Job 14

Job 14

Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

14   “Man who is born of a woman
    is few of days and full of trouble.
  He comes out like a flower and withers;
    he flees like a shadow and continues not.
  And do you open your eyes on such a one
    and bring me into judgment with you?
  Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
    There is not one.
  Since his days are determined,
    and the number of his months is with you,
    and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
  look away from him and leave him alone,
    that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.
  “For there is hope for a tree,
    if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
    and that its shoots will not cease.
  Though its root grow old in the earth,
    and its stump die in the soil,
  yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put out branches like a young plant.
  But a man dies and is laid low;
    man breathes his last, and where is he?
  As waters fail from a lake
    and a river wastes away and dries up,
  so a man lies down and rises not again;
    till the heavens are no more he will not awake
    or be roused out of his sleep.
  Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
    that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,
    that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
  If a man dies, shall he live again?
    All the days of my service I would wait,
    till my renewal should come.
  You would call, and I would answer you;
    you would long for the work of your hands.
  For then you would number my steps;
    you would not keep watch over my sin;
  my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
    and you would cover over my iniquity.
  “But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
    and the rock is removed from its place;
  the waters wear away the stones;
    the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
    so you destroy the hope of man.
  You prevail forever against him, and he passes;
    you change his countenance, and send him away.
  His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
    they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
  He feels only the pain of his own body,
    and he mourns only for himself.”


Job 14 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Be quiet and give me a chance to speak, and let the results be what they will. 14 I am ready to risk my life. 15 I’ve lost all hope, so what if God kills me? I am going to state my case to him. 16 It may even be that my boldness will save me, since no wicked person would dare to face God.

Job 13:13-16 GNB

Job has had enough from his windbag friends. He knows they don’t speak on behalf of God because their actions aren’t consistent with God’s character. In reality, he is confident enough in his own faith as well as God’s justice to stand before Him and accept whatever God would hand down to him.

Let’s not forget, in the OT, Salvation was credited by faith.

Now, it is clear that no one is put right with God by means of the Law, because the scripture says, “Only the person who is put right with God through faith shall live.”

Galatians 3:11 GNB

Job could have accepted his friends’ theories. He could have given up on his faith. There is something deep within Job’s soul that will never completely lose trust in God. He wants to go directly to the source because Job’s view of Salvation is not based on the law like his friends. He has true faith! He knows that the main argument is not about the law, but about faith.

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Job’s friends believe he must have some kind of secret sin in his life. The law condemns him, so God condemns him, right? Though it is true that no one is righteous before God, Job has exemplified a saving faith throughout this entire process. So, although we maybe haven’t considered this, the book of Job is a story that contrasts genuine Salvation by faith with a false, works-based, law-abiding, man-made salvation.

Can we say the same? Are we eager to go before the Lord knowing that by faith, we will be justified by the blood of Christ? This doesn’t just mean we believe, but that we have lived our lives according to that saving faith. Job’s friends are banking on their good deeds and retribution theology. But by their own words, they have demonstrated a weak faith. When you think about facing up to God and the fact that nothing will be hidden from Him in that moment, what will be left standing before the holiness of God?

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