You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
11 What is my strength [koach], that I should hope [yachal]?
and what is mine end [qets], that I should
prolong ['arak] my life [nephesh]?
12 Is my strength [koach] the strength [koach] of
stones ['eben]? or is my flesh [basar] of brass [nachuwsh]? KJV-Interlinear
11 'What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my
end, that I should endure? 12 'Is my
strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze? NASB
had warned of the penalties for unbridled sin, and that the ultimate penalty
was death. This, he implies, was the
obvious state of Job. But Eliphaz was
not heartless. He offered an alternative
to Job, which was to repent, to change his ways, and then God would restore all
that he had lost, and then some.
Everyone would be happy again, the sun would shine, and the world would
continue on its merry way.
least that was what Eliphaz was suggesting.
general, what Eliphaz had said, was true.
If you sin, you can expect some form of punishment. If you repent, you can reasonably expect some
form of blessing.
those punishments and blessings are, no one can know before hand. Recall the
parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
Lazarus was poor, destitute and sick, but he was a mature believer. He died while sitting at the entrance gate of
the rich man. The rich man was evil to
the core. The rich man died later on.
went to Paradise and was honored.
Lazarus is in heaven today. The
rich man went to Torments and was tormented with miseries beyond our
imagination. Both men are still in their
respective places even today.
has blessings and God has punishments and their nature we may never know, when
it comes to others, or even to ourselves.
is being blessed, although no one knows it as yet. Everyone is making their judgments based on
what they see, or are experiencing.
has made his point. Job is defending
himself, and rejecting Eliphaz's conclusions.
am I, Superman?' Job asks. 'Am I made of stone and rock, such that I can
endure the suffering and recover so easily?'
does this super strength come from? What
specifically is my destiny, that I should wait this misery out, so I can see
the end result?'
one suffers so greatly, is there a point in continuing it? Should a person reasonably expect that
something better is coming when he is terminal?'
sees only the nose in front of his face.
He sees only what he wants to see, and that is his suffering.
continue it? Can't God just end it all
and take him home? What is to be gained
by all of this? What is the point?'
now we have all felt that way at some point in our life. Out of work, out of money, out of time, out
of whatever, or so we think. Just end it
all so our misery can end. And that is
the reason that we make such complaints.
So we can escape our miseries.
People in general do not want to face realities that are bad, especially
those that cause us discomfort, and especially mental discomfort.
you ever known a pregnant women who when she goes into labor, wants to change
her mind and cancel the whole thing, or at least postpone it for a year or
we all know that on the other side of that birth is a new born baby, and lots
of laughs and fun and happy times. Sure
there will be the bad times, but we tend to focus on the good ones.
we know the outcome of a birth. But, we
also know the outcome of continued spiritual life.
is not going to let you just walk off the playing field, just because the game
is getting close. How can you possibly
win if you quit?
asks, 'Where does the strength come from that he might endure, that he might
see this through to the end? Is he
the answer is also obvious and even known already to you. The strength in the spiritual life comes from
God, and Bible doctrine. The endurance
comes from faith. And yes you can be a
superman, or superwoman through the power you obtain in your spiritual life.
God, nothing is impossible. Jesus Christ
controls history. Have we ever mentioned
does not rely on human means with which to fulfill His plans.
God wants you to live the life of a rich person, then you will. If God wants you to live the life of a poor
person, then you will. Your life and the
details and circumstances of your life, are irrelevant to your spiritual
life. Do not gage your success or
failure in life based on what you do or do not have. Your success or failure depends entirely on
the spiritual content, or lack of it, in your soul.
just how do you suppose, we acquire spiritual content into our soul?
|Table of Contents
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.