IN THE BEGINNING
All The Sons Of God Shouted For Joy
4Where were your when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. 7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4, 7.
It has been accepted by those with the vision of sonship that Job is a type of the sons of God; therefore, when we look into his life, we are looking into ours. He was a man who was perfect and upright, one who feared God, and eschewed evil, as it is with the sons of God. Job presented himself before the Lord along with the other sons of God, and so have we. And on that profound day, Satan came among us. All was going well until we were called away from religious organizations, and we presented ourselves before the Lord, and in the same manner it was with Job, the Lord drew Satanís attention to each of us ó and the time of our lives began. All hell broke loose on a people who had done nothing to merit such treatment; for we were perfect and upright. We had a deep reverence for God and we had turned from evil.
Before he was stricken, the man who was such an example of ourselves had been looked upon as someone with a vast knowledge of God. None could equal him, and when he spoke, others were left speechless. Even so, he had never heard God speak. Yet at the end of his appointed trying time of hell, he not only heard His voice, but Job saw Him. 5I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Job 42:5. It was not until the thirty-eighth chapter that he heard the sound of Godís voice. Prior to this, darkness covered his deep waters. For thirty-seven chapters, his understanding was darkened. He had no idea what the purpose of his horrendous ordeal was, and he certainly could not grasp the awesome majesty of the Lord, the very one whom he feared; but when the words from on High began to thunder in his being, his day dawned. His long night of ignorance bowed humbly to the bright Day of the Lord, and understanding flooded his soul. Remembrance of who he was and from where he came rolled back the dark covering from his deep.
When God questioned Job, it was not that He was looking for an answer to something He did not know. God asks questions for the purpose of giving the answers. Until the sorrowful man was addressed, he had no light of understanding; but when the voice of Godís word was heard, light came. It is only when He speaks that light comes; and since Godís nature is light, He cannot speak except light shines. Just as Godís nature is expressed through His voice, so has He given a voice to every living creature particular to it nature. Whether it is a dog, cat, or human being ó each manifests its nature when its voice is heard. Every creature has a unique spirit which gives its voice a particular definition of life. A dogís spirit gives a dog its nature, and is heard in its bark. A catís spirit gives a cat its nature, and is heard in its meow. A manís spirit gives him his nature, and it is heard in his speech. Each sheds some sort of light (understanding) when its voice is sent forth.
Good examples of this can be seen in how the Greek word, phone, and the Hebrew, kole kole, are used, which are generally translated voice or sound. There are other words as well: crackling, bleating, and lowing, such as, the crackling of burning thorns (Eccl 7:6), the bleating of sheep (Judg 5:16), and the lowing of oxen (1 Sam 15:14). In essence, phone and kole kole relate to the expression of character and nature from whatever the sound, or the voice, is coming. Adding to the list, the book of Revelation records trumpets, wind, pipes, harps, golden candlesticks, thunder, beasts, locusts, chariots, running horses, and horns as having voices (phones).
More examples can be seen in the roar of a tornado. It will send the most obstinate brute scurrying for cover, because from its sound he understands its terrible nature; a child will hear the threatening hiss of a viper and may not know its potential danger, but he will understand that it is not an inviting voice asking to be cuddled; and it doesn't take someone with exceptional discernment to hear the cooing of a dove and know the gentleness of its nature.
When God speaks, His nature is seen. His light shines. Understanding comes. And although His voice has always been creating, forming and molding throughout the expanse of the universe, the first record of Him speaking is found early in Genesis.
2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Gen. 1:2-3. And that is the way it was with Job, and likewise with us. If God is speaking, there is the shining light of understanding. One the other hand, if God is not speaking, His light is not shining, and if His light is not shining ó there is no understanding, and ignorance remains over the face of the deep. Without the command of God, darkness remains over the face of the waters, and so it was with Job prior to chapter 38. At the sound of His voice, light began to shine, and Jobís memory and understanding of where he was at the founding of the earth began to unfold. The spirit of his mind was like the Rose, or Morning Glory. It was wrapped up and closed tight throughout the dark night; but at the first rays of light, the flower bursts into full bloom ó speaking, declaring, shouting, expressing the beauty of its nature.
