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   In Defense of Traditional Bible Texts

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
. . . Psalm 12:6-7 . . .
 

Jobs Plea for Preservation

 Presented at
Heritage Baptist University
Greenwood, Indiana

 July 14, 2004

 Pastor Doug Sherrill

Tabernacle Baptist Church
Dahlonega, Georgia

  Job said:

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! (Job 19:23-24)

This paper is presented as a work of faith and encouragement. We unashamedly proclaim the underlying premise of this work to be:

A belief "in the plenary, verbal, Divine inspiration of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and the New Testaments (from Genesis to Revelation) in the original languages, and in their consequent infallibility and inerrancy in all matters of which they speak."We further affirm that, "the Texts which are the closest to the original autographs of the Bible are the Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament, and the traditional Greek Text for the New Testament underlying the King James Version (as found in "The Greek Text Underlying The English Authorized Version of 1611")." And furthermore, "we believe that the King James Version (or Authorized Version) of the English Bible is a true, faithful, and accurate translation of these two providentially preserved Texts, which in our time has no equal among all of the other English Translations. The translators did such a fine job in their translation task that we can without apology hold up the Authorized Version of 1611 and say "This is the WORD OF GOD!" while at the same time realizing that, in some verses, we must go back to the underlying original language Texts for complete clarity, and also compare Scripture with Scripture."[1]

and

"For the very historical truth is, that upon the importunate petitions of the Puritans, at his Majesty's coming to this crown, the conference at Hampton Court having been appointed for hearing their complaints, when by force of reason they were put from all other grounds, they had recourse at the last to this shift, that they could not with good conscience subscribe to the Communion book, since it maintained the Bible as it was there translated, which was, as they said, a most corrupted translation. And although this was judged to be but a very poor and empty shift, yet even hereupon did his Majesty begin to bethink himself of the good that might ensue by a new translation, and presently after gave order for this translation which is now presented unto thee. Thus much to satisfy our scrupulous brethren."[2] [my emphasis]

We are forever indebted to those "scrupulous brethren" who have come before us and pleaded the cause of preservation in our vulgar tongue. They stood for the unadulterated truth and sought to possess it in their language.

In this mosaic generation, a cry must be made for the continued Preservation of the Holy Scriptures. The lack of faith in a firm foundation has caused the breakdown of our nation and the entire world. Arthur Cleveland Coxe asked these questions in 1857 in his work An apology for the common English Bible; and a review of the extraordinary changes made in it by managers of the American Bible Society,'

"Will the Gospel then be the gainer when the old Bible disappears from the homes of America, and this new and lifeless redaction is everywhere its substitute? Will young and old see CHRIST any more clearly, from this elaborate and sweeping reform? Will the drift and scope of Scripture be any more obvious?"[3]

Coxe raised these questions during the years of debate within the prominently Baptist American Bible Society concerning revising the old Bible' known as the Authorized King James. It is the unfortunate obligation of our generation to answer Coxe's questions. A few recent statistics[4] will sufficiently answer the questions posed 150 years ago to a so-called' Bible Society:

60% of all adults agree that "the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings (45% agree strongly, 16% agree somewhat) (2001)

Nearly three out of five adults (58%) say that the devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil. (2001) Half of all adults (51%) believe that if a person is generally good, or does enough good things for others during their life, they will earn a place in Heaven. (2001) More than two out of every five adults (43%) believe that while Jesus Christ lived on earth He committed sins.(2001) 43% of American adults attend church in a typical weekend. (2004)

These statistics paint the picture of a society that has left the firm foundation to the fluid interpretation and belief of the modern textual critic. The Neologists[5] of our day assert themselves as the all-wise Final Authority. As Coxe aptly wrote,

"The true believer has instincts that cry out against a compromise that destroys what is dearer to his heart than life, even the truth of GOD's Word, its spirit as well as its letter."[6]

It is in these last days that the trumpet must sound. Those proclaiming inspiration must also proclaim preservation, else their sound is uncertain'[7]. The plea for preservation must be clearly, distinctly, and unashamedly presented in both pulpits and literature. The plea for preservation is the charge committed to the church from those who have come before us. And may all who come behind us, find us faithful!

