Job 27:13-23 Click here for Bible Verses

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 27:13-23.  Let’s go!

Job 27:13-23 (NIV) 
13  “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14  However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15  The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16  Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17  what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18  The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19  He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20  Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21  The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22  It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23  It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.

On verse 13:  Here Job begins to describe what happens to the person who spends their life chasing wealth but who does not trust or obey God’s commands.  In the verses that follow Job will describe four consequences that happen to those whose number one obsession is getting rich.

Job 27:14-15a (NIV) 
14  However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15  The plague will bury those who survive him…

On verses 14-15a:  I find it interesting that the first big consequence Job talks about is what happens to the wealth chaser’s children.  Because the wealth-chaser was not present in his children’s lives and did not teach them who God really is and how to trust Him, his children suffer as a result.  “Their fate is the sword” (v14) in that they are set up not for success but for an existence that is separate and apart from the life and relationships that God made them to have.  It will take a miracle for them to enter into the life that God intended for them.  They “will never have enough to eat” (v14) in that, though they may be surrounded by material possessions, they will not be satisfied because they are starving for a love that money cannot buy.  Their children will be “plagued” by a spiritual emptiness and loneliness, wondering why they are so unhappy despite having everything the world could offer (v15).

Job 27:15b (NIV) 
…and their widows will not weep for them.

On verse 15:  The second big consequence Job talks about is what happens to the wealth chaser’s marriage.  Because the wealth chaser paid more attention to his money than his spouse, his marriage is joyless and there is little love in the home.

Job 27:16-19 (NIV) 
16  Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17  what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18  The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19  He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.

On verses 16-19:  The third big consequence is how fleeting is the wealth chaser’s empire.  Though for a short season “he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay” (v16), his wealth doesn’t last into eternity.  Though he lived in a mansion, his house is “like a moth’s cocoon” or “a hut made by a watchman” (v18), bound to be vacated and destroyed one day.  Though he feels secure in his wealth, his wealth will not accompany him into eternity (v19).  Speaking of moths, verse 18 reminds me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-21:  “19  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Job 27:20-23 (NIV) 
20  Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21  The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22  It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23  It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.

On verses 20-23:  Notice that Job uses the imagery of a raging storm which includes a flood, a tempest (v20), and the “east wind” which scholars identify with a devastating 100km/hour hurricane-like wind in the Mediterranean called the sirocco (v21).  What can we learn from this?  The fourth big consequence is that when the wealth chaser encounters the biggest storms of his life, those storms will destroy him.  That is because the hope he built his life upon was his money, and when his money can no longer save him, the wealth chaser’s hope is gone.  This reminds me of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 7:24-27:

24  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When you put your hope in wealth, you will find that money does not afford you the spiritual resources you need to get through life’s greatest storms.  But when you build your life on Jesus and His Word, you can go through the biggest storms of your life, and your life will hold up.  It’s because the foundation on which your life is built – Jesus Christ the Rock – is an eternal foundation, one that cannot be shaken and that is stronger than anything.

Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me the dangers of chasing wealth as my number one obsession.  Please give me wisdom to have a healthy perspective on money.  Thank You that when I seek Your kingdom first and build my life on Your Word, You give me everything I need to go through the storms of life.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!