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1 Moreover Job ['Iyowb] continued [yacaph] [nasa'] his parable [mashal], and said ['amar],
2 As God ['el] liveth [chay], who hath taken away [cuwr]
my judgment [mishpat]; and the Almighty [Shadday], who hath vexed [marar] my
soul [nephesh]; KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Job continued his
discourse and said, 2 'As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the
Almighty, who has embittered my soul, NASB
Job paused in his discourse and when no one came back
with a counter argument, he continued with his point of view.
The word for parable here in not what we think of when
we recall the parables taught by Jesus.
This usage is a reference to instruction in truth, as from one in
Job is teaching principles of doctrine. And he is teaching them honestly and
accurately within the context of his situation, and from the point of view from
Since truth is the same yesterday, today, and forever,
then the time in history is irrelevant.
It just helps us to understand that the ancients were not a bunch of dumb
bent over cavemen.
'As God lives forever,' is a figure of speech, or an
oath as it were. We might say, 'As God
is my witness.'
And so Job continues his instruction which teaches us
all that it is God who is in control of history and circumstances.
It is God who brought about Jobs situation. It is God who allows this situation to
continue. It is God who does not
immediately respond to his prayers. And
finally, it is God who will bring about his solution.
We know that Satan started all of this with his
accusations. But it is God who allowed
it all to happen. Satan requested and
God set the rules.
God controls all births, and all deaths. In between, life happens. God (Jesus Christ) controls history. He controls history in three ways - directly
through His divine power, indirectly through the laws of establishment, and
permissively through the volition of creatures (men and angels).
God does nothing on impulse. Everything that occurs, does so because it
was included (foreseen) in the Divine Decrees, which were decided on in
The removal of Jobs right, is the removal of his
freedom of action, through the actions of Satan, as permitted by God. The embitterment of Jobs soul is the related mental
and physical pain and stress due to his suffering.
Job will not complain about his situation, even though
he does not know that his situation is going to teach many tens of millions or
even billions of people during the course of the rest of human history. God chose the right man for this purpose.
Most people will cry and complain when they come face
to face with hard times. And, Job will
have a great deal to say about them, later in this chapter.
So far we should know that God is infinite. There is nothing that God cannot do. He created this universe with all of its
detailed complexities, and what we know from science and technology and so
forth, is not even a drop in the ocean of things we do not know.
Your situation and my situation are virtually nothing
when compared to what God is able to do.
In fact, Gods effort in the creation of the universe, as witnessed by
the angels, is nothing more than finger work, Psa. 8:3.
So if God can do all of that with the effort of only
His fingers, then how much less effort is needed to take care of you and me?
In our lifetime, we will all come face to face with
difficult situations. Those with
doctrine in their soul will tough it out, and glorify God by means of their
faith and trust. Those without doctrine
will probably cry and complain, and act like the little tantrum babies they
If you have ever raised a two year old, then you know
that when they trap themselves in a situation, they yell and holler until momma
comes and saves them. Momma just smiles
because their situation was not that big of a deal, even though their screams
would suggest that the sky was falling.
That is life between man and God. With doctrine, you can maintain your
poise. Without doctrine, you will be no
better than that two year old.
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.