Job 4 and 5

  1. Job’s friend, Eliphaz, begins to reply to Job’s lament. He begins by saying that in his integrity he is to be honest with himself. He who was so available to help others has difficulty applying his own remedy (4:1-6). That which a man sows is that which he reaps – now make an application, Job (4:7-11). Eliphaz had a dream and in this dream it became clear to him that the only righteous one is he who is the Creator; no angel, and more so, no mortal (4:12-21). For those who are afflicted – there is a reason (5:1-7). God is for those who humble themselves before him (5:8-16). Though God corrects those who are in a frame of mind they need not be in, those who come to him (God) will be exalted and then what can anyone do to him who is exalted by God (5:17-27).
  2. Application. Eliphaz attributed to Job a reason for his affliction (4:7-8); moreover, Job needs to understand, affliction does not arise unless it has a reason (5:6). Surely Job was guilty of wrong and he did not own up to it, thus the Lord was punishing him Eliphaz said. **** Wisdom is never exhibited when one expounds without knowledge. So quick people are to make a judgment about someone or something when information available is inadequate. The judgment we exercise is to be made when adequate knowledge of the situation is available, and then done in accordance with a righteous standard (John 7:24). A vast majority of people, on the other hand, don’t look at it that way. They feel the need to go up to the drive up window (as they observe something seen, done, or said), get their order (make a quick evaluation of the situation within the mind), and then drive off (make sure others know what one thinks about it). All this done is inside of three minutes!