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Monday, January 30, 2006

Job 4

Eliphaz replies

Summary:
Initially hesitant as to whether Job would appreciate his words, Eliphaz shared his thoughts. He suggested that Job should look to his righteousness as his hope. Eliphaz knew that sinners came to ruin. He talked of an experience he had when God told him that no man can be righteous like God.

Key verse:
17. Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?

My thoughts:
This is the beginning of a longer speech by Eliphaz, and so far the point is that sinners get what's coming to them, leading to the fact that Job either is or is not a sinner, and either way action should be taken.

However, one of the interesting thing here is that Job suffering is in the midst of righteousness. Eliphaz is going from his own mind, rather than from God's mind. His spiritual experience appears to be feigned.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jesus Crux said...

depends though i mean how can someone ever be perfect. i bet Job's had a few lustful thoughts of his wife before, if you take Jesus' measure of what a sin is that's equivalent of raping someone

9:46 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

If this story is to be taken as history, then it is difficult to imagine Job as truly sinless. I prefer to see him as one who's heart is set on God, and who is made perfect through God's forgiveness.

There are many who claim to be blameless and without sin in the old testament, and it's hard to know what to make of it. Surely they aren't truly perfect? I just remember that people wrote these texts, and that rather than considering the cosmological significance of being truly sinless, I prefer to think about under what circumstances would a person refer to someone as 'blameless' as an accurate description.

1:57 pm

 

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