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16 He is green [ratob] before [paniym] the sun [shemesh], and his
branch [yowneqeth] shooteth forth [yatsa'] in his garden [gannah].
17 His roots [sheresh] are
wrapped about [cabak] the heap [gal], and seeth [chazah] the
place [bayith] of stones ['eben]. KJV-Interlinear
16 'He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over
his garden. 17 'His roots wrap around a
rock pile, He grasps a house of stones. NASB
Bildad continues his list of comparisons
of the wicked person, to various plants.
Here is yet another comparison to a plant that spreads and grows quickly
in the sunlight and abundant water.
Now we need to understand that these
plants and symbols, which Bildad is comparing, are representations to wicked
people living in this world.
God made this world and filled it with
abundance. The world was not made
exclusively for believers in Christ. Our
exclusive world will come in the next life, in eternity. There believers only will live.
But for now, this world was restored
with the intent of supporting all peoples, whether believers of not.
Sunlight and water are common to
all. We call these resources, Gods
common grace provision. God has left a
great deal of provision in this world for everyone. Whether it is the sunlight or water, or the
air we breathe or our individual volition with which we can make our own
decisions, God has left humanity with a tremendous support system, such that
humanity could survive in history.
Included in this support system are Gods
divine establishment laws. Satan has introduced his own jungle laws, which
favor no one, but Gods establishment laws allow humanity to survive even when
humanity screws everything up.
And that screw up is incorporated in
Bildad's plant spreads out using all of
the abundant sunlight and water available.
This plant, mans plan, spreads throughout mans garden, planet earth, and
Mans plan goes beyond his own
environment to incorporate everything man can reach. This plant even reaches its roots down in
amongst the rocks in the ground for security and its roots grow in amongst the
stones of the mans home.
The plant, mans self-defined plan, like
the spiders web, becomes complex and complicated. And man can sit back ant look
at the work of his own imagination and boast or be proud of his accomplishments.
Such is life in the world around us
all. In our individual lives, we have
our personal accomplishments, or efforts in making a living. In organizations, there are the
accomplishments, inventions, innovations, successes of the organization. In governments, there are the grand plans,
regulations, bureaucracies, and such for running a nation or even the world.
Humanity can build grand buildings or
structures, invent grand articles, tools, equipment, toys and such. Anything you can imagine which man has
invented or accomplished, either is, or can be, a part of this world scheme for
These accomplishments are not in
themselves, evil. It is only mans intent
which can make things, evil.
The ungodly person, which is anyone who
does not make God and doctrine central in their lives, pursues the things of
this world. They make the world, which
is a temporary environment, their whole life.
And then the sun goes away. Summer becomes winter. The weather turns cold. The rains stop and the water dries up and
The grand plant, mans grand plans,
suddenly come to a halt.
Man cannot prevent the seasons, anymore
than he can stop history. I just read an
interesting article on global warming.
It has been in the news quite a bit recently. There were some interesting speculations. Even if the worlds' use of fuels were
maintained at the usage levels of the year two-thousand, the warming effects
will continue in the decades and centuries to come. In order to stop mans contribution to the
warming effects, life would have to return to the pre-industrial age of the
1700's. Hummm. Somehow, I just don't see that happening. And even if that were possible, the warming
trends which are caused by nature will continue anyway.
We already know that in the Tribulation,
the environment and weather patterns will be horrendously screwed up. Of course that just applies to a seven year
period, which will occur at some point in the future. Perhaps all of this warming stuff will be a
contributing factor toward that future time.
I suspect that it is, along with any other contributions to global
warming due to sun activity, volcanoes and so forth.
But, as for Bildad's plant, life in this
world has its limits. Whether imposed by
man or other factors, the limits are beyond the control of humanity.
The plant, like the ungodly, will reach
out beyond its defined boundaries, and try to incorporate everything it can lay
its hand on, for survival. The plant
becomes a life sucking leach, rather than a life giving contribution to its
environment. That is the nature of life
without God. The leach will drain the
life out of its host until they both die.
That is where human history is headed.
Of course, that is why we are studying the Word of God, too. None of us want to be lost in the void of
There is a way out, and that way is
obtained only through spiritual growth and living in accordance with Gods plan
for each of our respective lives.
Bildad, even though he has pegged Job
wrong, has a lot to say, which gives us a lot of insight as to the level of
knowledge that existed even in those very ancient times. Bildad's metaphor is wrong in his application
to Job's life, but it is right with respect to its spiritual principles in
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