Ok so somewhere I lost Job 3-4 and I have no idea where it went…so instead of holding up the works til I dig it out, this is 5 & 6!!
Eliphaz is a piece of work. And of course he’s the first one to pop off at Job…he was really tryin’ it. And if it wasn’t custom to wait for the “sufferer” to speak first, he probably would have started sooner…matter of fact, he was probably the reason Job had to BEGIN in “response” mode!!! From 5:1-5, he basically told Job he was an idiot, it was his own fault that he lost everything, and the best part was that no one, including GOD, was gonna respond or even listen to anything he had to say. I thought that was pretty gangsta! You got God on lock so tight that you know who he’s gonna listen to?!?!? Funny how I guess you didn’t think He’s been listening to YOU…but we’ll get to that later!! Guess not cause verses 8 & 27 just running over with self-righteousness. We “saints” do it to each other all the time….especially the ones who’ve been in the game for a long time and are used to God being who He’s always been to them. One thing I’ve learned is that God is indeed “the same yesterday, today, and forever” but WE aren’t. And the God I know today may not be the God that’s showing up in someone else’s life at the same time. While He’s teaching me trust, he might be teaching one friend grace, and another humility all at the same time! But we tend to try and shove our “right now God” down other peoples’ throats.
Chapter 6, Job doesn’t even address Eliphaz immediately or even directly (he lumps all his good-for-nothing peoples together!) He starts off talking about God…verse 4 is so deep. I feel him on that. He’s basically admitting just how deep he’s in his head trying to figure this thing out. Oooh but in 14 he starts goin in himself!! Nothing hurts more than realizing that your friends don’t know you at all. Nobody will know everything about anybody…but there are certain things that the people closest to you should never try to come for you about. Eliphaz didn’t ASK him a single thing – not a “how do you think you got here?”, not a “what do you think God is saying?” – he just immediately started telling him how he was wrong and he brought it all on himself. That’s the kind of “friend” don’t NOBODY need!!