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RIGHTEOUSNESS REJECTED

Here it comes again; Zophar is a true (?) friend to Job.  He is about to unload on Job again about how he is a sinner and doomed by God.  It seems that none of Job’s friends know him at all.  Zophar is wounded by Job’s rejection of his earlier criticism.  A wounded animal is dangerous.

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,  Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.  I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.  Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,  That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?  Job 20:1-5

Zophar is in a hurry to answer Job’s self defense.  He seems stung by the remarks of Job and can’t wait to show off his self appointed wisdom.  Oh doesn’t Job know that evil men have only a short time to sin before they are punished?

Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?  He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.  The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.  His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.  Job 20:6-10

Zophar goes on about how the sinners prosper until God brings them low.  The high and mighty will be gone like a memory.  This is all true when applied to the guilty, but that does not include Job.

His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.  Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;  Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:  Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.  He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. Job 20:6-10

So on and on goes Zophar; yada yada yada!  All the bad things that will poison the life of a sinner.  Too bad he doesn’t have an audience with the guilty.

His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.  Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;  Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:  Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.  He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. Job 20:11-15

Yes, the evil man will always have the taste of evil in his mouth.  He will throw up the meat of his evil deeds over time.

He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.  He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.  That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.  Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;  Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. Job 20:15-20

Now the speech is a death rant.  Poison and snakes will rob the one who robs the poor.  He will have no joy in the things he has taken by violence.

There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.  In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.  When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.  He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.  It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him. Job 20:21-25

Oh dear, the prosperous thief will discover the anger of God.  Before he can enjoy his meal the fear of death will run him down.  Zophar goes into gory detail of a violent death by the sword in the belly.

All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.  The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.  The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.  This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. Job 20:26-29

Oh heaven and earth will rise to destroy the evil man…whoever that is.  Zophar is so far from the truth about Job one wonders if he even knows his friend at all.  God described Job as a righteous man as we began this story.  So this version is motivated by a different spirit.  Yes you may remember the name of this spirit; the accuser of the brethren.

Read the news today and see how Christians are received here and in other nations.  Read the news about persecution of missionaries: http://www.persecution.com/  Can we understand how neighbors can paint the good as being bad?

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