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22 Did I say ['amar], Bring [yahab] unto me? or, Give a reward [shachad] for me of your substance [koach]?
23 Or, Deliver [malat] me from the
enemy's [tsar] hand [yad]? or, Redeem [padah] me from
the hand [yad] of the mighty [`ariyts]? KJV-Interlinear
22 'Have I said, 'Give me something,' Or, 'Offer a bribe for
me from your wealth,' 23 Or,' Deliver me
from the hand of the adversary,' Or,' Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants'? NASB
between the lines thus far, and reading ahead in the book, we know and will
discover even more, that the three friends of Job were arrogant and fearful.
fear was not a, standing in the corner with hands covering trembling mouths
type of fear, but it was the kind of fear that people have when they are not
really in control over a situation. When
they come face to face with something that they cannot manage and therefore
they end up jumping to conclusions or making irrational decisions. All the while, they are convinced that they
are doing the right thing, or they just don't want to do the right thing.
like that generally do not have much respect for authority, unless they are
forced to respect it. That is, when Job
was wealthy, they therefore had to respect him, because they were impressed by
his wealth, not necessarily Job himself.
now that Job is down on his luck, so to speak, their former respect has turned
to a social disrespect. Their former
respect was motivated by the prospects of getting something from a wealthy
man. Now that they have arrived and have
seen he magnitude of his suffering, getting involved does not seem so
meeting was not Job's idea, it was theirs.
Job did not ask anyone to come visit him. He did not ask for charity or
a reward, or for anything he might think is due him for past friendships. He did not ask for an army to go and recover
his stolen property. He did not ask for government
aid to help in rebuilding any destroyed buildings. Job did not ask for anything.
was still living in his home. He was
still married. We will meet his wife
again, much later in the book. He still
had some financial means, even though he had lost his vast fortune, and his
finances were now far smaller than what they had been.
immediate needs were medical and emotional.
Both of which were obvious, and both of which no one really, could be of
there was no basis for any criticism being aimed at Job. No basis, that is, other than arrogance and
the title of this book is 'Job' and he is the principle character, and the
principle theme of the book is Christ and the magnitude of his temptation and
suffering, there is also a general lesson with regard to arrogance and fear.
is the one who is under horrendous suffering, but he still sees through the
facade of his friends.
who lacks legitimate spiritual growth, although they may have an in depth
academic knowledge of spiritual or sound social principles, will be misguided
by good intentions. These manifest
themselves in many forms of self-righteousness.
You will find this in crusaders or activists and such folks.
are so intent in their being right, that they will stop at nothing in order to
force others to see things as they see them.
Even violence is not beyond them.
making their point with intensity, they become hypocrites by violating sound
principles of truth. Their truth is the
only truth and they will not be denied, unless of course a greater power falls
all over them and they are thoroughly humbled by the experience.
will bring a whirlwind later in the book to straighten out everyone. But in real life, most folks have to go
thorough various types of crises, before they realize the error of their
ways. Some folks never learn.
gives us lots of examples. In the
1930's, most folks ignored the rise of Hitler.
Appeasement stretched throughout Europe and even into the United States. What could have been avoided early on, turned
into a huge world war and millions suffered because of the mistakes and
inaction of folks.
the arrogance of Iran begins to spread in our current world, and if it is met
with indifference or uninvolvement, then history will repeat the worldwide
suffering again, sooner or later.
this kind of arrogance is not limited to world leaders and global events. People, on an individual basis, develop
beliefs based on what they pay attention to in life. If Bible doctrine is not on the menu of ones
daily learning experience, then fear will inevitably result.
men die only once, but cowards die a thousand deaths. Who is the brave person? The spiritually mature person who dies
physically only one time. Who is the coward?
The spiritually immature person who dies many times because of their
many fears, paranoia's, insecurities, or uncertainties in life.
Job asked his friends for anything? Has
he been a nagging burden on them? Has he
demanded any repayment or expectation from them? No.
Job done anything wrong which they can document, which they can come up with
some form of evidence or proof? No.
on what basis is Job being criticized?
Certainly not on facts, because none exist. And if these friends had all of the facts,
then they would have the transcript of the conversation in heaven between God
and Satan. But they don't have knowledge
of that conversation.
on what do they rest their case against Job?
Their arrogance and their fear.
do not have to be an unbeliever to be stupid.
The world is full of believers who are spiritually stupid. They do not live the spiritual life as it is
supposed to be lived. They do not advance in their spiritual life as it is
supposed to be advanced in. They know
all of the words and they can carry on a conversation, which would fool others
who are similarly spiritually ignorant.
as potential leaders, as potential authorities, as potentially influential
persons, they would fail miserably.
make wrong decisions. They refuse to
make decisions. They refuse to be held accountable for their actions. They
refuse to take actions. In their mind, it
is far better to sit on the sidelines and shout out instructions or criticisms,
but to blame others when things go wrong.
They don't draw conclusions from facts, but rather draw conclusions and then
create their own version of facts.
doing this, these friends of Job, are painting a picture for us, of how people
can pursue the pattern of thinking which Satan had already invented. And, they don't have to be influenced by Satan
directly or even indirectly. All they
have to do is lack the proper application of legitimate spiritual resources, or
just not have spiritual resources in their soul.
are two opinions in this world, Gods, and everything else. Gods opinion is truth. Everything else is varying degrees of
departure from truth. Even if you know
truth, you can still misapply it, and that becomes self-righteousness or
activism. And that becomes just as evil
as any sin or lie.
is only one way to avoid this kind of error in your life, and that is through a
consistent daily study of the Word of God, while in fellowship. Your fellowship status is the key for
developing spiritual growth.
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