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28 I went [halak] mourning [qadar] without the sun [chammah]:
I stood up [quwm], and I cried [shava`] in the congregation [qahal]. KJV-Interlinear
28 'I go about mourning without
comfort; I stand up in the assembly and cry
out for help. NASB
There are both feminine and masculine reactions to
sorrow. The typical feminine reaction
is usually expressed in outward crying.
The typical masculine expression is usually expressed inwardly. It is a male thing to hide ones emotions in
But when sorrow is so great, then even the toughest
man cannot hold his tears, even in public.
This is where Job finds himself. This is how we can determine and perhaps
understand, the magnitude of his suffering.
Mourning here refers to turbid, muddy, difficult to
see through, and a torrent, flood, inundation of pressure and suffering.
'Without the sun,' is a reference to an eclipse where
the light is taken away for a short time, but removed nonetheless.
Without God in ones life, there is no possibility of
recovery, no possibility of help, nothing that one can look to for relief, and
so the suffering, the emotions, the reaction in ones life are beyond
description. Helpless and hopeless is the
gist here, and with that outlook, the only thing left is tears. But not just any tears, these are tears of
terror, utter terror, with no possibility of rescue.
The one and only person who can help is not
there. And that one person is Christ.
And, we might add to this, that this is exactly the
position in which Christ found Himself on he Cross. Remember that we are learning what life is
like when God is not in our life. A good
incentive to stick with ones daily studies.
But too, Job is a type, a representation, of Christ as He hung for the
His situation was one of hopelessness in sin and death
when He made the ultimate sacrifice in our behalf. No human being could have endured what Christ
endured. No human being could have gone
where Christ went and then returned.
The magnitude of these descriptions is intended to
defy your imagination. They are intended
to get you thinking of the phenomenal scale of the very seriousness of
life. Such thinking should lead you into
wanting to stick with a daily study.
But of course most folks just ignore these words,
these warnings, these attempts of the Bible to get them on track in their
spiritual life. And the result is
obvious, that is to those who actually do get going and stick with their
spiritual life. But what is the alternative?
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.