Time Magazine, in an essay on death a few years ago, stated, “Man has a great fear of dying, and yet, he is unable to face the reality of death.” But like it or not, welcome it or dread it, sooner or later, all men must face it. As the Hebrews writer says, “A … More
Job complains that God has numbered every wrong step and taken note of every sinful act (v. 16). These He had “sealed up,” as though they were treasures (v. 17). If the mountains could be destroyed, how could frail man expect to escape (v. 18)? Just as water wears the stones away, God’s judgment wears away any hope that man might have (v. 19). He is consigned to death (v. 20). The only hope was in the accomplishments of his sons, and he would never know if they succeeded or not (v. 21). As for man himself, nothing awaits him but pain and mourning (v. 22).
Chapter 14 ends the first round of three debates between Job and his friends. Job closes with a vivid description of the hopelessness of man. Here we have in Job a vivid and beautiful expression of what is wrong with our view of life. Job is looking at life as a natural man, and he sees it as the world sees it, that everything is for now. This life is the wholly important thing, and the reason you were brought into existence is to make something out of this present experience – you never get another chance. We are reminded of that on television: “You only go around once! If you are going to live, live with gusto.” We are constantly exhorted by the world, with its distorted understanding of life, to seize the present moment - you will never get another one.
I have an advantage over Job, knowing that when I die I will rise again to be with the Lord (Jn. 14:19). Death in the Lord is actually a graduation exercise to a much better place.
"For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin; my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity. "But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place; the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so you destroy the hope of man. You prevail forever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away. His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not. He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself."
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Job 11:1-20The First Speech of Zophar
Job 12:1-25Job Replies to His Three Friends
Job 13:1-16Job Takes His Case to God
Job 13:17-28Job is Asking For a Showdown With God
Job 14:1-15Job Speaks to God About Death
Job 14:16-22Job Asks if Humans Will Live Again
Job 15:1-16Eliphaz Gives a Second Speech
Job 15:17-35Eliphaz Tells Job to Listen to His Great Wisdom
Job 16:1-22Job’s Second Reply to Eliphaz
Job 17:1-16Job Complains to God