Lies permeate our post-modern society. OS Guiness in his book Time For Truth wrote concerning the modern commitment to lies,

"Defined as an attempt to deceive without the other's consent,' a lie is a fundamental breach of the human contract to speak the truth. Thus to treat lying, falsehood, evasiveness, mendacity, and carelessness with words as only minor problems - whimsies with words - hands a dangerous alibi to the powerful and creates a postmodern sanctuary that the unscrupulous have already exploited (witness the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal) and are certain to take advantage of even further. As Walter Lippmann wrote, There can be no liberty for a community that lacks the means by which to detect lies."[8]

This quote from a secular book speaks volumes with regard to the church community today. Can the last days church detect a lie when they read one? Do we have the mechanisms to do so? The textual debate, if poised on the wrong side, can cost multitudes true liberty. The scholar is bolstered as the all-wise and all-knowing, while the average church goer is compelled to simply trust' his opinion. If all we have to defend the sacred text are degrees and the unscrupulous, we are certain to fail. I am thankful, however that we have an unflinching God who has given us His Words and we have the liberty to search the scriptures, remaining true to the God of the Bible.

The average church goer chooses a new version because he cannot handle the truth contained in the REAL Word of God. Notice what Nietzsche wrote in his book, Beyond Good and Evil,

"Indeed, it may be a characteristic of existence that those who would know it completely would perish, in which case the strength of a spirit should be measured according to how much of the truth' one could still barely endure - or to put it more clearly, to what degree one would require it to be thinned down, shrouded, sweetened, falsified."[9]

Thus, when applied to the church, the average church goer does not need all that truth that the modern scholar needs. Just give him what he thinks he needs and move on. What an absurdity to believe that we should curtail the Words of God to fit the fancies of man! Nietzsche was a God denying anti-christ, yet he sounds like many in the pulpits of America today. His relativism can be summed up thusly,

"There are so many kinds of eyes, and consequently there are many kinds of truths, and consequently there is no truth."

This is the response of the church today...

"The Version issue simply does not matter. Who's actually reading and resting a message on one isolated word anyway?"

The thesis of this paper is: Job's plea for the preservation of his words is typologically the plea of Jesus Christ to preserve His Words. The typological approach to scripture is often neglected or discredited, especially by the liberal theologian. Any serious student of the Bible has encountered the marvelous design of scripture and has noticed the fingerprint of God throughout its pages. Though typology does not determine doctrine, it does support doctrine. We believe typology may be used to substantiate and validate the message from God, for it is His fingerprint.

Now,

"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)

The book of Job is considered by most commentators to be the earliest writing in scripture. If God has preserved His words, it stands to reason that the first inspired writing should show forth a claim for its preservation. If the ancient writing of scripture was inspired at the times of their writing, but are not available to us today through Providential Preservation, why fight for an inspired Bible? We will show that the book of Job, as an inspired text of scripture, has found within its pages the plea for its own preservation. Afford us the time to share an introduction to the setting and characters of the book of Job. This is necessary in order to convey the full force of Job's Plea for Preservation in chapter 19. Also, we have inserted  lengthy, but important comments from Alfred Edershiem's Old Testament Bible History, Volume I.[10]

Background for the Book of Job

The book begins with the location of Job in the land of Uz. The land Uz, which is named after a man, is mentioned seven times in scripture. [Genesis 10:23; 36:28; 1 Chronicles 1:17, 42; Job 1:1; Jeremiah 25:20; Lamentations 4:21] We are uncertain exactly where this land was located. Some have said Uz is in the Arabian Desert. Others have postulated in the Euphrates Area.[11] The position of the believer is to accept the land of Uz as a real place and not fall prey to the allegorical approach to the book of Job.

The date for the book of Job is, almost without question, to be around the time of the Patriarchs.  The following is a brief list of some reasons to date the book during this time period.

  • The Book employs the name "Almighty" 31 times. Shadday, is a name for God, used beginning with Abraham.
  • Job is considered wealthy based upon his livestock. "His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east." (Job 1:3) This was a customary way to determine wealth in the days of the patriarchs.
  • The Hebrew word, qsiytah is used in Job 42:11. It is found two other times in Scripture and both times it is during the time of Jacob. (See Genesis 33:19 and Joshua 24:32.)
  • There are no references to the Mosaic law in the book of Job. We believe their would be a direct mention of the tabernacle, the law, etc. if these were known at the time.
  • The names, people, and places mentioned are associated with the patriarchal period.
  • Job's life span coorelates to those of the Patriarchs.

Those who seek to discredit the book, place its time after Moses, during Solomon's reign for example.

