40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 28, 2019, 5:22 AM

Lent 2019 Day 20 Job Chapter 22

In the first speech that Eliphaz gave to Job, (Which is recorded in chapters 4-5), Eliphaz tells Job, "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole." So in the first speech, Job is being disiplined, because Job has wandered off the straight path and God is correcting him. But now Eliphaz joins Zophar in declaring that Job is wicked, making lying accusations about him like not feeding the hungry and not giving water to the weary. 

It is here that Eliphaz compares Job to the wicked who were washed away in the FLOOD. Verse 15-18, "Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod, Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood? They said to God, ‘Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?’ Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

The FLOOD was not God's discipline but rather God's wrath. It is interesting that Eliphaz would mention the FLOOD. Ezekiel 14:14 the prophet tells us, "Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would  deliver  only  themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God." If Eliphaz was correct that God's judgment was coming, Job would have been the ONLY one saved.

Once again, Eliphaz forces us to ask tough questions. What is the difference between God disciplining His children, and God pouring out His wrath on a unrepentant and rebellious generation? Has our generation reached that point yet? 

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