Thursday, June 04, 2009

Zophar Reply on Resurrection Job 20

Job 20:6-7 "Though his excellency mount up to heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; Yet he shall perish forever...v8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: "

The Pharisees and Sadducees argued about the resurrection later in the New Testament but they picked up on a long debated issue. Sadducees say there is no resurrection but the Pharisees believe in the resurrection. See Acts 23:8.

Zophar is picking up on a statement Job made in the previous chapter. Zophar still insisting that Job was wicked and a hypocrite and would therefore not see a resurrection. So apparently he believed only in a resurrection of the just. He must have surely believed that troubles were a sign of wickedness for he seems to be unable to fathom otherwise in his answers to Job.

I Cor 6:14 "And God hath both raised up the LORD, and will also raise up us by his own power."

Romans 14:10 "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." Referring to Christians.

But here Christ said: v11 "For it is written, As I live, saith the LORD, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

It seems to me that there would therefore have to be a resurrection of the wicked as well since it says 'every'.

Zophar goes on and on about all the bad things that will happen to Job because he is wicked. I believe his conclusion is based on a false assumption that being that Job is wicked. We should remember that Job is being tested keeping in mind that we are all sinners in that Adam sinned and passed on the pollution to humanity. We all need to be reconciled to God.

Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"

But Job honored God and worshipped him as God whereas the wicked will usurp God and lift themselves up.

Zophar does a lot of speaking 'for God' in this chapter. I do not think he had as much understanding as he thought he did.

Job 1:22 "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."

Zophar replies to Job on the resurrection.

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