Time to see how great the advice is from these friends of Job.
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Job 8 – 9
Bildad tells Job that he should repent. He calls the words of Job a “great wind.” He tells Job to inquire of God what in the past has brought this down upon him. Job replies that man can not dispute with God. Job goes on to say, “There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.” Jesus becomes that Arbiter.
Job 10 – 14
Job now just asks God to leave him alone. Zophar tries to tickle Job’s ears by talking doctrine. He says to Job, “You say your doctrine is pure and that you are clean in God’s eyes… If that is the case, reach out to him and he will help you. Job basically replies, “Duh” everyone knows that God is sovereign, wise and powerful.
Still, Job says that he will “hope in God, thought he may slay me…” Man is so small, but God is so big.
Job 15 – 17
Eliphaz attacks Job saying that he HAS turned from God. Job turns it right back on them as being horrible friends and terrible comforters during this trial. He claims that his prayer is pure. He asks where his hope is.
Bildad digs in and claims that they aren’t bad friends… this is his fault.
Job puts all into perspective:
“Oh that my words were written and inscribed in a book. With an iron pen and lead as if engraved in the rock forever. For I KNOW that my Redeemer lives and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Awesome.
Job 20 – 22
Zophar, Eliphaz and Job talk about wickedness next. They debate whether the wicked prosper… I guess there is question whether Job was wicked and if his prosperity was in spite of God, then God was punishing that wickedness.
Job 23 – 24
Job reminds that God’s in control. That being said, he still wants to lay out his side of the story so that God can explain Himself… Oh… This isn’t gonna go well.