hurt feelings.
Job is an outstanding person who loves God. Sometimes we learn that God is far more interested in our holiness, even more than our happiness. His friends believe they are “God’s answer men.” They must have an answer for every situation. God really knows the answers. Note Job 42:7: “You didn’t say the right things about me.” He says a lot of what is right, but God says it is wrong. Many want to sermonize rather than sympathize. We need to rightly represent God. He had the right answers, but he asks the wrong questions.
I. A REPRIMAND: “You are a sinner” (vvs. 4:1-5:27)--"Come clean, Job. Innocent People don’t suffer” (4:7)-- “One who feared God and shunned evil”-- Eliphaz (means “my god is gold”): “Come clean, Job. Only the wicked suffer. Innocent people don’t suffer.” (4:7) When his friends answered him, what did they answer? The pain in Job’s heart? No, Eliphaz answered the words from Job’s lips; and this was a mistake. A wise counselor and comforter must listen with the heart and respond to feeling as well as to words. You do not heal a broken heart with logic; you heal it with love. Yes, you must speak the truth; but one must be sure to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). He is the voice of philosophy. He is the theologian.
Illus: Ring. “Hello?” “Job, good to hear your voice. This is Eliphaz.. You’ve got a nasty case of boils someone told me. You know you don’t look too good in sackcloth either Job. Not your color. But anyway I was calling to give you some advice. I’m sure you don’t mind. Man does not live by bread alone. I tell you Job, you just need to get your religious life back on track. A prayer a day keeps disaster away. Let go and let God Job. If you just pray hard enough, everything will be fine. I tell you, Job, if you really had faith, none of this would be bothering you.” “But God isn’t hearing me.” “The Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want. C’mon Job. God is everywhere. You see those big black and white billboards all over town, saying things like I don’t doubt your existence, signed God. That’s the ticket Job. You need more faith. Every time you get down just think, What Would Jehovah Do and you will be fine. No more troubles. Gotta run. And idle mind is the devil’s playground. Catch you later Job.” (click)
1. An affirmation (agitation) (vvs. 1-6)-- Eliphaz begins his discourse with Job by making a positive, affirming statement in an attempt to connect with him. It is because Job’s friends can’t bear to hear him speaking the way he has, just sighing, "let me die ... better for me to die." Eliphaz is the one who speaks first: "Job, I’ve got something to say to you, what’s wrong with you man? You’ve encouraged others throughout your life and now, it’s time to apply a little spiritual insight to yourself." Look at v. 3: “If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking? Surely, you have instructed many.” Eliphaz