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7 So went [yatsa'] Satan [satan] forth [yatsa'] from the
presence [paniym] of the LORD [Yahovah], and smote [nakah] Job ['Iyowb] with sore [ra`] boils [shachiyn] from the sole [kaph] of his
foot [regel] unto his crown [qodqod].
8 And he took [laqach] him a
potsherd [cheres] to scrape [garad] himself withal; and he sat down [yashab] among [tavek] the ashes ['epher]. KJV-Interlinear
7 Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and
smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a potsherd to scrape himself
while he was sitting among the ashes. NASB
any of us might boast for any reason, God can bring us to our knees in total
humiliation, in a matter of minutes, with only the power of His will.
lived several millennia ago, in the very early generations of the post flood
human civilization. There was no technology as we know it today, no modern
medicines, and no modern medical treatment protocols, nothing that might give
Job some relief from his affliction.
left the assembly of God, and he left it in a hurry. He was more eager to get on with his
harassment of Job, than to stand before God Almighty.
are the symptoms of Job's affliction - inflamed, ulcerous sores (Job 2:7),
itching (v. 8), degenerative changes in facial skin (vv. 7,12), loss of
appetite (3:24), depression (3:24-25), loss of strength (6:11), worms in the
boils (7:5), running sores (7:5), difficulty in breathing (9:18), darkness
under the eyes (16:16), foul breath (19:17), loss of weight (19:20; 33:21),
continual pain (30:17), restlessness (30:27), blackened skin (30:30), peeling
skin (30:30), and fever (30:30).
of the current commentaries claim that this disease could be anything from
small pox to leprosy. But no matter what
modern terminology might apply, Job was in a bad way. When you feel bad, a disease name does not
help you feel any better. I would
imagine that none of us today, have been so sick, even though we have all no
doubt, found ourselves bent over the toilet a time or two in our life.
had enjoyed the honored position of a wealthy man, and that of a judge at the
city gate. Now he sits in the ashes of
burned dung, scrapping himself with broken pieces of pottery. His fall from position, in Satan' eyes, is
has set out to gain a confession of hate from Job. Satan has taken away his children, his
servants, his property, his reputation, and now his health.
sits in ashes with no medical treatment except for the soothing feel of ashes
and the scrapping of his sores with a piece of broken pottery. Even his wife will not be a comfort to him,
but more of a critic.
had lived a good life. He was respected
in his community. He was a generous
person. Job was a fair man. And now where are all of those friends and
neighbors who he had helped over his long years of grace and charity? Who has come to sooth his sores, to bind his
wounds, to apply any salves to his affliction?
smelled bad. Job looked bad. Job felt bad. Unpleasant, would be a kind word for his
description. Who would want to associate
with that? And no one would have
anything to do with him, except for the friends who would come from far off to
visit him. They are in for a shock when
they see him.
yet Jobs affliction, though it was applied to him, is the perfect description
of anyone who rejects truth. Satan
inflicted Job with the perfect description of Satan's own self-portrait. Satan's own spiritual portrait, that is.
into the mirror. If ever you have
rejected, or ignored, or been indifferent toward God, Christ, and Bible
doctrine, or if you have ever tried to define your own spirituality, then this
is the perfect picture of your soul.
Smile! Isaiah described mans
righteousness as filthy menstrual rags.
You can review that study in Isa. 64.
head to toe, Job was miserable, and that is the state of mans life without God. Job was hopeless and helpless. His life was looking very bleak.
did not deserve any of this. None of us
do, just ask anyone who has been in prison!
But if Job, in all of his uprightness, did not deserve this, and yet he
was hammered. Therefore, since we, who
fall far short of Jobs credentials, how much more do we all deserve to be
hammered even more.
deserving is not the issue here. Gods wisdom
are students without portfolio. We come
to God with nothing to offer. We have
nothing, and everything we have, was given to us by God in the first place.
people choose to go through life, doing things their own way. They generally have to learn the hard way,
too. Some folks get the message without
being hammered so much in life. That is
the better way to live, one would think.
in verse eight, gives us a picture of ourselves when we are at our all time
rock bottom spiritual low. On that God
can build the most beautiful and phenomenal person imaginable, but only if you
open your eyes and start paying attention to His Word.
with your own devices, and you will never amount to more than oozing, itching,
smelling, maggot infested sores. Now is
that something a person can be proud of?
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