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25 Now my days [yowm] are swifter [qalal] than a post [ruwts]: they
flee away [barach], they see [ra'ah] no good [towb].
26 They are passed away [chalaph] as [`im] the swift ['ebeh] ships ['oniyah]: as the
eagle [nesher] that hasteth [tuws] to the prey ['okel]. KJV-Interlinear
25 'Now my days are swifter than
a runner; They flee away, they see no good. 26 'They slip by like reed boats, Like an
eagle that swoops on its prey. NASB
Job is about a hundred years old at this time. We estimate that age, but we don't know for
certain. We do know that he was a
successful businessman, and that he had ten children, all of whom had grown up
and lived in their own homes.
Now, after his family, business, and health losses, we
have a conversation between Job and three friends. Three friends that have been identified thus
far. A fourth friend will be identified
later in the book, and we can assume with good reason, that others were present
during this conversation. We discussed
all of that quite some time ago.
I know that some of you are having a difficult time
reading ahead in the book, but remember a couple of things. First, God, Himself, has described Job as
'blameless and upright' and that there is 'none like him in all the earth.'
So, do not take Jobs remarks as complaining. He is not.
The words that come from Job are words of instruction. Keep that in mind.
The words from his friends, as described by the
meanings of their names, are words of human viewpoint.
Job is in general, giving us divine viewpoint, while
his friends are stating their views from their observations in life. Their observations include many legitimate
principles of doctrine, but the friends conclusions fall down, in their
application to life.
By the time we get through this book, you should have
a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the temporal and spiritual
The remainder of this chapter, deals with mans
inability to deal with and solve, his own troubles. And where does that leave man? It leaves him in need of Gods help.
Now, I know that some of you most likely, are caught
up in this Playmate death hearing on the television, and perhaps you have or
are watching hours of the coverage. Just
do not get so caught up in the pop entertainment cultures of life to the
exclusion of your spiritual needs.
Unfortunately many, or most, folks live their lives
spending hours on things that mean nothing in life. And they ignore their spiritual life, a life
that means everything, or should mean everything, to them.
And so enter Job, in or current verse.
Life on this earth is short. Job may be a hundred years old, and by
today's standards he is equivalent to a forty year old in our time. Job is in the prime of his life. He is still young and vigorous. Except for his current disease of course, but
we know that, that will go away very soon. And we know that Job is going to
live another hundred and forty years.
Days fly by, years fly by, and life seemingly vanishes
behind us even before we realize it.
Even with Jobs long life span, combined with the very
slow pace of life in his day, he tells us that his life is flying by with the
speed of the fastest messenger runners, with the speed of the fastest canoe
style messenger boats, with the speed of the eagle swooping down on its prey.
And you most probably know this for yourself. If you are any age over ten, then ask
yourself, 'Where did the years in the last half of my life, go?'
Today is now. That is obvious. But all of those yesterdays, just seem to
have vanished without much effort.
Now we will add something to this study. How many more tomorrows do you have? Do you have one more tomorrow? Do you have ten-thousand more tomorrows?
You may think that you have all of the time in the
world. But you don't. None of us will live forever in this
world. That is our biggest
limitation. We will all die one day.
If you were terminally ill, then what would your
attitude be? What changes would you make
in your life? And yet even though you
may be in really good health, your days are still numbered right down to the
very last breath that you will take. God
alone knows when that will be.
Today drags on, and tomorrow is so far away. Next week, and next month are far in the
distant future, and we often times yearn to get there for one reason or
another. Perhaps we have something
planned, or are going to graduate, or get married, or we are waiting on
something important to come into our life.
Whatever the reason, the tomorrows seem so far off,
and yet when they get here, 'Where did all that time go?'
We have our days on this earth, in this life, to
prepare ourselves for the most phenomenal events to come, in our life. And is anyone preparing for that?
Well, most are not.
They are watching the lives of others on television. They are wasting all of their valuable time
now, watching the rest of the world bicker over this or that. They spend hours everyday in world oriented
entertainment, and not even a few minutes on their most important life, their
Today the bickering will be one subject, and next week
the subject will be something else, and next month the bickering will be
something else. Do you remember, without
looking them up, what the topics, and headlines, and television show content
was last summer?
And so, life keeps on slipping by and we lose valuable
preparation time which could have been used for our advancement in our
spiritual life. Which remarkably takes
only a few minutes out of our life, each day.
We cannot turn the clock backwards. We cannot undo all of our prior decisions.
Job tells us quite clearly here, 'time is very short.' But, do we believe it?
Will we do anything about it?
What we do, will demonstrate what our beliefs really
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.