The Rich Young Ruler obviously made a wrong choice, but think about this. No matter how much wealth he had, he could not ride in a car. have any surgery, turn on a light, buy penicillin, hear a pipe organ, watch TV, wash dishes in running water, type a letter, fly in an airplane, … More
Zophar is the last man to speak in this round. I suppose today we would say that Zophar has the scientific mind. He thinks you pour life into the test tube and it will always come out a certain way. Ignoring Job’s plea for pity, Zophar merely reacts against what he considers to be personal insults by Job (vv. 1-3). He then launches into another discourse on the supposed prosperity of the wicked. He argued that from the beginning of human history any joy experienced by a sinner is brief (vv. 4-5). His stature, be it ever so lofty, has nothing to do with the outcome (v. 6) If he is wicked, he will perish, never to be seen again (vv. 7-9). Repeatedly, Zophar mentions wealth (vv. 1, 15, 18, 20-22, 26) and how it is very temporary. He seems to suggest that Job acquired his riches dishonestly (v. 10). A wealthy man, if wicked will find that his energy will be buried with him. He goes on to say that a sinner may enjoy wealth gained in sin, but like sour food he will lose it (vv. 11-15).
Although Zophar was wrong in directing false accusations against Job, he was correct in talking about the final end of evil people. At first sin may seem enjoyable and attractive and brings temporary gain but if I continue to practice it, God’s justice will prevail. God’s judgment is certain.
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