40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 1, 2019, 5:35 AM

Lent 2019 Day 23 Job Chapter 25

I mentioned earlier, that the speeches of the three friends of Job, mirror Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsamene . Jesus took with him three of his disciples deeper into the garden to keep watch for him and pray. But Peter, James and John all fell asleep three times. In the same way the three friends of Job have failed to console him. But Bildad last speech, will forshadow the closing scene of the Garden prayers. 

In Job 25:3, Bildad asked, "Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise?" Jesus returned to his disciples and found them sleeping again. he told them to get up, because his betrayer is at hand.  Matthew 26:47, "And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people." Did you notice that Judas had with him a great multitude with sword. John 18:2 says that Judas had a detachment of troops. Some have suggested this could have been a group of 200 or a group of 600 soldiers.

I think that Peter might have still been a little groggy, because he whips out his sword and strikes the ear of servant of the high priest. Matthew 26:52-53 Jesus says to Peter, "But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?" A legion was typically 6000 men, so Jesus could have had at his disposal instantly more than 72,000 angels. Now of course it would not have taken that many angels to dispurse this detachment of soldiers, but Jesus could have had them at his command.

Later Jesus would tell Pilate in John 18:36, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."

As we continue through the season of Lent it is important for us to realize that Jesus did not have to go to the cross for us. He had at his disposal enough power to prevent him from being arrested and crucified, but Jesus surrendered to the will of God the Father. 


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