It's hard to believe Christmas is in two weeks. But it's perfect timing for this week's installment of our series on Job (week 7). When last we checked, Job was asking how one could be justified before God. And we landed on the person of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. This week, we will again talk of Jesus.
In chapter nine, verse ten, Job makes a statement that actually echoes a statement made earlier in chapter five by Eliphaz (Job 5:9). And I say, truer words have not been spoken.
"He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number." Job 9:10 CSB
In my own Bible, I began to make a list of things that would fit this description. There was creation, plans for the ark, the Great Flood, Sarah giving birth at 90 years old, parting the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho falling at a shout, rescue of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, giving of the Holy Spirit, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the presence of the Bible to name a quick few. Know any human being that could pull all these things off? Me neither. But I do know the God who did all of them and then some. I challenge you to search your own Bible and add to this list.
Did I mention God also created all the heavenly beings? We can't leave that out because it's important for today's response from Scripture. It's from Luke 1:35. The words were spoken by the angel Gabriel to a young teenage girl named Mary, a virgin, engaged to be married.
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35 CSB
God was sending His Holy Spirit to impregnate Mary with Jesus (the same Jesus we talked about last week) by just passing over her. A virgin would give birth to the Messiah, Israel's long awaited savior. We all know the normal way to get pregnant. And we all know there are now scientific ways to get pregnant. But only God could do so in this manner and without another human being involved. But it's not just the method of the pregnancy, but that this young Mary would be carrying God!
Just try to wrap your mind around a young virgin who is now pregnant with God!! We call it the virgin birth. She would bear Jesus. He would die on a cross, rise from the dead, and return to His Father so that He could offer eternal life in heaven with Him to all who believe.
Wondrous, great and unsearchable things indeed.