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Job 3:23-25



23 Why is light given to a man [geber] whose way [derek] is hid [cathar], and whom God ['elowahh] hath hedged in [cakak]?

24 For my sighing ['anachah] cometh [bow'] before [paniym] I eat [lechem], and my roarings [shaagah] are poured out [nathak] like the waters [mayim].

25 For the thing which I greatly [pachad] feared [pachad] is come ['athah] upon me, and that which I was afraid [yagor] of is come [bow'] unto me. KJV-Interlinear



23 'Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in? 24 'For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water. 25 'For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me. NASB

We are nearing the end of this chapter, and though it has been filled with the woes of Job, there is an even greater picture we need to consider.

First, know that there are only two possible environments in which you can live. The first is the jungle of this world, and the second is the spiritual environment in which God provides us with all of our access to Him.

The jungle has its ruler, who is Satan. Satan does not rule directly, but through the influence of his policies as well as the negative attitude of humanity. Negative attitude toward God, Christ, and doctrine, that is.

Job describes his miseries. He has given us a picture of his aches and pains. And, combined with their duration, he has given us his outlook on life.

In the jungle of this world, or within the environment in which God, Christ, and doctrine are ignored, then the laws of the jungle are in force. Those laws favor no one, and are cruel to everyone. Choosing to live out your life, from within the boundaries of the jungle, is a fool's choice. Satan initiated Job's problems, and then walked away leaving Job to his own devices.

All Job can do is look misery in the eye and feel total helplessness and doom for himself.

Job continues his rhetorical questions. Why is man given life? Why, when God has apparently entrapped him in his misery?

Hedged in, here does not have the same meaning as when it was referenced before. When Satan complained of Jobs' being hedged in, he was referring to the protection, which God had placed around Job. But now Job uses the same term, but with a different meaning.

To be hedged in, that is to be hedged inside the jungle environment, then one is trapped. God does not toss each one of us into that trap, we walk into it of our own accord. We become obscured, darkened, hidden, confined, imprisoned, and lost in the very thick fog of life.

Inside that trap, we can neither see where we are, nor the path we should take to escape. On our own, we are totally lost, alone, helpless, and with no one to help, we are doomed.

Job is left with his groaning. And just as food comes to us on a repetitive and daily basis, so too the pains and miseries of life in the jungle will return and return continually. And, there will be nothing that you can do to stop it all.

Job's roaring is like that of a lion. His groans are like that of pouring water. They are loud and continual, but the anguish of pain in life cannot be cured by means of tears, or cries.

'There, there. It will be alright.' This is a comment that does not solve ones problems.

What is Job left with? Fear. And not just one fear, but a system of fears. Job did not fear the affliction of his disease. Job did not fear losing all of his worldly possessions.

But once adversity had entangled him with its tenacious grip, then Job was inundated with fears.

Once fear possesses you, then all of your forebodings become accomplished within your own mind.

So, we are nearly at the end of this third chapter. Job has been in pain and misery for quite some time now. His misery has made him somewhat delusional, even though his comments have contained some factual truths.

The overall picture presented here is one of helplessness, when one lives within the environment preferred by Satan, or evil, or better stated, your negative attitude toward truth.

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