You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
34 For the congregation [`edah] of hypocrites [chaneph]
shall be desolate [galmuwd], and fire ['esh] shall consume ['akal] the
tabernacles ['ohel] of bribery [shachad]. KJV-Interlinear
34 'For the company of the godless
is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt. NASB
Now remember that Eliphaz is suggesting that these
characteristics, which he is describing, characteristics of wicked people,
apply to Job. Thus the reasons for Jobs
fall from grace and the reasons for Jobs current suffering.
We already know that Job is not guilty of these
things, but we can still learn from Eliphaz's comments, that the life of the
godless person, is not and never will be, a good life.
Who is a Godless person? Who is a corrupt person?
One who does not have God active in his life. One who deals deceitfully with others in the
normal course of his life.
Anyone, who is out of fellowship as a matter of their
normal pattern of life, is a Godless person.
This obviously includes all unbelievers.
People who have never believed in Christ. But it also includes all believers who do not
function properly in their spiritual life.
Unbelievers are wicked by default. Believers who live consistently outside of
their fellowship sphere, imitate unbelievers, and therefore are just as wicked. The only difference between the two, is in
Gods dealings with them. Unbelievers
receive judgment or difficulties designed to bring them to faith in
Christ. Believers receive discipline designed
to bring them back into a spiritual growth mode.
As for the corrupt, this includes anyone who deals
dishonestly with life's truths. This can
include a judge who takes bribes and judges with bias, or a child who disobeys
a parent thus disregarding authority, or a salesman who deceives customers, or
a spouse who does not function properly within the marriage, and so on and so
Any disregard for truth is a sin against God.
God is truth.
Truth comes in many forms. All
forms defined, designed, and created by God.
Truth includes the obvious, such as telling the truth
verses telling a lie. Truth includes all
of the many concepts of science, which God created. Interpretations of these sciences are usually
mans biggest problem in science.
Truth includes conveying all aspects and facts of a
matter, or in a story. The news media
lies when it puts a twist on its stories, or when it leaves out facts such that
readers or listeners will reach incorrect conclusions.
Politicians, celebrities and public people promote
lies when they push crusades that may seem noble, but promote actions based on
emotions rather than facts.
Disregard for the Bible, for its principles, for the
Laws of Devine Establishment, and so forth, is corruption.
Corruption is a lie.
Lies are always sins. Sins are
promoted by the Godless. The Godless
includes anyone and everyone who does not pursue God, Christ, and doctrine as
it is intended to be pursued, as the normal pattern of their life.
God is life.
Life is everything good, and more.
Without God, one has nothing good.
With nothing good, then one is worthless. And associating with anything that is worthless,
brings worthlessness into your life, making you, in fact, worthless.
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.