There are several passages found within the book of Job that shed light upon the early stories of Genesis. They declare to us that God has never been without a witness and He has, from the beginning, communicated with man.

  • Job 31:33  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
  • Job 34:15  All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
  • Job 27:3, All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
  • Job 33:4, The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life;
  • Job 32:8, But there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
  • Job 22:22  Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
  • Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

The question is then raised, "If Job lived before the Mosaic law, how could he speak of the commandments of God?" Do you not realize, as did Job, that God has always manifested His Words to man? His Words have always been expected to be the authority in the lives of humanity. How He revealed Himself in various dispensations has certainly changed, but His Words have always been that which man is to submit. In Job's day, they learned of the accounts of Adam and others before them, through either direct revelation as demonstrated in these verses:

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.  (13)  In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,  (14)  Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.  (15)  Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:  (16)  It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,  (17)  Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? (Job 4:12-17)

Or by the oral tradition of the fathers demonstrated in these verses:

I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;  (18)  Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: (Job 15:17-18)

It was then, as it was in the days of Jesus Christ, and is in our own day. Men trusted in their tradition and the elders, and forsook the Words of the Almighty.

So who was Job? Many liberal and unbelieving theologians would claim he is a figment of the imagination. Let us gaze into the scriptures for a witness.

Ezekiel 14:14  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. [my emphasis]

Ezekiel 14:20  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. [my emphasis]

James 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. [my emphasis]

We will let the reader decide whether to believe the critics of scripture or the LORD GOD and James the Apostle! Of course, if Job were not real, then neither were Noah and Daniel.

Another witness for the existence of Job are the multiple Job-like' stories found in ancient memorials. Barnes comments,

"The monuments and memorials of Job still preserved or referred to in the East, may be adduced as some slight evidence of the fact that such a man as Job lived, and as an indication of the region in which he resided. It is true that they depend on mere tradition; but monuments are not erected to the memory of any who are not supposed to have had an existence, and traditions usually have some basis in reality. Arabian writers always make mention of Job as a real person, and his pretended grave is shown in the East to this day. It is shown indeed in six different places: but this is no evidence that all that is said of the existence of such a man is fabulous, anymore than the fact that seven cities contended for the honor of the birth of Homer is an evidence that there was no such man. The most celebrated tomb of this kind is that of the Trachonitis, toward the springs of the Jordan. It is situated between the cities still bearing the names of Teman, Shuah, and Naama - (Wemyss); though there is every reason to believe that these names have been given rather with reference to the fact that that was supposed to be his residence, than that they were the names of the places referred to in the book of Job. One of these tombs was shown to Niebuhr. He says (Reisebeschreib, i. 466), "Two or three hours east of Saada is a great mosque, in which, according to the opinion of the Arabs who reside there, the sufferer Job lies buried." "On the eastern limits of Arabia, they showed me the grave of Job, close to the Euphrates, and near the Helleh, one hour south from Babylon." is of importance to remark here only that all of these tombs are outside the limits of Idumea. Among the Arabians there are numerous traditions respecting Job, many of them indeed stories that are entirely ridiculous, but all showing the firm belief prevalent in Arabia that there was such a man. See Sale's Koran, vol. ii. pp. 174, 322; Magee on Atonement and Sacrifice, pp. 366, 367; and D'Herbelot, Bibli. Orient. tom. i. pp. 75, 432, 438, as quoted by Magee."[12]

Although we do not intend to rest our case upon myth or extra-biblical stories, we often find the pure and true stories of scripture used and corrupted in various cultures. The Flood is a good example of this, showing that many cultures have a story of a family saved during a global flood in an ark. The specifics have been corrupted and lost, but the tradition gives evidence of the genuine. So it appears the same concept applies to the life of Job.

We now come to the persecutions Job encountered. They were numerous, and from his friends.' You recall the story well. In one day Job lost his livestock, servants, camels, and children. He would go on to experience a wife who turned against him and his body become diseased. Many claim the book is written to answer the meaning of suffering. If this is the case, I am disheartened when I find no answer given in the book. I believe there is something far greater to be seen from the pages of Job.

Job has one enemy, namely Satan, who uses several individuals to attempt to discredit the perfection (uprightness) and faithfulness of Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. In using these three men, Satan sends a barrage of arrows against Job.

