PRAYERS OF THE BIBLE SERIES: THE BOOK OF JOB, Prayer #4
Job is starting to progress in his prayers, or in a sense - his
one-way conversation with the Lord and ask some questions which many alive,
throughout the ages, either thought of asking or asked. Here is a major
timeless question which has burdened the soul of men and women forever who
often wonder about the meaning of life: "If a man dies,
shall he live again?" (Job 14:14a).
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my hard service I will wait,
Till my change comes.
15 You shall call, and I will answer You;
You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now You number my steps,
But do not watch over my sin.
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You cover my iniquity.
the previous ramblings, brought on by excruciating physical pain, Job has a
great question and reveals a certain Truth that should comfort the Christian.
When a Christian dies, he/she is concealed in rest in the grave (i.e. with the
Lord) until God's wrath is past and we go on to our reward. (See Verse 13)
One thing to keep in mind when we come to God's answer to His
Prayer in Job Chapter 38 is this - Job gets
exactly what he asks for! In verse 15 here, Job prays "You
shall call, and I will answer You". When the LORD- Yahweh
(Jesus) answered Job in the whirlwind in Job 38, Yahweh says "brace
yourself like a man- I WILL QUESTION YOU, AND YOU WILL ANSWER ME!"(Job
38:3). The moral of this prayer is - BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, because
you may not be able to handle the answer!
Next, in verses 16 and 17, Job lays out for us a
confession of the three progressive ways which mankind has gone against God:
Of these three, Iniquity is the worse and unless one pulls back
from the cliff, it is the worse of the three which can lead to eternal
separation from God. Sin is missing the mark and even
Christians sin - daily sometimes, in both little and even big ways. Transgression is
what King David did when he not only purposed in his heart to steal one of his
Mighty Men's (Uriah the Hittite's) wife, but ignored his duties and broke the
commandment against adultery. Iniquity is when he went even
further, had Uriah killed and covered this transgression up for two years,
putting himself completely out of the Will of God. If he had not confessed and
repented (as recorded in Psalm 51), it was all over and he would have
been just like the late lost King Saul.
when you and I wonder as Job did in verse 14, "if
a man dies, shall he live again", the answer can be found
in how we pray and respond to the teaching found in verse 17 as
regards the various forms of sin. A person can only live again if his/her
sin/transgression/iniquity has been covered by the Lord and that can only
happen through the Blood of Christ and the Atonement He made for us on the
Cross of Calvary. Confession and repentance - these are the lessons of this
prayer from Job, of which he was completely unaware he was doing at this point
in the wonderful Book of Job!