40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 26, 2019, 5:29 AM

Lent 2019 Day 18 Job chapter 20


Job chapter 20 is the second and last speech from Zophar. Why does Zophar only have two speeches and the other friends each have three speeches? Maybe the answer to that question lies in the manner that Zophar delivers his second speech. 

Zophar is no longer trying to reason/argue with Job. Zophar has been offended by Job, and he responds in anger to Job. "Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me. I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer." Before I go deeper into Zophar's response, we need to ask ourselves, "Have I ever responded to someone in Anger?

When anger takes over our response we no longer speak rationally. Zophar is not trying to convince Job of wrong doing so that he will repent and be restored of his fortune. In anger, Zophar lashes out and calls Job a wicked person. Listen to some of the ways that Zophar describes Job, "For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build. “Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires. Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last. In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him. When he is about to fill his stomach, God will cast on him the fury of His wrath, And will rain it on him while he is eating.

As far as we know, none of these things were true of Job, but that does not keep Zophar from lashing out the insults on him. Have we ever felt offended and then in response attack those who offended us? James 1:19-20 says, "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Speaking through his friends, Satan has told Job, God does not listen to you because you are IRREVERENT, You don't KNOW God, and now you are a WICKED person. These three came to Job as close friends to comfort and console. Does suffering put a strain on bond of friendship?   

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