In this chapter Zophar preaches a pretty good sermon on the sinful consequences of an evil person. For the most part, everything he says rings true for those who live evil lives today. (Too bad he is accusing Job of evil without fully knowing what has happened in Job’s life and the interaction between Satan and God beforehand).
But like he says here, the wicked’s reign is short. As short as poop lasts according to verse 7. Even if he starts off youthful and strong (v. 11) it won’t last if those efforts go to evil, temporary purposes. That evil may even feel good at first, but like poison it is bitter in the end (v. 13-16). There is not future and nothing to look forward with sin and evil (v. 17-19). There are many, many consequences for sin and evil. God will not let it go unpunished. Although Job argues for the prosperity of the wicked in the next chapter, which can very well happen in a sinful, fallen world ruled by the prince of principalities, we still know that the demise of those who do evil is true as well. This chapter should be a reminder of how great and glorious it is to know that Jesus defeated sin, Satan, death and evil once and for all in the cross and resurrection.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor