THOUGH THESE THREE MEN
by George Kirkpatrick

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NOAH, DANIEL & JOB

God's Word reveals one amazing fact: God's plan for His creation, man, has never changed. He told man, when He put him in the garden, to dress it and to keep it, Genesis 2:15. Man was given dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air and every living thing that moved upon the earth, Genesis 1:28. So in the beginning God intended for man to rule and reign on the earth and to take care of God's creation for Him.

When sin entered into man, he lost his dominion and the destruction of the earth began. Because of his abuse of God's creation, there is great concern today whether man can continue to survive on the earth which God created for man as a paradise.

One of the first proclamations Jesus made to man was that the meek would inherit the earth, Matthew 5:5. God has made us kings and priests that we may reign on this earth, Revelation 5:10. We are going to reign with Christ for one thousand years. Revelation 20:6

The idea of man spending all eternity in some place called "Heaven" is totally foreign to the Word of God. The idea of a place called "heaven" has become the religious doctrine of so many churches and has been taught as fact for so many years that it has become an accepted fallacy.

The word "heaven" appears in the scriptures 677 times and not one says we are going there. The Bible does inform us that God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth and that it is coming down from God out of heaven, Revelation 21:2. So if our dwelling place in God is the holy place which is described as having streets of gold and gates of pearl, it is certainly not some place we are going to.

The scriptures proclaim that the Holy City is coming down from God out of heaven as a bride adorned for her husband. If we are going to heaven to enter in at the gates of pearl and walk the golden streets, it is not going to be there. It is coming down from God. The notion of God's creation going to heaven has lots of holes in it.

If we look at the book of Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth. Heaven is the realm over the earth. It is where the birds fly. In the New Testament the word used most for "heaven" is the word OURANOS and refers to the realm over the earthly realm which is the spiritual realm. God's abode is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

We are informed that God is Spirit, John 4:24, therefore He dwells in the spiritual realm, while man dwells in the earth or flesh realm. God is in a higher realm called the heavenly realm.

God created the earth for man as an eternal dwelling place, and He has not changed His mind. He still expects man to overcome the old, sinful, Adam nature, and again take his rightful place in God. Then man will become that new creation in God that Paul spoke of in his letter to the Ephesians,

"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24

When we put on this new creation in righteousness and true holiness, we will again, be given the rule of God's creation, and will reign with Christ for a thousand years. We have God's promise of this in His Word.

The question that arises is, "How do we put on that new creation in righteousness and true holiness?" As we read the Old Testament, God has disclosed many truths. God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel about the judgment he would bring upon Israel because of their sin. He stated,

"Son of man, when the land sinneth against Me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out Mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God." Ezekiel 14:13-14

Of all the men that are written of in the Word, God chose these three to use as an example of righteousness; examples to us, His people who live in this last hour of time. We seem to have become accustomed to using platitudes in describing certain words in the Bible. When asked, "What does righteousness mean?", we, automatically, relate, "our right standing before God." Was that all Noah, Daniel and Job had, a right standing before God?

A further study of the word righteousness discloses how we come into this right standing before God. The words most used for righteous or righteousness are DIAKAIOS or DIKOLOSUME. The Strong's Concordance gives us the following meanings for both words:

A      Upright, virtuous, keeping the commands of God

B      Innocent, faultless, guiltless Used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or          life; only Christ.

C      Integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting

D      Passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them

Those who stand righteous before God must be upright, virtuous, obedient, innocent, faultless, guiltless, just and honest, having integrity and purity of life. Their whole life must conform to the will of God and their actions toward God and man must be in accordance with the divine law of God.

Our right standing before God has to do with all the above definitions of the word righteousness. As we discover why God chose these three men as our examples, we will see all these attributes of righteousness working in each of these men's lives.

There are many men in the Bible who had a good report before God. Abraham was called the friend of God, James 2:23. David was a man after God's own heart, I Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22. Moses spoke face to face with God as a man speaketh to his friend, Exodus 33:11. But when God wanted to use men to exude righteousness, He chose none of these: only Noah, Daniel and Job. What was it about their lives that made them stand out in righteousness before God?

