You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
11 For this is an heinous crime [zimmah]; yea, it is an iniquity [`avon] to be punished by the judges [paliyl].
12 For it is a fire ['esh] that consumeth ['akal] to
destruction ['abaddown], and would root out [sharash] all mine increase [tabuw'ah].
11 'For that would be a lustful
crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity
punishable by judges. 12 'For it would
be fire that consumes to Abaddon, And would uproot all my increase. NASB
Our first love should be Bible doctrine. God magnified His Word above His name. It is through the scriptures that we have
access to God through His Son. Our
perfect wife (spouse) as it were, is the Lord through Bible doctrine.
To substitute our true love (God through doctrine) for
someone else (worldliness), is to pursue an adulterous relationship with the
The world is the slut, the prostitute, the adulterous
from which there can be no, and never will be, anything good coming out of that
kind of relationship.
To rebel against truth, is the worst, of the worst, of
the worst of crimes. It is a sin, it is
wickedness, it is the degeneracy of the thought and content of ones soul.
So heinous is negative volition toward Bible doctrine,
it requires a mandatory hearing by a judge.
A perfect judge can hear all of the evidence (your
life), evaluate all of the testimony (your life), and based on the facts (of
your life), will decide your fate.
Jesus Christ is that judge.
Such destruction is negative volition, indifference,
apathy toward doctrine, such that it is said here, that it becomes destruction
(Abaddon). Ignoring ones spiritual life
is the act of self-destruction or suicide.
Anything you might ever have (of a legitimate nature)
in life will be consumed, uprooted, destroyed.
The unbeliever may accumulate things, treasure,
wealth, prosperity and such in life, but upon his death, he will lose it all
and far, far more.
The believer who advances in his spiritual life,
having accumulated spiritual blessings within his soul, and then becomes
distracted away from his spiritual life, will lose ground, will lose his spiritual
growth, will lose his spiritual credits if you will. This is Jobs reference to his increases.
Job has already lost his worldly property and wealth,
but his increases in his spiritual life remain with him, despite his current
suffering. The only thing that can
remove ones spiritual advances, is ones bad decisions in drifting away from the
While functioning within the spiritual life, you
accumulate gold, silver, and precious stones.
All expressions of intrinsically valuable prosperity within the
spiritual life. All expressions of
phenomenal decorations and spiritual production, accessorizing the soul.
While functioning outside of the spiritual life, you
accumulate wood, hay and stubble, simultaneously losing any increases you might
have had. Stubble is never as good as
If someone were to offer you a hand full of rotten
wood or a hand full of gold, which would you take? The gold of course.
God is handing you a mountain of gold and jewels, and
allowing you to take from the doggie doo-doo of the world. Again, which should be preferred?
The choice should be obvious, and yet by maintaining a
stubborn attitude, by rejecting Bible doctrine, by being indifferent, the
majority, the vast majority of the world chooses for the doggie doo-doo, for
the adulterous relationship, for the crime of all crimes by refusing their
spiritual life and embracing anything else.
Loss, failure, poverty, self-destruction.
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.