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Job 19:7-8



7 Behold, I cry out [tsa`aq] of wrong [chamac], but I am not heard [`anah]: I cry aloud [shava`], but there is no judgment [mishpat].

8 He hath fenced up [gadar] my way ['orach] that I cannot pass [`abar], and he hath set [suwm] darkness [choshek] in my paths [nathiyb]. KJV-Interlinear



7 'Behold, I cry, 'Violence!' but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice. 8 'He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass; And He has put darkness on my paths. NASB



Most folks, when they get into trouble, will cry, out of self-pity, or from being caught. If they were not caught up in their infraction, then their remorse would be short lived, if at all. All too often folks try to get away with their lifestyle and pretend or ignore the possible repercussions of their choices in life.


Some even become belligerent and make decisions, totally disregarding the repercussions of their decisions. They want to push the blame of their predicament onto others and still have life their way regardless of the future harm they will cause.


An example of this might be smoking and enjoying it, then getting cancer later in life, or being promiscuous and then getting some social disease, or being rude to folks, and then when you need friends, they don't exist.


I am sure that you can think of many other examples of flawed behavior, which ultimately turn ones life into a can of worms.


Anyway, when caught, then the crying begins.


For Job, this is not the case. He is not crying because he got caught up in a bad lifestyle, he is crying because of the pain he is enduring.


So there are at least a couple of types of pain. One from the emotional aspects or guilt, and one from the physical sensations. Job is not feeling guilty, but he is, in a great deal of pain, and pain for which he has no immediate answer as to why.


Job calls out, but receives no answer. Job questions as to why, but he receives no answer. Even his friends have no answer except for their subjective rationalizations of his guilt. And they are no help at all.


Job is experiencing pain for another reason, and that reason is so that we can understand his agony, the magnitude, the duration, and the helplessness of it.


Christ cried out on the Cross, 'Why have you forsaken me?' He did not call out by means of a complaint, but he called out for three reasons. The first was to fulfill the prophecy of his calling. The second was to let us know the timing of his judgment. The third was to reinforce in our minds, the reason for his going to the Cross, which was to accomplish our salvation. He was forsaken, so that we might be free.


Job called out just as Christ called out. They were to be placed into a trap, out from which no man, no angel, no created being could rescue them. From their respective positions, they were walled up, tossed into deep darkness, and there was no one to help.


Job was a man and not a god. Job like you and me cannot crawl out of his predicaments on his own. None of us can. When the world throws its all at us, we cannot stand against the world.


However, Christ came up against even greater odds, and He came out of it victorious. You and I cannot free ourselves. We need a higher power for that. And Christ is that higher power.


No matter what type of life you live, whether that of a billionaire, or that of someone more common, this world is greater than you and eventually it will trap you in its death grip.


No matter what type of life you live, whether that of a billionaire, or that of someone more common, you will need help from a higher source, someone greater than this world.


Job has found himself in the grips of a trap, that he cannot get himself out of on his own. His vast resources, his vast network of friends, even his past social status are no help to him. There is no medicine in the world which can cure him, and no justice to restore his lost wealth.


Even today in our world of fast paced and advanced technology, there are still situations in which we can find ourselves totally helpless and hopeless.

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