Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: : “Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?” – Job 20:4, 5.
Comment: Like Eliphaz, hypocrisy was also a concern to Zophar the Naamathite. Though such ones may appear to be succeeding, it is only for a short while before they are exposed and disgraced. “Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?” (Job 20:6, 7) The hypocrite shall lose the wealth he had amassed through oppression. Even his children whom he had laboured to protect against poverty would be the ones to fritter away his wealth. . “His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.” (Job 20:10) Those who commit iniquity with impunity believing that nothing will happen to them are therefore grossly in error. King David declared: “”…For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end…Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction”. (Psalm 73:2-18)
We should prayerfully strive to avoid the error of the wicked but to continue serving God no matter the odds. “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” – Psalm 73:28.