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20 My bone [`etsem] cleaveth [dabaq] to my skin [`owr] and to my
flesh [basar], and I am escaped [malat] with the skin [`owr] of my
teeth [shen]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'My bone clings to my skin and
my flesh, And I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth. NASB
Job has become extremely emaciated. His illness, from the disease, from the
worry, from his inability to carry on in his daily activities as he had before,
from the loss of appetite, and so forth, has resulted in a tremendous weight
He is barely more than what you would find in a long
term concentration camp victim.
He is on the verge of death, and yet he is still
By the skin of his teeth, which means simply that he
has brushed by death, and, thus far, has escaped it by an extremely thin
One more blink and he would be gone. One more hair closer and he would be
gone. He is that close to death, and yet
he is still alive.
And so the fictitious journalist would ask the usual
dumb question, 'To what do you attribute your long life and luck?' And any old dude would come back with, 'I had
one cigar and one drink every day of my life.'
But of course we don't have journalists in this book,
nor do we have a dumb victim. We have
And though I have posed a question which is not in our
passage, Job is going to answer it in the next few verses anyway.
By now we should have a pretty clear picture of Jobs
He has been hammered as no one else, and yet he is
still alive. Why haven't his major
organs shut down by now? Why doesn't he
have an infection from all of the open sores and blisters? Most people under major starvation,
dysentery, extreme health conditions, die fairly quickly. Job has been under these conditions for many
The skin of teeth consists of a very thin layer of enamel. Job is not exaggerating when he has brushed
extremely close with death. There is a
very thin layer separating life from death, and it is not man who controls that
It is not vitamins, not health foods, not exercise,
not miracle medicines, nothing on this planet which separates life from death,
even though we want to think that it does.
Now that doesn't mean that we shouldn't follow good
hygiene, exercise and diet habits. You
cannot test or tempt God. But, what we
cannot do in life, is presume that we will live longer if we just eat right and
live right. And that means to do so without
regard to God in our life.
Job is deathly ill, and yet God keeps him alive. Any one of us could be extremely healthy, and
yet die tomorrow in a heartbeat.
Our life depends totally and completely on the grace
of God, and the pleasure of his historical purpose for us.
If you are alive and breathing now, then God has a
purpose for you. When your purpose expires, then so do you. But as long as there is even the potential
for a purpose, then God will keep you alive so that you can discover that
purpose and fulfill it.
Nothing and no one can remove you from this world, if
it is against Gods will for your life.
And guess what, your positive purpose, is directly
related to your spiritual growth.
Grow up in your spiritual life and God will use you in
some good fashion, even if it is to change diapers. But regardless of your purpose, your life
will be infinitely better than otherwise.
However, ignore your spiritual life, and then you
convert over to perhaps a negative purpose, and that means you become
historical filler, fuel for the fires of trouble, garbage for the landfills. Assuming that you live long enough for that
type of life.
Which purpose would you prefer?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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