Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 28 Scripture Selection: Job 13-15
Food for Thought: Job 14
Poor Job had several misconceptions expressed in chapter 14 which left him at a disadvantage, though he was right about a few things, as well.
For one thing, he was definitely right in his perception of the length of time of a life. In verse 2, referring to man, he says, “He comes forth like a flower and fades away.” That is similar to how I Peter 1: 24 expresses the length of a man’s days: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away.” Life in the flesh is, indeed short. That is why it is necessary for us to be born of “incorruptible seed” for eternal life (I Pet. 1:23), something Job could not have known about, and do it quickly before time runs out.
Since Job doesn’t have the whole picture, he has no place from which to derive hope. In verses 7-10, he says, “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he?” This is like many people who think that once you die, it’s over. But it is not over!
Job continues with that thought and rhetorically asks, “If a man dies, shall he live again? (vs. 14),” implying that that would be impossible. However, in many places in the Bible it tells us of eternal life in Him, even after we leave our earthly “tents.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 through 5:1, 2 expresses this beautifully: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.”
Job gets closer to the truth in verse 17 when he says, “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You cover my iniquity.” For him, it was true because of his constant sacrifices offered; however, we can gladly declare now that our transgressions are not just sealed up in a bag to maybe be held over our heads at a later date. Now they have been completely erased by the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no record of them ever having occurred. Similarly, the iniquities are not just covered; they, too, have been removed. (See Heb. 9:15; I Cor. 6:11; II Cor. 5:17; Rev. 1:5)
Because we enjoy the benefits of having been washed completely clean, we know that Job’s assertion that God destroys the hope of man (vs. 19c) is untrue. On the contrary, because of what we know about Jesus, we can surmise that the Lord desires that we have hope. Hope for today, and hope for eternity.
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