Tag: Job 20-21

Live by faith–not sight!

Scripture reading for May 24: Job 20-21

Job’s friend Zophar was offended by Job’s warning to be afraid of punishment by God as well! (Job 19:28-29)  Zophar had a belief that the wicked only get by for a short time and then punishment will fall on them here in this life.  He held a strong belief in what he could see, but looks can be deceiving!  Job took exception with his theology and his way of comforting him!

Job stated that often the wicked seem to grow old and increase in power. (Job 21:7)  He observed that they appear to be safe and have no fear or problems.  They mock God and God seems to do nothing.  (Job 21:14, 15)  Some men die fat and happy, others die in bitterness and pain.  The grave swallows them both and we don’t know why.  (Job 21:23-26)

This controversy has been the subject of other writers of Scripture.  Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a gifted musician in King David’s Levitical choir.  Asaph nearly lost faith when he observed the prosperity of the wicked.  (Psalm 73:2)  He saw that they had health and prosperity and were proud at heart.  They scoffed at man and mocked heaven and nothing seemed to happen.  This almost caused him to slip away from serving God.  Then he entered the sanctuary of God and he understood their final end.  In the end, God would judge them and send them away to everlasting destruction! (Psalm 73:16-19)

We can’t go by what we see!  The righteous live by their faith!  Job’s faith was tested by the taunts of Zophar.  Asaph was being tested by Satan when he began to reason with what he observed in the world.  We are often tempted to join the wicked in their sins and folly.  But when we enter the sanctuary of God and see the truth of His holy Word, we understand that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners before a holy God Who will bring every secret thing into judgment!  (Psalm 1:5-6)  Allow the Lord to bring you understanding today.  If you are involved in sin or wickedness, repent quickly and begin a new path of faith and obedience!  You’ ll never regret it!

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Do the wicked really get by?

Scripture reading for May 26th: Job 20-21

Job’s friend Zophar was offended by Job’s warning to be afraid of punishment by God as well! (Job 19:28-29)  Zophar had a belief that the wicked only get by for a short time and then punishment would fall on them here in this life.  He held a strong belief in what he could see,  but looks can be deceiving!  Job took exception with his theology and his way of comforting him!

Job stated that often the wicked seem to grow old and increase in power. (Job 21:7)  He observed that they appear to be safe and have no fear or problems.  They mock God and God appears to do nothing.  (Job 21:14, 15)  Some men die fat and happy, others die in bitterness and pain.  The grave swallows them both and we don’t know why.  (Job 21:23-26)

This controversy has been the subject of other writers of Scripture.  Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a gifted musician in King David’s Levitical choir.  Asaph nearly lost faith when he observed the prosperity of the wicked.  (Psalm 73:2)  He saw that they had health and prosperity and were proud at heart.  They scoffed at man and mocked heaven and nothing seemed to happen.  He thought he was keeping himself pure for nothing and almost slipped away from serving God.  Then he entered the sanctuary of God and he understood their final end.  In the end, God would judge them and send them away to sudden destruction! (Psalm 73:16-19)

We can’t go by what we see!  The righteous live by their faith!  Job was having his faith tested by the taunts of Zophar.  Asaph was being tested by Satan when he began to reason by what he observed in the world.  We are often tempted to join the wicked in their sins and folly.  But when we enter the sanctuary of God and see the truth of His holy Word, we understand that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners before a holy God who will bring every secret thing into judgment!  (Psalm 1:5-6)  Allow the Lord to bring you understanding today.  If you are involved in sin or wickedness, repent quickly and begin a new path of faith and obedience!  You’ ll never regret it!

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Why do the wicked prosper?

Scripture reading for May 25th: Job 20-21

Job’s friend Zophar was offended by Job’s warning to fear God’s  punishment as well! (Job 19:28-29)  Zophar had a belief that the wicked only get by for a short time and then punishment falls on them in this life.  Job took exception with his theology and his way of comforting him!

Job stated that often the wicked seem to grow old and increase in power. (Job 21:7)  He observed that they appear to be safe and have no fear or problems.  They mock God and God seems to do nothing.  (Job 21:14, 15)  Some men die fat and happy, others die in bitterness and pain.  The grave swallows them both and we don’t know why.  (Job 21:23-26)   It would be easy to come to a wrong conclusion based only on what we can see with our own eyes.

