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The Androids and the Daysman

Psalms 12:6-7 "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."

1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

The Androids and the Daysman

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2015 Richard St.James


Androids_DaysmanHe is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out  of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: he shall bear their iniquities. [Isaiah 53:4-10a]


The Androids and the Daysman

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2015 Richard St.James

3. The Real Connection

 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” [Psalm 2:2-3] 

There is a propensity within men for men to join together in order to seek a utopia without God.  Now, this has been going on ever since the days soon after the world-wide flood of Noah’s day.   It especially seems to happen whenever men achieve universal communication gained by the use of a common language as in the days of Nimrod.   For this see Genesis chapter eleven, verse one:  “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” [Genesis 11:1] 

Once the connection is made, then the formula progresses … to the building of a city with a tower to “reach unto heaven” in the strength of men [without God].   Verse four: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” [Genesis 11:4]

God’s Analysis: 

This connection of the people is not good.  This joining together of all the people is not good: “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” [Genesis 11:6]

When we “join” in the one-world order, we will have already removed all our moral and national boundaries.  We will have violated to our hurt the limits placed on us as a nation.  Confusion will be seen in our faces because trouble will have already arrived.  Woe unto us!   “Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!”  [Isaiah 5:8]

4. Trouble Is Here

When trouble has come “anguish” of spirit will come.  Now, consider the plight of Job: “Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;” [Job 7:11] .

When “the anguish of spirit” is present, then “the bitterness of soul” will come. “I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” [Job 7:11]

This “anguish” of spirit [“the bitterness of soul”] was also found in Hannah: “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.”  [1 Samuel 1:10]

 When “the bitterness of soul” comes, then “the weariness of soul” will arrive, as with Job: “My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” [Job 10:1] 

The conclusion of all this … is death.  “And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.” [Job 21:25]

We surely can get into a lot of “trouble”, can we not?   

Whether it be “trouble” we bring upon ourselves, [because of our own disobedience to God’s commands], or whether it be through someone else [because of that persons disobedience to God’s commands], we will all suffer.   Consider what is recorded of a man named Achan, and what he did to his family, and even to the whole nation of Israel.   The command of God was clear [The boundary is clear]: “And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.”  [Joshua 6:18] 

The departure from a boundary always brings trouble, and trouble brings forth death.    “And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.” [Joshua 7:25]

Now we are ready to hear from someone who is troubled over the destruction of others.  It is the prophet of God … Jeremiah.

[Lamentations 2:11-22]: “Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.  They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.  What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?  Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.  All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?  All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.  The Lord hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.  Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.  Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.  Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?  The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.  Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lord's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.”

· Somebody is in trouble here!

· Somebody is in tears here!

· Somebody is in grief here!

· Somebody is in pain here!

It is the man of God for the people of God.

The Androids and the DaysmanNow fast-forward to the times we all live in.  We are now living in the time known as “the beginning of sorrows” just before “Jacob’s trouble”.

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” [Matthew 24:8]

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” [Jeremiah 30:7]

Observation: The presence of sin always guarantees the presence of troubles. 

“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” [Job 5:7]

There is certainly trouble in this world.  It comes for us.  Trouble is all around.    Trouble comes when we all are joined together.  You would think trouble is more apt to come to us when we are alone, but, in reality, trouble comes when we all join together.  “Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!”  [Isaiah 5:8] 

We need space! We as individuals, and as nations, need to be “placed alone”.  This is by God’s design, and this is for our health.

We have come together [joined] to our hurt.  The internet connection of “house to house”, and city to city, and nation to nation, is not for our “safety”; it is for our hurt.  “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.” [Job 3:26]

When “trouble” comes, “pain” arrives.  With the “pain” throbbing within our members, we begin to experience the beginning of sorrows.  Thus, we begin to “mourn”.  Is not this so?  Try to visualize Job sitting in the ash pile … in “pain”. [Job 14:22] “But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.”  Do you see what I see?  You have a “soul” within you!

Something else: The “soul” within each of us is joined [temporarily] to the body.   More exactly,  your “soul” is you.  It is your “soul” that will mourn when trouble comes to you.

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