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15 If I be wicked [rasha`], woe ['alalay] unto me; and
if I be righteous [tsadaq], yet will I not lift
up [nasa'] my head [ro'sh]. I am full [sabea] of
confusion [qalown]; therefore see [ra'eh] [ra'ah] thou mine affliction
16 For it increaseth [ga'ah]. Thou huntest [tsuwd] me as
a fierce lion [shachal]: and again [shuwb] thou shewest thyself marvellous [pala'] upon me.
17 Thou renewest [chadash] thy witnesses [`ed] against
me, and increasest [rabah] thine indignation [ka`ac] upon me [`immad]; changes [chaliyphah] and war [tsaba'] are
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15 'If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my
head. I am sated with disgrace and
conscious of my misery. 16 'And should
my head be lifted up, Thou wouldst hunt me like a lion; And again Thou wouldst show Thy power against
me. 17 'Thou dost renew Thy witnesses
against me, And increase Thine anger toward me, Hardship after hardship is with
Job considers that there are two possibilities for
himself, or any human being in this world.
One can be an evil person, and by that I mean a really bad dude, or one
can be a really nice person, an honest as the summer day is long type of
Whether one or the other, makes no difference as far
as Gods policy toward humanity is concerned.
If a person is bad, corrupt, a gossip, a maligner, a
criminal, a sinner is any way, then he should never be surprised when calamity
falls on him.
Likewise, when a person is more or less on the good
side of life, then he has no right, and should never expect that he is somehow
above calamity. He should never raise up
his head in arrogance, in superiority, as though he has some status in this
life, favored from higher up.
Of the seven worst sins listed in the Bible, Prov
6:16-19, only one is an overt sin. That
sin is murder. The others are for the
thoughts in ones mind, and the words spoken from ones mouth.
Job is conscious of his human capacity, and especially
his human weaknesses.
Every human being, whether they admit it or not, is
aware of their sin related weaknesses. If
there is one thing that is fair and clear in life, it is the spiritual
awareness that all people have.
Anyone can be taken advantage of and fooled by slick
salesmen, by smooth talking politicians, by the charisma of celebrities, and perhaps
discover the deceit after they have been had, but when it comes to sin and the
spiritual side of life, God makes it very clear just as to what is right and
what is wrong.
Many folks will pretend they are not aware of a
wrongful situation. People will use
their lusts or desires, or prior beliefs they have been raised on, or their
desired lifestyle, to avoid the wrongfulness of their thoughts or actions, but
deep down within themselves, they are possessed by the guilt of their error,
their chosen error.
Even now while our national elections are still two
years away, the running candidates are beginning the race really early. The 'God' phrases, the slander phrases, the
accusations, the blame game is coming out already. What will next year be like?
Politicians, their sponsors and celebrities, will
probably pull out all of the stops, each of them knowing full well, that their
quest for the most powerful office in the world is worth anything and
everything they can do to bribe, steal, or win it. All we in the masses can do, is sit back and
watch the show. I have a feeling that
this will be one of the more interesting elections ever.
But sin and awareness of it, is not exclusive to
politicians. We the people, all, are
guilty of our big or little infractions.
And so Job teaches us the results of living an
intentionally compromised life, the results of knowing Gods will, and
disregarding it, if for no other reason because disregarding Gods mandates, is
Here is the jungle aspect of life. The lion here is used as the symbol of Gods
wrath against sin. The lion is used by
Job because the lion is particularly ruthless and violent when it stocks,
pursues, chases, and seizes its prey.
The victim has no chance.
Here the lion is overwhelmingly powerful as is
God. Man is like a little lamb against
the lion. The lamb in the open field,
which is earth, has no place to run, and no place to hide. You cannot escape.
But this particular lion does not kill its prey
immediately. He disables the prey, goes
away, and comes back to disable it a little more, goes away, and then comes
back to do a little more damage, and repeats this process. The suffering is repetitive and unimaginable.
Each time the lion leaves, the lamb is given the
opportunity to change its ways, but it does not. Life is full of witnesses. Look all around and life itself is a witness
of human indignity, sin, and abuse. The
Hardship after hardship returns against the victim.
And here the hardship repetition is meant in the way
of soldiers performing their duties. On unit
attacks and when it is finished, the next squad attacks, and the repetition of
these attacks becomes endless as the entire army in fresh and replenished
units, is used to bring never-ending pressure against the victim.
When the victim is pounded day and night, day and
night, with a repetitive endlessness they either give up and change their ways,
or they die. In either case they are
Humanity is the victim. You are the victim. God will hold over your head, His lion
For the wicked, this is intended to educate them such that
they are following the wrong path through life.
For the negative believer, this is intended to correct their thinking
such that they have strayed from the path from where they should be. For the spiritually mature, this is a reminder
that arrogance should not make them over confident of their spiritual status.
Far too often, humility is replaced with over
expectations from life. We tend to over
value ourselves. We tend to take
ourselves too seriously. We tend to
think that we deserve various things in life.
We tend to become too shallow being offended easily.
God has a really good fix for those flaws. Just imagine yourself in the lions cage at
feeding time. Just how snooty will you
be as you are being rapidly dismembered?
And for now, do you care about any of this?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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