This controversy has been the subject of other writers of Scripture.  Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a gifted musician in King David’s Levitical choir.  Asaph nearly lost faith when he observed the prosperity of the wicked.  (Psalm 78:2)  He saw that they had health and prosperity but were proud at heart.  They scoffed at man and mocked heaven and nothing seemed to happen to them.  He thought he was keeping himself pure for nothing and almost slipped away from serving God.  Then he entered the sanctuary of God and understood their final end.  In the end, God would judge them and send them away to sudden destruction! (Psalm 73:16-19)

We can’t go by what we see!  The righteous live by their faith!  Job’s  faith was tested by the taunts of Zophar.  Asaph was tested by Satan when he began to reason based on observations with his eyes.  We are often tempted to join the wicked in their sins and folly.  But when we enter the sanctuary of God and see the truth of His holy Word, we understand that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners before a holy God who will bring every secret thing into judgment!  (Psalm 1:5-6)  Allow the Lord to bring you understanding today.  If you are involved in sin or wickedness, repent quickly and begin a new path of faith and obedience!  You’ ll never regret it!

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Death Comes to All Men

Scripture reading for May 26th: Job 20-21

Death is the great equalizer.  With only a very few exceptions, all who have entered this world have left it by death.  Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was translated and Elijah had a chariot come for him.  Jesus Christ rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven on a cloud of glory!  All others that we know of have died and are buried.  Whether they were rich or poor, none of what they had went with them.  Whether they were good or evil, it appears that the same fate has overtaken them.  Some who where evil lived long lives of pleasure.  Some who were righteous died young.  Job and his friends wrestled with these issues and tried to figure out some reason in it all.

Job’s friend Zophar has simple reasoning.  The wicked have their lives cut short and they are punished by God.  They loose their youthful vigor and God’s burning anger will consume them.  Terrors overwhelm them and God’s wrath is appointed to bring them down. (Job 20:24-29)   By implication, since  Job is suffering this terror, loss of goods, and sickness, then he must be wicked!  Case closed!

Job answered his friend with some of his observations.  Job observed that some wicked live lives of ease and are prosperous.  They seemed to have no trouble and everything goes well.  They die in peace even though they have rejected God and His ways.  Other men die in bitterness and never enjoy anything in life.  When they die, worms eat them both.  (Job 21:22-26)

Job’s final conclusion was that Zophar’s comments were “nonsense” and “falsehood”.  (Job 21:34)  Man with his eyes cannot see what happens to anyone who dies.  We are not God to know what is truly in a man’s heart and are told not to judge.  Death is the great swallower of all mankind.  God will judge each person who has not made a covenant with Him by His son, Jesus Christ.  God’s mercy triumphs over judgment when we turn to Jesus.  When we live and believe in Jesus, He tells us we will never die!  (John 11:25-26)

Be careful today not to judge others or condemn them to hell for their sins.  God’s heart is to see all saved and come to Him.  He offers escape from eternal death and a way to live eternally and fully starting today!

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Why do the wicked seem to prosper?

Scripture reading for May 26th: Job 20-21

Job’s friend Zophar was offended by Job’s warning to be afraid of punishment by God as well! (Job 19:28-29)  Zophar had a belief that the wicked only get by for a short time and then punishment will fall on them here in this life.  He held a strong belief in what he could see,  but looks can be deceiving!  Job took exception with his theology and his way of comforting him!

Job stated that often the wicked seem to grow old and increase in power. (Job 21:7)  He observed that they appear to be safe and have no fear or problems.  They mock God and God seems to do nothing.  (Job 21:14, 15)  Some men die fat and happy, others die in bitterness and pain.  The grave swallows them both and we don’t know why.  (Job 21:23-26)

This controversy has been the subject of other writers of Scripture.  Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, a gifted muscian in King David’s Levitical choir.  Asaph nearly lost faith when he observed the prosperity of the wicked.  (Psalm 78:2)  He saw that they had health and prosperity and were proud at heart.  They scoffed at man and mocked heaven and nothing seemed to happen.  He thought he was keeping himself pure for nothing and almost slipped away from serving God.  Then he entered the sanctuary of God and he understood their final end.  In the end, God would judge them and send them away to sudden destruction! (Psalm 73:16-19)

We can’t go by what we see!  The righteous live by their faith!  Job was having his faith tested by the taunts of Zophar.  Asaph was being tested by Satan when he began to reason by what he observed in the world.  We are often tempted to join the wicked in their sins and folly.  But when we enter the sanctuary of God and see the truth of His holy Word, we understand that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or sinners before a holy God who will bring every secret thing into judgment!  (Psalm 1:5-6)  Allow the Lord to bring you understanding today.  If you are involved in sin or wickedness, repent quickly and begin a new path of faith and obedience!  You’ ll never regret it!

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