Through the Bible Day by Day
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
SHALL MAN LIVE AGAIN?
Continuing his appeal, Job looks from his own case to the condition of mankind generally, Job_14:1-6. All men are frail and full of trouble, Job_14:12; why should God bring a creature so weak into judgment with Him? Job_14:3. The sinfulness of man is universal-not one can be proved clean before God, Job_14:4. Since man is so frail Job pleads that he may not have such unwonted affliction, but may get some pleasure, Job_14:6, r.v., out of his brief day.
The anticipation of death as total extinction strengthens Job’s appeal, Job_14:7-12. Of a tree there is hope that, if cut down, it will sprout again, Job_14:7-9. But at present Job sees no such hope for man. He dies, and is done with, as waters “fail from the sea,” Job_14:10-12. This is a gloomy, despairing thought, and one against which the mind rebels as soon as uttered. Against the belief that death is the end of all things every man’s better nature revolts. Hence the picture of another life beyond the present immediately rises to Job, Job_14:13-15. It may be only a yearning desire, for Job still asks the question, Job_14:14. Yet this desire, as that for a Daysman, Job_9:32-34, both suggested by the heart’s despair, is equally answered by the gospel.
The hope for a future life is made stronger by the apparent injustices that exist now, Job_14:16-22. God’s treatment of Job appears to be so severe that Job must perish under His hand, Job_14:18-22. A future life is surely necessary to remedy the inequalities of the present. Evidently this is not the place and time of judgment.