The Story: Job’s response is dripping with sarcasm. He’s done with these jerks, and he wants them to know it. Here he sits, broken, powerless, weak, confused, seeking help and understanding. And all they can do is condemn and demean him. Some friends. It’s not that Job doesn’t want to be helped; he does (v. 2). It’s not that he wouldn’t be willing to hear sound wisdom, or to receive true insight to his suffering; he’s eager for it (v. 3). It’s that he will not acquiesce in falsehood (cf. 27:1-6); he will not consent to what he knows to be untrue, even if it means his own suffering is compounded even more. Truth, you see, meant more to Job than the camaraderie of his friends.
The Structure: Job was not the sort to go-long in order to get-along. If he loses his friends over his stance on truth, so be it. Here is part of the strength of Job, which, as we see, no extent of untoward circumstances has been able to break. Would that more believers had such conviction.Do you ever feel led to compromise on some plain teaching of God’s Word, just to keep your friends or a loved one happy?
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