Job asks an universal question, “Why do the wicked live and become old, yes! and grow mighty in power? Their children are well established because of their family birth rights. All because of Dad’s entrepreneurial abilities in some instances, and in other instances having the right connections. In many ways it seems unfair. Giving authority to the ancient adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
No matter how one spends their days, eventually, everyone finds them selves in a place called Sheol. That raises another universal question. Sheol, does such a place really exists? It’s a matter of opinion, but with certainty, at death, we’ll know one way or the other.
However, Jesus Himself provides us with an interesting perspective. “A particular person was very wealthy and enjoyed all the niceties of life beyond expectation. Then there was a sickly person, who was homeless. He approached this wealthy person, asking that he might give him the crumbs which fell from his table?
Both men died, and found themselves in hell. The Old Testament refers to hell as Shelo, and the New Testament as Hades.
In hell, there is what appears to be a huge island surrounded by water. Occupants are appear to be somehow separated. And the occupants are conscience, and able to express themselves conversationally. Our successful entrepreneur was tormented by the flames. It appears that Lazarus was very comfortable. As our rich friend petitioned Abraham to allow Lazarus to come, and dip his finger in water to cool his tongue.
There are two other interesting features that Jesus taught. One concerns angels, as we are told that when Lazarus died, that angels escorted him into the presences of Abraham. And secondly, how involved are the Patriarchs like Abraham involved in the affairs of Hell’s residents? (cp. Luke 16:19-31).
So how might modern day society respond to their future residence? Just like they did during the times of Job. “Don’t tell us about your God. Depart from us, for we do not want to fashion our lives around such foolish ideologies!”
“What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? What benefit is there for us, if we pray to Him?”
Job responds, and so should we, “How often is it that the lamp of such people is put out, that their calamity comes on them from God? It occurs because God distributes sorrows through His anger! Often they become like stubble before the wind, as chaff that the storm carries away.”
Big mistake when some say, “God takes our iniquities, and dumps them upon us, His creation! We say let Him recompense it to Himself, that He may know it! Let His own eyes see His destruction! Let Him drink His own wrath! For such behavior demonstrates that He doesn’t care about those who will follow us. Because such destruction, will shorten their months.”
An adequate response, “Can anyone make God knowledgeable since He is the ultimate judge over everything?”
Job states that the living, each will have their own responses, “Everyone dies, after having lived lives that are wholly satisfactory to themselves. Some with their pails full of milk. The marrow of their bones well moistened. Others die in bitterness of soul, never having tasted the good. Everyone lies down alike in the dust. And the worms cover them.”
Job continues his enlightenment, “Behold He knows your thoughts, and plans with which you would wrong Him. Know this that evil people will have their day of calamity. That God mysteriously will bring His wrath upon them.”
Humanity doesn’t lack boldness when determined to have things their way. Even when they know that their ways are the antithesis of His ways. Even though knowing that the grave will house their lifeless bodies. And who knows what mourner’s are thinking, as they look upon ones grave. Perhaps thinking is life worth having, when the grave in short order seems to have been the victor.
This discussion was developed from, Job 21:1-34, through critical analytical interpretation.
Who can argue adversely concerning life and death experiences? No one! The arguments arise concerning what happens after death. This discussion dealt with one aspect of that argument. The God experience will have its climatic conclusion in heaven. Favorable for a few, disastrous for the many. Assure yourself as being among the few. By following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.
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