Job 14 Commentary

Job 14 Commentary

Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. Job is not writing a book about philosophy. He is speaking to God about humanity’s sad state of affairs. It is a prayer. The ‘you’ in this chapter refers to the LORD God Almighty.

What is the point of life? If we die, will we live again? Look at it this way, we are all adrift in the same boat: too few days, too many troubles. Is this all there is to life? Aren’t trees better off? At least they shoot up even when they are completely cut. Won’t humanity have a similar hope?  

Job is talking about the possibility of an afterlife. There should definitely be something of the sort for humanity. He cannot wait!

At the first whiff of water the stump springs to life. Is Job anticipating the Living Water that we hear about in the Gospel of John? When Job is laid down in death, is there hope that this water will enable him to spring back to life?

This chapter has timeless questions. The Apostle Paul reflects on the same thought with the following: If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied. First Corinthians 15 verse 19.

Job can be seen as begging heaven for a chance to have a better life other than the brief and sad moments that men have on this side of existence.

We have tried to make it better. Technology has scaled boundaries. But with each innovation comes countless headaches for humanity. Deathtraps or innovations? It is always a cut-twenty-two debate. A Remote-control has solved one small problem but it has created two big problems. Humanity is always on top of things. So the Hospital and the Gym are constructed, but at what cost? No wonder Job is complaining. This rat race, and the vanity; is a punishment from the LORD.

Indeed, mortals are of few days and full of trouble. When will the world start looking to the resurrection for relief?

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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