Job 24 Commentary
The righteous who get the punishment of the wicked, the wicked who go about their business freely, and the poor and less powerful who suffer at the hands of the wicked; why doesn’t the LORD set a date for judgment? Job has spoken on behalf of many people who are fed up with corruption and greediness. When will it all come to an end?
The wicked call themselves blessed because of what they have. The righteous live in confusion wondering what has befallen them and why.
There is injustice, poverty, robbery, forced hunger, and slavery. But God doesn’t charge anyone with wrongdoing. What is going on here? Job has big questions for heaven.
Human justice is limited. While we watch during day time, crime is at its minimum. Humanity keeps things in check. But nighttime comes when the natural judicial system falls asleep and hell breaks loose: adultery and thieving ensue. Does the watchful eye of the LORD go off also?
Job seems to suggest that death is the final punishment for the wicked. Of course, Job is smarter than this. He knows the righteous also end up in the grave. What is the difference?
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. There is more to life. For the wicked, the grave is the final destination to what we think is life. They have no assurance of life. Life? Yes. Life. The question is only properly answered by the New Testament. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. John 10 verse 10b. KJV.
What is the LORD Jesus saying? We didn’t have life before? Is the Bible saying we are dead even as we walk and busy ourselves here and there? This should be interesting!
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