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14 What is man ['enowsh], that he
should be clean [zakah]? and he which is born [yalad] of a woman ['ishshah], that
he should be righteous [tsadaq]?
15 Behold, he putteth no trust ['aman] in his saints [qadowsh]; yea,
the heavens [shamayim] are not clean [zakak] in his sight [`ayin].
16 How much more abominable [ta`ab] and filthy ['alach] is man ['iysh], which drinketh [shathah]
iniquity [`evel] [`evel] like water [mayim]? KJV-Interlinear
14 'What is man, that he should
be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 'Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones,
And the heavens are not pure in His sight; 16 How much less one who is detestable and
corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water! NASB
Now Eliphaz turns his attentions to Jobs stand of
innocence. Job has stated that he is a
righteous man. Of course he has also
stated that he is a sinner as all men are, but his righteousness comes from his
faith in God, not from the source of his own effort or ability.
But Eliphaz turns to the rest of creation, a creation
which is far greater than any individual.
God has created angels. He created them before the creation of the
universe. The angels can come and go
pretty much as they please, between heaven and earth. Whether they travel far distances or whether
they slip in and out of yet undiscovered dimensions is irrelevant.
Angels are far superior to humanity, and yet God does
not even place His trust in them.
As for the universe?
It is vast indeed. The universe
is so great that we don t know its dimensions.
We cannot see to its edge, if it even has a boundary.
By comparison, man is limited to this planet. A planet that represents much less than a
speck of dust in the vast universe around us.
Man has so many limitations, that listing them would
fill several volumes. All of the
sciences can speak to mans limits.
So, if God does not even trust the angels, who are
beings far superior to man, if God views this universe as less than perfect,
and even fading away, then how can man possibly be better then they?
Man is corruption.
Man has corruption in the very fabric of his being. Man is born to his parents, and they too were
born to their parents, and so forth back to the very first parents, Adam and
Eve. Corruption began with the first,
and spreads to each succeeding generation.
Unless man can change dramatically the components of
his physical body, unless man can change the components of his soul, then man
is stuck with his corruption.
Corruption cannot make itself incorruptible. Rotten food cannot become tasteful and
Only God can make things clean again through justice. Righteousness is the state of cleanness, or
perfection. Justice is the action of
Eliphaz suggests that since no human being is
incorruptible, then Job certainly cannot be righteous.
But Job is not speaking of human righteousness, he is
speaking of divine righteousness which comes to each individual by means of
faith in the Savior.
In one respect, Eliphaz is correct. No person can make themselves clean. And Job is correct as well, in that a person
may be corrupt and rejectionable, just as his illness has made him, but God has
the power to clean man up through the power of faith and spiritual growth.
As corruption, mans foundation nature is to seek, even
pursue iniquity. Iniquity if the
production of evil.
But again, only God can take corruptible man, who can
only pursue evil, and make him clean, giving him the opportunity to pursue
good, even within this devils world.
Such is the power of God helping mankind to overcome all his weaknesses.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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