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.
29 If I be wicked [rasha`], why then labour [yaga`] I
in vain [hebel]?
30 If I wash [rachats] myself
with [sheleg] snow water [mayim] [bamow], and make my hands [kaph] never [bor] [bor] so clean [zakak];
31 Yet ['az] shalt thou plunge [tabal] me in the ditch [shachath],
and mine own clothes [salmah] shall abhor [ta`ab] me. KJV-Interlinear
9 'I am accounted wicked, Why
then should I toil in vain? 30 'If I
should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye, 31 Yet Thou wouldst plunge me into the pit, And
my own clothes would abhor me. NASB
Wickedness is the saturation of decay within a
thing. If you were to take a piece of
fresh meat, set it out at room temperature, or even warmer, then by morning and
certainly in a couple of days, you would have a smell that would turn your
The meat would fill the room with a putrid stench that
you could never get rid of.
Now, suppose you were to pick up that decaying meat
and wash it. Then wash it again, and
again, and again several times. Suppose
you wash it with the purest of melted snow water. Would it come clean? Would you be able to get all of the decay out
of the meat so that you could cook it and make a healthy meal of it?
The meat is rotten through and through. And if rotten through and through, if every
cell within the meat was bad, then why would you waste your time in trying to
clean up something that could never be cleaned?
Such is the pattern of activity of humanity. In our life, people are born spiritually
dead. Even those who believe in Christ,
start out with an infant level of spiritual growth.
There is only one way of advancing and enhancing your
life, and that is by pursuing the path which God has laid out for us all, for advancing
and attaining spiritual maturity.
Apart from spiritual resources within us, we are no
better than that piece of rotten meat.
Through and through, we are rotten to the very core of our
As unbelievers, there is nothing we can do by ourselves
to clean ourselves, and make us free from that rottenness. We studied in Isaiah, that our best
righteousness is no better than filthy, never been cleaned menstrual rags.
And once we believe in Christ, then we still have to
find our cleanliness within the fellowship sphere environment which God has
invented for us. Out of fellowship, we
are no cleaner than unbelievers.
Mans righteousness, which is mans self produced good
and perfection, is rotten at best. It
matters not whether you are a believer or an unbeliever.
God has defined us as unclean, wicked, rotten. If that is so, then why would anyone try to
clean up, by themselves, something that is impossible to clean?
Everyday of your life that you ignore your spiritual
life, you are doing just this. You might
as well write on both sides of a piece of paper, 'Stupid, turn this paper
over.' How long would it take you to
figure it out?
And yet, God has given us the answer to our two sided
piece of paper, in the form of Bile doctrine, and still the bulk of the world
ignores it. They keep turning the paper over, and over, and over, and over
their whole life and end up clueless.
So, at the end of ones life, at the end of the life of
the failure, he finds himself tossed into the garbage pit. When they took out the trash, they usually
dig a hole or find some deep pit, and throw their garbage into it. Then it is set on fire or they bury the
garbage in order to keep the decaying stink down.
The clothing of the wicked, is their life. Their clothing is their pattern of life which
they wrap themselves in during their whole life.
Just as their life is filthy, so too, their clothing
is filthy. They are one and the same.
Job is suffering horribly. He did nothing to deserve his condition, and
yet here he is suffering as no one has ever suffered in life. Covered with maggot-infested sores, bothered
by flies, repulsive because of his foul body odor, he is just miserable.
That is the condition of humanity. This is your condition. No matter how much soap and water you use, no
matter how much perfume you use, no matter how much polite rhetoric you speak,
no matter how much exercise, diet, health, or any other beliefs you might
follow in life in order to elevate yourself above the average person, it is
impossible to clean away the carnal stench of your sin nature.
Job is portraying to us, the human condition. We are all in a sorry state when we try to
live our life apart from God. Job's
condition is a picture of life without God.
How many are jealous of Jobs condition? How many wish they could be as diseased as Job
Remember that even in suffering, there is no
righteousness. Do not think that you can
get points for suffering. Spiritual
growth and the spiritual life is not enhanced or advanced by means of suffering
Suffering may teach you dependence on God and provide you with some incentive to be
humble, putting your arrogant and belligerent attitude in its place, but don't
go out beating yourself thinking that you are impressing God.
Only one thing impresses God, and that is Himself, His
essence, His nature, His doctrine. These
are all perfect. In order to gain Gods
attention, you need Him, in you, and that is where Bible doctrine comes into
Faith in Christ started your spiritual life. Bible doctrine continually learned and used,
advances your spiritual growth. Your
spiritual life is the only thing you have which has intrinsic value. Everything else in life is no better than
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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.