Again, let the question be posed, and since we are sons of God, let the words speak to each of us: 4Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if (or since) you have understanding. 7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4, 7.
If our eyes happen to be open enough to see the light of those words, I am sure we are shouting for joy about now. We would at least be overwhelmed with astonishment, and after regaining our composure, we would join together in singing with the morning stars, as we did once before. And please know, such singing is not merely coming together in the same vicinity, such as with a group of people in the choir loft. This singing together (yachad, Heb.) means to sing as a unit, as one, with one voice. Yachad is the equivalent to agree (sumphoneo) in Matthew. 19...I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 18:19.
This verse has been used for generations attempting to get what is wanted without any regard to what the Spirit says about it. We have come together (bodily) with something we wanted, and the plan is laid out. Our wants are told to one or two others, an entire congregation, or to untold thousands on worldwide prayer-chains over the internet. And please take note, I appreciate prayer chains, especially if I am the one in need of prayer. Nevertheless, we have misused the very words of Jesus, saying, "If two of you shall agree...as touching anything that you shall ask, it shall be done for them." From much experience we all know that sometimes it is done and sometimes it is not. Brethren, there is something wrong with this picture. Either Jesus was telling the truth or He was lying. If He was telling the truth, as carnal minds perceive the verse, every single time two or more people set their minds in "agreement" on a certain matter, His Father would have to honor the agreement. If not, Jesus would be made a liar; but we know that is an impossibility; for there can be no darkness at all in He who is Light. (1 John 1:5).
Agreement, as it is used here, has nothing whatsoever to do with carnal minds agreeing on anything; but it has everything to do with joining together in union with the Spirit of Christís mind and rising in symphonic harmony to meet that which is already finished in the heavens. The Greek word for agree is sumphoneo, which means harmonious. It is derived from sun which denotes union or together, and is much closer to the object than meta or para. Sumphoneo is where we get the English word, symphony. A symphony is composed of various types of people and many different instruments. The stringed instruments are strategically placed in the orchestra ó with the wind, brass and percussion instruments located for their greatest potential to be drawn.
At the first sounds, or noise, of a symphony, one might wonder if anything good could come from such a disorderly crowd of people, at least, while they are in the process of tuning their individual instruments; for all the squeaking, squawking and tooting, is terrible, nothing is in harmony. Everyone may be gathered in the same place; but until the conductor, the Spirit of our Lord, is ready, the sounds will be a medley of discordant, confused noise. However, after the picking, plucking, and tuning, everyone exits the stage with no individuals being seen. And after a time, the lights are turned off. The lights burst onto the platform, igniting the air with expectancy, and the musicians walk out, dressed in fine apparel, and they take their stations their instruments. A hush shrouds the auditorium. A light is focused on the wings, and the Conductor appears out of the darkness, and a thunderous applause erupts for Him. He walks up to the podium and picks up a thin, little stick. Lifting it into the air, total silence sweeps over the theater (and there was silence in heaven for the space of half an hour.). As the silence reaches its crest, the Conductor brings down his little stick. Like a magic wand, his baton transforms the night. Such overtures of rapturous crescendos fill the whole house as He pulls out of each soul and instrument their hidden talents of pure gold. In perfect harmony, He joins the unique sounds of the strings, the pipes, the cymbals, creating one, harmonious voice of reverberating glory. What light! What transcendent light! The Conductor draws every ray of sound together in union as a single voice. And the entire house is filled with the glory that was darkly hidden in each vessel. Now that, my friends, is what it is to agree. It is the symphony of the Lord with Him as the Conductor. That is the song of the stars with which we sang in agreement. A symphony of rapturous praise by the Spirit and from seeing the foundation of the earth being rolled out like a scroll. Such a glorious view of Godís creation, from Beginning to End, filled every son of God with a joyous, ear-splitting shout ó and we were there. Do we not remember?
