Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 “Would a wise person answer with empty notions
or fill their belly with the hot east wind?
3 Would they argue with useless words,
with speeches that have no value?
4 But you even undermine piety
and hinder devotion to God.
5 Your sin prompts your mouth;
you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine;
your own lips testify against you.
7 “Are you the first man ever born?
Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Do you listen in on God’s council?
Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?
9 What do you know that we do not know?
What insights do you have that we do not have?
10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side,
men even older than your father.
11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you,
words spoken gently to you?
12 Why has your heart carried you away,
and why do your eyes flash,
13 so that you vent your rage against God
and pour out such words from your mouth?
14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure,
or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?
15 If God places no trust in his holy ones,
if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
16 how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt,
who drink up evil like water!
17 “Listen to me and I will explain to you;
let me tell you what I have seen,
18 what the wise have declared,
hiding nothing received from their ancestors
19 (to whom alone the land was given
when no foreigners moved among them):
20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment,
the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.
21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears;
when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22 He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness;
he is marked for the sword.
23 He wanders about for food like a vulture;
he knows the day of darkness is at hand.
24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror;
troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,
25 because he shakes his fist at God
and vaunts himself against the Almighty,
26 defiantly charging against him
with a thick, strong shield.
27 “Though his face is covered with fat
and his waist bulges with flesh,
28 he will inhabit ruined towns
and houses where no one lives,
houses crumbling to rubble.
29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 He will not escape the darkness;
a flame will wither his shoots,
and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.
31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless,
for he will get nothing in return.
32 Before his time he will wither,
and his branches will not flourish.
33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,
like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
34 For the company of the godless will be barren,
and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil;
their womb fashions deceit.”
We have been in the book of Job on the weekends. Job has been through it! Job is a righteous guy and God allowed Satan to challenge both Him and Job, Satan telling God I can even get Job, this righteous man, to curse you. It was daring and there was a lot at stake here, but God allowed it. Job loses his children, his possessions, his wealth and his health. His wife even tells him to curse God and give up and die, but Job refuses. Along come three of his ‘friendenemies’ lets call them. Oh he thought they were friends, but you know the saying… “with friends like these who needs enemies”.
They sit silently with him for 7 days (they should have stayed silent) trying to console him. Finally they start to speak to Job one at a time. Each taking a turn, giving their opinion on why he is in this predicament and what he should do. They are unsympathetic, cold-hearted, arrogant and even cocky when speaking to him. There are no coddling, sympathetic, I understand, supportive words to be found from them. He is starting to get angry with them and in the last 3 chapters he answered them sarcastically, mocking their declarations about their so-called wisdom and not so comforting words.
In this chapter Eliphaz yet again speaks and says you’re digging yourself a hole with your own words Job. We do that sometimes. Eliphaz was not impressed with Jobs speech about God. The discussion is definitely getting heated. Eliphaz accuses him of empty knowledge, unprofitable talk and having cast of fear. Long winded empty words that are only going to dig your hole deeper. He says we’re not even listening to you anymore. Eliphaz is definitely lacking wisdom when communicating with someone who is suffering.
Eliphaz goes on… you are not as smart as God and you are definitely unrighteous in your life and somewhere have hidden sin. You’re disrespecting God with your reply. Whew! I’m not sure I would’ve stood there much longer listening to him… I might’ve just walked away shaking my head. It’s OK to vent to God and show your frustration. we have talked about this before. God wants us to be authentic and real he knows what’s in our heart anyway. He just wants us to always end up glorifying him. Not every situation in our lives is Gods judgment. Life is difficult.
Eliphaz goes back to ‘start praying and stop sinning’ you’re rejecting God’s consolation. You’re attacking God regretting his wisdom and offending him. You’re no better than us and you are wicked. He goes on starting in verse 20 telling him why he is wicked.
Eliphaz‘a Pride definitely has shown up. Pastor Jose told us “not everyone speaking into your life should be speaking into your life.”
Read that again!
”Not everyone speaking into your life should be speaking into your life.”
Soo good. Don’t allow other people to dictate your relationship with God no matter how spiritual they are. Be careful with what words you allow to be spoken over your life. Not everyone is speaking the truth of God‘s blessing over your life. Your relationship with God is between you and him. We are not the judge and jury here. We are here to grow the ‘C’ church. Go! Tell others about Jesus and his love for them no matter who they are, what they are doing … they are never too far from God. That’s it. Love on people. When they feel hopeless build them up and remind them of God’s love for them and that He has a purpose for them here on earth. God brought them into this world for A special purpose. As Christians we should be lifting each other up, supporting one another and praying for each other. And when you don’t know what to say to someone like Job … well say nothing at all or better yet pray with them and just offer a hug.