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12 His strength ['own] shall be
hungerbitten [ra`eb], and destruction ['eyd] shall be ready [kuwn] at
his side [tsela`].
13 It shall devour ['akal] the strength [bad] of his
skin [`owr]: even the firstborn [bakowr] of death [maveth] shall
devour ['akal] his strength [bad]. KJV-Interlinear
12 'His strength is famished, And
calamity is ready at his side. 13 'His
skin is devoured by disease, The first-born of death devours his limbs. NASB
Now Bildad begins his explanation of the systematic
and slow death of the wicked. He is
pointing all of this toward Job, making Job his example. Bildad is wrong in his application of this
toward Job, but he is correct in the fundamental principles of these results of
leading a negative life. Negative toward
ones spiritual life, that is.
Again, for emphasis, this applies to anyone who does
not make their spiritual life their priority in life. The Hitler's of the world are obvious
examples. The criminals of the world are
However, the bulk of the negative people in this world
are neither in the headlines nor in the history books. They are common everyday folks who get up everyday,
go to work, and come home. Look in the
mirror and look around you when in public, and you will see many examples of
folks, whom you may or may not know, to which these principles apply.
Bildad's lecture is not an instant overnight result of
negative volition, but a result of a lifetime of establishing a pattern of
negative attitude toward God, toward Christ, and toward ones spiritual life.
The strength and vigor of ones youth, over time,
become famished. The normal hunger for
happiness becomes transformed into the abnormal hunger of calamity, as in the
case of a leach.
'Calamity at ones side,' is a metaphor for the fitting
of clothing, such as in tailor made clothing.
Catastrophe becomes tailor made for the negative individual, and
calamity is fitted to the negative person's life, during the course of their
'It,' refers to death, and specifically 'first born
death.' Not the death, of the first
born, but death that has the attributes of the first-born child.
The first-born child, typically the son, is the sign
of the strength and vigor of his parents.
He is looked to, to carry on the family name. He is looked to as the strength and
continuing power of the family. And in
history, the concept of the first born is a very powerful concept.
So, the first born of death is a phrase for the most
terrible and powerful of all deaths. It
has strength and power, and vigor to continue and to destroy all who oppose it.
Death, and in this case, the very slow death resulting
from the process of ones pattern of negative attitude toward truth in life,
wears away at ones skin as does a slowly spreading disease. But, far worse, once the skin is consumed,
the disease continues into the inner parts of the body until it finally reaches
the bone (the limbs), or the core of the human frame.
The person slowly disintegrates into nothingness. And this, of course, is the action that
negative volition has on the person's soul.
The soul is slowly made to deteriorate, until darkness is all that is
In Ephesians we will, someday, study the blackout of
the human soul, caused by the scar tissue of human negative volition toward
truth. There are charts on the web site
picturing the soul of the positive believer, the soul of the negative believer,
and the soul of the unbeliever.
For this condition of the soul, there is only one
cure, and that is positive volition toward Bible doctrine. But positive volition has to be combined with
the elimination of ones former habits, and beliefs, and attitudes.
You cannot keep your former ways and expect to
successfully change your ways.
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.