God uses the base things of the world to shame those that think they are something according to the flesh
by Mitch Kuhn
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Pro 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
Who is the widow that the Lord has mercy upon?
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law
by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past
in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
How are we set free from this law of sin and death? How do we overcome
our pride and self-righteousness? Let’s see how God did it to Job.
Notice how he starts off in verse Job 1:1
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Then the trials begin:
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy
power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from
the presence of the LORD.
Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating
and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were
plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they
have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped
alone to tell thee.
Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the
servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried
them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I
only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy
sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and
smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and
they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell
down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked
shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job
with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat
down among the ashes.
After 25 chapters of dealing with his miserable comforters and trying to
understand what is happening to him, he is STILL self righteous.
Job is not humbled until God speaks to him, and Job hears his words. Trials
are not enough to humble us, we need God to send his spirit to allow us to
hear is words to be humbled.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and
answer thou me.
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding.
God shames Job for 37 more verses in chapter 38, and continues on in all of
chapter 39 before Job says a word. God asks a question, and Job responds.
Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that
reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4 Behold, I am
vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will
proceed no further.
Then God lets Job have it AGAIN!
This is how God makes us humble, he absolutely crushes our self
righteousness and shows us exactly what we are.
Take King David as another example. He was a mighty and powerful King of
Israel, and God sets him up for a terribly humbling fall. He covets another
man’s wife, then sleeps with her, gets her pregnant, has her husband send
to battle to be killed, and then hypocritically judges the man in the prophet
Nathan’s story (2 Samuel 12). That is a crushing experience.
Here is what he is caused to write after his sin is manifest.
Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the
prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have
mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the
multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy
sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when
A proud man does not say these kinds of things. We will be just like Job and
King David at our appointed time. This is being crucified with Christ.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Just like Christ was mocked when he was on the cross, so too will we. This is
what it takes be married to our new bride.
2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
What is the end result of all this crushing, and humiliating for the old man?
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
We will cover this verse in depth next time, Lord willing.