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Will you ever see the following in a Hallmark store???. Eliphaz: Those who plow and sow trouble, reap it! Job 4:8. You’re getting what God knows you really deserve, Job!.
Bildad:He is only dishing out what your secret sin deserves…If only you were pure and upright,so that He could arise for you.Job 8:4-6.If you were only more spiritual, God would be correcting this right now.
NIV Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 2 "If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking? 3 Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. 4 Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. 5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. 6 Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope? 7 "Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? 8 As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
Eliphaz believes Job has deserved what has happened to him.He goes on to say that if Job repents his unrighteousness, a merciful God will take him back.
7:16 [Job continues] I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning. 17 "What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention, 18 that you examine him every morning and test him every moment? 19 Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? 21 Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."
8:20 "Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers. 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. 22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more."
A man who forgets God is like a plant without rich soil, water, or sun.
more form of brutal suffering
in their accusations of sin
to merit his suffering (10:22).
He was angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends because they condemned Job without cause.
“My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Notice Job and Elihu contend that their peace in the presence of God validates their speech.-- I know my Redeemer lives…I will see Him how my heart years for this.--The Spirit of God gives me breath.
Elihu states that God eventually vindicates those who look to him and stand upright before him. We all need divine patience.Elihu continues that God’s ways are sometimes beyond our finite and limited understanding as we wait.
God affirms Elihu’s statements.The Lord does rebuke Job that His suffering is not altogether meaningless.Job will now make intercession for his three friends. His three friends’ sin has been revealed in His suffering. 1. They speak evil of God’s intent for His righteous servant. 2. They stand in the place of God to judge man.
NIV Job 42:7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job's prayer. 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. 12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so he died, old and full of years.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes-- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! NIV Job 19:25-27
We wait for the blessed hope-- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, NIV Titus 2:13.Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. NIV 1 John 3:2-3.
because we realize our sin as the Righteous Servant suffered.
NIV Job 40:15 "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! 17 His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. 18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. 19 He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. 20 The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. 21 Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. 22 The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him.
NIV Job 41:1 "Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?