Job 14

Job 14 has Job asking some tough questions.  He begins by reminding all of us that life is fleeting, and filled with problems.  “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”.  Our days are numbered – none of us will live forever.  And they are filled with trouble – there are none of us that experience a trouble free life.  That isn’t how life happens.  So we need to recognize those two realities and make the most of the days we have.

The reality is that in comparison to eternity, our lives are but a breath.  Job considers that the days of man on this earth are short and often filled with trouble.  And he calls on God to show mercy on him.  Job’s understanding of death is certainly incomplete.  The understanding of immortality was at best cloudy in the Old Testament, but is much clearer in the New Testament.  Jesus came and made it clear – there is life after death and that results in eternity in heaven or hell, depending on what we do with Jesus.  Job obviously does not know about Jesus at this point.

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!”  Job didn’t know much about the condition of man after death, but he supposed – even perhaps hoped – that it was better than his current misery. Yet Job’s general uncertainty is reflected in his comments.  He wishes for death on the hope that his circumstances will improve.  That is certainly the case for those of us today that know Christ and have heaven as our eternal destination.

Job does wonder about death.  “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come”.  Job is hoping for change.  Guzik reminds us that there are some things that will change for a believer, and some that won’t upon death:

We wait for change to come.

  • We shall be changed into immortality at the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).
  • When we see Him, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2).
  • Our bodies will be gloriously transformed (Philippians 3:21).
  • David was confident he would be changed into God’s likeness (Psalm 17:15).

At the same time, there are some things that will not change for the believer when they go to heaven.

  • A Christian’s purpose and priority of life does not change.
  • A Christian’s identity does not change.
  • A Christian’s companions will not change very much.
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