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6 Wherefore I abhor [ma'ac] myself, and repent [nacham]
in dust [`aphar] and ashes ['epher]. KJV-Interlinear
6 Therefore I retract, And I
repent in dust and ashes.'NASB
Dust and ashes are symbols of grieving and/or
humiliation.Since man is formed physically
from the dust of the earth, then symbolically reverting to ones fundamental
components is an appropriate arrogance corrector.
Note that our soul, and human life which resides in
our soul, does not come from the dust.
No matter how smart you might be, no matter how
talented, witty, fashionable, or pretty, we all come from the same origin -
And here Job teaches us a valuable lesson.When you consider the grand picture of life,
we really amount to nothing.God is
everything and the source of everything.
Far too often people, and we are all guilty of this at
some point in our life, will consider God to be an equal.We pretend wisdom and intimate knowledge of
His will.We presume to understand the grand
plan of life.We presume that our views
are at least, if not better, than those of God.
We tend to approach God with too much self-confidence
and an over estimation of our own self-importance.We treat God with irreverence, disrespect,
impertinence,mockery, making Him the
target of jokes and snide challenging remarks.We hold God accountable to us, for His not performing up to our
Life becomes very real to us.We get hammered with some form of hardship or
disaster, that puts us right in our place of helplessness, total
helplessness.And only then, will we
fall flat on our face in great humility.
This type of reaction can come very easy for some, and
for those who are arrogant to an extreme, the hardship can be very, very nasty,
before they fall flat on their faces before God, with little regard for how
folks around them might be thinking of them.
It is too easy to fear the opinions of people more
than the opinions of God.Peer pressure
is typical and obvious in the lives for teenagers, but it also plays a role in
all of our lives, even though it might be a bit more subtle.
Often times its takes a humiliating event in our lives
before we learn that the beginning of wisdom, which is really the beginning of
our learning experience, starts with our respect (fear) of God.
Dust and ashes is representative of the ultimate
emotional reaction of humiliation or extreme grieving.Once you can attain that attitude in your
life, without embarrassment because of what others might think of you, then you
are beginning the greatest ever, phase of your life.All other things in your life become distant
seconds if not much further behind.
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.
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