If we have already walked the path of Job, and God speaks to us as one from the opposite tribe, then we will remember. If, however, we are comfortable in Babylon, or in the world, we will not remember. Even if we are a son of God, we will not remember if we are still in our assigned ash-heap of sorrow and boil-ridden pain, and especially if the encouraging words of our friends are clanging in our ears. Nevertheless, I believe the time is drawing near for all the sons of God to hear the sound of His voice and to cease from feeding upon the wise counsel of their assailing friends. The spirit of the word is presently streaming from the heavens, causing many to turn their ear toward that awakening sound, and in doing so, the Day is dawning. The phone is ringing from heaven, our understanding is being awakened-enlivened-enlightened to what we once saw and knew, and from where it all started. There are alternate views; but the majority of the science world call it the Big Bang theory. I believe this to be true; however, I cannot believe it was a spontaneous explosion of happenstance, or one being void of control, but one of absolute control and perfect harmony. From the instant it began, until now, and to the end, I see it as the Symphony of God sounding out its wondrous glory throughout the vast universe which envelopes all space and time. And I believe our vision will transcend the realm of space and time as we behold the eternity of God. For that matter, some have already been privileged to see and understand it as it was opened to them by the Spirit of our Lord Jesus.
The Big Bang
The Big Bang was the beginning of everything physical; yet it existed in God before He said ó BANG! At the instant that sounding word was spoken it began to explode out from Him, taking form. Paul said that everything in the universe came out of God, it is all going through Him, and it will all return back into Him. 36For from Him, and through Him and to Him are all things. ó For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him. To Him be glory forever! Amen ó so be it.
Rom. 11:36 . In a nutshell, the apostle summed up everything from the Beginning to the End and the process between, even as it is recorded in the first three verses of the Bible.
There is not one thing in existence that was not in God, and from Him it has all proceeded, from the microcosm to the macrocosm. A microcosm is a little world; especially man or human nature that is an epitome of the world or the universe. A community or other unity that is an epitome of a longer unity. A macrocosm is the great world, UNIVERSE, a complex that is a large-scale reproduction of one of it constituents. (Websterís Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary).
In once sense, an acorn is a microcosm of something bigger. The majority of people will look at an acorn and that is all they see ó a hard-shelled nut worth nothing more than squirrel fodder for the winter. But with understanding, quite a few can see beyond the little microcosm and see the macrocosm of the acorn, which is the oak tree full of acorns just like the one from which they all came. And then a few more will have a greater vision and see a grove of oak trees, or even more ó they will see a forest of oak trees. Moreover, with the light of truth magnifying itself, some will see oak trees spreading and covering the earth as the waters cover the seas. Yet the macrocosm, the Big Bang of the acorn, does not stop at the borders of the continents; for there is space travel and unending planets in the vast reaches of the endless universe. Given enough time and the proper conditions, a single acorn could eventually fill the universe. Yet as the world is set in its temporal shell, eternity is set in its spark of life, and although the shell dies and goes back into the ground, there is no end to its explosion of oak trees.
The universe is ever expanding from the microcosm of the Big Bang when God said BANG. Everything was in Him prior to that grand commencement; but we surely know that it goes as far back as it goes forward, even with the acorn. The microcosm of the acorn is merely the visible manifestation of the eternal spark of life hidden in the dark recesses of its hard shell, while the multiple billions of trees is the macrocosm. They who have understanding, they who have light, they who have life, they who have heard the Word of God can see the infinity of the acornís past as clearly as the infinity of its future. It is endless in every direction. As big as we see it in the macrocosm, which is infinite, it is just as small in the microcosm, which is infinite, and so it is with all things. And much more so with the Microcosm called Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God!
