40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 27, 2019, 5:48 AM

Lent 2019 Day 19 Job chapter 21

Job is responding to Zophar's accusation of Job being a wicked person. Job is convinced that his friends have no idea what they are talking about, because the wicked live an amazing life. The live long, they become powerful. Their houses are secure, their livestock are flourishing, and their children are dancing. (Sounds like the good life.) 

I think the most stinging aspect of the wicked in Job's eye is verse 13, "They spend their days in wealth,
And in a moment go down to the grave.
" In other words, they die quickly. They don't have to suffer through the pain and agony of disease and sickness. 

The wicked do not desire for a relationship with God, verses 14-16, "Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’" Job has always desired to be in a closer relationship with God. It is at this moment that Job joins other Old Testament prophets (Jeremiah and Habakkuk) who question God about his justice. They can't understand why the wicked prosper. Ultimately Job knows that, Verse 30, "For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath."

I think we do have a special nugget of prophecy in Job 21. We are told in Isaiah 53:9, "And they made His grave with the wicked But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth." Later Jesus will identify with the wicked. He will be crucified as a criminal, but will receive the burial of a rich man. The wicked are so rich that even after they die, verse 32, "Yet he shall be brought to the grave, And a vigil kept over the tomb." They keep guard over a wicked person's tomb, so grave robbers do not steal their earthly possessions. 

The Pharisees will want to guard the tomb of Jesus. But the grave could never hold the greatest treasure ever buried. 

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