November 11: The nations

The word translated as “nations” actually means “gentiles” or “non-Jews.”  Job wasn’t looking at various ethnic or geographical nations, but the wicked.

His questions about the seeming prosperity of the wicked are still being asked today.  Certainly Israel continues to ask, “Why do we have to suffer so much?”

Job 21:7 -18

Why do the wicked live and become old,

Yes, become mighty in power?

Their descendants are established with them in their sight,

And their offspring before their eyes.

Their houses are safe from fear,

Neither is the rod of God upon them.

Their bull breeds without failure;

Their cow calves without miscarriage.

They send forth their little ones like a flock,

And their children dance.

They sing to the tambourine and harp,

And rejoice to the sound of the flute.

They spend their days in wealth,

And in a moment go down to the grave.[a]

Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us,

For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.

Who is the Almighty that we should serve Him?

And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’

Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand;

The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

 “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?

How often does their destruction come upon them,

The sorrows God distributes in His anger?

They are like straw before the wind,

And like chaff that a storm carries away.

God will judge and punish both Jews and Gentiles unless they repent and seek a personal relationship with God through faith.  Even so, God will judge and destroy nations that curse Israel.

PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH TO BLESS ISRAEL AND FOR YOUR NATION TO TURN FROM ALL WICKEDNESS.

Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem
             Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem

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