Job Chapter 4
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Eliphaz reproves Job. (1-6) And maintains that God's judgments are for the wicked. (7-11) The vision of Eliphaz. (12-21)1-6 Satan undertook to prove Job a hypocrite by afflicting him; and his friends concluded him to be one because he was so afflicted, and showed impatience. This we must keep in mind if we would understand what passed. Eliphaz speaks of Job, and his afflicted condition, with tenderness; but charges him with weakness and faint-heartedness. Men make few allowances for those who have taught others. Even pious friends will count that only a touch which we feel as a wound. Learn from hence to draw off the mind of a sufferer from brooding over the affliction, to look at the God of mercies in the affliction. And how can this be done so well as by looking to Christ Jesus, in whose unequalled sorrows every child of God soonest learns to forget his own?
7-11 Eliphaz argues, 1. That good men were never thus ruined. But there is one event both to the righteous and to the wicked, #Ec 9:2|, both in life and death; the great and certain difference is after death. Our worst mistakes are occasioned by drawing wrong views from undeniable truths. 2. That wicked men were often thus ruined: for the proof of this, Eliphaz vouches his own observation. We may see the same every day.
12-21 Eliphaz relates a vision. When we are communing with our own hearts, and are still, #Ps 4:4|, then is a time for the Holy Spirit to commune with us. This vision put him into very great fear. Ever since man sinned, it has been terrible to him to receive communications from Heaven, conscious that he can expect no good tidings thence. Sinful man! shall he pretend to be more just, more pure, than God, who being his Maker, is his Lord and Owner? How dreadful, then, the pride and presumption of man! How great the patience of God! Look upon man in his life. The very foundation of that cottage of clay in which man dwells, is in the dust, and it will sink with its own weight. We stand but upon the dust. Some have a higher heap of dust to stand upon than others but still it is the earth that stays us up, and will shortly swallow us up. Man is soon crushed; or if some lingering distemper, which consumes like a moth, be sent to destroy him, he cannot resist it. Shall such a creature pretend to blame the appointments of God? Look upon man in his death. Life is short, and in a little time men are cut off. Beauty, strength, learning, not only cannot secure them from death, but these things die with them; nor shall their pomp, their wealth, or power, continue after them. Shall a weak, sinful, dying creature, pretend to be more just than God, and more pure than his Maker? No: instead of quarrelling with his afflictions, let him wonder that he is out of hell. Can a man be cleansed without his Maker? Will God justify sinful mortals, and clear them from guilt? or will he do so without their having an interest in the righteousness and gracious help of their promised Redeemer, when angels, once ministering spirits before his throne, receive the just recompence of their sins? Notwithstanding the seeming impunity of men for a short time, though living without God in the world, their doom is as certain as that of the fallen angels, and is continually overtaking them. Yet careless sinners note it so little, that they expect not the change, nor are wise to consider their latter end.
Brenda Finch's Job Chapter 4 comment on 3/05/2014, 6:53pm...
BManuel s Job your summary is astute and spot on Thank you for your edifying contribution
Linda's Job Chapter 4 comment on 1/18/2014, 10:18am...
Understanding the bible for me has been gradual for me. Please stay with it. Don't stop trying and come back later, it's to important. the more time you give him the more understanding you will have. PROMISE
Nomsa's Job Chapter 4 comment about verse 8 on 10/09/2013, 4:38pm...
Actions speak louder than words.the way one leads their lives good or bad has the results.Holy lives leads one to the high way of Holiness while wayward life leads to darkness(distraction)We better repent and ask God to guide our steps do things that pleases Him.
BManuel's Job Chapter 4 comment on 7/21/2013, 10:45am...
Eliphaz had evidently cultivated a one sided view of God. That is that God gives good to the righteous and evil to the evil. He therefore tries to put God into a box of his own belief. He evidently has not suffered much in his life, for the righteous suffer sometimes far worse than the wicked. But the righteous are ". . . kept by the power of God by faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." There is blessing now and blessing to come for the faithful though they must suffer for a season. Job was as open as any person could be to the providence of God even through the misery he bore. His pain was not his virtue but rather his holding on to God even when he had a dispute with God in the midst of bitter pain. He bore up and did not quit believing because God did not react to his anguish in a way someone might have expected Him to do. To have done otherwise would have suggested that Job, like Eliphaz was doing in chapter 4, worshiping a skewed image of God rather than the real God. Real love for God does not vanish even when pressure increases from above and below as frequently it may do and that simultaneously. Consider also that true faith sees reward and restoration hereafter even if it should not come in this life at all. How much more the reason for giving continual thanks to God in the midst of trials and afflictions. God's tender mercy is revealed here and/or hereafter. To God be the glory.
Chris's Job Chapter 4 comment on 3/15/2013, 4:28pm...
sometimes it is hard to understand some words but i ask God to help me to understand what is being said .
Clint's Job Chapter 4 comment on 12/12/2012, 12:29pm...
Please invest in a King James Version Bible. Be very sure that if you ask God to open your understanding, He will give you all you need at that time. We usually want more than we can handle so, He gives us little by little and precept by precept!
Mas's Job Chapter 4 comment on 12/10/2012, 3:24am...
If you are in a country where Christians have freedom to gather, then you best regularly attend a church, because thatís pastors and preachersí everydayís work to explain the Bible.
Because, itís a hard work which one can hardly accomplish with you online. Unless you register with some Bible study courses online, and some of them are totally free. You can search them with Google.
I hope this helps.
God bless you.
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