Job Teaches his Teachers
It was Zophar’s turn to speak after Bildad’s last speech, but Zophar is silent—So Job breaks out with the words, “I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.” He will show his would-be teachers that he is not blind. He has seen the other side of the “portion of the wicked” in this world, as well as they did, and he could describe their sorrows as well as their prosperity. Why were his friends so vain as to think that no one else had eyes to see as well as they did?
His teachers had previously said that suffering, of any kind, was the fruit of that person’s sin. But as Job points out, this was not true, but it was true—terribly true—that a life of utter disregard of God, and sinful self-grasping must have horrible consequences in this world and the next.
It was true that if in some cases the children of the oppressor were multiplied, it was for the sword. They would never be content with the simple things of life, because the same restless dissatisfied spirit they had seen in their home would possess them. The oppressor would have no lamentation made over him at his death. His true character would come out at last, and repel even those who had loved him. He might heap up silver and personal possessions, but he would have to leave it all at the end. He might build his house with great trouble as the spider weaves his web, but it would prove to be nothing more than a temporary shelter after all. Maybe he would lay down rich, but his riches wouldn’t save him. He would be swept away by a sudden tempest, or an east wind blighting his life. In short, God would lay His hand on him suddenly, and say, “You stupid fool, tonight I require your soul,” and he would try desperately to get out of God’s hand, but he wouldn’t be able to do so.
That would be the end of the ungodly, although no one could tell that God’s judgment was on him in his earlier years.
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