Job Chapter 29 (and Song of Solomon 5): The Calling

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The Calling

In the second verse of the Song of Solomon 5, the King stands knocking at the door of her heart and asks her to open the door, to let Him in. He does not push His way in. He does not force her to follow Him. She must always follow Him by her own consent. Up to this point, she has always done the will of God (Song. 5:2; Matthew 12:50), she has become a “letter of Christ” in the earth—the very expression of His life (Song. 5:2; II Corinthians 3:3). She was possessed by the Holy Spirit (Song. 5:2; Matthew 3:16) and has been brought through many trials and testing of her faith. By enduring these tests, she has inherited God’s promises (Song. 5:2; Hebrews 6:12; James 1:12).

He addresses her as “My sister,” “My darling,” “My dove,” and “My perfect one.” However, He does not call her “My bride,” at least, not yet. That is because there is more she needs to experience. Her answer to this new call will determine whether she will “apprehend that for which she was apprehended.”

“Open for my head is drenched with dew and my locks with the drops of the night.” This historically refers to the pain of Jesus in Gethsemane where, in agony, he was praying fervently and his sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground (Luke 22:44). Jesus, being totally man and totally God, was, in His humanity, crying out for this cup of suffering to pass from him (Matthew 26:39,42) just like Job is doing on the ash mound. Although Jesus was shrinking back from this cup of suffering, humiliation and death in His humanity, His heart was fixed to fulfill God’s purpose (Matthew 28:39, 42). This is the point that Job will have to reach if he is going to maintain his fellowship with the Lord.

There comes a time when the Holy Spirit reveals the full meaning of conformity to Christ. This is a time when the Lord asks you the same thing he asked His disciples: “Are you willing to drink the cup that I drink and to be baptized with the baptism I am to be baptized with?” (Mark 10:35-38).

Of course when he asked his disciples that same question they said, “Oh yeah! We will never forsake you” (Mark 10:39; 14:31). But when the reality of what was going to happen to them came “they all left Him and fled” (Mark 14:48-51).

If you are interested, you can download the whole study of Job.

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