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17 My bones [`etsem] are pierced
[naqar] in me in the night season [layil]: and my sinews [`araq] take
no rest [shakab].
18 By the great [rob] force [koach] of my disease is my garment [labuwsh] changed [chaphas]: it
bindeth me about ['azar] as the collar [peh] of my coat [kathoneth]. KJV-Interlinear
17 'At night it pierces my bones
within me, And my gnawing pains take no rest. 18 'By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. NASB
Job is under mental stress, and he is obviously
suffering from extreme physical stress and discomfort.
He hurts all the way to his bones. Even his bones ache. His muscles, his joints, everything that
moves aches. He cannot sleep at night. He cannot find any rest because of the
extremeness of the disease that has encamped on him.
Normal people wear clothing for comfort and protection
from the elements. But Jobs disease has
taken on the role of clothing. This is a representation of course. His disease has so encapsulated him that he
feels like it is a tightly fitted set of clothing wrapped around him such that
he cannot remove it, cannot change it, he can't even wash it away.
Such is the disease that one cannot get rid of, and
therefore has become enslaved to.
Such is the attack of the world.
When we are born, we are born physically alive, but
spiritually dead. Our spiritual death is
evidenced by the physical sin nature, which is resident within the physical
body. It is there. It is permanent. You cannot rid yourself of it. And therefore, that is why the physical body
will be discarded when we die.
Eventually it will be replaced by an eternal resurrection body for
believers. One that is incorruptible.
Unbelievers will also be resurrected into a body of
some type for their permanent residence in the Lake of Fire, but that body is
never described. It will not be a very desirable
In eternity, we will have a physical resurrection
body, incorruptible and undefiled. A body
that will be able to withstand life forever.
But on this earth, in this life, we must deal with
corruptible bodies. Bodies subject to
disease, accidents, disabilities, imperfections and so forth.
When you are young, you are full of vigor and vinegar
and bulletproof. If you have never been
really sick or injured, then your perspective in life is one of the illusion
that things will continue more or less indefinitely as they are.
What a shock when trouble finally enters into your
life. And if trouble never strikes, old
age certainly will.
It is far better to endure some form of suffering in
life, if only to put your arrogance and perspective of life in check, and bring
you back to the reality that you are not invincible. And to remind you that you
do need God in your life.
None of us are so independent that we possess total
control over our own destiny. Unless you
believe that you can control the weather, the economies of the world, or your
own health for that matter. If nothing
else, age will set you straight on that.
But as with Job, God can allow life to hammer you so
bad, while still keeping you alive, that you will wish that you were dead, even
that you had never been born. Do you
remember Job wishing for those things?
Suffering is a great reality check, and arrogance
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.