By Their Righteousness
Noah: He endured persecution and mockery for building the ark. There had been no rain. He was faithful and endured until the end.
Daniel: Who I can understand more because of the fact he was living in a time like unto today. A broken pagan world. Meat and drink sacrificed unto to idols. (ie. lab grown meat, abominable additives.) He and three Hebrew guys were singled out among all that were taken. They were able to stand strong and not give in to everything around them. They had to watch what the ate and drink. They were honest, faithful, they prayed. Even when the world around them came at them with certain peril for their beliefs, God sustained them as they were unwavering. They were hated, as we see plots and workings to destroy them.
Job: Wow that guy endured so many things. He was tested for sure. But he, through it all he did not curse God. Did not let others get to him; including his own wife. Tested, tried, corrected, and kept going. He too endured. There is so much more too, that was but a few little things.
So what do these guys have in common? Ezekiel 14
The Lord spoke to Ezekiel about what He will be sending. However, there will be three who will be able to save themselves by their righteousness.
12 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
21 For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.
What is amazing is that the Lord tells us in His Word that these men were able to save themselves because of their righteousness. We today have the righteousness (right standing) of God in Christ Jesus which saves us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
So you see, as things start getting crazier and the judgments continue we through Christ have the Righteousness of God, as believers, our souls shall be delivered from it.
Judgment Begins in the House of the Lord. So let the life and examples of Noah, Daniel, and Job minister unto you and The life and example of Jesus too. It’s by His righteousness that we have hope.