Some see Jesus as nothing more than a misunderstood wise man who lived and died in a country called Israel. They view him as a single, illegitimate acorn with a few special paranormal abilities he learned from the Egyptians, as well as the Assyrians. The popular view of the multifaceted church system is better; for it is of a Son of God whose miracles were by the Holy Spirit. That view has Him sitting on a physical throne in heaven next to His Father and is waiting for the time and conditions to get right before He comes back to sit on a throne in Jerusalem. However, such a view still holds Him as a single acorn, even though it is a somewhat better acorn. Such a perspective on the eternal entity of God, one could wonder if they have heard the Word of God; for there is not much light of understanding here.
If we are hearing the Symphony of creation, and I believe we are, let us look at the big picture of the Microcosm and Macrocosm of Jesus. He, indeed, was a single Microcosm in a physical body. In that form, He was but a tiny speck of living dust in comparison to what He was destined to be. Being the Son of God that He was, it was impossible for Him to remain confined in the shell of a single acorn. In the same manner that the little acorn in our story can fill the universe, so can this Acorn, because it is His will to do so. In the Beginning, God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. That which was eternal became visible. In essence, the entire dialog of Gabriel to Mary was God saying, "Let there be Jesus," and there was Jesus. That which was eternal became visible ó a Microcosm ó the first Acorn with a capital A was born. If He had not kept His appointment of death, He would be with us to this day. He would be somewhere in the world as the Great Acorn, loved by many and hated by many. He would still be, however, a single acorn. Although surrounded by millions, He would be alone. His microcosm would continue being a microcosm. He would never know the glory of the Macrocosm, nor would we. But, praise God, He did die, and when He died, the Macrocosm of His destiny exploded with exponential momentum ó the BIG BANG!
The single Acorn with the capital A became a grove of 120 in the upper room. From there He spread and became 3,000, and then added 5,000 to His number, and that was not enough for the yearning eternal Seed of life. He became thousands of thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. That single Acorn, that single Seed called Jesus Christ, continues to multiply to this very day, and here we stand as mighty oak trees, saplings, or at least acorns in the world. And do we suppose that we are at the end of that ever-increasing, ever-expanding, explosion of Life? God forbid to think such a finite thought. That Seed is eternal and ever expanding; for God said, "Let there be light" and there was light. He said, "Let there be life," and there was Jesus. He also said, "Let there be reconciliation and salvation of all," and this is being made so. Jesus contained the fullness of the Godhead bodily. All that God is was in Jesus. The universe was squeezed together in that single Microcosm of Jesus Christ. For thirty-three and a half years, everything which was created in Him in the Beginning was in that Spark of Life. It was that Spark which guided Him through the perilous channels of human darkness so all things could be lifted to the brightness of His glory.
As we plumb deeper into what the Phonetic Word is opening to our astonished eyes, we see that the eternal Seed in Jesus goes backward from the Microcosm of the single Man to the Macrocosm of the Beginning. This was when the heavens and the earth were created in Him. We also see forward to the Macrocosm of the End, as well as the process sandwiched between.. Although the words, Beginning and End, are used, there is neither a beginning nor an end, not in the sense of eternal things. Linear time finds its place in Christ Jesus; but that is not what He is. Neither could that element keep Him bound in that realm. There are eras, ages, eons, days, times, and seasons which have beginnings and endings; but Jesus made it clear that He is the Beginning and the End saying, 13I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Rev. 22:13. Therefore, rather than viewing things from the perspective of time, that which was placed in man so he would not know the works of God from the beginning to the end (Eccl 3:11), let us see and hear by the Spirit and understand that the Beginning and the End is Jesus Christ who has no beginning of days nor end thereof (Heb 7:3).
Are we hearing what the Spirit is saying? Are we seeing it? Are we keeping pace with it? We are, indeed, seeing it; but I am not sure if we fully grasp everything which is seen. Our spirit says, "Praise God, we see it, we know it, we understand it"; but our mind has difficulty in taking hold of its fullness. Even so, the Seed speaks and ministers dearly to our awakening eyes as eternal life and light swallows the old age of death and darkness.
