And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Job Simplified- Chapter 21

Chapter 21
One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
Job 21:23,25,26

Job replies to Zophar’s last speech
v1 Job replied. He said:
v2 If you listen carefully to my words, then you will comfort me. v3 Listen carefully while I speak! Do not insult me before I have finished my speech!
v4 I am not complaining to any man. (I am complaining to God.) So, I am right to be unhappy. v5 My situation will astonish you. When you have heard my speech, you will not want to say anything.
v6 Whenever I think about these things, I am afraid. I tremble because of my fear.

Verses 1-3
In chapter 20, Zophar insisted that the happiness of wicked people could not last. He thought that everybody would agree with him. But Job could not agree.
Job knew that many wicked people are successful.
Moreover, they seem to be successful for their whole lives.
Such people may have loving families.
 Even when wicked people die, their graves may be beautiful.
Verses 4-5
Job was unhappy when he thought about the success of wicked people.
He could not explain why he was suffering.
And he could not explain why wicked people may be successful.
Verse 6
This idea made Job afraid. Job did not suppose that it is better to be evil than to be good (verse 16). Job was a holy man. He always tried to do the right things.
But Job had to explain this idea in order to answer Zophar.
 
Wicked people succeed
v7 Wicked people live successful lives. They grow old. They become powerful. v8 They see that their children are successful. v9 The houses of wicked people are safe. They are not afraid. God does not punish them. v10 Their animals mate. Their cows give birth without problems.
v11 And wicked people have many children. The little children dance. v12 And the children enjoy music. The children enjoy musical instruments, like the harp, tambourine and flute.
v13 So, wicked people have good lives. And, wicked people die without pain. v14 They say to God, ‘Go away! We do not want to obey your laws. v15 We do not care about God. We do not want to serve him. If we pray, we gain nothing.’
v16 But they did not deserve to be successful. This is why I refuse to obey a wicked man’s advice.
v17 But wicked people do not often suffer for their evil deeds. God does not often punish them. v18 God does not often scatter them, like dust in a storm.
v19 Perhaps God will punish a wicked man’s children. But God should punish the wicked man
himself, so that the man learns to behave better. v20 Then, the wicked man will suffer his own punishment. And the wicked man will know that God is angry with him. v21 When the wicked man is dead, he does not care about his family.
v22 But I cannot teach God. God is the judge of even the most important people. v23 One man died when he was strong, safe and happy. v24 Even his dead body seemed as if it was healthy. v25 Another man had a bitter life. He never enjoyed anything good. v26 But the two bodies lie together in the grave. And the tiny animals in the soil destroy both bodies.
Verses 7-12
Job described the good lives of some evil people.
Previously, Job had lived a good life like this. He had many animals. And he had many children. And Job’s own children enjoyed their parties. Job was a good man. But thieves had taken his animals. And his children were dead.
Job knew that many evil people still enjoyed such good lives.
 
Verses 13-15
Evil people do not want to serve anyone. Especially, they do not want to serve God. They only care about their own pleasure. They do not pray because they say, ‘We will not benefit if we pray. Prayer is a waste of time.’
Job did not behave like them
Verses 17-21
God mattered more to Job than anything else. But Job would still complain about his situation. He agreed that God should punish evil people.
Verses 22-26
This is like Job’s earlier words in Job 3:13-19. Job described well the death of the body.

The reports of travelers
v27 I already know your reply. I know the ideas that you plot against me. v28 You will say, ‘There are no successful men who are evil. You cannot find such a man.’
v29 But I have spoken to the travellers. I have heard their reports. v30 They say that evil men do not suffer troubles. When God is angry, the evil man is safe. v31 Nobody accuses an evil man. Nobody makes an evil man suffer for his evil deeds. v32 Even when he dies, men guard his grave. v33 There is a great procession at his funeral. And even his grave seems a pleasant place.
v34 So, your nonsense cannot comfort me. And your answers are wrong.

Verses 27-31
Perhaps Job’s friends did not know any evil people who were successful. Today we often read about such people in the newspapers. Then, people would hear the news from travellers.
Verses 32-33
In verse 26,
Job thought that an evil man’s death was very much like the death of a good man.
The bodies of both men would lie next to each other in the grave.
Verse 34
Zophar supposed that a wicked person would soon suffer terrible troubles. But Job proved that many wicked people have successful lives.
Now, however, Eliphaz would blame Job for all the troubles that Job suffered. Eliphaz would accuse Job clearly.
 
Keith Simons