Dec. 19. Zophar and Job Speak of the Wicked

Job 20:1-21:34

“This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.” Even without openly calling Job a wicked man, Zophar strongly intimated in his reply to him that his misery was the direct result of his wickedness. The wicked may seem to prosper, but that prosperity will eventually be cut off short and he will be soon forgotten. Sin has a sweet taste, but as sweet food turns sour in the stomach, the results of sin turn sour and become as poison as a viper’s venom. In the end, there is no permanent joy in a sinful life—only misery. Zophar refused to accept Job’s belief that a Redeemer would rescue him, but instead God had rejected him and that the heavens would reveal his iniquity.

Job asked his friends to listen carefully and to let him speak. After that, they could continue if they wished. He began by pointing out that the wicked do often live long and powerful lives. Everything that they do seems to prosper and that they live a life of pleasure. When the time of death comes, they die without prolonged suffering. They accomplish all of those without knowing God in their lives. Job inferred that conversely the opposite could also be true for the righteous—that they could suffer hardships and go to an early grave. It is all in the hand of God (Mt. 5:45). One’s wealth and status do not determine his final destiny. He also refuted their idea of the wicked being punished in this life, as he stated, “For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.”