Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday - Job 5 - Ah Job, Yer Pain is Good Fer Ya!

n this chapter, Eliphaz continues his initial answer to Job. Now, some of what he says seems to be good counsel… until you consider the context. For example, Job 5:17 sounds much like Hebrews 12:5-6 or Proverbs 3:11-12. Indeed, it is true that a guilty man who receives discipline from God's hand should be grateful that God cares enough to adjust him. Yet, what did that have to do with Job. He wasn't being punished for any crime or moral shortcoming! So, perhaps Eliphaz was stating an obvious principle, but, if it didn't apply to Job's situation then at that moment and in that situation it was about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

So anyway, Eliphaz was essentially continuing his diatribe on Job's suspected flaws. The world that Eliphaz believed in was a world where the good guy always wins and the bad guy always loses. And, while that is a fine rule in the eternal scheme of things, the nasty now and now ruled by Lucifer tends to allow for the prosperity of some very wicked men indeed. Somehow Eliphaz didn't take that into account though.

In fact, Eliphaz didn't even believe that senseless suffering existed. He expostulated that trouble doesn't just "spring out of the ground" (Job 5:6).  On top of that, Eliphaz speculated about how he would handle the situation if he were in Job's place (Job 5:8). I'm sure that made Job feel much better, right? NOT! As Eliphaz rambled on about his hypothetical pet rocks and how he could live in harmony with the wild beasts, I'm sure Job rolled his eyes to himself and shook his head in disbelief at the self-absorbed babble of this supposed friend.

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