New Moons Part Five: Job: "A New Moon Kind of Man"
Job is at once one of the most misunderstood people and books in the Bible. This man was declared three times by Jesus to be a righteous man. We should pay attention to the words he spoke in conceptual Hebrew, expressing such awesome prophecies and concepts that have escaped the translators and would require at least one book to explain.
The multiple meanings of the Hebrew words he spoke in Job 1:20 expand in a magnificent way the purpose of the new moons.
Simple words, or so it seems: "Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped." A Hebrew word can have as many as 60 meanings depending on the amplifiers and restrictors that surround the word.
Job "arose [quum]." He cleared his mind, having no regrets, set up God as first priority, chose to act with full intent on what he knew was the right action to take, strengthened his resolve, faith, and trust, and he made dim the words of the enemy. Your intent is so set in place that Satan cannot dissuade you or hinder you from your purpose. Job decreed that he had decided to pray and would not allow interruptions. An action of faith takes place, with no procrastination. Faith without works is dead. This word exemplifies our passing from mental faith to action with determination. You establish your purpose by action, doing your part so God can come through with His power.
Quum means you continue your walk with God, with no excursions into Satan's territory. Simply put, Job spoke out something, and he went immediately to actually do it. No matter what is thrown your way, you are steadfast in Jesus and in your trust in Him.
Another meaning is to endure the attack of the enemy. You are focused on your spirit leading you, not your emotions.
The word also means that you enjoin yourself to God. You rejoice in God now. You enjoy yourself in God no matter what is going on around you. You can laugh about the attacks rather than enjoining yourself to Satan by speaking out the problem.
This word means to rise up out of a slump or out of a pit of troubles caused by Satan. You raise your hands to God, and He lifts you out of the situation.
Quum also means to help yourself or others to rise from depression. You encourage others into the right way of speaking and acting.
The word means to hold onto the truth, love, and respect of God. As you choose to obey, He will respect your choice. You acknowledge the difference between the truth and the lies.
Quum means to lift up God, His promises, His covenants, and His Word again and again, showing Satan he is always the loser.
The word means to ordain or anoint, to set a direction for your own feelings. You will not be wishy-washy. You perform or act on information correctly, rather than emotionally. Your will has to be set to move on the revelation God gives.
This word alsomeans to pitch away doubts, giving them to Jesus on the cross. This is clearly a word for the new moon, and it was spoken on a new moon.
Another meaning is to rise up in faith, an activated faith. You rejoice that you already have the answer you requested. You declare success before you see it.
To succeed in God's eyes is another meaning of quum. God adds the super to your natural for supernatural power working in your life. God says He will exalt you in due time.
Quum also means to make sure of the road we choose, making sure we are in line with God.
The Tearing Away of Pride
After arising, Job "tore his robe." Qara or "tore" means to rend, revile, cut out a piece, cut off as a rag (filthy rages of self-righteousness), tear apart along a seam (rightly divide the word of truth, distinguishing it from the lies), and put away all pride of possessions. Job tore, reviled, rejected all self-righteousness, self concerns, self interests and pride of his title with his robes of power and authority to show that his only desire was to be close to God. He was willing to sacrifice his office as king to put God above all his prestige. The riches of the richest man of the east meant nothing to him compared to being close to God. No matter what happened to him or his family, God would always be first in his life.
Shaving his head in that culture was a sign of teachability and humility. In other words, for the purpose of this teaching, he was "a new moon kind of man" -- a man of God who observed all that God commanded and then some. By this action Job was saying to God what we say when we observe the new moons integrally: "Whatever You want, Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, is more important to me than anything I possess, think or feel, or anything I have a right to receive under any covenant or promise from You."