Eliphaz said,

"Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.  (5)  But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.  (6)  Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?  (7)  Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?" [Job 4:4-7]

Bildad said,

"Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?  (12)  Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.  (13)  So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:  (14)  Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.  (15)  He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure." [Job 8:11-15]

Zophar exclaimed,

"Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?  (4)  For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.  (5)  But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;  (6)  And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth." [Job 11:3-6]

Job responds to their persecution with great clarity and distinction:

"I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all." [Job 16:2]

His enemies, they think, are sure to have the victory in this battle of words. He is suffering and, according to their reasoning, Job must be in error. When we come to chapter 19 we encounter the desire of Job concerning his words. If those who oppose him will relay the story, surely Job deserves the story be told as it happened. He fears bias, error, and neglect.

"Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  (24)  That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!" [Job 19:23-24]

As we come to the text concerning preservation, we will discuss three important points:

1.  The Pen of Preservation
2.  The Place of Preservation
3.  The Prophecy of Preservation

First, we see the Pen of Preservation. Job is accustom to officials using iron pens to inscribe words into rock. Contrary to popular evolutionary thinking concerning language, Job and his contemporaries could write. Ancient alphabetic writing, known as paleography, when judged by the secular and liberal community, originated by a process of time and learning. Their papers ooze with evolutionary terms. Dr. Thomas M. Strouse  noted well the errors of the modern linguists in his 2003 DBS paper, "Scholarly Text of the OT." He stated,

"Darwin's Book The Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (1859) dethroned from its rightful reign the position that the Hebrew language was the original language God gave Adam in the Garden of Eden. This very title bespeaks of the impact evolution would have on all academic disciplines, including not only sociology but also linguistics. Bible commentators prior to this publication embraced the views of a recent creation of the universe and of Hebrew as the original tongue."

Fortunately, Job did not attend a public school system where God was not to be found, thus he knew and had the abilities to write and preserve words. The fact that we are discussing and reading the book of Job, is testimony to the power of the iron pen. This pen was a stylus of sorts which some say was in a wedge shape. It was used to inscribe wedge-like lettering and pictures known as cuneiform. Cuneiform comes from the Latin word cuneus, meaning wedge.' There were three types of stylus' generally used. The first was a reed that was carved into a wedge shape at the end. Then there was a triangular reed with a sharp pointed end. Finally, a reed with a blunt round end was used to make the deep round impressions. Job prays that an iron stylus be used to carve his words into stone. The pen used was sufficient to give us his book today. The iron pen was to embed the letters into the stone and speaks of Job's intent that subsequent generations have access to his words.

The pen not only speaks of Job's intentions concerning preservation, but it also speaks of his understanding of the method of preservation. The pen must be held by an able scribe. Job certainly did not mean for just anyone to pen' his story. The writer of the book was given the ability to write inspired words. He would be an individual who would be faithful to the true and give the correct story of Job's experience. Job did not intend for any of his enemies to write his story. The scribe had a responsibility to preserve the writing to be read. I ask the question again, Why write a text that will not be preserved for others to read? The person holding the pen is given a grave responsibility to write in such a way as to preserve the text, thus Job's "Iron Pen." [Job 19:24]

God would take care of choosing the individual Job prayed for to write the inspired words we have preserved into our care today. The pen of preservation has been faithfully used down through the centuries to copy the original text. We can be sure we have pure and preserved copies of the Words of the Living God today. May we, the priesthood of believers, utilize our pens and continue to publish and print the Word of the Living God.

We will briefly note the tablet Job desired his words to be written on and lead into its significance with our second point.

That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! [Job 19:24]

God's first Words recorded for man were in rock.

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them." [Exodus 24:12]

Notice what type of stylus God used,

Exodus 31:18  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Now that's an Iron Pen! The two times we find the Lord writing, He always used His finger.[13]

The Lord used providential preservation rather than miraculous preservation as the means by which the Lord has transmitted the original inspired writings to man down through the corridors of time. Various pens of scribes have been used by the traditional family of true believers, but all with the same weight and diligence to preserve purity. Job desired his words to be penned in such a way that subsequent generations might know and understand his story.

This second point of interest concerning Job's Plea is the Place of Preservation. It is to be found in the Rock. Job desired to have his story written with its preservation in mind. The very reason to inscripturate words is to preserve them to the next generation.  The Words of God have been preserved by the Rock. One will notice in studying various ancient writings in stone that most stone writings found today are contractual in their content. This gives us a glimpse into the possible reason Job desired his words to be written in stone. The stone speaks of the incredible importance of the writing, not ape-men ignorance.' When the LORD gave Moses the tablets, various forms of writing material were already available. Historians will readily admit the advancement of the Egyptian writing materials of this time period and before. The various material available suggests a specific reason for using the stone. The stone speaks of permanency; it is unchangeable, unmoveable. One cannot erase' or modify what is written in stone. Therefore, Job sought to have his words written in a legal and binding way and so that none could alter nor change them. Remember, Job was a great leader of his day and was accustomed  to having his legal documents written in stone for posterity.

