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10 Hast not thou made an hedge [suwk] about him, and about [ba`ad]
his house [bayith], and about all that he hath
on every side [cabiyb]? thou hast blessed [barak] the work [ma`aseh] of his
hands [yad], and his substance [miqneh] is increased [parats] in
the land ['erets].
11 But ['uwlam] put forth [shalach] thine hand [yad] now, and
touch [naga`] all that he hath, and he will
curse [barak] [lo'] thee to thy face [paniym]. KJV-Interlinear
10 'Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and
all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and
his possessions have increased in the land. 11 'But put forth Thy hand now and touch all
that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face.' NASB
Job's faith is based on his possessions, then by taking them away, Job will
turn to anger and rage, and Job will denounce God in public.
Job's faith is based on his trust in God, if Job knows that God is good, if Job
understands that this life in this world is not the target of Gods plan, if Job
understands that there is a better life in the next life, if Job understands
that there is an angelic conflict, and that all bad emanates from Satan, and
all good comes from the source of God, if Job knows that all things in this
life are only temporary and have never been designed to be permanent possessions,
then no matter what happens to Job, his circumstances will have no effect on
this life, God has given us things to help us to learn about life, to learn
responsibility, and to come to a knowledge of Him.
gave us all air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, clothing to keep us
warm, homes to give us a place to live, an education to help us get through
this life. God gave us all abilities or
handicaps in order to give us an opportunity to grow up in this life to
maturity. We even have possessions of
sorts, which should predominantly teach us unselfishness, and responsibility,
and so forth.
folks have more. Some folks have less.
life is not our ultimate goal, however.
This life is merely our opportunity to learn Bible doctrine and to grow
up in our spiritual life, such that we will be prepared for that next and very
much longer life in eternity. Everything
that we have in this life, simply helps us to function while living in this
day all that we have in this life, including our physical bodies, our
possessions, everything of this physical world, will fade away into oblivion
and will be forgotten. All of the toys,
all of the properties, all of the titles, all of the physical abilities, all of
the certifications and social status, all will disappear into nothing.
favorite clothes, car, properties, even your titles and social status among humanity
one important thing. Humanity, and that
means you, is nothing more than a speck of dust. Nothing more.
How important is a speck of dust?
big is this planet in the universe? Not
very big. We are but a speck in the
cosmos. How much power and ability do we
really have? Little to none. One asteroid can destroy humanity. One major volcano, one major earthquake, one
major storm, even a simple disease, can destroy humanity, and there is nothing
we can do to stop it.
just finished getting through our mid-term elections here in the United States. The political party, which is viewed as
liberal in its philosophy, won many seats in government, away from the
conservatives. This change may or may
not have an impact on how our country functions. Those who won, cheered. Those who lost, did not celebrate.
to worry, regardless of which side of the political isle you are on. Jesus Christ controls history, not
politicians, not terrorists, not the many philosophies of the world. Certainly not Satan.
now we have Satan's complaint. God has
built up a hedge around Job. God builds
up a hedge around all positive believers.
is not just any hedge, it is a protective wall, fortified with thorns, and spikes,
and spears. A wall such that any attacks
from any direction, will never succeed in getting to Job, his family, and all
that he possesses.
is the power which God has surrounding you. The only question, is do you even
further describes Job's prosperity. His
cattle, his wealth, all that he has and does, is gushing forth like a flooding spring
river. Such is the meaning of 'blessed'
and 'increased.' His herds spread put
across the lands like an advancing flood.
Job is mega-wealthy.
implies that Job's faith is merely a superficial observance because he is rich.
If he were not rich and successful, then
he would not care much for God.
the temptation in Eden, Satan disparaged God to man, here he disparages man to
may be able to find multitudes among humanity who will place a price on their
faith, but God has his multitudes in history, who will never sell their souls,
their consciences, nor their life, for any price from this world.
who genuinely belong to God, will trust in Him, regardless of their
circumstances in this life. Those who
genuinely trust in God, know His passion, His love, and His plan are infinitely
superior than anything that Satan or this world can pay.
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