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Job 11:10



10 If he cut off [chalaph], and shut up [cagar], or gather together [qahal], then who can hinder [shuwb] him? KJV-Interlinear



10 'If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him? NASB



This is a legal due process sequence. If God is to file charges, hunt you down, arrest you, and call your trial into session, then who can stop Him?


That is the sovereignty of God. God is all-powerful. God has complete foreknowledge of all of the facts of every thought, motive, decision, and action of every human being who has ever lived and who is yet to live.


This is a criminal proceeding. Anyone who commits sin, is the accused.


The word, 'chalaph,' means to cut off, to pursue, to seize, to deny freedom. This is the arresting action of God when He takes an accused into custody.


To 'shut up,' is the incarceration of the accused. And the 'call to assembly' is of course the calling of a trial into session. 'Here ye! Here ye! This court is now in session. The honorable God presiding. All rise.'


That is the general idea that Zophar is trying to communicate.


Job is his target. Zophar has already identified Job as the criminal, because of his massive suffering. Zophar is looking at the superficial and making his decision.


God, on the other hand, looks into the facts of a matter, all of the facts, and processes information and makes decisions based on truth.


God treats everyone, both male and female, equally. No one ever gets away with anything. Not even the slightest of offenses gets by God. The nicest of people, the worst of tyrants, and everyone in between, come under the jurisdiction of Gods court.


Psa. 66:11-12

11 Thou didst bring us into the net; Thou didst lay an oppressive burden upon our loins. 12 Thou didst make men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; Yet Thou didst bring us out into a place of abundance. NASB


If God decides to give, then who can oppose Him? If God decides to take, then who can prevent Him?


God can change empires. God can change nations. God can change individuals. God controls history. God controls every aspect of history, either through the power of His essence, through the controls of establishment, or through the permissive function of mans free will.


If God wishes for you to succeed, then nothing can prevent it. If God wishes for you to fail, then nothing can override His will.


Often times in life, life seems to have its own will. No matter what we do, or do not do, sometimes life seems to bring things together, things that we could never cause on our own.


You can probably look back on your life and recall events that have occurred, that made an impact on your life, or even redirected your life. Events that you could not have foreseen, or perhaps even events that you tried to avoid, but simply could not prevent.


Life can bring some pretty peculiar activities into your existence. In some cases you may think that you were really lucky when you shouldn't have been, or pretty unlucky when things should have gone your way.


You might have met someone under the oddest of circumstances. You may have been rescued from disaster because you were late.


I am sure that you can review your life and come up with many situations that occurred despite your actions.


God is pretty smart.


We can be smart, wise, only if we commit ourselves to a daily study of His word. But how many actually adopt and accept that concept into their thinking?

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