I’m reading slowly through the book of Job. I have read the Bible all the way through a couple times now in my life [insert happy dance here]
but I have never done an in-depth study of Job.
I’ve always liked Job.
He puts things into perspective when I think I’m having a bad day. I mean, the poor guy! All within six verses, a matter of exactly 27 seconds of reading, announcements that come within a period of what could be only minutes of each other; he loses his livelihood and his family. [Job 1:14-19]
In chapter two, Job is plagued with “loathsome sores” and the one person who is supposed to stand by his side “in sickness and in health” turns against him. [Job 2:7-9]
Then there are Job’s friends…
Eliphaz the Temanite
Bildad the Shuhite
Zophar the Naamathite
Now I’m only in chapter six so I have only started reading in-depth the counsel of Job’s friends, more specifically Eliphaz who tries to offer words of help and encouragement by suggesting the reason he thinks Job is suffering.
But from what I’ve read so far, Eliphaz is only doing what we all do for our own friends. We offer our best guess. Our assumption of what might be happening. We try to give our best counsel based on things we have experienced ourselves and what might apply to our friend.
I hear all the time how Job’s friends steer him wrong; they are insensitive and give horrible counsel. Perhaps there will be much more to learn as I continue my study through Job, but as of right now they seem human to me. They just seem like good guys coming to comfort and help their friend.
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