But I Was Only Trying to Help!

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Seven days of silence have been broken by Job. He began by saying that it would have been better if he had never been born. Then he says that it is too bad that he ever survived infancy. Finally he admits that death would be a better alternative than to go on living. This draws a response from the first of his three “friends”, Eliphaz. There are several lessons that can be learned from this man’s approach to comforting Job in his time of greatest need.

  • Support or Sarcasm?
    • 4:1-6
    • “Practice what you preach!”
    • He impeaches himself by acknowledging Job’s proper actions with others during times of loss, and fails to do the same for Job.
  • Love or Logic?
    • 4:7-11
    • Eliphaz claims to know the mind of God and tells Job that only the guilty suffer and a good life will be rewarded
    • Proverbs 17:17
  • Experience or Encouragement?
    • 4:12-21
    • Eliphaz relates a vision he had that portrays God as a tyrant. This dream did not come from God!
    • Suffering people do not need half-truths. They need to be reassured that God loves them
  • Assumption or Assurance?
    • 5:1-7
    • Life experience is not the best teacher
    • He assumes that Job is suffering for sin because he has seen others who have been judged
    • Job needed to hear of God’s presence and care
  • Advice or Affirmation?
    • 5:8-16
    • Eliphaz becomes a self-proclaimed spiritual advisor
  • Empty words or Encouraging Wisdom?
    • 5:17-27

Proverbs 25:20

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