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16 He also shall be my salvation [yashuw`ah]: for an hypocrite [chaneph]
shall not come [bow'] before [paniym] him. KJV-Interlinear
16 'This also will be my
salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence. NASB
Salvation here, means an advantage, prosperity,
deliverance, rescue, escape, or recovery.
Salvation can be deliverance from this life's difficulties, or in the
next life, from the Lake of Fire.
A hypocrite is one who deceives, a charlatan, a fraud,
a pretender, a counterfeiter, a liar, and perhaps several other similar
descriptive terms. A hypocrite or a
godless person in this life, can be a negative believer, or one who lives
outside of the fellowship sphere, and certainly it refers to all unbelievers.
Job sets up a contrast between those with whom God
will deal, and those with whom He will not deal. There are folks in this world with whom God
will have a relationship, and those with whom He will not.
Jobs situation went down hill on a fast track. He first lost his wealth and children and
then his health. Even his wife poured
lots of salt into his wounded situation, because she was negative toward his
attitude toward God. She blamed God for
their situation, and she blamed Job for even thinking of trusting in God. Moreover, in her mind, this was obviously all
Job's fault, and besides he was handy for her to yell at.
His friends came by to give him some encouragement and
even that has turned south for him.
Job was feeling bad.
He had to have been. His health
was not a pretty sight. Just being
around him turned up the noses of those present, because he had a really bad
odor about him. Not to mention his
Job believed that he was on the path to death, and for
good reason. Just look at what has
happened to him in just a few short months.
He has fallen from the highest and most honorable positions in his
entire region, to a reject of society.
Bums living under a bridge were better off.
But still, Job looked to God. Whether his present situation would turn even
worse, or get better. Whether his life
would continue in misery for an extended period or end in his death. It did not matter to Job, because he looked
to God as his way out of this situation, or even out of this life.
Job looks to God as his savior both in this life, and
in the next. In this life, God is a
redeemer, a restorer, a relief from the problems of this world, a stabilizer of
ones life against the hardships that the world can throw against a person, a
defender, and a protector.
In the next life, God is all of those things and a
great deal more.
Job has already considered his options. God will either relieve his situation and
continue his life, or God will relieve his situation by removing him from this
life. In either case, Job will be with
Job has expressed his physical and mental
heartache. He has already wished to have
all of this trouble removed from his life, even to the point of never having
existed, or at the very least, having died in childbirth.
And by the way, when one does not have God in the
life, then life in this world is nothing but a heartache. Your situation, whatever it may be, is
But these lessons served to give us all some insight
into exactly what life is, not to mention that Job understood life, even way
back in his ancient day.
But now Job goes on to explain to us all, that God
deals with believers in fellowship, and not anyone else.
If you think that God will have a meaningful
relationship with unbelievers, or even negative believers, you are mistaken. All blessings come into this world because of
one thing, the existence of mature believers.
History is for their benefit only and for no other reason.
God can look down through the tunnel of time and see
everyone who will believe in the Savior, and therefore be saved. If no one was going to believe, then history
would have no point. God likewise can
look down through the tunnel of time and see all who will advance a little or a
lot in their spiritual lives, thus blessings are prepared and issued to them. Even discipline, which can be a form of
blessing when it serves to keep the believer on the right track in life.
God will even sustain an evil generation because he
sees descendants who will be positive.
The evil generation may boast, but Gods target is really someone who has
not even been born yet.
When it is all said and done, God deals with and
establishes meaningful relationships with believers in fellowship, only.
Anyone who wishes to advance into Gods inner circle,
is sadly mistaken. That is what all
religions are about. Man working on his
own to gain Gods acceptance. And in the
spiritual life, mans works are rejected.
'For by grace are you saved, through faith, not of works,
lest any should boast.'
And Job also teaches us that he understood this
principle. Life in this life, depends on
God, regardless of your circumstances.
Life in the next life, life after death, also depends on God, because
Job knew that there was a next life, and that God was also in charge of that
life as well.
Both in this life and in the next life, God deals with
In this life, God serves up discipline and judgment to
those who ignore or reject Him. In the
next life, He serves up the Lake of Fire to those who reject Him.
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.