1 “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young? Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3 They bow down, They bring forth their young, They deliver their offspring.
4 Their young ones are healthy, They grow strong with grain; They depart and do not return to them.
5 “Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager,
6 Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the barren land his dwelling?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city; He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searches after every green thing.
9 “Will the wild ox be willing to serve you? Will he bed by your manger?
10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes? Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great? Or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you trust him to bring home your grain, And gather it to your threshing floor?
13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s?
14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust;
15 She forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain, without concern,
17 Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did not endow her with understanding.
18 When she lifts herself on high, She scorns the horse and its rider.
19 “Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Can you frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him, The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle from afar, The thunder of captains and shouting.
26 “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, And spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the eagle mount up at your command, And make its nest on high?
28 On the rocks it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar.
30 Its young ones suck up blood; And where the slain are, there it is.”
I love how God answers Job . . . almost every sentence is a question or statement. God doesn’t need to defend Himself. He doesn’t explain, He simply asks Job to answer His questions!
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 “Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;
11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld, And the upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?
22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light diffused, Or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28 Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30 The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is frozen.
31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you?
35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens, Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 Who provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?
Lately, I became worried that few too many people, including Christians, know about Satan. Sure, they know of the red guy with horns and a spiked tail, and his little bad guys that appear on your shoulders every once and awhile but, otherwise, they are pretty clueless.
My question: why in the world are so many people, especially Christians, so clueless about Satan? I mean, he sort of is at the root of mankind’s fall, shouldn’t he be important?
Now, many will say, “why talk about the devil and his demons? Why give him the time of day? Isn’t that just what he wants?” My answer to that is simple but often hard to get across. I talk about the devil and his demons because people don’t know about them. They think they are these silly creatures that mean nothing to their lives.
However, as the Bible teaches us, the devil and his demons are very prevalent in our lives. Just look at the article on gods and demons to find out how smart they are. Many people say ignorance is bliss. What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Wrong!
When it comes to the spiritual warfare we need to know our enemies. And, if we learn about those here on earth who go against our beliefs and follow lies, how much more should we learn about the father of lies?
Looking at the real Satan and his demons is a worthy endeavor that every human being needs to know about.
First off, before we can even talk about Satan and his demons, we first have to establish that they are real. Many Christians either do not think Satan is real or that he is unimportant. Why is this?
The best explanation I can think for it is that Satan and his demons want humans to be as ignorant about them as possible. I mean, you can’t really see the threat in a little, horned guy, can you? Not all that scary, is he?
See, this is exactly what Satan wants. If he can get his image to be turned into a little cartoon character that is no threat to mankind, then he will be glad. Ignorance might be bliss for the human, but, for Satan, it is a feast. The more ignorant the person, the more Satan and his demons feast.
Another important factor about Satan and his demons is that they are evil personified; chiefly Satan. Do not take that lightly. Satan is evil personified. He is the father of lies. He is king of evil. He is evil personified. He is evil.
Now, I have a question for you that I bet you are going to get wrong. Who is the opposite of Christ? Who is the opposite of Satan?
Most likely you said “Satan” for the first question and then “Christ” for the second. But, do you want to know the truth? Satan is the opposite of Michael the archangel, not Christ. Christ has no opposite. Nobody can be Christ in any form, not even opposite form.
No, Satan is the opposite of Michael, not Christ. And that, my dear reader, is something you should never forget. Never put Christ and Satan in the same category, it is blasphemous.
I find the beginning of life fascinating. I mean, every single living thing first started out as a cell so small you need a very powerful microscope to even see it! I’d like to talk just briefly on the complexity of this first cell.
First off, this cell is incredibly small. If the cell were the size of a human, we would be the size of 206 Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other. And, if the cell were the size of the moon, we would be the size of 1,989 of our own solar systems! If we were that size, it would take the moon, traveling at 186,282 miles per second (the speed of light), 2.1 years to make it from the tip of our toes to the top of our head!
If the above doesn’t show how small one cell is, then I don’t know what will, because, that’s about all I got for the size department.
Now, the first cell that will eventually form you is similar to any other human cell, but something happens to this cell that will not happen to other human cells. This cell goes through a process called “meiosis”.
This meiosis is a process whereby the cell copies its DNA, splits in half and then does it again. This process is unique because it produces four, unique cells whereas mitosis (the other form of cell division) makes two identical cells.
If this meiosis didn’t happen and the mitosis did, we would look exactly like our parents, and our parents would look like their parents and so on! Granted, we would have a pretty good idea what Adam and Eve had looked like but still, who wants to look just like everyone else?
Personally, I’m real glad God made our first cells to produce in a meiosis pattern instead of a mitosis one!