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11 Which make oil [tsahar] within [beyn] their walls [shuwr], and tread [darak] their
winepresses [yeqeb], and suffer thirst [tsame'].
12 Men [math] groan [na'aq] from out of the city [`iyr],
and the soul [nephesh] of the wounded [chalal] crieth out [shava`]: yet
God ['elowahh] layeth [suwm] not folly [tiphlah] to
11 'Within the walls they produce
oil; They tread wine presses but thirst.
12 'From the city men groan, And the
souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God
does not pay attention to folly. NASB
In ancient times, and even in our current age, people
take advantage of people. Whether tyrants
and slaves of old, or brutal employers of our current day, the attitude, of the
well to do over the not so well to do, is similar.
The walls, are symbolic of the things of this life
which the rich build up for themselves in order to isolate them and protect
them from the realities outside of those walls.
The poor, in Jobs illustration, represent the good
people. The rich, represent the wicked
oppressors. And remember that this is an
illustration only. Not all poor are
good, and not all rich are bad.
But this picture gives us some insight into the
spiritual applications of this illustration to life.
The oppressed are the victims of the jungle. Into the jungle they were born, and in the
jungle they live. No one has any choice
in where or when they will live their life.
We are all dealt the hand given us, so to speak. And it is those cards we are to play
The oppressed have no choice but to live and work
within the walls of their oppressors and they are not given a very good wage,
if at all, for their efforts.
Likewise, relief does not come immediately in every
individual event of life. Often the good
are not rewarded for a very long time, if at all, and the bad, are certainly
not punished instantly for their bad deeds.
And so we look to our own life in this world. We, and here I am referring to believers who
are advancing in their spiritual life, we are the poor of the world. Why are we
poor? Because if you recall our study of
several days ago, the wicked of the world, are in effect stealing that which
belongs to us. That makes us the poor,
at least symbolically.
We are born into this world. We had no choice in the manner of our
birth. We had no choice in the place or
circumstances of our birth. So here we
be, as they say. We must work within the
walls of this jungle, a jungle where the oppressors seek to rule. The world cares nothing for believers, and
would pay us nothing if they could get away with it. Just use us and toss us out when we are of no
Believers of the world are expendable as far as the world
is concerned. In fact, everyone who lives
in this world is expendable as far as the world is concerned. So don't feel all alone and picked on. The evil policy on which this world runs
itself, though prejudiced and unfair as we view it in some cases, is that way
toward everyone, sooner or later.
The world likes to presume that it has some say and
control over how it conducts itself, and in its own destiny. The world, or the views that people adopt
from this world, sees itself as independent, self sufficient, and capable of
perpetuating itself indefinitely. Oddly enough,
these are unique attributes of God, you may recall.
11 'As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not
laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him,
And in the end he will be a fool.' NASB
20 'But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night
your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' NASB
And so, even though reward and punishment do not come
swiftly, they do come. And, it is God
who controls history and every detail within it, not man.
Everything in life has its time and its course. It will follow that course until it reaches
its end, an end which God has defined.
And when that end is reached, then the world usually sees judgments of
Biblical proportions, either on the individual level or on an international
I just finished watching a television series on World
War II. Just as the United States was
being trained (spiritually) through a decade of economic depression, (and this
is my personal view), the rest of the world was sliding into degeneracy,
corruption and finally war.
At the end of the war, nearly sixty-million people had
died and nearly every country was economically devastated. We in the United States, had by far the
fewest casualties (we were not exempt from casualties), and our economy was
surging us ahead into an era of great prosperity. That prosperity continues even to our present
day, some seventy years later, and it is still continuing, despite all of the
opinions and little ups and downs we have encountered.
You have been born into this world. Disasters will come into your life. Those are givens. But with God in your life, out of every
disaster victory and phenomenal prosperity, will come.
With God in your life, all bad things come to an
end. Without God, things will only get
worse for you.
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.