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Job 13:28



28 And he, as a rotten thing [raqab], consumeth [balah], as a garment [beged] that is moth [`ash] eaten ['akal]. KJV-Interlinear



28 While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten. NASB



In the original, Job now speaks in the third person, referring to humanity in general rather than himself. Although all of these last few verses have been in reference to the human condition and not exclusively to himself.


Humanity is like an abandoned thing. Something left to rot away.


Humanity is not worthy of such constant concern, such constant surveillance, such detailed recordings, with which God seems to occupy Himself.


Even Isaiah describes mans righteousness as menstrual rags.


From the moment of a person's birth, decay sets in. The lifespan clock begins ticking away. And with each and every beat of ones heart, death draws closer and closer.


In the next chapter, Job will go into a much more detailed description of the state of humanity.


But as we close this chapter, we should be able to see that we ourselves, are nothing more than a pile of doggie doo-doo. Arrogance, boasting, bragging, eliteness, thinking highly of ones self, presuming superiority of ones self over others, and so forth, are really unrealistic attitudes which demonstrate a detachment from, and a disorientation to, reality.


A decaying thing is one which is beyond saving, something putrid, rotten, garbage which needs to be buried in order to get rid of the stink.


A piece of clothing, which has been moth riddled, is useless. Its use is frowned upon for public, or even private wear. You can't even give away such a piece of clothing. It is best thrown out and burned with the rest of the garbage.


And such is Jobs description of humanity.


We are useless, worthless, stink filled souls. And yet God has created an entire universe around us, an entire planet around us, an entire plan for human history. Should we take notice? Should we care?


If you had a dog and he went potty outside, would you then go out and preserve those droppings? Would you create a home for them? Would you design a plan for their future? Of course you wouldn't.


But God has created a creature, humanity, which is no better than those doggie doo's, and God has created an extremely intricate plan for our preservation and future. Even to the point of cleaning us up and making us precious, rather than useless.


Why do you suppose that is?

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