February 21, 2019
Day 54: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verse for Today: Job 16:18-21
Take a few minutes in prayer, asking God for His understanding of what you are about to read. Now clear your minds and get ready to journey to the days of Job. You are an observer of the conversation between Eliphaz and Job. Let the journey begin! Read Job 15-16.
After reading chapter 15 consider this, “Do you have any friend’s like Job’s friend Eliphaz?” Eliphaz has decided that Job has a huge secret sin which Job must deal with for God’s punishment of Job to subside. Eliphaz believes that Job’s plea to God is blasphemy. This troubles Eliphaz.
20All his days the wicked man suffers torment,
the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.
21Terrifying sounds fill his ears;
when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness;
he is marked for the sword. (Job 15:20-22, NIV)
The preceding words, the words of Eliphaz, accuse his friend, Job, of being an evil man, a man who cannot escape darkness because he, Job, loves darkness more than God. Job, in Eliphaz’s view of God is receiving his rightful punishment. Is Eliphaz saying he never really knew Job? Is Eliphaz angry because he believes his friend had been deceiving him. (Job 15:1-35, NIV)
Chapter 16 begins with Job telling his friends that they are miserable comforters. Through most of chapter 16, Job seeks God’s relief; however, our focus verses show a change of thought overtaking Job:
18“Earth, do not cover my blood;
may my cry never be laid to rest!
19Even now my witness is in heaven;
my advocate is on high.
20My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.
22“Only a few years will pass
before I take the path of no return. (Job 16:18-21, NIV)
In our focus verses for today, Job realized that he could not deal with his suffering alone, and that he needed an advocate to go before God and present his case. Did Job realize that his statement reflects the coming Messiah’s position with us before God? Job had to feel abandoned. No one had taken up his case. He was alone. His three friends, including Eliphaz, believed that Job was not the man they thought he was. They were reacting to his situation as they understood God. Fortunately, they misunderstood God greatly. (Job 16:1-21)
Take out your pens and warm up your thinkers! Is your journal in hand? Is your brain warmed up? Let’s focus on Eliphaz. Nothing in what we have read can lead us to believe that he was not genuinely concerned about Job. Eliphaz genuinely wanted what was best for Job. His intentions appeared to be honorable. Think back to what you heard (read) - you were standing there listening to conversation. Was Eliphaz acting as a comforter? What was Eliphaz’s purpose for coming to Job? (Job 2:11) What was Eliphaz doing? Did Job need a comforter or did Job need a friend? Did Job need an advocate? Godspeace!
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