The stone not only speaks of the importance of the document, but also is a type of a Greater and Most Important Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is The Word.

  • Psalms 18:31  For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
  • Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
  • Deuteronomy 32:3-4  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.  (4)  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Just as Jesus Christ is the Rock, so His Words are a Rock. Jesus relates the story of the wise man who built his house upon the rock.

Matthew 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

What is the rock that had a house built upon it? Is the rock not the Words of the Lord Jesus? In studying a comparison between Jesus Christ, the Living Word and the Written Word, one reaches some startling insights. In fact, their attributes are identical! Thus, not only is Jesus Christ the very Word of God, but the very Place (rock or stone) of the Word of God. In other words, the words speak of the rock and the rock speaks of the word!

As we trace the place of preservation, first we notice the nation of Israel. Israel was given the responsibility to keep, guard and protect God's Holy Words. Dr. Moorman writes,

"The duty of preserving this written revelation was assigned not to the prophets, but to the priests. The priests were divinely appointed guardians and teachers of the law.

Deuteronomy 31:24‑26  And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

Thus the law was placed in the charge of the priests to be kept by them alongside of the most Sacred Vessel of the sanctuary, and in its innermost and holiest apartment."[14]

He goes on to say,

"Old Testament Israel was under the care of the divinely appointed, Aaronic priesthood, and for this reason the Holy Spirit preserved the O.T. through this priesthood and the scholars that grouped themselves around it. The Holy Spirit guided these priests and scholars to gather the separate parts of the O.T. into one canon and to maintain the purity of the text."[15]

Thus, the Old Testament place of preservation was the Israel of God. They were a part of the Rock.

Isaiah 51:1  Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

How about the New Testament and its place of preservation? The New Testament has been preserved by the local churches for the past 2000 years. Dr. Thomas Strouse writes,

"That the Lord used His NT congregation, as He did His OT saints, to be the agency through which His Words were preserved is irrefragible."

Since the place of preservation is the rock, and we are counted one with Him, we are the place of preservation. Just as Israel was given the duty to preserve His Words, even so must the church take the responsibility of preserving the Words of the NT.

God has placed His Word within the NT believers,

  • Hebrews 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
  • Hebrews 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

This promise to Israel is given in earnest to the church. What true born again Christian would lack a recognition of God's Words? Are they/Him not in their hearts? The primary task of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth is to guide us into all truth.

  • John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
     
  • The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:
     
  • His god is weak and has been unable to preserve him a copy of the Inspired Words.
     
  • John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
     
  • The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:

He has no standard for preaching,

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
 

The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:

No stable methods to determine the preserved text,

  • John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
     
  • The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:
     
  • No discernment to see the lie of the Devil and his attack on the Scriptures and John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:

No desire to accept the truth of the jots and tittles.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The critics are educated with purely evolutionary training, believing the Bible finally arrived' in 1881. I have yet to meet an Alexandrian who rests upon the very words and letters of his scripture:

He is all about profit.

They have their pseudo-bibles' like Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] had his pseudo-events.'

"Sometimes Clemens's reinventions were shamelessly in pursuit of commercial profit. When he wrote The Innocents Abroad, Clemens urged his publisher to throw him a dinner to celebrate its success. Sam wouldn't attend the dinner. In fact, no one would, so it wouldn't cost a penny. But the newspapers could reprint the speech and as a result the book would sell more."[16]

Their bibles' promise much, but simply cannot deliver. They are, "like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness."(Matthew 23:27) Is your Bible all it claims to be? We implore you with Coxe's quote from a Romish publication,

"Who will not say that the uncommon beauty and marvellous English of the Bible is not one of the great strongholds of heresy in this country? It lives on the ear like music that can never be forgotten, like the sound of the church-bell which the convert hardly knows how he can forego. Its felicities often seem to be almost things rather than mere words. It is part of the national mind, and the anchor of national seriousness. The memory of the dead passes into it. The potent traditions of childhood are stereotyped in its verses. The power of all the gifts and trials of a man is hidden beneath its words. It is the representative of his best moments, and all that there has been about him of soft, and gentle, and pure, and penitent, and good, speaks to him forever out of the English Bible. It is his sacred thing, which doubt has never dimmed, and controversy never soiled. In the length and breadth of the land, there is not a Protestant with one spark of righteousness about him, whose spiritual biography is not in his Saxon Bible."[17]

If Rome can recognize the power of the King James Bible, why should we not see its effectiveness and power?