The first mention of Noah in the Word states, "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord," Genesis 6:8. The word grace is another platitude we use to describe grace simply as "unmerited favour". The word grace means "to find favour". It also has a deeper meaning of "well-favoured and precious". The word found means "to come forth, to attain to this well-favoured status in God, or to be precious in His sight". So when Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, He had attained to a well-favoured status and was precious in the sight of God. The prophet Zechariah stated it very well,

"For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath He sent Me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye." Zechariah 2:8

The apple of the eye is the pupil of the eye. This has the meaning of the center of God's attention. Those who find grace in God are the center of His attention. This is the place Noah had come into in God.

NOAH

The book of Genesis proclaims that, from the original sin of Adam until Noah's time, man had become so degraded it grieved God that He had even created man. It was recorded that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and every imagination and thought of his heart was evil continually. But in the midst of this corruption and sin there stood a man, a man who found grace in the sight of God. Why did Noah find grace in God's sight? The answer is given in the book of Peter,

"And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly." II Peter 2:5

Noah was a preacher of righteousness. In the midst of all the sin and corruption, one man stood and showed the people God's way, the right path. Noah taught moral uprightness. He was a man of integrity and virtue. He kept the commandments of God. He was innocent, faultless, and guiltless in his dealings with God and man. He was upright and above board. He had a pureness of life that followed the divine law of God.

It was God's intention to destroy His whole creation, but because of one man, God spared His creation. Noah was given a job that no man on earth would have desired: to build a huge vessel that would hold all God's creation. This vessel would be approximately 450' long, 75' high and 45' wide, or the length of 1 1/2 football fields, as high as a 7 story building and as wide as a 4 lane highway. This job would take approximately 100 years of Noah's life.

Noah was foretelling a flood to people who had never witnessed rain, let alone a flood. All these years, Noah was preaching righteousness to a sin-sick people who were mad on their idols and their way of life. One man standing alone warned the people of God's judgment, which no one understood or could even imagine. The ridicule and slanderous remarks would have stopped most men, but not Noah. He not only had a vision, he knew the voice of God. Jesus also spoke of Noah,

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." Luke 17:26

Jesus made it very clear that not only would the earth become very corrupt in this last time before His judgment hand falls again, but...there is something Jesus did not say, but is indicated by His words... "as it was in the days of Noah". God will have many Noahs on the earth at the time when the day of the Lord comes, ones who are proclaiming righteousness and true holiness in God, those who expound a pureness of life, those who follow His divine law and proclaim the righteousness of God as the only way of life acceptable in the sight of God.

These who proclaim this righteous way of life, as Noah, will be mocked, ridiculed, called moral freaks, old women and various other names. The question arises, "Will we find grace in the eyes of God? Will we, at this time, become the apple of His eye? Will we be the center of His attention in a corrupt world that has gone mad after sin?"

If we lived in the day of Noah, would we have been on the ark or in the flood? When God gives us a job to do, do we try to figure out why in our mind, or will we move in blind obedience to God's voice and command? We call ourselves God's army and yet, if we were in any other army, we would be shot for our disobedience. In man's army, when orders are passed down from headquarters, they are to be obeyed in blind obedience. In God's army, somehow we have the idea we can question the Commander-in-Chief and obey or not obey. We will never become the center of God's attention with this attitude. Those whom God chooses to be counted worthy to escape the things that are coming upon the earth, Luke 21:36, will be as Noah in the day of God's judgment.

DANIEL

The second man that God used as our example of righteousness was Daniel. Very little is known of Daniel's early life. The only clue we have was that he was of the royal seed, probably the son or nephew of the king.

Daniel 1:3-4 states that Daniel; at a very early age, (many believe while he was still in his teens) was captured by a foreign country and taken to the court of an alien king. This would have been difficult for a grown man, but Daniel was only a boy. He would remain in Babylon his whole life, never again to see his beloved land of Israel, nor worship again in the temple of His God. All through those numerous years of captivity and loneliness Daniel never once turned his back on his Creator. In everything Daniel did or spoke, he gave God the glory.

The events of Daniel's life were many. But there were three times that his life was on the line. Had God not come to his rescue, the book of Daniel would have been much shorter. In every one of these instances, Daniel's trust, faith and obedience never faltered. His integrity, virtue and pureness of life was seen both of God and man.

