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1 But Job ['Iyowb] answered [`anah] and said ['amar],
2 Oh that [luw'] my grief [ka`ac] were thoroughly [shaqal]
weighed [shaqal], and my calamity [havvah] [hayah] laid [nasa'] in the balances [mo'zen]
3 For now it would be heavier [kabad] than the sand [chowl] of
the sea [yam]: therefore my words [dabar] are swallowed up [luwa`]. KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Job answered, 2 'Oh that my vexation were actually
weighed, And laid in the balances together with my iniquity! 3 'For then it
would be heavier than the sand of the seas, Therefore my words have been rash. NASB
spoke for some time. Job did not
interrupt him, even though what Eliphaz had to say did not apply to Job.
Eliphaz stopped speaking. There was a
pause. Probably Eliphaz would be
expecting some type of acknowledgement from Job, that he, Eliphaz was right,
and that Job was wrong with respect to his life.
we do not have any guilty pleas, nor self-defensiveness coming out of Job. Instead, what we are going to receive is an
explanation of the intensity of Jobs misery.
you sit down bedside someone who is hurting, you can't feel their pain as they
feel it. You might recall a similar pain
if you were sick as they are, but that is as close as you can get to a person's
might want to go back and read the details of Jobs misery, in chapter two.
does not look good, what with all of his maggot-infested sores. Sores that cover his entire body. And he does not smell very good, to boot. But here Job will go into the description of
his pain, which far surpasses anything that any of his friends, who are
present, can imagine.
remarks will be expressed with deep feelings of emotion.
vexation or exasperation with his misery was expressed with phrases like, not
wanting to have been born, in order to escape his misery, and so forth.
he tells us that if you placed his expressions of misery on a scale against his
actual misery, the misery would far outweigh his words. In fact his words would be swallowed up into
virtual non-existence being so overpowered by his misery.
Job tells us that if you were to place his sins on a scale, and weight them
against his misery together with his previous expressions, his sins would weigh
far less than his misery.
so doing, Job is beginning to describe the pressures and sufferings of our
Lord, Jesus Christ, who suffered on the Cross, for the sins of the world. Sins were bad enough, but they are nothing
when compared to the suffering that Christ had to endure for the Cross.
you haven't seen that movie, 'The Passion of the Christ,' then you should see
it. If you have seen it, then you can
just begin to understand the tip of the iceberg of the sufferings that Christ
had to endure.
this world we can only see the human side of His suffering, we cannot see His
spiritual side. And that is the side,
which is far greater and far outweighs anything imaginable.
uses the sands of the seas to describe the weight of his sufferings.
the balances of a set of scales, when an item is weighed, certain weights or
rocks are placed in an opposite side of the scale to obtain a perspective. But sand can weigh far more than mere
rocks. And this is not just any sand,
but wet sand from the beaches and seas of the world.
use of sand from the seas, is an idiom indicating something that cannot be
measured, its substance is so vast that it is impossible to weigh it.
suffering is vast. His friends were
sitting right next to him, and yet they could not comprehend the magnitude of
his suffering. Likewise none of us can
conceive of the magnitude of Christs suffering, when He went to the Cross.
Job deserve his suffering? No. Did Christ deserve His suffering? No.
Can we understand either of their sufferings? No. But through Bible study, we can eventually
come to a beginning of an appreciation of what they went through.
who thinks that they are suffering as Job did, is delusional.
suffering that we might experience is due to our own failures in life, or due
to God application of His tests of our faith.
Our sufferings will be limited, and never beyond that which we can bear.
was pushed to the limit, and Christ was pushed beyond human limits. No one can stand in Christ's sandals, for
none of us is God. Jesus Christ is God. But He became a normal human being just like
you and I are human, and it was in that capacity, with only the support of the
Holy Spirit, that He endured the Cross.
we, together with the power of the Holy Spirit aiding us, can be taken to
endurances far beyond the human norm. This also means that we can be taken far
beyond the limits of human toleration.
That means that when we grow up to spiritual maturity, we can endure the
nonsense of this world without getting upset.
least we should be able to maintain our poise and attitude when faced with the
pressures of life. Whether those
pressures are kids that don't pick up after themselves, or whether those
pressures are of some higher type, should make no difference.
you can maintain yourself when under pressure, then you are indeed growing
up. Not to say that you won't blow your
stack from time to time, but the mature believer has the ability to recover his
demeanor quickly. And it is that internal stabilizing self-control
which is important to the pattern of ones life.
others might see in you is irrelevant. Others will never remember your lifetime
of self-control, but they will remember your one or occasional loss of control. But then their opinion is unimportant
anyway. Only Gods opinion of you is
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