Chapter 19: In the flesh we will see God
Job laments his comfortless affliction.
“How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?” (Job 19:2)
Job answered Bildad with a familiar complaint, that his friends were unsympathetic tormentors of his soul. Job was steadfast in his refusal to agree with his friends that he had caused his crisis by some remarkable sin and refusal to repent. Job insisted to his friends that he was not a guilty victim before a God.
“Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever!” (Job 19:23-24)
Job seemed to have no sense that his own personal tragedy and drama would indeed be written in a book, to be for the benefit of countless others through succeeding generations. His words and life were indeed written with an iron pen and lead, forever!
“For I know my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25-26)
Not only are verses 25-26 “Scripture Mastery” scriptures, but show the brilliant faith in Job’s otherwise dark and bleak background of crisis and suffering. Perhaps as he considered that future generations would indeed look at his life and words, it stirred him to a triumphant proclamation of faith.
Chapter 20: The inheritance of Good and Evil
Zophar answers Job and describes his turmoil.
“…my thoughts cause me to answer… Knowest thou not this of old… That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds” (Job 20:2-6)
Zophar insisted that Job’s defense in the previous chapters made him anxious and caused turmoil within him. Zophar explained that whatever good or triumph the wicked seem to enjoy, it is all quickly passing. It is only for a moment, and the wicked man will perish forever.
Zophar argued that though the wicked man might enjoy things for a while, God surely brings His judgment against him so that all can see.