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19 He is the chief [re'shiyth] of the ways [derek] of God ['el]: he that made [`asah] him
can make [nagash] his sword [chereb] to approach [nagash] unto
20 Surely the mountains [har] bring him forth [nasa'] food [buwl], where all the beasts [chay]
of the field [sadeh] play [sachaq].
21 He lieth [shakab] under the
shady trees [tse'el], in the covert [cether] of the reed [qaneh], and
22 The shady trees [tse'el] cover [cakak] him with
their shadow [tselel]; the willows [`arab] of the brook [nachal]
compass him about [cabab].
23 Behold, he drinketh up [`ashaq] a river [nahar], and
hasteth [chaphaz] not: he trusteth [batach] that he can draw up [giyach]
Jordan [Yarden] into his mouth [peh].
24 He taketh [laqach] it with his
eyes [`ayin]: his nose ['aph] pierceth through [naqab]
snares [mowqesh]. KJV-Interlinear
19 'He is the first of the ways
of God; Let his maker bring near his
sword. 20 'Surely the mountains bring
him food, And all the beasts of the field play there. 21 'Under the lotus plants he lies down, In
the covert of the reeds and the marsh. 22
'The lotus plants cover him with shade; The
willows of the brook surround him. 23 'If
a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is
confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. 24 'Can anyone capture him when he is on
watch, With barbs can anyone pierce his nose? NASB
The ways of God, refers to the actions of God in
invention, design, creation, and support.
So it should be vividly clear, that all of these matters come from the
hand of the creator and not by chance or accident.
The first, refers to not the chronological order or
numerical first in order of history, but to the initial steps that God has
taken in order to bring life into this world.
And the sword is a reference to the tools of the
animal which allow it to survive. This
is not the weapon of God approaching that which he just created, in order to
slay it or control it. The context here
is that which God has been able to do, verses that which man has not been able
The remainder of this chapter describes the entire
eco-system, which was designed to support life.
The mountains, the food supply, the playing fields,
the resting places, the marshes, the brooks and streams, the meadows and
forests, the violence of the weather and floods, even the nature of man
attempting to capture and domesticate wildlife, all of these things create an
entire system of support, including various threats of life, for the animals
that depend on it for their life and survival.
All of these things were likewise designed and created
by God. The environment systems that
surround us all, did not spring up accidentally. The description of the 'sword' eliminates the
idea of evolutionary change wherein animals adapted or changed to their
changing environment. Animals did not
change to, or grow teeth, or wings, or develop more durable skin in order to
acclimate to different environmental changes.
Nature does not have an intellect by which it possesses reason or self-will. DNA does not possess the ability to study its
circumstances and then split off in another direction of life.
We cannot speak to a pile of dust and ask it to make
itself into a tulip. But then, some will
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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