“…the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment.
After Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany, he envisioned a German Empire (Reich) that would last for 1000 years, and he imagined himself as the head of that Empire for many years to come.
He began to live as he felt a head of such an empire should live. He amassed great wealth for himself. He had several edifices he felt befitted a leader in his position.
One of them was in Berchtesgaden, Germany and called the Kehlsteinhaus, but more popularly known as “Hitler’s Eagles Nest.”
But his 1000 year Reich, which began in 1933 was gone by May of 1945, with the death of Hitler and the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
Hitler was wicked, bringing war to the world in 1939 and instigating the murder of an estimated 6 million Jews and an additional 5 million more other ethnic and religious groups.
When Zophar tells Job that God’s wrath will fall on the wicked, he is correct.
All the wicked who do not turn away from their sin will suffer eternal damnation and separation from God in hell.
While it seems like the wicked prosper – and it certainly appeared so in the case of Hitler from 1933-45 – the wicked and their “success” do meet an end.
It’s easy to see someone like Hitler as wicked. Or someone closer to our own time like Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden.
And while Zophar speaks to Job about the wicked that will eventually be punished by God, he means to say that Job needs to confess that he is, indeed, one of the wicked and is being punished by God. This is not true and Job knows it.
But what is true is that it doesn’t take actions of a Hitler or Bin Laden to be classified as wicked.
King David confessed what is true for all of us when he said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5).
We are all sinners and should suffer eternal damnation.
But God does not want this for anyone! God wants all to be saved and so he sent a Redeemer to save us.
Jesus Christ, true God and true man, took our sins on himself and suffered the wrath of God on the cross to make us clean and whiter than snow.
Rejection of Christ is the very definition of “wicked” and no matter what they may seem to accomplish in this life, they and their accomplishments will not last and will not do anything for them in the afterlife.
It is my prayer that the wicked will repent, following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and turn from their wicked ways and life.
Each day, that is exactly what true, Biblical Christians do!
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