In the Movie, Return of the Jedi, there is a conversation between Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi and Luke Skywalker regarding the truth about what happened to Luke’s father. Ben first told Luke that Vader had killed Luke’s father. Then it comes out that Vader is Luke’s father. Ben tells Luke, “So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.” Luke indignantly says, “A certain point of view?” to which ben replies, “Luke, your going to have to learn that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” This little nugget of wisdom has helped me through many difficulties in my walk with the Lord and understanding of God’s word. I will probably refer to it often in these devotionals. Job’s problem in chapter 29 is his point of view regarding his position with the Lord and his world. he assumes that he hasn’t changed, but God has changed toward him. Is that what happened? Not at all. God didn’t change anything regarding how He views Job. The circumstances of Job’s life aren’t the result of God suddenly becoming Job’s enemy. Rather it is God refining Job in the fires of testing. Job’s point of view is man-centered, not God-centered. Job went on to say that people listened to him because of his righteousness and his position with God. Since that has changed people no longer listen to him. Job thought he was something to man and God. This is also an incorrect point of view. When you find yourself asking, “God, why?” examine your point of view. From whose perspective are you asking this? Who is in the right? When you have the right point of view you will find answers that make sense.
Again, these words were about specific people at a specific time which, in this case, has long since passed. However, there is an interesting duality to it. Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. Jesus is our high priest and He is our king. Jesus, as the Messiah, is referred to as “the Branch” prophetically in the Old Testament. He will one day sit on a literal throne in Jerusalem and rule the world from Zion. He is our high priest, our king, our intercessor and our sovereign. God’s word is fun like this sometimes. Jesus is tucked in every page of scripture which is why it is so important to get into God’s word and to get God’s word into you.
I first learned this verse while part of Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Washington. We learned it as part of our evangelistic training. It paints a great picture of what God’s relationship to an unsaved person looks like. However, in context, this is being spoken to a church, a body of people that is supposedly already saved. Jesus is on the outside of this church. That should startle us. That should make us evaluate our own walk with the Lord and our own churches. Is Jesus on the outside looking in? Are we doing all kinds of stuff, asking Jesus to bless it, when He isn’t into any of it? This tells me that there are churches that need to be evangelized. There are churches that need the Lord. There are churches that are dead, no one has told them yet. They are the frozen chosen. Is this you? Is this me? We need to do a Revelation 2:5. Remember, repent, repeat.