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30 My skin [`owr] is black [shachar] upon me, and my bones [`etsem] are burned [charar] with
heat [choreb]. KJV-Interlinear
30 'My skin
turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever. NASB
From the external skin to Jobs inside bones, the
disease has taken its toll and has been thoroughly attempting to destroy him
The skin is turning black and pealing away as with leprosy. The bones are often used to express the
ultimate pain. When your bones ache,
then you are really hurting.
Here Job describes his physical condition. He has been describing it all along and he is
actually experiencing these symptoms, pains and so forth. Job is not telling a story filled with
expressions, but he is actually living the horrors of this suffering.
The horrors of a life filled with a fatal disease, are
real but temporary. The horrors of
living a life without God, are just as real, even though they are often far
less discreet, but they are permanent.
So a life without God is far worse than anything you can imagine.
Being unsaved is the worst of the worst, but being
saved and having no spiritual production to show for it means phenomenal loss
Of course, we should note that this disease affects
the physical only. Jobs soul, which is
filed with doctrine and a spiritual life which Job has pursued throughout his
life, is not affected. The world cannot
touch the spiritually positive persons' soul.
And the soul is the real you, by the way. Your physical body is a temporary vessel,
which houses your human soul and human spirit, in this world. In the next life, you will have a much better
While in this world, the world and the carnal nature
of the world will continue to prey on what it perceives as your vital
being. Remember that the 'world' is an
expression for all things that are not from God. Everything from Satan or everything following
the pattern of evil, in other words.
And, while the Bible gives us all of these warnings,
primarily because people just do not listen to them, there is the better side
of life out there just waiting for you to get you act together.
So, warning after warning, expression after
expression, example after example are sent out from the scriptures. Why? Because
the penalty for spiritual failure is horrendous and because the prize of
spiritual success is beyond anything you can imagine.
You can spend your life ignoring the principles of
truth, chasing political candidates, chasing issues of the world, chasing your
weekend social activities, sleeping, or whatever and you will end up extremely
disappointed when your life ends. Or,
you can pursue your spiritual life, now, and end up wealthy beyond your wildest
There are three fundamental classes of people. There are the poor and they have
nothing. There are the rich and they
have a lot. But then there are the
wealthy, and they have mind boggling resources.
Even the rich are poor when compared to the wealthy.
Far, far better to live in the last category, than
either of the first two.
These are the differences between a life without God
and a life of spiritual maturity.
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.