FRIEND

NO RESPECT

Job has more friends who are ready to call him a liar to his face.

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,  Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?  Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?  For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.  But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; Job 11: 1-5

So Zophar thinks no one should be quiet about Job’s lies.  He thinks God will testify against Job.  Eventually God will speak for himself, but Zophar presumes to do God’s talking for him.  Isn’t that a false prophet?

And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.  Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?  It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?  The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.  If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? Job 11: 6-10

Zophar exalts God even as he misrepresents him.  How can we serve God while we are disobeying him by bringing a false accusation against a brother?  Isn’t that the job of the accuser of the brethren?  But then some people are working for the enemy.

For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?  For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.  If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;  If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.  For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: Job 11: 11-15

Zophar challenges Job to repent of his sin, but Job is not guilty.  Are there times when we allow ourselves to entertain “voices” that tell us how unworthy we are to receive salvation?  Do we operate in unbelief by speaking about our weakness?  We have been represented by the only counselor who can cancel our debt, and then we try to reject his payment.  If you know who your savior is you must reject the claims of our adversary.  You have been made worthy by grace.

Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:  And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.  And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.  Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.  But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost. Job 11: 16-20

This is true that we shall not have misery if we repent of sin.  But Job is already there, and his misery too shall pass away soon.  Perhaps this is a prophesy after all, but Zophar doesn’t know that Job is ready now.  When will he be free of the misery of his “friends” like Zophar?

 

 

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