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9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

He found himself a universally abandoned pariah, cast out of the city, consigned to the refuse heap to die a lingering death: the butt of ridicule and abuse by the vilest class of the people, who tormented him for their depraved amusement.

Job was totally rejected, and driven "without the gate" by those who considered themselves the "Holy City."

In the raw meanness of ordinary human nature, everyone was gratified to see this mighty man, this presumed paragon of righteousness, crushed and humbled in the mire, and eager to add their own miserable quota to his overflowing misery.

They spit in his face, he says. Exactly the same thing is said of Christ (Matt. 26:67): the deepest degradation and insult. "Crucify him! Crucify him! He pretended to be so good!" It was his very God-attested goodness that so enraged the blind evil fury of the flesh against him.

Bro Growcott - Doth Job Fear God For Nought?



23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

THE condemnation of the race to death‭ (‬in other words,‭ ‬its mortality‭) ‬was arranged by God on account of sin.‭ ‬Adam sinned,‭ ‬and his posterity sin-all sin.‭ ‬In regard to babies,‭ ‬they are sinners in embryo-give them time and they inevitably develop into sinners.‭

Christ,‭ ‬the only sinless man,‭ ‬was made mortal for an object,‭ ‬clearly defined‭-

"‬Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,‭ ‬he also himself likewise took part of the same,‭ ‬that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death,‭ ‬that is,‭ ‬the devil‭" (‬Heb.‭ ii. ‬14‭)‬.

There is not the slightest need to invent‭ (‬as some have done‭) ‬any complicated or metaphysical argument to explain the subjection by God of the race to death.‭ ‬The truth is simple and comprehensible.‭ ‬God visited Adam with death on account of sin,‭ ‬and He instituted the universal law of death on account of His foreknowing the sinning and sinful condition of Adam's offspring.

Bro AT Jannaway

The Christadelphian, June 1899