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15 He shall lean [sha`an] upon his house [bayith],
but it shall not stand [`amad]: he shall hold [chazaq] it fast, but it shall not endure [quwm]. KJV-Interlinear
15 'He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds
fast to it, but it does not endure.
Bildad begins a series of comparisons
demonstrating the uselessness of the wicked person's reliance on his worldly
Who is the wicked person? Anyone who rejects God defiantly as an
unbeliever might, or anyone who might be a believer but has become indifferent
or inconsistent in their attitude toward God and their spiritual life, thus
they do not grow up spiritually. The
wicked also includes anyone who pretends to pursue a spiritual life. They might
know the vocabulary, but do not live within the fellowship sphere, and thus
simply never grow up.
This metaphor began with the spider and
his web, from yesterdays study. The
spider builds a house, a web, that clearly from the perspective of an outside
observer, is a weak and feeble structure.
A light wind or falling stick, even a small animal, can easily destroy
the web, yet the spider looks with pride and a sense of security, at his home as
his own accomplishment.
The web is built for his own use and
enjoyment. It is for no other spiders
use. Only his own.
The spider holds fast to his web,
testing its strength and looking for its weaknesses. He adds more and more webbing, building a
house of mystery and complexity. He is
convinced that all he does within his own web, betters his home and himself.
But all that he does is for selfish
purposes, from the conceit of his own accomplishment for his own personal use. He disregards the world around him, the
realities around him, and presumes that this is all that there is.
He can build his web in the dirtiest of
dungeons or the finest of castles. The
spider has the freedom to build whatever and wherever he wishes, and thus
presumes ownership and control of his environment. He has no concern for anything outside of his
And thus, the wicked are identified with
the self-centered spider.
On the human front, society can be a
little more complicated than the spider and his web, but all of the aspects of
the spider and his web, do apply to those who are fundamentally without God in
The spider's web is fundamentally
weak. The slightest of worldly pressures
can blast the web apart. Think what
would happen if God applied His power to the destruction of the web.
People place their trust in people. People place their trust in the systems of interpersonal
relations. People place their trust in
their personal yet worldly beliefs.
People place their trust in their life styles. People place their trust in government and
government programs. People place their
trust in their possessions. People place
their trust in their abilities, and in their life plans.
Just look around the world, look even as
close as the advertisements you hear and see in the media. People place their trust in many things that
exist in this world. And yet all of
these trusts are nothing more than trusting in the spider's web of this carnal
The web of life is a complicated
interlinking system of tiny little threads. The more threads added to the web,
make folks proud of their accomplishments, make folks feel more secure, but
ultimately only a little breeze can come along and make the entire system
As life continues, those living never
see the weakness of their beliefs. Only
those who die gain the eye opening truth regarding their foolishly lived lives. However when one dies, it is too late to
Bildad has compared the life of the
wicked, to a shadow, to marsh reeds, and to a spiders web. All have virtually no substance and all can
disappear quickly. To the observation of
the wicked they look awesome and impressive, but in reality all are empty
environments, nothing existences, temporary vanities, incapable of supporting or
even perpetuating themselves.
And life without God, is certainly
that. A nothing existence.
All of the concerns regarding the
environment, politics, social relations, cultural relations, economic concerns
and on and on, are mere spinning's of the complex webbing in a community of
The concerns of the world and mans
formula for perfecting everything will come to nothing. Remember our study of
Revelation? The biggest disasters designed
to overwhelm humanity are yet to occur.
And yet when Christ returns at the Second Advent, everything will almost
instantly become perfect.
Your life was not created for the
purpose of sustaining itself forever in his world. You were born in order to prepare yourself
for eternity. Your life in this world
serves to help support yourself while you learn your spiritual lessons. A big part of that learning includes being
Those who ignore their spiritual side of
life, weave their own web of existence.
And to that end, they will eventually discover a very disappointing
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