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Death And Judgment

In Job, chapter 14, because of all the pain and suffering he was going through, it caused him to think about death. However, he is not alone, for many people who are struggling with depression and fear, also ponder upon their own death. Unfortunately, some people take their own life at this time in suicide. As for Job and people in the faith, he did not take his life but endured life’s trials. While suffering, he said, 1“man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?” (Job 14:1-3) 1“Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.” (Job 14:5) So in these first few verses of this chapter, we learn that our days are few and full of heartache and regret. We don’t know the time of our own death or others, but God does. Even the very year and month are all determined by God. It doesn’t matter if we are born in luxury or poverty, we will all eventually die. We are here with our friends and family one day and not the next. Though we wish people would remember us, only a few friends and family will keep us in their thoughts, while others will soon move on with their lives. Life is hard, but what matters is if we lived our lives for Christ or not. Then, will we be in good standing with God the day that we do die.

Job also said the following, which we can all learn from. 1“But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:11-14) The day that our bodies waste away and we eventually die, many of us will be buried, while others are cremated. No matter what happens, our flesh will return to dust until God forms us once again in the resurrection. Our bodies will not rise until then, however, our spirits will rise up into paradise or hell, the day we die. Then, judgment will come soon after. It is written, 2“it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:27-28) My friends, don’t waste your time on earth but believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. This means praying often, reading the Bible daily, and trusting in and doing God’s will. This is loving Jesus and our neighbor. By doing this will you be found worthy come death and judgment day.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for this life. I know that I have lived many years already and my life could soon be over. I cannot count the days of my life that are left, but only You can. All I know is that they are numbered, just like everyone else’s. And just as Job suffered and thought about his own death, I do the same. Even now my throat is killing me because of the congestion buildup, which I know You can still heal me. However, if it is not my time to be healed, then I also understand. No matter when You take me, oh Lord, will I be ready. If I die after suffering in pain, I will be ready to receive You. If I die in my old age, while I am sleeping, I will be ready. My life is dedicated to serving You and doing Your will. If I am blessed with many more days to do this, I will be glad. And if I don’t have this chance, I will be glad also. For the day I take my last breath, will I enter Paradise and await my time for judgment. I will cherish the day that I will soon see You, my Lord, and Savior. Nothing in this life has meaning without You in it. Therefore, it will be a blessed time to spend with You for all eternity in heaven one day. Until then, Lord, be with me and my family all mine and their days. Help me to continue raising my children up to follow You. I can’t wait for the day that they give their lives to You also for salvation. I Love You, Jesus. I give You praise and glory, this day and forever. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

Job 14
1Job 14 (KJV)
1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
3 And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
Hebrews 9
2Hebrews 9 (KJV)
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

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