The Final point we wish to discuss is that concerning the Prophecy of Preservation. We must begin this discussion by answering what we believe to be the purpose of the book of Job. The Scripture cannot merely be looked upon superficially. Dean Burgon stated in his book Inspiration and Interpretation,

"But I am proving that Scripture itself, literally understood, compels us to believe that under the letter of Scripture, (which of course is to be interpreted literally,) there lies a deeper and sometimes a far less obvious meaning;..."[18]

It is this less obvious meaning that we see in the Book of Job. We see at least a two-fold meaning for the book.

1. It was written to describe the horrible suffering the Jewish people would undergo in Egypt and their experience down through history. Job's name means persecuted.[19] He is a type of the nation of Israel. As we read the book Job we see him persecuted and suffering. He is rejected by all in his world, including his wife. God, at the end of the book restores him and doubles his possessions. Job's friends are rebuked by God for not representing Him rightly.' The following is a chart comparing some characteristics of Job to Israel.

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2. Job is not only a type of Israel and her sufferings, but is also a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Notice the following comparison chart that tells of some o Job's suffering and those of Christ.

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The thesis of this paper restated is, Job's Plea for the Preservation of his words is typologically the Plea of Jesus Christ to Preserve His Words. Since we believe the deeper purpose of the book of Job to shed liht upon the sufferings of Christ, it therefore would expose some of the heart cries of the Suffering Saviour while on this earth. As our Lord was despised, rejected and crucified by His own people, it follows that He too desired His Words to be preserved that His story' might be read. Would our Lord desire His enemies to write of His plight? Certainly He would seek only those qualified and those who would transmit, with purity His inspired Words. I hear the Saviour's Plea, "Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!  That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!" This is the Prayer of Preservation.

Preservation is a prophecy. It is to be considered such in light of the typology previous discussed. Typology is the greatest prophetic design in scripture, for who could know the future and properly fulfill a type? It is only seen in hindsight, however, but used to validate that which is already evident. What a wonderful Book we have been entrusted.

On the heels of this passage is the most often quoted passage in the book of Job.

"Job 19:25‑27  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."

What a way to conclude his plea for the preservation his words. Preservation is only possible with an eternal and ever Living God! Though Job would pass off the scene, his hope was in the One that could keep HIS inspired Words to the end of time. Our hope is certainly not in man or institution, but in the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

We close with a final plea from one of the greatest advocates of the Received Text, Dean John William Burgon:

"O let it be our great concern,-yours and mine,-to preserve with undiminished lustre the whole deposit of Heaven-descended teaching which is the Church's treasure!...Like runners in a certain ancient race of which we all have read, let it be our pride and joy,- yours and mine, - to grasp the torch of Truth with a strong unwavering hand; to run joyously with it as long as the days of this earthly race shall last; and dying, to hand it on to another, who, with strength renewed like the eagle's, may again, - swiftly, steadily, exultingly, - run with it, till he fails! ... So, when the Judge of quick and dead appeareth, - so let Him find you occupied, - O young men, (many of you my friends,) who are already the hope of half the English Church! So faithfully may we, Brethren and Fathers, one and all, be found employed, when He cometh, - whose answer to the Tempter is emphatically the text of the present solemn season, as well as a mighty voucher for the Divine origin, and sustaining efficacy of that Book concerning which I have been detaining you so long, -

"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD!"[20]


The Translators to the Reader; A satisfaction to our brethren; pg. xix

An Apology for the Common English Bible; Baltimore, J. Robinson; New York, Dana and company, 1857. pg. 60

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Time For Truth; pg. 17; 2000, Baker Books

Barnes Notes on the Bible;  pp. 37-38

An Apology for the Common English Bible; pg. 67; 1857 Baltimore - Joseph Robinson, New York - Dana and Company

Inspiration and Interpretation; ppg. 156; 1861 Reprinted by the Dean Burgon Society 1999

Inspiration and Interpretation; ppg. 180-180; 1861 Reprinted by the Dean Burgon Society 1999

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"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
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