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21 Before I go [yalak] whence I
shall not return [shuwb], even to the land ['erets] of darkness [choshek] and
the shadow of death [tsalmaveth];
22 A land ['erets] of darkness [`eyphah], as darkness ['ophel]
itself; and of the shadow of death [tsalmaveth],
without any order [ceder], and where the light [yapha`] is as darkness ['ophel]. KJV-Interlinear
21 Before I go and I shall not return To the land of
darkness and deep shadow; 22 The land of
utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines
as the darkness.' NASB
Understand Jobs embarrassment. First he has been an honorable person all of
his life. He knows it and God has told
us so from the beginning of this book.
Job has been a successful person. He has been a prosperous person. He has been a wealthy person. Job has been a noted person within his community.
And now this.
All of the hardship he has been made to face, not only himself, but with
the gawking judging eyes of others.
He wishes for death to come swiftly such that he can
then hide within its darkness, so to speak.
We have all been in a schoolroom, sitting in the back,
and looking downward hoping that the teacher won't see us. If not seen, then we won't be asked any
questions. Children move to the outer
perimeter of the playground, so others won't seen them and then they won't have
to participate and become embarrassed. A
child gets new glasses and hates them.
Why? Because others will look at
them and laugh or talk in whisperers.
And so Job hopes for a quick death, because in death
he will have peace and seclusion from the prying eyes of people, not to mention
relief from the suffering he is enduring at the moment.
Is death, darkness per se? No. From
within death, at least for those who are saved, there was Paradise, back in
Jobs day, and in our current dispensation, we stand before the radiance of the
But as for those who remain alive in this world, death
is a realm they cannot peer into. It is
a darkness, and separation between this reality and the next.
From death there is no return. Into death, there is no window of access
through which we may peek and see its nature.
Darkness, a great gulf deep, separates this life from the
Those, who would be seers, sorcerers, peerers into the
land of the dead, are all frauds.
Death has no discernable order, no hierarchy, no
classes of people. Death cares nothing
for ones wealth, color, or status in this world. Death treats the wealthy exactly as it does
the poor. In death, all peoples lay on
an equal playing field. The tombs, the
caskets, the ornamental mausoleums do nothing for their occupants.
Better in life, as the world defines life, does not
make you better off in death. In death, the
body decays. It feels no more pain, it
endures no more embarrassment, it has nothing more to do with this life.
As for life after death, Job knows full well that he
would be going to a much better place, but as for his physical body, which is
the source of all of his current pain and misery, the end will be a permanent
separation from all the bad that has been thrown onto him.
He will be able to hide both body, soul and spirit
from the prying eyes of this world.
In death, the body will disintegrate into dust and no
longer be distinguishable as a functioning person, permanently separated from
the burdens and trials, and frustrations, and embarrassments of life.
In death, for the believer, the soul and the spirit
will be in heaven, and likewise separated from this world, no longer subject to
its hardships and limitations.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.