ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LIFE SEEM UNFAIR
Job 15:1-21:34 June 18 2006
Eliphaz challenged Job’s contention that the wicked
prosper in this life. He insisted that the wicked are
punished, implying that Job was suffering because
he had sinned. Job called Eliphaz and his friends
“miserable comforters” and maintained his innocence.
Job prayed that his blood would cry out and declare
his innocence if he died without being vindicated.
Bildad graphically described the fate of the wicked
and told Job that he was getting exactly what he
Zophar told Job that he must surely be aware of the
end that awaits the wicked. Job responded by telling
Zophar that the wicked are not always overtaken by
punishment and the righteous do not always enjoy
1. People May Misjudge You (Job 15:5-6,9-10,20)
Job 15:5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you
choose the tongue of the crafty. 15:6 Your own mouth
condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you.
15:9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you
understand that is not clear to us? 15:10 The gray-haired
and the aged are on our side, those older than your father.
15:20 The wicked writhe in pain all their days, through all
the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
Although he had nothing new to say, Eliphaz opened the
second round of speeches (Job 15:1). after listening to
Job express his thoughts and wrestle with his doubts,
Eliphaz ran out of patience. He rolled up his sleeves and
struck Job with a series of brutal verbal blows,
attempting to prove him wrong.
Eliphaz misjudged Job’s motive and attitude behind his
responses to the friends’ counsel. He thought Job spoke
with deception and arrogance . Eliphaz, convinced job was
wrong, thought Job’s own words were sufficient to prove
Job was sad that his expression of faith in God were
ignored or discounted by his friends. His friends had failed
to ease his pain with their endless flow of foolish words.
They turned out to be “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2).
2. People May Ignore Your Statements (Job 16:19-21;
Job 16:19 Even now, in fact, my witness is in heaven, and he
that vouches for me is on high. 16:20 My friends scorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God, 16:21 that he would maintain
the right of a mortal with God, as one does for a neighbor. 19:5
If indeed you magnify yourselves against me, and make my
humiliation an argument against me, 19:6 know then that God
has put me in the wrong, and closed his net around me. 19:25
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will
stand upon the earth; 19:26 and after my skin has been thus
destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, 19:27 whom I
shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
An advocate is a qualified individual who pleads on
another’s behalf. Unfortunately, his friends proved to be
more interested in accusing than in defending him. Job had
nowhere to turn but heaven and no one to turn to but God.
Job used the terms witness and advocate to describe the
one he hoped would come to his defense. The phrases in
heaven and in the heights indicate that Job was thinking in
terms of someone greater than a human being – perhaps a
divine redeemer. He longed for someone to arbitrate between
him and God.
Satan craftily administered additional hurt to job through his friends. Bildad and the other were guilty of adding to Job’s humiliation and feelings of worthlessness by their verbal mistreatment of him (Job 19:3-4) – a reminder of the power of our words.
Job repeated his belief that he would see God. He expected to be in hi flesh of body on that day when god Himself would vindicate him. The thought of that occasion filled his heart with joyful longing and anticipation. Job concluded his speech by warning his friends to beware of God’s punishment for the heartless way they had treated him (Job 19:28-29).
3. People May Seem To Go Unpunished (Job 21:7-9)
Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live on, reach old age, and grow
mighty in power? 21:8 Their children are established in their
presence, and their offspring before their eyes. 21:9 Their
houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them.
Job listen Patiently and then asked Zophar and his friends
to pay close attention to what he had to say (Job 21:1-3).
He told them that his complaint was against God (Job 21:4).
If only they would observe what was happening to him, they
too would shudder and tremble in horror (Job 21:5-6).
Job directly challenged Zophar’s assertions concerning the
wicked. He pointed out that the wicked do not always die
young (Job 21:7-16), do not always suffer calamity (Job 21:
17-21),and do not always die a hard death (Job 21:22-26).
Job argued that if bad things happen to good people,
then we should not be surprised that good things can happen
to bad people. We simply cannot account for or explain
everything that happens to the righteous or the unrighteous .
We must trust God in the face of what we cannot understand
or explain and wait for the day when :we will know fully”
(1 cor.13:12). We can hope in the god of justice, whether or
not we see His justice effected in this life.