Daniel had barely gotten to Babylon when His first confrontation was evident. Daniel was placed in the care of Ashpenaz, the chief of Nebuchadnezzar's eunuchs, along with Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, whose names were changed to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They were given a portion of the king's meat and the king's wine. Daniel and his three friends could have had the best the king had to offer. They could have lived, as the saying goes, "in the lap of luxury". This was a pagan custom of overindulgence. Daniel and his three friends refused to be partakers of the heathen diet. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon wrote,

"Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite." Proverbs 23:2

Daniel refused to eat the king's meat or drink the king's wine.

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." Daniel 1:8

God gave Daniel favor with the prince of the eunuchs, and he replied to Daniel,

"I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king." Daniel 1:10

It would not have been the eunuch's head only, that would have fallen from his shoulders. It would have been Daniel's also, for disobeying the king's order. Daniel did not consider the consequences of his actions. He stood before His God in his pureness of life. If he could not maintain his integrity in the sight of God and man, his life would not be worth living. We wonder how we would fare before God if we were faced with the same situation. But Daniel stood righteous before God. And because of this, Daniel was continually in the center of God's attention.

Daniel's second test was when Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he called the magicians and Chaldeans to show the king his dream. The interpreters were not only demanded to interpret the dream, they were commanded to reveal the dream itself to the king, who had forgotten it. When they could not, he ordered all the wise men in the kingdom to be killed.

Daniel was faced with a real problem. He was one of the wise men, along with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. His head was on the chopping block again. So Daniel went in to see the king. This in itself could have cost Daniel his life. No one went in to the king when they were not summoned; it could mean their life. But Daniel knew His God. He knew no king could touch him unless God said so. Daniel petitioned the king for time that he might ask His God to reveal and interpret the dream.

"Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changeth the times and seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. I thank Thee, and praise Thee, O Thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of Thee: for Thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter." Daniel 2:20-23

Daniel took no glory for the works that he did. He turned all the glory back to the Father. If we are to stand righteous before God, all the glory for what the Father does through us must be directed to Him. He spoke through Isaiah,

"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8

God will not give His glory to another. If we desire any of the glory, God will not work through us. We have seen many men who desired the glory for what God was doing. And God set them aside and used others to do His glorious work.

Jesus, our example, never took any credit for what the Father did through Him. When the rich, young ruler called Him Good Master, Jesus asked him,

"Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God..." Matthew 19:17

Daniel received many honors over his lifetime, but all glory was returned to the Father.

The third time Daniel's life was in peril was because of jealousy. Darius, King of Babylon, placed one hundred and twenty princes over his kingdom. He chose three presidents and Daniel was the number one president chosen. Daniel 6:2

Daniel was chosen because of an excellent spirit that was in him, and the king desired to set him over his whole realm, Daniel 6:3. So the presidents and princes sought to get Daniel in trouble. When we show the characteristics of God in our lives, it stirs up the spirit of jealousy and also brings conviction on those who live like the world. Daniel's integrity and pureness of life was seen before man, as well as God.

"Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him." Daniel 6:4

Daniel was not only faithful unto his God, he was faithful to the king and they could find no fault or error in Daniel's life toward the king, nor his kingdom. Daniel was faithful to his duties as they were appointed to him.

"Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." Daniel 6:5

These treacherous men knew that Daniel would worship his God no matter what, so they tricked the king into making a decree that anyone who asked a petition of any God or man for thirty days except the king, them would the king cast into a den of lions. Daniel 6:7

They knew Daniel was a praying man. He prayed three times a day. Even though Daniel had many duties and much responsibility, he took time three times a day, set aside unto God, and he prayed, not in private; he prayed in the same manner he had always prayed. Did this decree stop Daniel?

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." Daniel 6:10

Daniel waited until the decree was signed. Then he went to his house, opened the windows as usual and prayed as was his custom. He did not cower back in a corner to try to hide his prayer life. All those who had tricked the king into signing this evil decree knew Daniel's prayer time. But man's decree could not change Daniel's worship of his God.

