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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 6

Updated on July 21, 2014

In our last installment, we were considering and just getting into "perfection" as it relates to man. But the subject is too long to put in one Hub page. If fact, after completing the section, it seems proper to divide this installment into two parts also.

We lightly introduced the subject with a Bible verse,

Job1:1, There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect . . .

The verse is our introduction to Job. He is the second name that always seems to come when considering perfection in man, Jesus Christ being first. There are at least two others that are called "perfect" in the Bible, Noah and Asa (a king of Israel). But again, as we will find here with Job, the word "perfect" must be defined. And once again, it is not the purity of the "perfect applied to Jesus Christ. So we continue our study of leadership with a consideration of the "perfection of Job" as a model for man’s "perfection."

The comparison of the "perfection" of Jesus Christ to the "perfection of Job" is non-sequitur on its face and an explanation is in order.

Our contention and belief is Jesus was the only "perfect man" and, therefore, an exception to the several verses of scripture. We have stated our position as to the perfection of Jesus Christ in a previous Hub. Now we will put Job in the spotlight a moment, as a representative of all mankind, only to find that his "perfection" was just the best a man could do, which falls way short of and does not equate to that exhibited "perfection" of Jesus Christ.

Some folks will disagree with our comments here. Using the wording of the Bible regarding Job as a stepping stone, some will say there were other "exceptions" in the Bible, as well as some errors.

From our perspective, these folks might be placed into three main categories. The first are folks who are told something that the Bible supposedly says and believe it without checking the veracity for themselves. They go whichever way the wind blows, Ephesians 4:14. We find a lot of these folks in churches each Saturday or Sunday, but not spirit filled churches.

The second group are the overly educated, the politically correct, if you will. They follow an espoused the position of "experts." They may investigate the content of a comment, but they are predisposed to a conclusion. Most times these folks are not believers and are looking for a reason to stay that way. But some are good intentioned believers that want to save the world and unwittingly redesign the Bible and its concepts.

The last are the minions of the devil. They have already given up their souls. They are found, most times, in the well-to-do groups, the famous and the political arenas. God still calls them but their consciences are "seared," 1Timothy 4:2, to the point that they may no longer be able hear, for to hear would mean to give up the "good life."

These groups will invariably latch on to Job when the subject of Christ’s perfection pops up. The Bible says he was "perfect." That he was. But it was not the perfection of Jesus Christ.

Job1:1, There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect . . .

We stand on our contention that "If the Bible says it, then it is so." So then what about this contradiction that "Job was perfect."

Study of the Bible includes more that just reading a passage of scripture and interpreting it in the common parlance of today, 2 Timothy 2:15.

As time moves along, the meaning of words change, sometimes significantly. To this you might reply, "That’s cool." Your meaning would be "It’s okay" or "I understand." However, a hundred years ago, if you said "that’s cool," you would have been misunderstood. At that time "that’s cool" would have meant "something cold" or the like. So it is with Job’s perfection.

When God says something that seems to be an "exception," a word (or context) study is called for. Words must be understood in the parlance of the day/era they were written. We might add a few other variables also. Along with time, there may be an ethnic application, geographic application, context application and so on.

With regard to Job, we have the English word "perfect" applied to him. The Hebrew word used in the Bible is "tam." At the time of the writing, "tam" meant complete. Job was complete. He was complete because he believed God.

Job was "perfect" in the sense that he was "complete" and made ready for the Kingdom of God by faith. As we read the entirety of the Book of Job, we find he still had to battle the things of this world, in particular, his ego along with other imperfections common to man. But Job was "perfect" in the sight of God. His perfection was his faith, not his life’s works.

Whether we read Isaiah 53:6 in the Old Testament or Romans 3:23 in the New Testament, we find that all have sinned. There are no exceptions to or in the Bible.

And yet we call Jesus an exception. But, though we call Jesus an "exception," it is only for study and conversation. He does not truly fit in the category of "man" as does the rest of mankind. He is not an "exception to the rule" as applied to man. He is "excepted" from the rule. He is excluded from consideration because He is God, yet included because He is man.

Jesus Christ, as man, was tempted to sin as are we, Matthew 4. He felt sorrows and suffering, bled as we bleed, had emotional attachments as we do, yet he did not sin. Considering our own personal daily lives’ temptations, this seems impossible. And it would have been if He were but a man.

But Jesus Christ was not a man as we. He is the Creator in a capsule of a human body. There was nothing He needed or wanted as He owns it all. There was no sad-ending sorrow or emotion because He knew the future and its joys. And though some may be labeled with the same God-like attributes, Jesus Christ raised himself from the dead. No one else ever has or ever will repeat this action.

And that is enough at this point. Jesus Christ is God, an unending enigma to the finite mind. But the one and only savior of all who believe, Acts 4:12.


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