Job Calls His Friend’s Miserable Comforters
Job’s friends were supposed to be comforting him but instead were condemning him for causing his own trouble. Job’s words reveal several ways to become a better comforter to those suffering: (1) don’t talk just for the sake of talking; (2) don’t sermonize by quoting scriptures; (3) don’t accuse or criticize; (4) do put yourself in the other persons place; and (5) offer help and encouragement.
Verse 6 – Job observed that whether he spoke or remained silent, his pain remained.
Verses 7, 8 – Job addresses God as if He was present in the discussion (He was, only He hadn’t spoken yet).
Verses 16, 17 – Job viewed himself as if he were dead. He felt he had done nothing wrong to merit this treatment of God’s attack.
Verse 19 – Job felt as we all do when suffering seems to never end. We feel as though God has abandon us. However, because we have Jesus promise to never leave us, we know that in our time of trouble, He intercedes for us. Sometimes the suffering is so huge and overwhelming, we forget that God’s Word is always more true and more powerful than anything that can come against us in this world! Stand on His Word and we will overcome, in due time.
After Job is finished speaking, Eliphaz has his say. Eliphaz assumed that his words were as true as God’s. He began by saying that Job’s words were empty and useless. According to Eliphaz, the experience and wisdom of their ancestors were more valuable than Job’s individual thoughts. This time Eliphaz was more rude, more intense and more arrogant, but he said nothing new.
If I’d had been Job, I would have told “Old, Eliphaz,” that it was time for him to go and not come back!
Sickness, loneliness, disappointment, and death cause Job to say that life is not fair. However, God’s solution to believers who live in an unfair world is to guarantee life with Him forever.
Verse 2 – Job compares life to a flower that is soon gone or like a fleeing shadow.
Verses 3, 4 – Job wondered why God would spend so much time on a powerless, short-lived, mankind.
Verses 5, 6 – Job basically urges God to stop His surveillance on mankind that He set the limit on how long tat they lived, in the first place.
Verse 12 – Job expresses the concept that there is no life after death. The Old Testament doesn’t speak much about the resurrection of the dead. However, we know today that because Christ rose from the grave, we as believers will rise again, based on Christ’s promise in John 14:19.
Verse 13 – Job goes through heavy stages of believing that we were just put here on earth to suffer and then we are gone. Now he switches to thinking maybe when God’s anger has passed, He will remember Job favorably. This implies maybe Job will have an existence beyond the grave.
Verses 7-22 – Job releases a profound truth in these verses. Truth untested by life’s experiences may become stagnant. Suffering can bring a dynamic quality to our lives. Just as drought drives the roots of a tree deeper to find water, suffering can drive us beyond superficial acceptance of truth to dependence on God for hope and life!
Verses 1, 2 – Job made it clear that Zophar’s remarks about uninformed or stupid men did not apply to him.
Verses 4, 5 – Now Job compares his three friends to physicians who have misdiagnosed his symptoms; that they were eye surgeons trying to perform open-heart surgery. Then he tells them that their best display of wisdom would be for them to be silent-shut-up. They had taken true principles, but applied them wrongly to Jobs situation.
Verses 9, 10 – The way Jobs friends had applied their misguided traditional wisdom to Job’s case by saying Job was being punished for his sin, was going to backfire if God examined them instead.
Verse 14 – By using the phrase, “I take my flesh in my teeth,” Job knew he was putting his life at risk by speaking plainly to God.
Verse 15 – “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him,” is a clear indication how Job truly felt about God. Job’s hope and trust was still in the One just and True God.
Verse 16 – If the Lord allowed Job to appear before Him, it would be proof of his uprightness.
Verse 2 – Job longed for renewed fellowship with God either at God’s invitation or Job’s petition.
Verse 23 – Job remained confident that he was suffering innocently.
Verse 26 – Job believed that he should not still be paying for the petty iniquities of his youth.
Verses 1, 2 – Job uses sarcasm to let his friends know that they are not wiser than he is. Although his friends claimed the wisdom of the ages, they still didn’t answer Job correctly on why this was happening. Job reminded them, he had the same wisdom that they had. (Acquired knowledge does not guarantee true wisdom.)
Verses 7-10 – Job contended that all nature is tuned to understand that everything is in the hand of the Lord.
Verse 13 – In the ultimate sense, true wisdom and strength reside only in God. He alone is the omniscient and omnipotent One.
Verses 14, 15 – Job’s perception of God was either famine or flood.
Verse 16 – Job thought that even the deceived and the deceiver are His.
Verses 17-25 – When Job says these next few verses, he is cynical. He said that even though kings, judges, counselors, and world leaders strive to choose wise paths, it’s all in vain. Job was off on this line of thinking because: “We know He works all things together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Verse 22 – Though Job is unable to make sense of his own sufferings, he recognizes God’s power to reveal mysteries.
Verses 24, 25 – Job affirms that no leader has any real wisdom apart from God. When we look to God when making a decision, we must know that God’s wisdom is superior to any the world has to offer.