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Just, Before God

23rd Psalm (pt.2)

In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I couldn’t discern its appearance.

for you are with me.

A form was before my eyes.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Silence, then I heard a voice, saying, ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God?

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.

Behold, he puts no trust in his servants. He charges his angels with error.

Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,

How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!

and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

Spiritual Warfare: As a String

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Spiritual Warfare: As a String

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The Bible Reveals the Bible

Shadow of DeathSpiritual WarfareZerah.com is built around the idea of Strings. Two bible passages can be read in parallel, based on their design.

You’ll find the two passages will connect in amazing ways, even if they’re written thousands of years apart. They’ll also work together to reveal deeper things. In this case, lies at work. Let’s take a look.

Darkness

As I mentioned, both passages begin in a place of darkness. Job begins with “visions of the night.” Psalms begins with the valley of the, “shadow of death.”

The idea of darkness connects these two passages, in parallel.

House

Look at the end. The Psalm promises we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The Job passage says we dwell in houses of clay (like the dust of the earth).

The idea of a house connects the bottom of these two passages, side by side.

Purity

Another clear point of connection lies just beneath the middle. The Job passage asks, “Can a man be more pure than his maker?” The Psalm promises to anoint our head with oil.

Anointing is like washing. In other words, it’s God who makes us pure. This is the first hint of contrast in these two passages.

Deeper Spiritual Story

Now that you’ve seen some of the connections, let’s step through this String and look at the story it tells, in parallel.

Fear No Evil

The Job passage speaks of a vision in the night, which creates deep-seated fear. The Psalms tells us, “we shall fear no evil.” Fear connects these two passages.

There’s an important difference. The passage in Job creates fear. The Psalms tells us not to fear.

With Me

Job’s friend says a spirit passes by, and his fear seems to deepen. The spirit stands still, but cannot be seen.

The Psalm promises that God is “with me.” It doesn’t feel like the spirit in Job is the Spirit of Christ, the one “with me,” as the Psalm promises.

Comfort

A “form” is before the eyes of the friend of Job. Unlike the Psalm, it does not appear to be a source of comfort.

In fact, it does the opposite. It’s about to create even more fear.

An Enemy

The voice in Job finally speaks. Can “mortal man be more just than God?” The answer to this, of course, would seem to be no. The Psalm speaks of a table prepared in the presence of my enemies.

Together, the two passages reveal something important. It’s quite possible an enemy is present in these two passages.

Anoint

The voice continues: Shall “a man be more pure than his Maker.” It leads us to believe, well, no, of course not.

As we saw before, the Psalm promises to anoint our head with oil. We are washed, our souls made new. I hope you’re beginning to see a striking contrast between these two passages, and the two voices behind them.

Lovingkindness

God “puts no trust in his servants. And, He charges his angels with error.” I suspect this offers a clue as to the voice at work in the passage on the left. Perhaps it is an angel. A fallen one. One charged with error.

The Psalm promises the opposite. We are not charged with error. Goodness and lovingkindness follow us, all the days of our life.

Eternal House

The voice on the left then emphasizes, “how much more those who dwell in houses of clay.” It suggests we live in a house of dust. We are made of dust. Our body will return to dust, we shall be crushed before the moth. We have much to fear.

The Psalm promises the exact opposite: we will dwell in the House of the Lord forever. We shall not fear.

Two Voices

It strikes me there are two voices at work in these two passages. One is evil. One is not. One leads to fear. One leads to hope. One hints at death. The other, eternal life.

To me, the fact these two passages work together in this way is simply amazing. It shows that something deeper is going on in the words of the bible. That’s what Strings can reveal.

Shepherd Story

Let’s use another example, in parallel, the shepherd story at the birth of Christ. I believe it will make the two voices all the more striking in their contrast.

Click on the right arrow, or the “Shepherd Birth” link below.

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