Part 12 – More Between Eliphaz and Job
In this message we looked at all three of Eliphaz’ speeches to Job, and then Job’s response to him. I’ll make this short and simple: Eliphaz lives by the theology/philosophy that God crushes or destroys all sinners, but the righteous are blessed. Since Job is suffering greatly, then he must be a great sinner. In each speech Eliphaz gets meaner and meaner, and eventually gets to the point in his third speech of completely contradicting what he had said in his first speech. In case you are wondering – in the first speech he said that Job cared for the needy and was an encouragement to all people, but then by the third speech (since Job wasn’t agreeing with Eliphaz’ assessment) he said that Job mistreated the orphans, didn’t care for the widows, and was basically an evil man.
Job responded by not really responding, other than saying that Eliphaz and the other two were worthless and discouraging “friends”. Job prays to the Lord for relief and asks the Lord to allow Job to meet with the Lord in order to plead his case. This wasn’t said in arrogance but rather was an honest plea from Job to the Lord asking the Lord to defend him.
Some basic truths that we learned from these speeches, and questions that we ought to ask ourselves were:
1. We don’t always have to have an answer for someone who is hurting. Eliphaz thinks he needs to diagnosis Job’s situation; he really should’ve just kept his mouth shut and loved Job.
2. Sometimes just understanding a friend is the best counsel we can give. As Eric Burton and the Animals sang back in 1965 “Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood”. We all want to be at least understood. Be patient with people and learn to discern.
3. Are we judgmental? Eliphaz was harsh to the point that he started making up things about Job. Let’s continue to be people of the cross – people of mercy.
4. I know that Job may appear to be this super-person – this man suffering greatly, yet praising God and clinging to Him in a confident expectation that he – despite his suffering and complaining – will see the Lord face to face; but we have some advantages that Job didn’t have: a. We have the Spirit of Christ within us; b. We have the complete Word of God; c. We have the fellowship and encouragement of brothers and sisters in our toughest times.
5. Do you have the Spirit of Christ within you?
6. Do you rely on the Word of God?
7. Do you engage yourself with other believers to encourage, and who can be strength to you?