Troubles are Inevitable, in a World Cursed by Sin. (Job 14; Job 15)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jan 29, 2023

Translations

German

In einer von Sünde verfluchten Welt sind Probleme unvermeidlich. (Hiob 14; Hiob 15)

Portuguese

Os problemas são inevitáveis, em um mundo amaldiçoado pelo pecado. (Jó 14; Jó 15)

Urdu

مصیبتیں ناگزیر ہیں، گناہ سے ملعون دنیا میں۔ (ایوب 14؛ ایوب 15)

Russian

Неприятности неизбежны в мире, проклятом грехом. (Работа 14; Работа 15)

Italian

I guai sono inevitabili, in un mondo maledetto dal peccato. (Giobbe 14; Lavoro 15)

French

Les ennuis sont inévitables, dans un monde maudit par le péché. (Travail 14; Travail 15)

Spanish

Los problemas son inevitables en un mundo maldito por el pecado. (Trabajo 14; Trabajo 15)

Troubles are Inevitable, in a World Cursed by Sin. (Job 14; Job 15)

Scripture reading - Job 14; Job 15



Job 14 brings us to the third chapter that served as Job’s reply to Zophar (Job 11). Unlike Eliphaz, Zophar made no pretense of comforting his suffering friend (Job 11:1-3). Instead, he charged Job with concealing sin, and declared he believed the man was suffering God’s judgment (Job 11:4-6).



Job’s reply to Zophar began in chapter 12, and continued through chapter 14. Though wearied by the sorrows of his afflictions, Job nevertheless derided his friends’ assertions that they had greater wisdom into the ways of God than he (Job 12:1-4). Reserving the right to test and examine the “counsel” of his three friends (Job 12:11), Job contended they had spoken much, and said nothing (Job 13:1-2). In fact, he condemned them as “forgers of lies” (Job 13:4), and stated his unshaken faith in God’s providence. Job declared, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).



Job 14 – An Elegy to Death



Continuing his response to Zophar, Job stated the tragic universal experience of man: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). There are many joyful days in a man’s earthly sojourn; however, there is no escaping the common experience of man—trouble.  

Job disputed his friends’ contentions that troubles were the afflictions of the wicked. He asserted the universality of troubles, trials, sorrows, and death, and declared they were inevitable for sinner and saint alike. Job went on to observe, man’s life is like a flower that is soon cut down and perishes. Man days are like a shadow, soon gone when light is extinguished (Job 14:2). Man’s “days are determined” by God (Job 14:5a), and no man will live beyond the “bounds” He has numbered (Job 14:5b). In other words, God orders both the day of your birth, and the day of your death.

 

No wonder anxiety is epidemic in our day!  Our world is dominated by amusements, yet, everywhere we turn there are reminders life is temporal and death is coming. The sound of a siren racing, the solitary marker of a roadside cross, or the gathering of solemn mourners standing quietly at a grave, all remind us our days are numbered (Psalm 90:12) and our lives are like a vapor (James 4:14).   

Wise men are conscious, “man dieth, and wasteth away: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? …(12) So man lieth down, and riseth not” (Job 14:10-12a). Desiring to escape his afflictions and sorrows, Job pled with God, “hide me in the grave…keep me secret, until thy wrath be past…set a time, and remember me” (Job 14:13).



He was a man of ancient times, and did not have the privilege of God’s written Word; however, Job was confident physical death was not annihilation. Asking and answering the question of death, Job proposed, “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, Till my change come” (Job 14:14). On what was Job waiting? The Resurrection! He affirmed to the LORD, “Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee” (Job 14:15a).



Job 15 – The Second of Three Speeches by Eliphaz (Job 4-5; Job 22)



Although they purported to comfort him, Job’s friends served as prosecutors, judges, and jury. They condemned the wretched man, already stricken by losses and overcome by sorrows. Eliphaz the Temanite once again took up his dispute with Job, and accused him of pride (Job 15:5-6) and hypocrisy (Job 15:34-35). He warned, all Job suffered was a consequence of sin (Job 15:17-35). 



Eliphaz, whom I suggested was the elder of Job’s three friends (for he was the first to speak, Job 4-5), avowed that man’s troubles were indicative of the suffering of the wicked. Rejecting Job’s pleas of innocence (Job 15:1-3), he charged him with folly, and accused him of turning from God (Job 15:4-6). Eliphaz began with a false premise, and stated, “The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days” (Job 15:20a).



Rather than prove his assertion, Eliphaz continued his lie, and claimed the prosperity of the wicked eventually comes to destruction (Job 15:21). He charged, the wicked will be overcome by trouble (15:24), and “shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue” (Job 15:29).



Closing thoughts - Eliphaz’s conclusions were untrue. In fact, the wicked often prosper, and many die surrounded by wealth, and the praise of their peers. Like many of this world who profess wisdom, he lacked understanding and godly discernment. Eliphaz only added to Job’s sorrows.

 

Lesson - Don't assume your sorrows are a consequence of some wrongdoing; after all, troubles are inevitable in a world that bears the curse of sin.

 

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