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Let Me Tell You about the Wicked

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Let Me Tell You about the Wicked

Job 27:13-21
“This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,
and his descendants have not enough bread.
15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
and his widows do not weep.
16 Though he heap up silver like dust,
and pile up clothing like clay,
17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a moth's,
like a booth that a watchman makes.
19 He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;
he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood;
in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21 The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
it sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls at him without pity;
he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23 It claps its hands at him
and hisses at him from its place.”

The Story: Job seems to be agreeing with his interlocutors. Remember, they have been insisting all along that bad things happen to bad people. Job has said, “Not always.” Now he says, “Not necessarily right away.” Job is not unaware that there are consequences to a life of sin. The wicked may prosper in this life, or even in this generation. But they will receive the judgment due them at some point. Job probably does not have a very well developed understanding of the afterlife and the judgment to come. He’s content to leave such matters with God and to remind himself that wickedness doesn’t pay. He’s known this all along and lived it consistently, including up to now. He’s just re-adjusting his theology and fleshing out his full understanding of the disposition of the wicked and their largesse.

The Structure: And, since he knows this – since he understands that wickedness doesn’t pay – should he not be expected to live in a way that would avoid God’s judgment? Job knows these things, and he has been blessed of God for living them consistently. And more blessing is yet to come.

What role should the fear of God’s judgment or discipline play in motivating us to seek His Kingdom and righteousness?

Job

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