Yesterday’s reading contained Zophar’s first speech to Job.
In it he greatly rebuked Job and exhorted him to repent so that he
might be restored and blessed.
In Job’s answer to Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (chapter 12),
he grows sarcastic at their cutting words. In chapter 13 he
denounces his so-called “friends” and appeals to God. It is evident
from these verses that Job does know the Lord and recognizes that in
Him he could find strength and wisdom.
In chapter 14 Job asks the question, “If a man die, shall he
live again?” The answer can be found in John’s Gospel, often called
“the Gospel in a nutshell.” Chapter 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It
is appointed unto men once to die (Hebrews 9:27). But life does not
end there. The physical body will return to the dust; but there is a
soul within every human being that will spend eternity either in
heaven or in hell. Jesus died on the cross for you and for me. He
was buried and rose again on the third day. If we will but simply
have faith in Him and accept Him as our personal Lord and Saviour we
will spend eternity in heaven with Him. But for those who never
receive Christ as their personal Saviour, they shall spend eternity
in hell, separated from God forever. Yes–man shall live again–by
simply trusting the all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins, Jesus
Christ, God’s only Son.