Job’s hope in death, 17 of 34

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William Blake [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
All scripture from the 1984/1987 NIV unless otherwise noted.

The last post ended with Job revealing God’s sovereignty over all life in Job 21..  Today we return to Job 21 to look at verse 33 where Job says that the rich go down to the grave that is “sweet to him [the rich man]” and that throngs of men have and will join the rich there, then skip some parts.  In the in between verses Job cries out to know why there is no judgment in light of the array of injustices he then describes, but he will go on to answer his own question.  I don’t know if we’ll come back to the injustices yet.  The theme of death and the grave waiting for men continues in Job 24:18 and following.

Job states, “They are foam on the surface of the water…”  I’ve been to the ocean to see how quickly the foam appears and then vanishes as the waves sweep the shore.  It literally happens in the length of time it takes for an eye to blink.  From verse 18 to 20, Job describes how the dead are forgotten by the living, and the dead.  In verse 21 Job begins to relate death directly to justice.

“But God drags away the mighty by His power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life.  He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but His eyes are on their ways.  For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone…gathered up like all others….”  His eyes are on them – God is watching….  That in itself gives me hope.  This is growing long so we’ll start here tomorrow, Lord willing.

 

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