Part 10 – Eliphaz – True Lies
After seven days and nights of sitting in silence with his three friends Job finally speaks up, and his comments are very despondent. So Eliphaz, in defense of God (He believes Job needs to be rebuked for his statements, thus the Lord defended), spends two chapters (Job 4-5) chastising Job. I began the message by reminding us that true friends will, even in times when correction is necessary, do so in love and kindness….we really don’t see that with Eliphaz.
The Book of Job ends with the Lord rebuking Eliphaz and the other two friends for speaking wrongly about the Lord God, while Job spoke correctly. This doesn’t mean that everything said by Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar are wrong, but rather their view of the Lord God was incorrect.
Eliphaz does believe that the Lord is just; and man is wicked; and that the Lord disciplines those that He loves; but the impression of the Lord God given by Eliphaz makes the Lord appear as a monster – as one who waits for man to fall so He can crush them with His justice and wrath.
We then compared the God of Eliphaz with the God of Jonah. Although Jonah was disobedient to the Lord God, at least Jonah knew that the Lord was a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Eliphaz’ God was only gracious and compassionate if and when Job crawled back to the Lord and pled his case before Him.
Of course, the main lessons for all of us are:
- Be a good, faithful, and kind friend
- Don’t jump to conclusions, especially when someone is speaking during a time of duress.
- Worship the biblical Lord God who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.