Archive for October 28th, 2015

Job 15

In Job 15, Eliphaz takes another shot at Job, and speaks harshly.  He was not impressed by Job’s dependence on God as expressed in his previous speeches. He replied with a sharp rebuke of Job, accusing him of empty knowledge and unprofitable talk.  “Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good”?  The interaction between Job and his friends is escalating and becoming more direct and confrontational. Both sides believe their view is right, when in reality, all parties are wrong.

Eliphaz continues going after Job.  “Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you”.  Eliphaz insisted that Job was condemning himself more every time he spoke. This is because in the perspective of Job’s friends, the only words Job should speak are words of humble repentance for the sin that put him in this place.  They are of course wrong, but their advice was for Job to keep his mouth shut and repent and run back to God.

Eliphaz continues to press Job.  “What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us”? They “knew” Job was a particular and notorious sinner who needed to repent; Job knew that he was not, and that there must be some other reason for his crisis.  Yet the friends continue to pursue this approach.  Job claimed only to be as intelligent as his friends, not to have a corner on all of the knowledge.  Yet Eliphaz pursues Job as being haughty and proud.

His reasoning is based on these questions: “What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous”?  About this Eliphaz is right.  No man is righteous on his own – not one.  Jesus alone sets us free from sin and makes us righteous before a holy God.  But that isn’t the situation here with Job, and they are not in the loop on what God is up to.  What he does get right is this.  “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment”.  If we depend on ourselves to get to God, we’re going to come up short.  We can’t do it alone.  Jesus paid it all.  He alone is the way, the truth and the life for you and me!

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