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Job 4:1-7:21

Eliphaz says twice in his first response to Job, “my experience …,’ (4:8; 5:3) and sums up his response by saying in the fifth chapter,

27 "We have found from experience that all this is true. Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself."

Do I use “my experience” as the end all and be all of the universe? If I do that, I have placed myself in God’s seat. I have stated that all knowledge is summed up in my little pea brain, I definitely know that it is not. However, if I flippantly do what Eliphaz had done then I am like him, presumptuous. According to the Word, that presumption is a sin.

And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.
(Deuteronomy 17:12 KJV)

Job declares something that almost all of us do when faced with hardship, we blame God and we assume wrongly that all our hardships come because we did something wide of the mark. When we think like that we long for death or we desire to go back in time to will our non-entry into the world. Suicide, a permanent solution to a temporary problem... All who trust in the Lord should have hope based on the Words He has spoken to us in the Bible.

I Corinthians 14:18-40
I am not going to get caught up in the debate on speaking in tongues, though I confess, I do speak in tongues in the privacy of my devotional time. However, my salvation is not based on Speaking in Tongues, or Laying on of Hands or giving someone a “Word of knowledge.” I am Saved because of what Jesus Christ did for me on Calvary. My walk in Christ grows deeper by keeping myself attached to the Vine, that is Christ, and the evidence to others is the Fruit of the Sprit I should be producing. Am I a fragrance of Christ to others, or am I an Odor?

Since this letter is one of correction, the point of this passage is correction and balance, which is the key to life. Truth taken to the extreme is error. Speaking in tongues was something Paul did, but not to the exclusion of everything else and certainly not in a public form, where there was no one to interpret what was being said. The key phrase here is “Decently and in Order.”

Psalm 37:30-40

32 Those who are evil spy on the godly,
waiting for an excuse to kill them.

Boy did this verse hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m seeing this played out everywhere, in business, in government, and yes, in churches. People are not suppose to deal in truth and if they do or those holding the power (they just think they have power), may not kill them bodily, but they will attempt to kill by character assassination.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)

Proverbs 21:27

When we treat God like this verse states, bringing sacrifices and offerings to get something from God or to appease God for an evil we have done, then we are treating Him like idolaters treat their gods. We, in effect, are trying to “bribe” God to overlook an offense. Our religion then is not one of obedience but one of wiping the slate clean by our own “works.” That may be good enough for idols but it “Ain’t” what God is all about.

For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God's favor, hurrying us toward destruction]. [Lev. 13:45, 46.]
(Isaiah 64:6 AMP)

If our “righteous” acts are not good enough for God, how much more are the acts we do in our attempt to appease God when we have willfully sinned? Something to think about.

Grace and Peace,

I believe that Job 4:12-5:1 is a passage that all belongs together, and is the evidence that Satan did not abide by the terms of his original wager with God, but attempted to game the bet by inciting Eliphaz to criticize Job. Eliphaz seems to have interpreted this spooky nocturnal visitation as a message of wisdom sent to him by God, through an angel. But does the description in verses 4:13-16 sound like God? Other descriptions in the Bible of visions from in dreams are vivid and clear, maybe not understood, but clearly seen. This scary, ghostly visitor is not clearly visible. He speaks to Eliphaz in an accusatory way, as does Satan, the Accuser. He says "If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his own angels with error," [then how much more will he treat men the same way and destroy them unjustly, without appeal?] Who else but Satan would speak this way of God distrusting his servants and charging his angels with error? And finally, 5:1 sounds like something Satan would say. "Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?" He's telling Job there's no point in crying out to God and asking "Why?" Nobody's going to listen to him and help him. He wants Job to feel so hopeless that he will curse God. In my opinion, the long series of arguments that follow might have occurred anyway, but Satan wanted to be sure Job's friends attacked him when he most needed understanding and support. And his scheme to incite the friends' criticism worked, though it didn't achieve the intended result.

Abraham believe...and obeyed. Thank You LORD for leading me to believe in You and to obey and follow Your will and become Your friend.

I don't really buy that explanation of 14:34-35. I'm allied with another explanation, that since men sat on one side of the congregation and women on the other, if women did not understand what was being said they would ask another. Paul is suggesting that this raises the overall noise level and causes disorder, so he wants them to keep quite and just ask their husbands about it.

It's easy to see this if you are in a modern Jewish or Muslim service.


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