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20 He removeth away [cuwr] the speech [saphah] of the
trusty ['aman], and taketh away [laqach] the understanding [ta`am]
of the aged [zaqen].
21 He poureth [shaphak] contempt [buwz] upon princes [nadiyb], and
weakeneth [raphah] the strength [maziyach] of the mighty ['aphiyq]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'He deprives the trusted ones
of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders. 21 'He pours contempt on nobles, And loosens
the belt of the strong. NASB
Jobs list of man's ineptness continues. And, inept is the very best that anyone can
accomplish when they pursue life apart from Gods word.
In this universe, there are only two opinions. We repeat this principle many times
throughout this study, because it is the foundation for discerning the
differences between divine viewpoint and human viewpoint.
Gods opinion includes all categories of truth. The foundation for learning and recognizing
truth comes from learning Bible doctrine.
Doctrine, when learned and incorporated within the human soul, becomes
the window through which the entire world can be viewed correctly.
Whether you are viewing salvation by means of faith in
Christ, or viewing the functions of physics in a lab, makes no difference. God created all components of truth.
Without Bible doctrine in the soul, then you are left
with whatever academic knowledge you pick up from the world. That information is skewed away from truth,
because it is compromised and tainted with the lies of human beliefs,
philosophies, religions, interpretations, and so forth.
The 'trusted' ones are those folks who perceive
themselves as the wise ones of society.
They occupy high offices as counselors, consultants, professors, and
such. Without doctrine, they become the
dreamers, or rather, people living in a dream world of unreality.
They have opinions as to what should be done, or how
society should be led. They have visions
of leading human history and they are the makers of regulations, impressed with
their massive regulations, which guide, direct, and control every possible
aspect of human existence.
Then their plans fail.
Those whom society look to for leadership, and those
older folks who presumably have the wisdom or knowledge to do the right things
for society, fail in their opinions, and the general public takes the brunt of
the mistakes of those whom they chose to lead.
Remember that the deceiver and the deceived are
equally at fault. They both approach
life with their own agendas. The former
seeking power, while the latter is seeking freedom from responsibility.
The princes here are those who perceive themselves as
the elite of society. They elevate
themselves above the masses because their circumstances are better than most.
When an athlete readies himself for competition, he
tightens up his belt, tightens up his shoes.
When a warrior readied himself for battle, he tightens up all loose
clothing, and equipment. Each can
respectively function to the peak of their abilities when all loose things are
drawn up tight.
But then God, can come along and loosen up all that
was tight, and now their performance is reduced with below average results. And that is the meaning of 'loosening the
belt of the strong,' 'taking away the strength of the mighty.'
No matter what people might think of themselves, and
folks without doctrine will inevitably think very highly of themselves, God
will destroy their self image, and destroy their plans.
And, God can do this with the simplest of concepts in
life. The tyrants of history all die
sooner or later. The Sadaam's, the
Hitler's, and such, all had grand plans and where are they today?
Iran and North Korea are among the next batch of
tyrants destined for Gods chopping block.
When will they get their due?
Well, we do not know the answer to that one, yet. They may be thorns in the side of the world
for a long time, or they may get tossed aside quickly. God has many weapons with which to accomplish
Man will have his
opportunity to demonstrate that he can take responsible actions against such
tyrants, or man can demonstrate his cowardice and do nothing. And in either case, God will control the
ultimate outcome. The only question is,
'Will people rise to the occasion or not?'
All of us face problems in life. Most of us do not have to deal with the big
international problems that face the world.
Most of us have our little home bound problems, like bad health, or
paying the bills, or getting through school, or having a social life, or whatever. Our personal problems are nothing when
compared with the world scale, but they are big to us personally.
What Job is teaching us here, is that the world has no
power whatsoever. Politicians,
celebrities, tyrants, bureaucrats, professors, kings, elites, social climbers,
deceivers and the deceived alike, all live in a delusion of their own making. What they think or believe means nothing,
because it is nothing.
Their thoughts and opinions, their actions and
bureaucracies, their prejudices and hypocrisies may give us all difficulties in
this life, but they can never tear down the plan, which God has for each one of
Try as they may to run the social settings, run the
country, or run the world, they will never succeed.
Put yourself in their hands and you are no better than
fuel for their fires. Put yourself in
Gods hands, and the world cannot touch you.
It can only try to give you a bumpy road in this life, but then your
life will last for all of eternity, and this world will, by comparison, come to
an end very soon.
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.