|Agree with Me, Agree with God|
The Story: Pretty clear what Eliphaz thinks of his own advice: “Agree with God…” “Receive instruction from his mouth…” What he really means is, “Agree with me, because I have the truth of God.” And he does, as we have seen, to a certain extent. God does require that the wicked repent (v. 23), set aside all earthly desires (v. 24), and look to the Lord for all their meaning and delight (vv. 25, 26). Those who delight in the Lord pray and know that God hears them (v. 27), and they’re able to sort things out in the light of His love (v. 28). Most of the time. But first they must be humbled (v. 29), and Eliphaz considers that this is his special duty with respect to Job. Job, he is convinced, is “not innocent”, even though Job has never ceased protesting his innocence against all their accusations. Eliphaz is right in many ways, but he’s all wrong nonetheless.
The Structure: Thanks for nothing, Eliphaz. Good bye. But what a powerful use of drama as a means of warning us against the kind of hubris that comes from thinking we know more than we do, and insisting on our view of things, rather than on what love requires.
How might you be able to tell when pride and ego were beginning to affect your relationship with others?
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