Job 15: Tensions Are Rising
In Job 15, it sounds like we are beginning round two. We are back to a response from Eliphaz the Temanite, and it seems as if his criticism had gotten even harsher.
Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
As we have been hearing Job talk for the past few chapters, he has made some claims that were different from his companions. However, I don’t believe that he ever claimed to have some type of extra knowledge. He never appeared to claim that he had some type of secret channel to God.
We find out a little bit more about what Eliphaz was upset about.
Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
We now find what was probably the most controversial thing that Job said. He argued that he did not know what he did wrong. It makes sense that that would irritate Eliphaz since he was the first one to say that God brings trials on people who had done evil things.
However, it is obvious that he did not listen to everything that Job said. Job still maintained that he did not know what he did wrong, but he said that he must have done something wrong that God was not willing to forgive. Perhaps he did do something that was so evil that he brought this on himself.
Job 10:14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
I still think that this entire book is built around misunderstanding. His friends made assumptions that were not accurate. They were misrepresenting what was going on. Now we see that growing. They were becoming more and more angry about a situation that didn’t really know anything about. Their charges then grew stronger and stronger.
Again, even though this seems to be my application for most of these chapters, I have to think that we need to understand situations before we go charging into them and bring heavy criticism. Sometimes that is necessary, but it should be done after we have an understanding of the situation rather than before.