I am reminded of the song, "Abraham, How Far Can You See: can you count the stars of heaven or the sands by the sea. Abraham, how far can you see..." The song speaks of the extremity of his vision being the extremity of what will be his, which is endless. We have considered such high things before; but what is our vision prior to the appearing of our little individual worlds called microcosms? Can we see back to our Beginning, when we were created in Jesus Christ? If we can, we will know and understand our End. We will shout for joy once again, even as we did once before when we saw it together with all the sons of God. Not only will we shout for joy, but we will go out with joy, as Isaiah recorded a long time ago for us read and understand today:
12For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Isa. 55:12-13. This ever-expanding explosion of life, this rain of joy, this part of the Macrocosm of Jesus Christ, was finished and ordained before there was ever a grain of sand or man to be seen; for 4...He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Eph. 1:4.
Everything of the First Macrocosm, the Beginning, is condensed into the physical form of the microcosm, and then proceeds outwardly to the Last Macrocosm, the End. This is what we are seeing as the Word of God speaks light to our understanding, and we are astonished. For it is something our natural minds cannot visualize, yet the words continue to enlighten us to see more clearly the entirety of the acorn, as it were, forward and backward, from the Beginning to the End, before it grew in the earth and then became a forest to fill the universe. As Godís word challenges, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth, declare now that you have understanding," light comes for us to see our part of the foundation, journey, and destination. We see the ever-growing work of God bringing all things back to Himself in Christ Jesus. Wherever there is proper soil to be had, coupled with water, air, and sunshine, the Seed, like the acorn, will advance onward to cover the earth and beyond, filling the universe. Ah, yes, we will see the infinite microcosm to the infinite macrocosm. In His voice we see the heavens and the earth, and their generations being laid down and established in Christ. We see everything leaving their Beginning. We see them being scattering abroad, as they became formless and void, and we are numbered among them. We also see humanity sink to the depths of sin and sickness as darkness covers their deep understanding; but we see as well the gathering of the same, and not only the gathering, but the assembly in the Day of the Lord. When we are asked the question, we see beyond human limitations and carnal comprehension, as long as Jesus is real in our sight. In His Day, we understand the mysteries; for they are perceived by the spirit and not our natural mind. But if our eyes are taken off of the Captain of our souls and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), we will not remember one detail, only that we had known it while hearing His voice and peering deeply into His eyes.
Again, where were we when the foundations of the earth were laid, when all things were rolled out for the stars of heaven and all the sonís of God to see and understand? If we are hearing this question asked by the Spirit, we will also understand and joy will flood our souls, giving rise for us to shout for joy. When we hear Godís word, His phone call, if you please, our eyes will open to His Spirit. We will see where we were, where we are, and where we will be. This is the power of His word; for in Him there is no darkness at all, and when He asks where we were, the nature of the question opens our understanding to the answer. For instance, when He asked Adam, "Where are you?" It was not that God did not know where the man was. His purpose was for the man to know where he was, and the answer came in the light of the question, and at that time, the microcosm of manís fall began to explode into the macrocosm of worldwide sin, sickness, and death. Mortality grew exponentially; but there was another microcosm, Jesus, who grew exponentially, and is still growing. That Big Bang is swalloJanuary 30, 2004wing up all things human. None can escape it. No one can escape the all encompassing love of God any more than he could escape being born into darkness when God said, "Come forth and be."
Each of us may only be a little nut of an acorn, or a little spark of a bang in the picture of the Big Bang; but in Christ there will be no end to who we are, and that is no small thing. As we date back before the foundation of the world, and beyond into infinity, so shall we proceed forward into that glorious infinity, ever growing, multiplying, and helping to fill the universe with Christís glorious life together with all the sons of God. So, where were you, my friends who are called Job, when the foundations of the earth were laid? Declare if you remember. Hmm... What silence.
To be continued...
Elwin R. Roach
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