Daily Bible Reading – Job 13, 14; Acts 17, 18
Today’s Key Passage – Job 14:7-17
In the days of the Old Testament, there was not much talk about the resurrection of the dead. At this point in history, Jesus Christ had not yet lived as a man, died, and been resurrected, so there was a lot of pessimism about what happens to a man after death. If you know the story of Job, you know that he was dealing with a lot of turmoil, both physically and mentally. This pain was not due to anything he had done wrong as some of his friends believed, but he still had to deal with it. In today’s key passage, we can clearly see some of Job’s pessimism about death, but more importantly, we can also see Job’s hope for eternal life. Given Job’s current pain and suffering, he was hoping for life after death. He was hoping for a time when he would be renewed and when his sins would be forgotten. In John 14:19, Jesus said, “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” Obviously, Job did not know about this because it had not yet happened, but Job still had hope that this would come to pass.
We have a distinct advantage over Job. We no longer have to hope for eternal life. We do not have to wonder about what will happen when we die. We have God’s Word that tells us exactly what will happen. We know about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we know what that means for us. Aside from John 14:19, we can also look to other areas of the bible that tell us exactly what Jesus said about the subject. Here are two of the many examples:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36)
We have God’s divine Word that tells us that we CAN have eternal life. If we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and if we repent of our sins, we can all be saved. How powerful is it that we can move outside of just “hoping” for something to happen and it can instantly become truth. Do you know people who are still “hoping” for eternal life? Are there people in your life who do not know about the promise of Jesus Christ? YOU can help them today. YOU can help them move past hoping to truth. YOU can share with them the gift of God’s mercy. YOU can tell them what Job could only hope for – that they can live forever with Jesus Christ.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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