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Take It from Me

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Take It from Me

Job 22:12-20
“Is not God high in the heavens?
See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 But you say, ‘What does God know?
Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14 Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see,
and he walks on the vault of heaven.’
15 Will you keep to the old way
that wicked men have trod?
16 They were snatched away before their time;
their foundation was washed away.
17 They said to God, ‘Depart from us,’
and ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things—
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous see it and are glad;
the innocent one mocks at them,
20 saying, ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off,
and what they left the fire has consumed.’”

The Story: Eliphaz mocks Job’s demand that God should explain Himself to him. God is not like that, Eliphaz rightly insists. Not only does He not need us, He doesn’t have to explain His actions to us – as if we could understand them anyway! (Although Eliphaz is quite certain he does.) He is chiding Job for this vain ploy of hoping to gain an audience with God (vv. 12-14). By taking away this response, he intends to further assault Job with his own preferred view of the situation (vv. 16-20).  It’s the same dreary line, only more pointed: Job is among the “wicked men” who are “snatched away” suddenly. He has obviously rejected God at some point in the past (v. 17), and that explains why he can’t connect with Him now. And still, God was so good to Job (v. 18). Happily for him, he has a “friend” to tell him what a wretch he is, if only he’ll accept it (vv. 18-20).

The Structure: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Or a counselor whose advice is rejected by the one he’s trying to “help.” Eliphaz and his friends will get a taste of their own medicine soon enough. For now, we’re glad, as Job must have been, that all this hot air is about to end.

What role does the “transcendence” of God – the deep mysterious and impenetrable being of the Deity – play in your own faith?


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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.

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