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17 How oft is the candle [niyr] of the wicked [rasha`] put
out [da`ak]! and how oft cometh [bow'] their destruction ['eyd]
upon them! God distributeth [chalaq] sorrows [chebel] in his anger ['aph].
18 They are as stubble [teben] before [paniym] the wind [ruwach], and as chaff [mots] that
the storm [cuwphah] carrieth away [ganab]. KJV-Interlinear
17 'How often is the lamp of the
wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger? 18 'Are they as straw before the wind, And
like chaff which the storm carries away? NASB
Now Job puts the argument of his friends to the
test. They have suggested that all
wicked people will meet their end in this life, through the loss of their
wealth, their prosperity, their offspring, and such, and then they will go to
the grave in total dishonor. And by this
everyone will know that they were indeed wicked.
But Job now challenges their automatic law, with the
real view of life.
It is in fact for every person to advance in life with
various ups and downs, and by ones circumstances alone, you cannot tell whether
he was a good person or a bad one.
And so Job offers this comment which is really a
How often do wealthy wicked go through the wrath of
God in this life? And by the same token,
how often do non wealthy wicked folks get put through the wrath of God? Or conversely how often do wealthy or poor
good people experience His divine hand?
Does God apportion his application of justice to the
only the rich and wicked? Does He make
it obvious and an example for everyone to see?
Are the wealthy and wicked nothing more than straw or
chaff, having obvious uselessness (wickedness) by their conduct such that
anyone with a brain will know that their doom is just around the corner?
And the response, though the question is rhetorical,
is that, 'No,' this is not a default law of life. There is nothing written that would result in
the wicked being made an example one-hundred percent of the time, for all to
see and know of their wickedness.
Jobs friends have made that presumption because of
Jobs massive misery. Job was wealthy
beyond dreams and then in the space of a day, lost it all. Did he lose it all because he was obviously
wicked and therefore the target of Gods wrath?
We already know the answer to this question, and that
answer is, no.
Jobs friends are not stupid. They are academically intelligent. They do lack a proper connection to truth,
and therefore their conclusions are clouded by their lack of a frame of
reference to truth.
Their attitude drives away their objectivity. They do not consider facts, but only opinion,
And when a statement is made often enough, then by consensus,
it becomes a truth, regardless of the facts.
Consensus is just an agreement by popularity. It is generally never truth. In the hands of spiritually negative and
therefore misguided people, then it can become very, very evil.
Witches are declared and burned. Liberal ideas become the truth for
society. War or justice, become bad
things. Compromise of truth, results. The deceivers, deceive because of their
ulterior agendas, and those being deceived, embrace it.
And this, God allows when humanity generally turns his
back on Him.
The Laws of the Jungle run society, along with the
stabilizing effects of the Divine Establishment principles for all of
humanity. Some get rich. Most remain middle class or poor.
Some gain appointment in high positions and then abuse
their position assuming that they are superior or better than the masses,
rather than their servant. They lust for
their recognition and approbation among men, even resenting those from whom
they expect praises.
Life runs its course and life treats everyone nearly
the same. Some get hammered and some
not. The jungle knows no boundary, no favorites,
and ultimately treats everyone with the same contempt.
But you cannot tell a good person from the bad by
means of their circumstances, especially if you lack Bible doctrine in your
Our place is not to socially evaluate others, but to
advance our own life in accordance with Gods will. And that will, is simply to
grow up spiritually. Once grown up, God
will place you or use you, in His divine plan, as He sees fit.
In the hands of the world, you are always at risk and
never safe. In Gods hands, you are
always safe and never really at risk.
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.