|God Needs No One|
The Story: Eliphaz ramps up for one more run at trying to humble Job and bring him to confession and repentance – neither of which is Job’s problem. Eliphaz is well-versed in theological truth. His words about God not needing anything from us agree with God’s own testimony (Ps. 50:9-12) and His words through the Apostle Paul (Acts 17:24, 25). None of us is of any profit to God; our relationship with Him is all of grace. None of our obedience, worship, sacrificing, or giving contributes anything to His perfect joy and fulfillment, which He possesses within Himself alone. He is all-sufficient. Eliphaz imagines that Job is arrogantly thinking that God can’t get along with him (vv. 1-5). And this leads him to wild conclusions and accusations about Job’s real integrity. He hurls a litany of charges against Job (vv. 7-9) and makes these the explanation for why Job is enduring so many hardships and such confusion (vv. 10, 11). His theology may be spot on, but he needs some lessons in the real goal of theological thinking – love for God and neighbors. Eliphaz shows that he loves neither by abusing the truth of God and assaulting the integrity of his neighbor.
The Structure: This cycle of accusation/defense/accusation is about to run its course. Eliphaz offers the peroration for his team, and Bildad will provide a brief, perfunctory coda in chapter 25. After that, Job will have his last say in defense of his own demands. Then the real glory begins.
Do you ever feel yourself becoming so exasperated with someone that you just want to say whatever comes to your mind, whether or not it’s truthful or edifying? How can you avoid sounding like Eliphaz and his friends?
For a deeper look at the book of Job, order Carol A. Newsom’s The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations from our online store.
The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.