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- Job continues
- Eliphaz round two
- Job (more blunt than ever)
I took a course at Lifeway once called “Help, I am not a councilor”. Code for “What NOT to say when someone is in a trial”. I learned that I say EVERYTHING WRONG that could possibly be said. One of the reason’s this dialogue is difficult is the 3 amigos weave in some truths and it is hard to discern at times. That is what I see Christians doing often. They weave scripture into their advice to make it sound foundation.
Job’s advice givers decided to use this as an opportunity to “teach” “preach” or “rebuke” Job. And in Job 16, Job says:
1-5 Then Job defended himself:
“I’ve had all I can take of your talk.
What a bunch of miserable comforters!
Is there no end to your windbag speeches?
What’s your problem that you go on and on like this?
If you were in my shoes,
I could talk just like you.
I could put together a terrific harangue
and really let you have it.
But I’d never do that. I’d console and comfort,
make things better, not worse!
Am I a comfort to my friends in need in trial? Hmmmm. Or am I a windbag? I have been a christian for 14 years, and each year I am reminded that wisdom and sanctification comes only from God. First of all, I don’t know their heart! Second, I am not the Holy Spirit.
Now for the GOOD part. The Foreshadow of Christ. If you have not done your reading yet and let it fall fresh on you from your Bible first:
16:19 Even now my witness is in heaven;
my advocate is on high.
20 My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.