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December 31, 2018

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

Job 5 (ESV)

“Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?
    To which of the holy ones will you turn?
Surely vexation kills the fool,
    and jealousy slays the simple.
I have seen the fool taking root,
    but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
His children are far from safety;
    they are crushed in the gate,
    and there is no one to deliver them.
The hungry eat his harvest,
    and he takes it even out of thorns,
    and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
For affliction does not come from the dust,
    nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
but man is born to trouble
    as the sparks fly upward..
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  1. Job 5:8-9 (ESV)
    8  “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, 9  who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:

    As I read through Eliphaz’s counsel, I cannot find fault in the truth of his statements. Each statement teaches something that is true about the character of God and the character of man.
    In the passage above, it is true that in times of trouble we should commit our cause to God because it is he who ‘does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number’. We know this to be true and it is echoed through the pages of scripture (Ps 71:19, 40:5, 72:18, Romans 11:33).

    Also in Job 5:17-27, Eliphaz is also partly correct and most of what he says comes true. For God does restore the fortune of Job after the time of affliction is complete. He has more children, his wealth is restored. He lives long and prosperously (Job 42:10-17).

    In light of these two chapters, I am initially puzzled by God’s rebuke in Job 42:7-9.
    Job 42:7-9 (ESV)
    7  After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8  Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.

    As I read this chapter a few times, Job 5:17 stands out as the fulcrum on which Eliphaz’s counsel rests.
    Job 5:17 (ESV)
     “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.

    Even though Eliphaz has a correct understanding of the greatness and sovereignty of God, he still is convinced that Job must repent of some wicked thing he has done to cause the calamity.

    In this context I am reminded of the question the disciples posed to Jesus in John 9:2.
    John 9:3 (ESV)
     Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

    I am glad that God gives us some insight in chapter 1 and 2 to help us better understand Job’s integrity and chapter 42 that gives us resolution.

  2. Although Eliphaz is still stuck in the same thinking as chapter 4, he does provide some good instruction here. He does warn against resentment and envy in verse 2 which all of us are subject to, but especially when we are suffering trials. Before he says his best thing in verse 8 he says his worst in verse 7. Man is born to trouble is a typical Eeyore (as in Winnie the pooh) perspective on life often times driven by legalistic perspective. But on the other hand we can appeal to God and lay our cause before Him. He above anyone else knows what is best. He is able to accomplish what He desires but Eliphaz understands most of that activity in terms of reaping what we sow.

    And verse 17 is the linch pin of his argument. And we are not despise the Lord’s discipline. The book of Hebrews tells us that as well. But it is presumptuous for Eliphaz to assume that is what is happening to Job. And yet he does offer some encouragement to Job at the end, even though it is based on the presumption that Job is under discipline. A beautiful aspect of God’s discipline is that He is able cut us and heal us at the same time, showing what hebrews tells us is true that God disciplines those that He loves.

  3. seek God’s discipline and correction, Job, since your troubles are obviously as a result of your sin…

    17 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;
    therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
    18 For he wounds, but he binds up;
    he shatters, but his hands heal.
    19 He will deliver you from six troubles;
    in seven no evil shall touch you.

  4. 8 “As for me, I would seek God,
    and to God would I commit my cause,
    9 who does great things and unsearchable,
    marvelous things without number:
    10 he gives rain on the earth
    and sends waters on the fields;
    11 he sets on high those who are lowly,
    and those who mourn are lifted to safety.❤️

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