Tuesday, November 26, 2019
“Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him” (Job 18:5,6 KJV).
Look! What do we see? A dark house staring back at you and me!
The Bible speaks of the “light” or “candle” of the evil person going out. Notice today’s Scripture. A parallel is Job 21:17: “How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.” Proverbs 20:20 adds: “Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.” Finally, Proverbs 24:20: “For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.”
When we consider Middle Eastern culture of Bible times, it becomes clear exactly what this phenomenon entails. All night long, people kept an olive lamp or candle burning in their tent or house. If the residence was dark, that meant no one was home. Returning to today’s Scripture, Bildad, a “friend” of Job, accuses Job of wrongdoing. Bildad argues that Job is evil; hence, Job is suffering his tragedies. “Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God” (verse 21). To paraphrase Bildad, “Job, we all know evildoers will have dark houses one day!”
After his “friends” “consoled” him, Job proceeded to declare in Job 21:17: “How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.” He understood the wicked wind up having dark houses, they reaping what they have sown. Centuries later, King Solomon went on to write in Proverbs two corroborating statements. We will read them again: “Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness” (20:20). “For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out” (24:20).
Ultimately, the houses or tents of the wicked will be vacated. Physical death will remove them from this world. They had better know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour before their house goes dark!
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Can you explain Romans 4:17—‘[God] calleth those things which be not as though they were?’”