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5 Whose harvest [qatsiyr] the hungry
[ra`eb] eateth up ['akal], and taketh [laqach] it
even out ['el] of the thorns [tsen], and the robber [tsammiym]
swalloweth up [sha'aph] their substance [chayil]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'His harvest the hungry devour, And take it to a place of
thorns; And the schemer is eager for their wealth. NASB
we noted yesterday, one thing that Eliphaz does wrong, is his interpretation of
Biblical principles in his matching them up with life's examples.
our passage, Eliphaz had stated three principles. First, from yesterdays study, that the
children of the sinner, are made to pay the price for the sinner parents' sins,
second, that the poor of the land will take from the sinners' wealth because of
the sinner's greed, and third, that robbers will take from the sinners' wealth,
because of the sinners' oppression.
of the children were dealt with individually by God, based on their own
Eliphaz implies that the poor of the world and even the robbers are the way
that they are, because of the rich sinners of the world. It is the rich man who causes the poor to be
poor, or the robbers to be robbers.
other words the rich man, if he is a sinner, then it is he who is responsible
for the suffering or actions of others.
It is his sins which cause others to be as they are.
again from yesterdays study, this kind of thinking runs contrary to the principle
of self-responsibility and self-accountability for the thoughts, motives, and
actions of the individual.
is speaking to Job. Job was wealthy. Job
is now under some serious suffering. Job
lost his children to a storm, and his wealth to thieves.
implies that the poor entered into the fields of Job and took his harvest,
which did not belong to them, because of Job's disinterest and selfishness, and
lack of charity.
when the harvest comes, God expects that the owner will not harvest every last
grain. That the owner will leave something
for the poor to follow behind the harvesters, gleaning what grain or crop is
the ancient world, lots of grain fell in amongst the weeds and thorns. This was sufficient for gleaning, and the
poor always had access to this grain or crop which was not included in the
principle around all of this was that the wealthy would make allowances for the
poor. Charity was not always simply
given away, but some crops were left in order for the poor to go out and do at
least some work for what they were getting.
implies that Job did not even leave the grain which grew up in the thorns, thus,
because of his selfishness, the gleaners ignored that which was left for them,
and went directly to the good crop, the easy pickings, and took that for
themselves. The thorn hedges did not
keep them out, and it was Job, or the rich man who is left with the thorns.
because of Job's oppression, then folks were forced into a life of crime. Thus, the robbers robbed Job of his property.
this thinking of Eliphaz, the poor are
entitled to a welfare share of Job's crops, receiving something for no
work. And the robbers are entitled to an
unearned payment out of Job's wealth. Thus,
we have the beginnings of the principles of the liberal pattern of thinking. The wealth of the rich should be
redistributed to the poor, and the criminal is not responsible for his actions. It is the wealth of the rich that causes the
poor and the criminal to be the way that they are, not their own decisions.
of course both of these ideas run contrary to the divine establishment
principles designed to protect the world from the jungle laws. If all wealth were given away, then everyone
would eventually be poor and there would be nothing for anyone. It takes money to make money is a fundamental
principle of economics.
you ever been hired by a poor man? The
kind of poor man who walks the down town city streets mumbling to himself? Of course not. We all work for companies that have resources
of varying types. If those companies are
made poor, then who among us will have jobs?
crime were to run rampant, would there be any safety in life? Of course not. Look to the Middle East or to Africa for good
examples of societies swirling in murder, crime, and tyranny.
criminal does not need to be understood, he needs to be arrested and locked up.
type of thinking is based on presumption and emotion, and not the accurate
application of truth.
is assuming that Job is guilty of something, otherwise all of this horrendous
misery would not be hovering over him.
Therefore, Job should change his ways, and should have given the poor
even more instead of making them work for their gleanings, and the robbers a
wage if for no other reason that to keep them away.
if you give everything to the poor, will they then be contented? No. They
will never have an incentive to work for the things that are important in life.
you pay off the bullies, the gangs, the terrorists in life, then will they
leave you alone? No. They will never learn respect for the
property and privacy of others. They will
only come back to you for more and more, until you have nothing more, and then they
will take your life.
though Eliphaz is not applying the principles of truth correctly to Jobs life,
he does teach us all, that when you lead a life outside of the spiritual
sphere, then there will be an open season against you. To the world you are fair game.
again, you will not be punished for my sins, and I will not be punished for
yours. Likewise the poor or the criminal
cannot look to anyone to blame for their circumstances in life. They make their own choices in life.
provides to each as He sees fit. None of
us can earn nor even deserve anything in life.
If you are poor, there is a reason.
God wants you to be poor, in order to teach or train you for his
purposes, or you are just plain lazy.
if you are a thief, there is a reason.
God allows you to be a thief, to teach and train others. But sooner or later, your thieving days will
come to an end, unless you happen to learn the error of your ways.
either case, no one can look to anyone else in this world and blame them for
their circumstances. God gives and God
did not cause the poor to be poor, neither did he cause the criminal to lead a
life of crime. Neither is his present
misery due to his being a grotesque sinner.
has happened, is that Job was made wealthy by God, and the world, with its
selfish interpretations of what it should have, just took from Job. The world expects everything for
nothing. It will rationalize it and
justify its beliefs, but in taking everything, will end up with nothing.
the spiritual life, God expects nothing in terms of mans efforts. God expects only that you pursue your
spiritual life, and in turn will give the mature believer, everything.
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