimented upon what he was told, or if he was "then born". Having been there from the beginning. 
The answer I have for this question, for myself is I know this to be true, because the Holy Ghost has born record of it to me. Not only that, but I have experimented upon those words, and have received the blessings from it. Though some of those blessings come through time. Now I feel old by saying, "because the number of [my] days is great". Not the greatest by any means, but more so than some, enough anyway to be able to bear record of it. 
So exciting to continue studying, for God does not just teach us one thing at a time, but whatever we are ready and prepared for. So, until next time...
Elder Smithson

1 comment:

  1. It seems you are thinking in more than one dimension. That is a great way to learn... and teach.