John was driving home late one night when he picked up a hitchhiker. As they rode along, he began to be suspicious of his passenger. John checked to see if his wallet was safe in the pocket of his coat that was on the seat between them, but it wasn’t there! So he slammed o … More
The chapters that follow are made up of items of discussion between Job and his three friends. Job and his friends share the same basic theology, and most of what the friends say is true, but it just doesn’t fit Job’s case. Eliphaz, the oldest, wisest and most experienced is convinced that Job is guilty of some secret unconfessed sin. (!) He rebukes Job (vv. 1- 6). (2) He gives reasons why he thinks Job is suffering (vv. 7-11). (3) He gives support to his theological viewpoint by relating a dream (vv. 12-21). In his discussion he touches on four basic doctrinal truths).
Eliphaz closes his discussion by asking Job to recognize and accept these four basic truths (v. 21).
Part of what Eliphaz said was true, and part was false. It is true that those who promote sin and trouble will be punished eventually but it is false that anyone who is good and innocent will never suffer. I have no guarantee that I will not have to suffer in this life.
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Job 1:1-12Job’s Family And Background
Job 1:13-22Job’s Calamities
Job 2:1-13Job’s Second Test
Job 3:1-26Job Wished He Could Die
Job 4:1-21The First Speech of Eliphaz
Job 5:1-27Job is Chastened by God
Job 6:1-30Job’s Answer to Eliphaz
Job 7:1-21Why is Life so Hard?