We know the rest of the story. Daniel was protected from the lions. God had stopped their mouths and no manner of hurt was found upon Daniel because he believed in his God.

Daniel was faithful. He was faithful in his diet, his prayer life and in all pureness of life. He was holy, up-right and virtuous. His integrity showed before God and man. Because of Daniel's right standing before God, he was given a promise in the kingdom. God told Daniel,

"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." Daniel 12:13

Daniel was promised a place in the kingdom. All those who have a right standing before their God will stand with Daniel at the end of days.

JOB

The next man that God used for His example of righteousness was Job. We know very little about Job. We are not even sure of the time period Job lived. We are only informed,

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." Job 1:1

We know that Job feared God, was upright and perfect, and stayed away from evil. But as we study the book of Job, we find that Job had many faults. We also know God had to correct these faults in Job's life. This process of correction must be in our lives if we are to be part of that church God is going to pre-sent to Himself without spot or wrinkle. [see "Job, the End Time Son" by George Kirkpatrick]

When Job's time of testing came, three of Job's friends came to him and accused Job of being in sin. They told him that sin was the reason God punishes man. So, if Job would repent of his sin, God would take away his punishment. Job told his friends,

"The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." Job 17:9

Job knew the way of righteousness was the only way for a man to live. Job further answered his friends,

"My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live." Job 27:6

Job knew how important it was to stand righteous before God and nothing was going to change his mind about a righteous life before God. Although Job had not come to that place yet in God's eyes, he strived for a godly understanding of a righteous and pure life before God and man. Job stood alone in this. His three friends did not have this understanding. His children, which God destroyed, did not have this understanding; even Job's wife did not have this understanding. His wife stated boldly before Job:

"Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die." Job 2:9

Job's answer to his wife was:

"Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." Job 2:10

So many people, when a test or trial comes into their lives, begin to curse God, or give the devil credit for having power in their lives. Job said, "Shall we only receive good from God? Shall we not receive evil or correction from Him also? In all this Job sinned not with his lips.

Job stood alone in his integrity, that a righteous life was all that was acceptable before God. All Job had was taken: his children, his servants, his crops and all his livestock. Yet, it was recorded of Job,

"In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly." Job 1:22

Job refused to sin with his mouth before God. When Job's three friends were through accusing Job of sin, Elihu, the Spirit- filled young man, who was with them from the beginning, opened his mouth and began to show Job the error in his walk before God as it was revealed by the Spirit of God. Elihu stated,

"Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?" Job 35:2

As Elihu proceeded, he pointed out twelve areas in Job's life that God was bringing correction into. The book of Hebrews reveals that, when God does not correct us, He is treating us as bastard children, Hebrews 12:7-8. God was treating Job as a son of God.

In all that Job suffered, Job knew it was God who was in control of his life. He knew the end result would pre-pare him to stand before his God. Job proclaimed,

"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10

Job knew it takes a lot of heat to refine gold. And his God sat as a refiner to bring forth His pure gold which would dwell in His presence. God was not punishing Job. He was refining him to be that man created in righteousness and true holiness.

When Elihu had revealed the things that needed corrected in Job's life, God spoke to Job out of the whirlwind. This must have been quite a day in Job's life. And God asked Job a question, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?" Job 38:4.

If we believe God was further punishing or belittling Job, we do not understand our God. God spoke to Paul, "Let all things be done unto edifying," I Corinthians 14:26.

God is bound by His Word. When He spoke to Job, He was edifying Job because He was showing Job where he was when God laid the foundations of the earth. God's question was,

"Where were you, Job, when I laid the foundations of the earth; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:7

Where was Job? God was revealing to Job that He knew him before He laid the foundations of the earth. It is the same revelation that God has revealed unto us:

"According as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." Ephesians 1:4-5

We should shout for joy when we read the book of Job because, as God refined Job as pure gold that he could stand righteous before Him, He is in the process of refining us that we may be a joy and a praise to Him in this earth. We know the end of Job when his trail was over:

The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." Job 42:10

When Job prayed and forgave his friends, those who had not come into the Spiritual knowledge of God, God gave Job twice as much as he had before. God restored his children, his servants and his livestock, two-fold that he had before. And Job's daughters were the fairest in all the land. Job 42:15

There is a lesson from the book of Job. Spiritual perfection must come before restoration. The church is looking to go to heaven, but God has promised the restoration of all things. On the Isle of Patmos, Jesus stated to John, "Behold I make all things new." Revelation 21:5. The day of restoration is at hand.

