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December 30, 2018

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 4 (ESV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
    Yet who can keep from speaking?
Behold, you have instructed many,
    and you have strengthened the weak hands.
Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
    and you have made firm the feeble knees.
But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
    it touches you, and you are dismayed.
Is not your fear of God your confidence,
    and the integrity of your ways your hope?...Continue Reading

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  1. Job 4:17 (ESV)
     ‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

    I am not sure what to make of this verse. Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Romans 3:10 tells us that None is righteous, no not one.
    The verse itself states something that is true, but the conclusion is off-base. Eliphaz’s arguments is since all men are sinful that all should expect this type of treatment by God. However, this is not true. While we can possibly look to people where they get their just reward, reaping what they sow, there are other times were the guilty seem to get away with murder while the righteous suffer ‘innocently’.

    I am reminded that when any of God’s children suffer in this life that more than the primary victim of the suffering struggles in trying to make sense of it all. Eliphaz, as well as the other friends, are trying to make sense of it all and one common way is to think … wow, I/you must have done something wrong to deserve this from the hand of God!

  2. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
    and you have made firm the feeble knees.
    5 But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
    it touches you, and you are dismayed.
    6 Is not your fear of God your confidence,
    and the integrity of your ways your hope?
    7 “Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?
    Or where were the upright cut off?

  3. In this chapter, Eliphaz is working from the typical human mindset as well as what is presented to the Jews in the book of Deuteronomy that God blesses obedience and curses disobedience and the natural conclusion therefore is, good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. And although this principle is true it is not the only dynamic functioning in the world. Jesus confronted this limited understanding in His day when those stricken with certain conditions, blindness or being lame, were presumed to be under the curse of God because of someone’s sin. But there is such a thing as undeserved suffering and God’s grace as well as evil having it’s day, though finite in nature.

    It is interesting that he begins by complimenting Job for the people he has helped, reenforcing what has already been said of Job’s godly character. And then encourages him to place his hope in his piety and blamelessness. He then points to something revealed to him, that because no man is more righteous than God, we are all subject to suffering at His hand. It is kind of like be still and know that I am God, but with an ugly twist to it…like know He doesn’t trust us, so don’t be surprised if he is mean. It is the typical thinking of a legalist that presumes God is not favorable to us, but our good works earn that favor, and that can only think in terms of crime and punishment…so if you are being punished, you must have committed a crime.

    We all need to be aware of that kind of thinking making its way into our hearts.

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