“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matt.7:14).

Straight and narrow is the path to life. The shortest distance between two points according to Euclid is a straight line. In the Land of the living soul is a point connecting us to Jesus Christ who compared himself to the door. “I am the door” Jesus as the Way is also mediator, High priest and the Apostle(He.3:1).

“Enter ye in at the strait gate” is a commandment and it is not negotiable. Because there is only one gospel and one faith and it is what we may choose while we are in the world of flesh. Moses’s words exhorting to the Israelites to choose life is not about nations but to every creature whose soul shall come up for judgment.”And as it is appointed unto men once…

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“Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,/ Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?/ Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?/

 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?/ Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?/ For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing”(vv.1-6). Eliphaz goes on with a litany of Job’s undiscovered crimes that only God would know.

In vv.21-27 He exhorts Job to be reconciled with God (‘Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee’)  Job remonstrated that it was not the case.

Job sets up a parable how God would instead empower him.

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“Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high./ One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet./ His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow./ And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure./ They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

Death is a great leveler and the three friends of Job went wrong in judging from outward circumstances of man. One dies in ripe old age surrounded by his family and another dies in his prime and it is left to is parent to bury him. A man who has set to be a benefactor of his race,.- for intimations of excellence and spirit of higher purpose animates him in small or great deeds, is felled at the very moment…

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In chapters 15, 18 and in 20 we read the arguments of Job’s friends one after the other defending their best to void the position Job has taken to cling to his innocency. Eliphaz the Temanite snaps at his stubbornness,’Should he(Job) reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?/Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.”(15:3-4). To this Job has an answer,”Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure(16:17). Of course Job has a point. Prima facie what shall Eliphaz know of his standing with God?” Eliphaz is merely making a point but Job rebuts it on thee grounds of his faith. We saw the quality of Job’s faith who declares in no uncertain tones,’For I know that my redeemer liveth(19:25-26)”, From whence come this faith? From his faith of course. “Knowing this, that the trying…

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“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth/ And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God/ Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.(vv.25-27)”

Whence comes foreknowledge? Even sinners do have a dread of sin as we shall see in this verse, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved./ But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God(John3:20-21).

From these verses we can infer that truth makes all the difference. Firstly ‘for whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Ro.14:23)” Secondly ‘Therefore to him that knoweth to…

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 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?/ They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.(17:15-16)”

Hope makes a child of God not ashamed.”And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us(Ro.5:5). Job uttered the above as part of a parable and it is how our corruptible bodies speak when we made ‘bed in darkness.’ Here below is the passage and what Bildad the Shuhite touches upon.

Job laments, “My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart./ They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness./ If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness(17:11-13)”.

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Parable #7 Job compares his body to a family where corruption is the natural soil and members are no less strange when one considers what they seek after and what is their hope? For this reason Jesus asked, “While he(Jesus) yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him./ Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?/ And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!/ For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother(Matt.12:46-50)”.

Jesus was born of a woman which was settled before the worlds…

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The Spirit uses this allegory to reveal a great mystery and it must demolish our cherished concepts about time that we by perseverance, luck and cleverness can rise to success. In physical world it seems so but what success is to lose it all for the worms in the end? Anyone who is in Christ is a new creature. It is for the eternal glory of the Son who suffered shame and indignities for our sakes. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Here below what Job recites as his lot runs parallel with our Savior Lord recited hanging from a cross. “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people./ All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, (Ps.22:6-7)

My breath is corrupt, my…

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We have a banqueting house and when we received Jesus Christ as our Saviour we have a sure pplace to go to. We may toil under stern taskmasters and hope to receive the subsistence allowance, an hireling’s wages which barely keeps our body and soul together. Yet we carry on because we trust He who promised us is faithful. Eternity of blessedness and our souls’ soundness shall smoothens the wear and tear of our corruptible bodies. “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge(Pr.14:26).


“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him(Is.59:19b)”.

We see our enemy coming like a flood through whatever breaches we have let in our faith life he shall be like a ferocious beast. Satan is like a roaring lion, and also in a tearing…

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Then Job answered and said,

I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all./ Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?/ I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

Compare this with this verse from the Book of Proverbs,”Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness(Pr.14:13)”. Soul of man may meet one on one but their complete amity cannot be at their terms. Heart of man casts its shadow so Job may ask ‘if your soul were…

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