All through Job's trial he maintained his vision in God. Job proclaimed his hope in God,

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." Job 19:25-27

Three men throughout all the history of mankind who were the apple of God's eye, the center of His attention: Noah, Daniel and Job; three examples to us of men who had a purity of life. These were men of virtue, integrity and faultlessness before God and man, whose way of thinking, feeling and acting totally conformed to the will of God.

As we study these three men we discover Noah had a job, Daniel had a promise, and Job had a vision. Without a vision we will never complete the job that God has set before us, which is to bring His creation into righteousness and true holiness. If this job is not completed in us, we will never come into His promises as He has set them in His Word.

Another lesson we must learn from these three men is that every soul will stand before God to be judged on its own merit.

"Though Noah, Daniel and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness." Ezekiel 14:20

Many believe they stand righteous before God because of what their parents did, what their husband or wife has accomplished for God, or even the righteousness of their children. We will all be judged by our own pureness of life as we stand before our Creator.

Are we the center of God's attention, or will we be the center of His judgment? We need to consider our ways, not as man sees us, but as God sees us. Our righteousness is not measured by church attendance or by the works of the flesh, but by our right standing before God.

Related Books by George Kirkpatrick

Job, The End Time Son
Men of Vision
As It Was In The Days of Noah
God's Holy Remnant
Even the Very Elect
The Day of Preparation
God's Call To Judgment

Audio Book:  Though These Three Men
Questions

1. What is the one amazing fact that God's Word reveals?

2. When sin entered into man, what did he loose and what happened?

3. When will we be given the rule of God's creation and reign with Christ for a thousand years?

4. List 3 things a person must be to stand righteous before God.

5. Those who find grace in God are what?

6. Why did Noah find grace in God's sight? (II Peter 2:5)

7. If we are to stand righteous before God, all the glory for what the Father does through us must go where?

8. Why was Daniel chosen as the number one President? (Daniel 6:3)

9. All those who have a right standing before their God will stand where at the end of their days?

10. What must be in our lives if we are to be part of that church God is going to present to Himself without spot or wrinkle?

11. What do so many people do when a test or trial comes into their lives?

12. When God corrects us, how is He treating us? (Hebrews 12:7-8)

13. There is a lesson from the book of Job, what is it?

14. What is the final lesson we must learn from Noah, Daniel, and Job? (Ezekiel 14:20)


Answer Key

1. What is the one amazing fact that God's Word reveals?
God's plan for His creation, man, has never changed.

2. When sin entered into man, what did he loose and what happened?
He lost his dominion and the destruction of the earth began.

3. When will we be given the rule of God's creation and reign with Christ for a thousand years?
When we put on this new creation in righteousness and true holiness.

4. List 3 things a person must be to stand righteous before God.
Upright, virtuous, obedient, innocent, faultless, guiltless, just, honest, integrity and purity of life

5. Those who find grace in God are what?
The center of His attention.

6. Why did Noah find grace in God's sight? (II Peter 2:5)
He was a preacher of righteousness.

7. If we are to stand righteous before God, all the glory for what the Father does through us must go where?
It must be directed back to Him.

8. Why was Daniel chosen as the number one President? (Daniel 6:3)
There was an excellent spirit found in him.

9. All those who have a right standing before their God will stand where at the end of their days?
They will stand with Daniel. (place in the kingdom)

10. What must be in our lives if we are to be part of that church God is going to present to Himself without spot or wrinkle?
The process of correction

11. What do so many people do when a test or trial comes into their lives?
They begin to curse God, or give the devil credit for having power in their lives.

12. When God corrects us, how is He treating us? (Hebrews 12:7-8)
As a son of God

13. There is a lesson from the book of Job, what is it?
Spiritual perfection must come before restoration.

14. What is the final lesson we must learn from Noah, Daniel, and Job? (Ezekiel 14:20)
Every soul will stand before God to be judged on its own merit.


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