Friday, September 16, 2011

The Shadow of Death. . .

Job seems to be the 'shadow of death' book of the Bible. The phrase first occurs in the Bible in Job, and by far Job leads the rest of the Bible with 10 occurances in 9 verses there.


(Job 3:5) Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.


(Job 10:21) Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;


(Job 10:22) A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.


(Job 12:22) He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.


Job chapter 12 must be one of the best chapters in the Bible for describing God’s power and abilities. . .


(Job 16:16) My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;


(Job 24:17) For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.


(Job 28:3) He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.


(Job 34:22) There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.


(Job 38:17) Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?


God speaking to Job. . . apparently the gates of hell cast shadows, and it is this these shadows which are the shadow of death. . .


(Psalms 23:4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


Surely by far the most famous usage of the phrase. . .


(Psalms 44:19) Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.


(Psalms 107:10) Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;


(Psalms 107:14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.


(Isaiah 9:2) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.


(Jeremiah 2:6) Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?


(Jeremiah 13:16) Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.


(Amos 5:8) Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:


What a very powerful verse. . .What power. . . What beauty. . .


Seek Him which created the very stars in the sky. . .
Seek Him which can turn the darkness of the darkest despair into glowing crystalline radiant light. . .
Seek Him which can turn the bright Egyptian day dark with thick blackness (as in the 9th plague of Pharoah). . .
Seek Him who controls all the life giving waters of the earth. . .
Seek Him. . .
Seek Him. . .
Seek Him. . .


(Matthew 4:16) The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.


Notice the parallel of this verse with Isaiah 9:2. Matthew must surely have been knowlingly paraphrasing Isaiah with this New Testament verse.


(Luke 1:79) To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


Thank you Lord. . . from one who resided in the land of the shadow of death. . . who now guides my feet to that eternal land of peace awaiting me. . .

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