Regarding Job, the patriarch of Uz, the testimony of Him who searches the hearts, was: ". There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil" Ed 155.2
Against this man Satan presented an insolent accusation: "Fear Job God for naught? (Vain, useless mode, which does not have a result that occurs in vain) Do not beset you goods to him, and his house, and all that is? ... Stretch out your hand and strike him in all that is. "..." Touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse Thee to Thy face! "Ed 155.3
The Lord said to Satan: ".. Whatsoever hath is in thy hand" "Behold, he is in your hand, but save his life," Ed 155.4
Allowed this, Satan destroyed all that Job had, herds, flocks, male and female servants, sons and daughters; and he "smote Job of a sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of the head." Job 1: 8-12; 2: 5-7.Ed 155.5
Still another element of bitterness it was added in the bowl. His friends, seeing that adversity but the retribution of sin, oppressing him with crimes charges the wounded spirit and sobrecarregado.Ed 155.6
Apparently abandoned Heaven and Earth, despite maintaining his firm faith in God and the consciousness of his integrity, exclaimed, distressed and perplexed: Ed 155.7
"My soul is weary of my life."
"Would hide me in the grave,
And me secret until thy wrath be past;
And I would set a limit, and remember me! "Ed 155.8
Job 10: 1; 14:13.
"Behold, I cry out: Violence! but I am not heard;
Shout: Help! but there is no justice. ...
My honor stripped me,
He brought me the crown of my head. ...
My kinsmen have forsaken me,
And my acquaintances have forgotten me. ...
Those I love have turned against me. ...
Have mercy on me, my friends;
Have mercy on me, because the hand of God touched me. "Ed 156.1
"Oh if I knew that the could find!
I might come even to his court. ...
Behold, I go forward, there is not;
And backward, not the notice.
Operates on the left hand, I do not see Him;
Covers himself right hand, not the division.
But he knows my way;
Prove me, and I shall come forth as gold. "Ed 156.2
"Though He slay me, trust in Him." Ed 156.3
"I know that my redeemer liveth,
And that it shall stand upon the earth.
And though after my skin,
Yet in my flesh I shall see God.
See Him I will for myself,
And my eyes, and not others, Summer. "Ed 156.4
Job 19: 7-21; 23: 3-10; 13:15; 19: 25-27.
Job was made according to their faith. "But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.." Job 23:10. So it was. For your patient persistence claimed its own character, and so is the Him who he was representative. And "the Lord turned the captivity of Job, ... and the Lord added to Job twice as much in all that before possessed. ... And so the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the first "Job 42: 10-12..
For those who love God, who "are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28), Bible biography has a yet higher lesson of sorrow Préstimo. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord; I am God "(Isaiah 43:12) - witnesses that He is good, and that goodness is supreme. "We are made a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men." 1 Corinthians 4: 9.
Self-denial, which is the principle of God's kingdom, is the principle that Satan hates; until it denies the existence thereof. Since the beginning of the great controversy he has endeavored to prove that the principles by which God acts are selfish, and just as he considers all who serve God. The work of Christ and of all who bear His name, aims to disprove this claim of Satanás.Ed 154.3
It was to give in His own life an example of unselfishness that Jesus came in human form. All those who accept this principle are to be workers together with Him and demonstrate in practical life this principle. Choose what is right because it is right, be the truth even if this care in suffering and sacrifice - "This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17.
In the report of those who through self-denial into the communion of Christ's sufferings, to find the names of Jonathan and of John the Baptist, the one in the Old Testament and the New this. Ed 156.6
Jonathan - by birth heir to the throne and yet aware that it was set aside by the divine decree; the most tender and faithful friend of his rival David, whose life he escudava the peril of his own; firm alongside his father through the dark days of his declining power, and at his side toppling himself finally - think is his name saved as a treasure in the heavens and on earth remains a testimony of the existence and power of love selfless. Ed 157.1
John the Baptist shook the nation on the occasion of his appearance in the Messiah's Herald quality. From one to another of his steps were followed by vast crowds made up of people of all classes and conditions. But when it came to the One whom he had testified, everything changed. The crowds followed Jesus, and the work of John seemed to end quickly. However there was no hesitation in his faith. "It is necessary," he said, John 3 "He must increase and I must decrease.": 30.Ed 157.2
He passed the time, and the kingdom that John confidently expected was not established. In the dungeon of Herod separate air vivifying and freedom of the desert, he waited and watched. Ed 157.3
There was no display and weapons, or shattering prison doors; but healing the sick, preaching the gospel, the uplifting of human souls testified of Cristo.Ed mission 157.4
Alone in the dungeon, seeing where he was going to finish his path and his Master, John accepted this burden - communion with Christ in the sacrifice. Heavenly messengers attended him to the grave. The universe of creatures, fallen or not, witnessed the claim of selfless service, made for him. Ed 157.5
In all the generations that have passed since then, suffering souls have been supported by the testimony of John's life. In the dungeon, on the scaffold, in the flames, men and women over the centuries of darkness have been strengthened by the memory of the whom Christ said: "Among those who are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist." Matthew 11:11. Ed 157.6
"And what more shall I say? I miss me the time would tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, ... and Samuel, and the prophets; who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, the battle struggled, turned to flight the armies of strangers. Ed 158.1
"Women received their dead by resurrection; others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawn asunder, tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goats, destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains, and in dens and cave land. Ed 158.2
"And these all, having had testimony through faith, received not the promise; . God providing some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect "Hebrews 11: 32-40.
For all these and yet you who abnegais for love the truth and walk in righteousness, thus saith the scripture: "You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men." 2 Corinthians 3: 2
"Being manifests a letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but in hearts of flesh 2 Corinthians 3: 3.
Thus: "The Lord made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil." Proverbs 16: 4
But "the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with" joy and everlasting joy upon their heads; joy and gladness, and shall flee away sorrow and sighing. " Isaiah 35:10.
Shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow to the goodness of the LORD, ... and your soul will be like a watered garden, and never will walk sad. "Jeremiah 31:12. Ed 167.3
"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation of Revelation 7:17
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither shall there be mourning nor crying, nor pain, for the former things are passed away." Revelation of Revelation 21: 4
Therefore, the "self-denial is the beginning of the reign of God" ...
And choose what is right because it is right, be the truth even if this care in suffering and sacrifice - "This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17.
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