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.
4 And be it indeed ['omnam] that I have erred [shagah],
mine error [mashuwgah] remaineth [luwn] with myself. KJV-Interlinear
4 'Even if I have truly erred, My
error lodges with me. NASB
To error here is a personal sin. This does not apply to criminal activities,
wrongs against people, property or anything else, whatever they might be. Job is referring to his personal life.
His friends have implied that his sins, are secret
sins and that his suffering is so grievous, then his sins must be equally so.
David once said, 'Against thee and thee alone, have I
Granted, God has set in place systems of due process
such that humanity can protect itself and bring about remedies for various
wrongs that society is made to suffer.
But these things, such legal proceedings are not in view here. And even his friends have not ventured so far
as to suggest that Job should be charged with some public infraction.
'Judge not lest ye be judged.'
And so it is with Job situation. His friends have stepped over that line,
imposing their opinions into Jobs life, where they had no right to do so.
In personal matters, matters of the heart or soul, the
issues are between yourself and God, and with no one else. You should not go whining to others, or complaining
about your life. And Job has not done
that. Likewise, others have no right to
criticize you for your relationship with God, or lack of it.
If you ask someone their opinion, then you open up a
door for comments, even criticism, and you should be mature enough to take it,
whatever their response might be.
But Job neither solicited nor expected the attack he
has received from his friends. Yes, Job
did open up this conversation with his complaints, but then he has been in
extreme pain and deathly sick. Not
exactly in a position to dance through the night.
His friends took it upon themselves to question his
integrity, and condemn his life, even in his own home.
Everyone stands or falls on their own in their spiritual
life. And this is the principle of
No one can think for you. No one can make decisions for you. No one can make you listen, or learn, or even
want to listen or learn.
And, no one will stand before the Lord in your place,
when that time comes. That is your
If you do well within your spiritual life, then that
is between you and God. If you do not do
well in your spiritual life, then that is between you and God. God has many methods of dealing with you in
your life. And patience, or blessing, or
discipline, or giving you over to the jungle are just the beginning when it comes
to dealing with your life.
Judging, and maligning, and criticism from other
people may be permitted, but they are never authorized. And you have to learn to deal with that, too.
Likewise, no one has the right to hide behind
irresponsibility. Don't think that you
are some kind of island, and that you don't have to deal with people or
life. Attitudes can get you into more
trouble than they will get you out of, so don't be stupid or stubborn in life,
Just because other folks do not have a right to
interfere in your personal life, you still have to live with them and be a part
of society. Your personal sins may be
your own business, but if not placed in check, they will eventually overflow
into the lives of others, and then it is you who has crossed over the line into
the lives of others.
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.