40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 20, 2019, 5:00 AM

Lent 2019 Day 13 Job chapter 15


Job 15:1-4, "Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:  “Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
And fill himself with the east wind? Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good? Yes, you cast off fear, And restrain prayer before God.

At first, Job was felt that he could not talk to God, because he would not believe that God was listening to him. God was HOLY and Job's own righteousness would not be sufficient. God was too POWERFUL and why would he listen to little old Job. But mainly, because God was not a man like Job. God could not understand what Job was feeling. There was genuine fear that Job had. Job wanted a mediator who could take away the fear he had, so that he could talk to God.

But Eliphaz's second speech is directed at just that. "You cast off fear and restrain prayer before God." Eliphaz is saying that Job's prayers are not reverant. Job has no devotion in his prayers. His prayers are just empty knowledge and unprofitably talk. 

Eliphaz did not know the depths of Job's prayers. Job is pouring out his soul to the Lord.

Romans 8:26-27 tells us, "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

As the second round of speeches begin, Satan is going to question your prayer life. How is your prayer life? Do your prayers lack reverence and devotion? Are your prayers empty words? 



Comments

03-20-2019 at 9:32 AM
Kami Segers
Thank God that we have Jesus to mediate for us. Job didn’t. What would he have prayed to Jesus? And would we have a much greater fear of God if we didn’t have Jesus to intercede for us? Do we even understand Job’s Level of fear for his God? Oh, and thanks for those last few questions, Pastor! For giving us something difficult to contemplate.
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