Naphal – A Worship Word
Job "fell to the ground [naphal]." It means to be accepted by the ground; cast out as profane anything that is prideful; put aside your will for God's will; to fall from the things this world offers; to be inferior to One who is worshipped in full submission; to overthrow another (defeating the demons); to overwhelm another (overwhelm Satan by speaking God's words); to make to rot (whatever is not of God will rot); to slay a lust or a selfish motive; to smite all calls of the flesh; to throw down an evil entity (putting God's law above man's law). He ceased all aspects of self; casting out all pride, demanding death of all thoughts of the flesh, the world and the devil. Since this is what we do on the new moon, we need a more complete analysis of this Hebrew word.
Naphal has the following meanings: to be accepted by; to cast down your body with all your mind, heart and will; to cast out as profane, especially to cast out pride; to cease all aspects of self; to die, as the body or as the flesh, to sin; to divide or put aside your will for God's will; to fall, to be falling; to have fallen; to be a fugitive in the eyes of man; to be inferior; to be judged or submit yourself for judgment; to lay down.
Even though we have not completed the full definition, you can begin to see the application to the new moon. We lie down at the feet of Jesus, laying down our pride and selfishness. With Jesus we say, "Father, Your will be done, not mine." Anointed praise and worship leaders today invite people to fall down, bowing or prostrating themselves at the altar. How much more anointed and powerful would this practice be at the appointed and anointed time of the new moon! Sometimes such demonstrations of worship are, as the French say, "for the gallery," to be noticed by men. And such can be the case at the new moon if we only cast down our body rather than our heart, mind and will to Jesus.
Let's continue with the expansive meaning of naphal, which even sounds like "fall" as in "fall down": to be in haste to submit yourself to a superior; to overthrow whatever evil or the flesh wants; to perish (have self die in baptism); to present yourself to God or to some high authority; to slay a body, a lust or a selfish motive;
to smite out all calls of the flesh, the devil and the world; to throw down a crown, a thought, a body, or a government.
Shachah – Prostrating in Worship
Finally, Job worshiped [shachah], that is, submitted himself to God by prostrating himself in homage to God, making himself come into obedience. Speaking in reverence he inundated himself in the presence, the glory and love of God.
The full meaning of shachah aptly describes the new moon observance: to depress or press the body to the ground; to prostrate oneself to give homage to God or to royalty; bow down to submit yourself to the will of another; crouch in respect or honor of another; humble beseech God or another; make yourself be in obedience; do, speak or act in reverence; make to stoop or bow low; worship God as fully superior and in charge; inundate yourself in the presence, glory and love of God.
The darkness Satan poured into Job's life only drove Job closer to God. The devil had hoped and stated as such to Jesus that Job would deny His Creator under the oppressive cloak of darkness Satan sent. It backfired.
When we reach out for the hand of Light as we surrender our darkness to Jesus in the dark time of the new moon, we also thwart Satan and make him mad. Why do you think Satan has hidden this truth about the new moons from us? It sends his black boomerang back at him! The dark misery he tries to put on us goes back to increase his misery.
In the briefest of summaries, here is the meaning in conceptual Hebrew of the first part of verse 21: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return." Job really said, "I cast off all my glory and all that pollutes me, in cunning thoughts, smoothness, crafty schemes, self-justification, self-prudence and subtleties. Therefore, naked and open in humbleness I shall return to my God who has been with me from the beginning for He is my Rescuer, Restorer, Refreshing, Deliverer, Converter, my Home, my Womb, my Rejoicing, my Focus, my Retreat, my Acceptance and my Lodging."
These words were powerful prophetic ones that release blessings to us if we claim them. We have the ability to go to God's throne in prayer to be cleansed and renewed by Jesus' blood. We can lay down all gifts from Satan to Jesus and claim a new beginning, especially at the new moon. God has released to us because of Job's words the ability to be teachable, to focus on God's Word and His love, to be free from sin, subtle compromises and deceptively addictive thoughts and actions. We can release our darkness to Jesus and begin to know Him as He knows us. Isaiah did. (CONTINUED: Part Six: A Moment of Truth and a Matter of Heart
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Part Five: Job: "A New Moon Kind of Man"
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