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21 Have pity [chanan] upon me,
have pity [chanan] upon me, O ye my friends [rea`]; for the hand [yad] of God ['elowahh] hath touched [naga`] me.
22 Why do ye persecute [radaph] me as God ['el], and are
not satisfied [saba`] with my flesh [basar]? KJV-Interlinear
21 'Pity me, pity me, O you my
friends, For the hand of God has struck me.
22 'Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my
We all live under an umbrella of Gods control over all
of the details of life. Jesus Christ
controls history. And whether you
believe it or not, that is irrelevant.
God controls history in three ways - by His direct
command, by indirect control as in the laws of establishment, and third, by His
permission through the free function of mans volition.
In eternity past, God looked down through the tunnel of
time and by means of His omniscience, He considered all possible scenarios for
a virtual infinite number of paths of history.
Through each of these possible scenarios, God could
create life and remove it. He could see
every possible interaction, thought, decision and action by every created
being. He could see all of the possible
causes and effects, actions and repercussions.
Nothing was left out of any possible historical path.
God selected the very best possible historical
timeline, which would benefit all of us the most. And we call that selection the Divine
In His mind, God has seen the full picture of history,
to its conclusion, and now we are playing out and making real, that which He
has already foreseen. He did not cause
us to think, say or do anything.
But as with anyone, God has our best interest in
mind. Sometimes, with our best interest
in mind, God will line up various circumstances in order to help us stay on
track in life.
Note that, if you are still alive, then God has kept
you on the playing field of life, preventing you from falling off the edge from
your own stupid mistakes.
Sometimes God will allow, or He will direct,
circumstances that will change our lives.
Some of us may see a change in geography. Some of us may see a change in health. Some of us may see a change in careers. Some of us may see a change in attitude. And that list of possible changes can go on
Your life and my life may have similarities in that we
were forced or guided into changes in our lives, but we are very different in
how that was accomplished. We may even
observe situations for others, which is enough for us to make the necessary
changes in our own life. For others,
life may have to get ugly before they will change themselves.
In all things, we should look to our own life first,
and never issue judgment against others, because what can happen to one, can
happen to anyone. Even you.
But in this world, evil exists. And the primary purpose of evil is to make
everyone fail in life. Evil is selfish,
self centered, and arrogant to the maximum.
Evil in itself will fail, and it wants to take everyone down with it.
Satan is the author and pattern of evil. Anyone who lacks truth in their soul, becomes
a subscriber and follower of evil. Evil
is the enemy of truth. And that means
that they will seek to distort, twist, water down, compromise, explain away,
and find exceptions for truth.
Evil has no capacity, no vessel, no container for
happiness. And therefore, evil can never
find a point of satisfaction in life.
What it cannot have it will try to destroy. Evil cares for nothing but self and therefore
lacks compassion and forgiveness. Evil
will never forget, never forgive, and will always pursue greater and greater hardship
against others, because of its insatiable nature.
Job has done nothing wrong, and yet even in the face
of great suffering, his friends, so called friends, and neighbors, and business
associates, and even his family, want more and more suffering for him. Why?
And by the way, we are considering purely social
settings here, not crime, not war and such things. God has different and proper rules applicable
for those types of things.
God is well able to manipulate and guide people
through life, in any set of circumstances.
He does not need any help from any of us.
But if you feel compelled to persecute others, in any
way, then again, you might consider that, when you are wondering just why your own
life seems to not be going well.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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