Job 6 and 7

  1. Job expresses the weight of his grief and the pointlessness of it, asking the Lord to relieve him of this anguish because there is no help within him (Job) that can help (6:1-13). When one is afflicted those who come to him ought to come and help, not make accusations that are false (6:14-30). Job’s helplessness in this condition had been experienced for months (7:1-10), and because he has no answers for it he laments loudly and justifies his lament (7:11-16). Job appeals to the Lord to relieve him of this anguish, wondering why he has not forgiven him of his sin (7:17-21).
  2. Application. Job’s friend did not help him at all. He makes an accusation that Job rejects; in fact, Job looks upon the efforts of his friend, Eliphaz (and others soon to follow) as a man who had deceitful intention when he (they) came to him (6:15). **** Job did not know why he had to experience this suffering; in it, he looked for an answer and, finding none, desired that God would “crush him” (6:9). His friends come to “comfort” (i.e., give an answer), and Job rejects the answer given. He appeals to Eliphaz to make it clear what is the sin (actual reason) for which the Lord afflicts him (6:24-30). **** We look for answers continually, and when we feel as if we can’t find them, we wander off into a land we never have been. All the while the Lord calls (Matthew 11:28-30).

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