Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- Poor old Job, he is still in the midst of grief and depression, so much so that he is jealous of a tree!
- Just like Job, now would be a good time to take stock of your life. It is so fleeting and over so quickly. We need to be making the most of the such little time we have on this earth. Are you serving God wholeheartedly and making each day count?
- Job’s friends have lost patience with him. His declaration of innocence is starting to annoy them and they get very sarcastic, quite rude and not at all compassionate. It’s Eliphaz’s turn to accuse Job of not fearing God. I imagine ‘windy knowledge’ to mean he considers Job’s words to be as much use as a burp!
- What can we learn from this passage about how not to counsel people, especially when they are grieving?
- Eliphaz is extremely hypocritical in telling Job that he presumes to know about God by presuming to know Him himself. Do you know people like that? How can you guard against being like that yourself?
- This passage should serve as a warning to always check what we hear people saying with the bible. People can be so persuasive and yet still be wrong. We need to study diligently and contend for the truth.
- Job and his ‘friends’ are now entrenched in opposite positions. The friends are convinced of his guilt and Job is convinced of his innocence. He believes that God has sent them to torment him. If you were living at that time, how would you seek to resolve their conflict?