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3 Lay down [suwm] now, put me in a
surety [`arab] with thee; who is he that will
strike [taqa`] hands [yad] with me? KJV-Interlinear
3 'Lay down, now, a pledge for me
with Thyself; Who is there that will be
my guarantor? NASB
Jobs friends have become a representation of the
world, a world without God, without resources, without solutions, without a
guarantee of any kind for ones future.
They offer no hope, no certain hope, they offer no
reward, no certain reward, they offer no alternative.
Job is a representation of humanity lost in a world
without God. He has no hope, no cure, no
future unless someone comes along, someone greater than the world, and provides
a hope, a cure, and a future.
Job speaks again to God, and he distinguishes two
separate persons in the deity.
To the Father, he requests his petition. To the Son, he finds the mechanism of his
petition. Only God can stand before God
and conclude a matter. Man cannot make
such a presentation. Only man can stand
with man and offer mans petitions in his behalf.
Therefore, the one to whom Job petitions through as
his advocate, and now as his surety, must be both man and God. One equal with man in order to deal with mans
condition, and one equal with God in order to receive a hearing in behalf of
The surety requested by Job is in the form of a deity,
offering guarantees in Jobs behalf, to another deity.
A surety is one who sets himself up as a guarantor of
another's debt. If you go to a store
with your child, where the child is buying something on credit, the store will
require you, the parent, to sign a guarantee in behalf of the child. If the child is unable to pay the debt, then
the store looks to you for payment.
In like manner, Jesus Christ, in eternity past stood
up before God, as it were, and offered His signature as a guarantee for the
payment of our sins. Man cannot pay his debt, and when the debt was called due,
Christ went to the Cross, at the appropriate time in human history, to pay off
Job makes his statement, in confidence, that there is
none other than God, who will be his surety.
His friends offer nothing but criticism.
That is the very best that the world can do. No one beyond his friends in this world can
offer anything better. God and God alone
is able to take up the guarantee which Adam was promised in the Garden, perhaps
eighteen or twenty centuries prior.
Man cannot appoint the surety, man cannot offer any
guarantee of any kind in this world, man cannot offer any contract better than
that offered by God. The first covenant
recorded by Moses many years later will become a testament to man's flaws and
inabilities. The new covenant of Christ
will present the better contract, one in which Christ fulfilled and one by
which we are to live our spiritual lives.
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.