The Early Church in Genesis 1-11 According to the Adamic & Noahic Covenants
Job is the first ever Treatise on Doctrine provided in Holy Scripture. Therefore, it is the original source of many everlasting doctrines woven throughout the tapestry of Divine Revelation.
The at-ease and happy “Christians” of today are easily wearied in their pursuit of knowledge by the Word of God. They find it burdensome to possess thousands of pages of Holy Scripture in their very own Bible. They would prefer a much shorter volume to read and study. Sadly, the same can be said of many true Christians in this backslidden and adulterous generation! Nevertheless, what if the volume of the Book was radically reduced and the Bible as we know it was only made up of 2 Books? Do you think the attitude of modern-day readers would change? In other words, what if believers today were born ages ago, like Abraham, and all they had to read was the early part of Genesis and the Book of Job? Do you think this would change the bad attitude of slothful readers?
Certainly, if all we possessed was Genesis 1-11 and nothing else, and then the Book of Job fell into our lap, we would take the doctrine presented in Job much more seriously. For, by this means we can peer into the Knowledge of God prevalent in the Early Church of Genesis 1-11. However, at receiving such an abundance of doctrine throughout all the subsequent Covenants, and now much more in the New Covenant, learned Christians are prone to belittle the spiritual nobility of these men. Being so far removed from the Early Church of Genesis 1-11, and graced with the words of so many Patriarchs, Prophets, Priests, Kings, and Apostles, we can read and nod the head with agreement at the doctrines promoted in Job because of their harmony with the rest of Holy Scripture, however, this begs the following questions:
How did Job and his friends obtain these godly convictions and achieve such profundity of thought and proficiency in word with respect to the knowledge of God?
Where did these doctrines come from at such an early time in the Church?
Surely, the Prophet Moses didn’t approach the Book of Job as an irrelevant piece of inspired literature. How could he? Upon leading the Jews out of Egypt (likely while they were encamped at Sinai), Moses discovered the manuscripts of Genesis and Job. They were likely delivered into his hands by the Elders of Israel, as they were passed down from Patriarch to Patriarch unto Abraham, even as Abraham originally received them from the hand of Melchizedek (Gen. 14). This was a solemn delivery of the most precious goods. It’s no wonder that Moses had such a high view of the Church in every prior generation insomuch that he was compelled to exclaim:
“Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” - Psalms 90:1
The Book of Job is quoted in Scripture by men under inspiration more than any other book in the Bible. For, over a hundred everlasting doctrines appear for the first time in Job. Therefore, when these doctrines are echoed or expanded by the Prophets throughout all ages, and someone quotes them, each quotation of these Prophets who were originally quoting Job serves as yet another quotation of Job. Obviously, these doctrines weren’t the incoherent ramblings of men engrossed in the platitudes of traditional philosophy. Howbeit, this isn’t so obvious to those who hastily approach Job without even understanding the two great eras of redemption from Adam to Noah in the Old World and Noah to Abraham in the New World, and more specifically when and where Job fits into the grand scheme of things. Where Job lived and the approximate time of his lifetime, and his friends, would enable us to identify the company that Job was consorting with in righteousness in the network of biblical Churches during his generation. Furthermore, it’s impossible to understand the doctrines of the Kingdom in these eras of redemption if you don’t understand the Adamic & Noahic Covenants.