"HAVE NOT I SENT THEE?"
(WHO IS IN CONTROL?)
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(Job 1:8-12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth [Heb: turns aside from, withdraws from] evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance [Heb: property, possessions] is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 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 = Heb: hated (i.e. persecuted); the patriarch famous for his patience /// to hate (as one of an opposite tribe or party); hence to be hostile:--be an enemy. [who hated Job?]
hedge = Heb: to entwine, i.e. shut in (for formation, protection, and restraint):--fence. [i.e., the Word of God, the Bible]
(Psa 34:7) The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
(Job 2:3-10) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity [Heb: innocence][from sin], although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause ["For the wages of sin is death" Rom 6:23]. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save [Heb: preserve] his life. 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. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity [Heb: innocence]? curse God, and die [i.e., sin and die]. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
(Judg 6:12-14) And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him [Gideon], and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour [Heb: strength in virtue]. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites [Heb: brawling, contentious, discord, strife]. And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
virtue = Dict: 1. moral excellence or goodness. 2. conformity of life and conduct to moral laws; uprightness
(Gen 28:15) And, behold, I am with thee [Jacob], and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
(Deu 31:6) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
(Deu 31:8) And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
(Josh 1:5) There shall not any man be able to stand before thee [Joshua] all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
(Heb 13:5) Let your conversation [lifestyle] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Heb 13:5b Amplif.) [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
a. Word Studies by Kenneth Wuest: Three negatives precede the verb.
WHEN THOU ART IN TRIBULATION… EVEN IN THE LATTER DAYS
(Deu 4:30,31) When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
(John 16:33) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
(Acts 14:21,22) And when they [Paul and Barnabas] had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
(Rom 12:12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
(1 Th 3:4) For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
(Rev 1:9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
(Rev 2:9,10) I know thy works [addressing the church in Smyrna], and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil [in his "great wrath" Rev 12:12] shall cast some of you into prison [i.e., FEMA camps], that ye may be tried [Gk: tested]; and ye shall have tribulation ten days [a short time]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
(Rev 7:14) And I said unto him ["one of the elders" Rev 7:13], Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These [Saints] are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Rev 12:12) Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them [the then raptured saved]. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea [the unsaved]! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath [i.e., great tribulation], because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
THE COMPLETE CONDENSED STORY OF THE SALVATION OF ALL DISCIPLES (US)
(Mark 6:45-51) And straightway [after feeding the 5,000 men] he constrained [Gk: compelled of necessity] [i.e., sent] his disciples [Gk: learners, pupils, students] to get into the ship [representing the church], and to go to the other side [i.e., to go from the eastern wilderness to the westward "Promised Land"] before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the [unsaved] people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray ["and a cloud received him out of their sight" Acts 1:9]. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst [Gk: middle] [having rowed about 3 ˝ miles] of the sea ["tossed with waves" Mat 14:24], and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind [of the world, i.e., Satan, who is "the god of this world" 2 Cor 4:4; "the prince of the power of the air" Eph 2:2] was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night [about 6am, sunrise] he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea [of humanity, expressing Lordship], and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship [the Second Advent, the Second Coming]; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered ["and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went" John 6:21]. ["have not I sent thee?"]
toiling = Gk: to torture:--pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed.
contrary = Gk: opposite; fig. antagonistic:--(over) against.
THE LORD IS WITH THEE, THOU MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR. GO IN THIS THY MIGHT, AND THOU SHALT SAVE ISRAEL FROM THE HAND OF THE MIDIANITES: HAVE NOT I SENT THEE?