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13 He hath put [rachaq] my brethren
['ach] far [rachaq] from me, and mine acquaintance [yada`] are verily estranged [zuwr]
14 My kinsfolk [qarowb] have failed
[chadal], and my familiar friends [yada`] have forgotten [shakach]
13 'He has removed my brothers
far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me. 14 'My relatives have failed, And my intimate
friends have forgotten me. NASB
The magnitude of Jobs separation from society
continues to grow worse.
His own original family members, his brothers, have
heard of his suffering and have separated themselves from any association with
him. Here the term brother, probably
refers to his immediate family since he makes reference to friends and
acquaintances separately. It wouldn't be
unreasonable to presume that Job came from a large family, as large families,
those with many sisters and brothers, was a normal occurrence back in his time.
Likewise, his acquaintances, people with whom he had
been introduced, and knew by sight or by some past association, even these
folks tended to withdraw from any further association.
His relatives, those being aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws
and such, those folks have withdrawn from him.
And his close friends withdrew their association with
him. Perhaps the next door neighbor,
perhaps someone with whom he had daily conversations, or with whom he went
hunting, or traveling in his former daily affairs. All of those folks who were close to him, who
belonged to his inner circle of the closest of friends, all had abandoned him.
In prosperity, a person can have many friends, but in
adversity, major adversity to the point of poverty or extra ordinary
circumstances, then all of ones friends and associates, vanish.
People are shallow and want nothing to do with
anything that smacks of a curse or of bad luck.
People are superficial and will draw like magnets to any set of
circumstances in which they can glean some prosperity for themselves. And 'self' here is the key word. If anyone can do something for self, then
they are worth knowing. If they can't,
then people tend to not waste their time on them.
When Jesus was healing everyone, He was the greatest
person on earth. He was the greatest
entertainment show on the earth. But
when the powers that be, demonstrated their objections against Him, then those
who would look to Him, became more afraid of the earthly powers, than they were
of Jesus. And Jesus Christ was abandoned by people, in droves.
He was not only abandoned, but those who abandoned
Him, turned violent against Him, taunted Him, spit on Him, cursed Him, detested
Him and so forth.
Unfortunately this is the nature of anyone who is
lacking in their spiritual life. Those to whom we should be loyal, such as
spouses, are the very ones that are turned against, even destroyed, when times
of adversity test our capacity for life.
It is the circumstances in life that control our
fears, and those who are closest to us, become the enemy and the ones to
blame. As though somehow that reaction
will solve everything.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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