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27 Thou puttest [suwm] my feet [regel] also in the stocks [cad],
and lookest narrowly [shamar] unto all my paths
['orach]; thou settest a print [chaqah] upon the heels [sheresh] of
my feet [regel]. KJV-Interlinear
27 'Thou dost put my feet in the
stocks, And dost watch all my paths; Thou
dost set a limit for the soles of my feet, NASB
Job is addressing God, not his friends or anyone else
who might be present in his home.
God has shackled his feet. God watches his every possible path in
life. God is the one who creates limits
or boundaries beyond which Job cannot go.
In His control over history, God leaves nothing to
chance. He watches mans every move. He hears mans every thought. God knows the heart and motives of man. God knows the thoughts and plans of man. He has known everything about the human race,
and every person individually, since before man was created.
The stocks describe the environment in which man will
live. For the most part, planet earth
will be our home for the entire history of the human race. Sure since the 1960's man has been exploring
outer space. We have sent satellites to
the distant planets, even to the edge of the solar system. We have people working in orbit on a space
But where does everyone call home? Here on the ground, here on the planet we
But Gods limits are not restricted to this
planet. Man has limitations in his life
span, in his intellect, in his physical abilities, even in his imagination.
God has given us a promise of vast blessings when we
get to eternity, blessings that exceed our imaginations. That means that there are things, thoughts,
ideas, concepts, which will exist in eternity, which we cannot even begin to imagine.
And if you have ever watched some of those
science fiction movies, mans imagination can go a pretty long way.
Some limits, we can see quite easily. Continents have their limits from coast to
coast. Oceans have their limits, from
shore to shore, and to their depths on the sea floor. Mountains have their limits. They are only as high as they are.
Life spans are fixed and today average around eighty
years for most folks. Death is a
limit. No one can go beyond death, which
is a permanent separation of the soul from the body, and cause themselves to
come back to life.
If you are an adult and five feet tall, you cannot
make yourself six feet tall. If you
can't sing, then you can't sing. Keep
your vocals confined to the shower. If
you cannot understand the intricacies of rocket science, then chances are,
you'll never figure them out.
Life requires that we have food to eat, water to
drink, air to breathe, even gravity to keep us from floating away.
But so much for our physical limitations, the stocks,
the shackles of a prisoner, confined to a place where he can function, but also
can be watched.
The paths of humanity are controlled by their
thoughts, motives, decisions and actions.
Man has been able to invent everything from the wheel to stealth technology,
everything from the campfire to microwave ovens, everything from fig leaves to
cotton clothing, everything from medicine man shakers to body organ transplants.
Man has walked across continents, sailed the oceans,
and stood on the moon. Man has been successful
in discovering the characteristics of disease, and countered them with
As the life spans of humanity declined from many
hundreds of years back in ancient times, to the low twenties of years in the
dark ages, man has been able to restore and even lengthen his life span with
hygiene, diet, medicines, and various advances in health care. Now we have a general average life span of
around eighty years in the modern world.
Some parts of the world have life expectancies, which
are lower, but in time, I am sure that, that will change for the better.
Can man go beyond his life limitations by discovering
more and more technology? No. There is a
limit. Can man invent artificial organs
that will let him live indefinitely?
No. Even the brain wears out
sooner or later, and man will never be able to transplant the soul.
Will man ever live on Mars or on some planet in a
nearby star system? No. They are too far and mans history itself has
limitations. Limitations, which the
Bible calls dispensations.
And finally, Job states that there is a limit for the
soles of his feet. There is a limit for
just how far he as a human being, can go in life.
That limit applies to us all. There is a limit as to what we can do, what
we can accomplish, what we can define as to our destiny.
Man has but two possible destinies, the Lake of Fire,
or heaven. Apart from these, man has no
other options for life beyond death.
Man will not remain in this life forever. Everyone dies. We are all born into this life, which is a
temporary life, for the purpose of preparing ourselves for the next life. The next life is an eternal one.
Though our days and years seem to drag on
indefinitely, our lifespan is but a blip on the timeline of eternity.
And as we saw from our study of yesterday, man is
nothing. Man has nothing to offer
creation. And yet God spends an
extraordinary amount of time containing, controlling, nurturing, and monitoring
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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