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5 Doth the wild ass [pere'] bray [nahaq] when he hath
grass [deshe']? or loweth [ga`ah] the ox [showr] over his
6 Can that which is unsavoury [taphel] be eaten ['akal] without
salt [melach]? or is there [yesh] any taste [ta`am] in the
white [riyr] of an egg [challamuwth]? KJV-Interlinear
5 'Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox
low over his fodder? 6 'Can something
tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? NASB
does a donkey bray? When it is
hungry. When it has nothing to eat. When it is bothered for some reason.
does an ox low? When it is hungry. When it has nothing to eat. When it is bothered for some reason.
donkey's braying and the ox's lowing, are forms of complaints.
is it reasonable to expect a person to lodge complaints? When things are going well for them, or when
things are not going well?
some folks will complain no matter what their worldly state is, but we are not
speaking of those who are never satisfied regardless of their situation. This is a question, which Job puts forth, for
the normal function of human behavior.
a person is wealthy and prosperous, when he is clothed and his stomach is full,
when he is satisfied in all of the normal functions and activities of life,
then you would not expect to hear complaints.
when a person is sick, feeling down and out, when he is having calamitous
financial problems, when work is not going well, when his family is doing
poorly, when a person is otherwise having a bad time in life, then you would
normally expect to hear complaints stemming from his misery.
so Job puts out his reasons for complaining.
He is hurting, and hurting badly.
There has never been such perpetual pain and suffering brought onto a
person in all of human history, up to that point.
Job states that this is the basis of his complaint.
is short. All we have in this world is
our life. And when we live it in misery,
it just isn't fun.
thus Job's second set of illustrations.
The unsavory foods and the egg whites.
you go out to eat, do you expect to have un-tasteful food served to you? No.
You expect that since you are paying your good money, that the foods
served should taste good, be satisfying, and will make you want to come back
that is life in this world. God has
given us all life. Are we expected to
live it without the salt and seasonings that would make life good and pleasant
for us? No.
should expect that since God is who He is, since God can do anything, since God
has had the full knowledge of our individual lives since eternity past, that He
would make provisions for us such that we would have a good life. And furthermore, that we would want to live
the life that God had intended for us.
good one, a prosperous one, a fruitful one, a contented life, and secure life.
into each of our lives a little rain falls.
And for some the rain is a violent storm. Why? Because
this is the devils world, and more than that, because we do not take Gods
advice. We don't study our Bibles daily
and we just don't take all of this Bible stuff seriously.
many folks believe in God, but they don't incorporate their belief into the
reality of their life. Beliefs are more
of a convenience for what society expects.
And so when you do what the public expects rather than what God expects,
then your pre-defined life, as God has defined it, will never come into
as it may seem, people who pursue the lies of false religions, take their false
faith more seriously and support it with more passion, more so than do
Christians. And so you will come into
the pain arena of life and wonder why.
on the other hand, is feeling the pain of life, the undeserved pain, and he is
complaining because he has no explanation as to why.
will not be without its problems. This
is the devils world. Life can be without
its unpleasantness, but only if you advance to spiritual maturity, and comply
with the expectations of spiritual maturity.
The spiritual life is not a cafeteria from which you can pick and choose
what you will believe and what you will not, or what you will define for
are all human and therefore we will lodge our complaints from time to
time. Hit your finger with a hammer and
what happens? Ouch! Your reaction and language are instant
reactions, which are expected.
that mean that you are under Gods judgment?
No. Does that mean that if you have
been growing up spiritually, that suddenly you have lost all of your
has been a great believer. We have Gods
testimony to that effect from chapter one, 'none like him.'
has fallen on hard times and is hurting.
He has been hurting for quite some time now. Would you expect him to be silent? No. Withhold
food from your pet animals for several days.
Would you expect them to be quiet and peaceful while they are extremely
Job is saying that when a person is hurting, extremely hurting, then expect
some form of reaction. This is no basis
for condemnation. One would expect that
the person would eventually recover from their complaints, and not keep on
complaining incessantly. This Job has
his pain and misery, Job is still maintaining his poise. He is not yelling and screaming, but even if
he were, no one has the right to judge him, or make cute little remarks like, 'Oh, you shouldn't have said that. God is going to punish you!' Or something similar. Only stupid people make such remarks.
expect complaints from time to time in your life, but keep them short and under
control. Expect a good life from God,
but do not have unreasonable expectations from this life.
responsible, be reasonable, look around yourself and see the many things that
God has made available for you and use them.
You probably have far more than you realize. Keep studying the Word, be patient, and let
God direct your life. Don't take
shortcuts, or try to complain your way unreasonably through life.
that you can be your own worst enemy.
Don't let your evil other, defeat you.
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