Eliphaz is an example of how not to go about evangelism. He comes right out and accuses Job of wickedness in verse 22:5, and goes on to speculate as to what that wickedness might be. There is a time to call for repentance and a time to refrain from such calls. God give us the discernment to know the difference.
“If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents,”
The book of Job does not tell us that Job was without sin.
This would be contradictory to all other parts of God’s word, which teach us that while God is holy and perfectly righteous, we are sinful, broken creation.
But the book of Job does tell us what we have seen, in both the introductory “heavenly council” workings and then the debates that have followed between Job and his friends.
Have you been in a conversation where someone accused you of something you hadn’t done?
Here Eliphaz assumes Job has rejected God, and tells him that if he would just return to God, if he would just repent of his sin – Then all would be well!
What terrible theology this is.
When Jesus sends out the twelve disciples in Matthew 10 we read,
“… And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.”
This is a truth and reality God wants us to understand here in the book of Job.
Persecution will come, both from people and from the spiritual realm.
So what do we do?
We need Jesus! He is the answer, He is the solution.
* Father God,
Please show us Jesus today.
Here in Job, as we read Eliphaz’s words, please open our eyes to You again, to learn of You, to understand our need for You.
Thank You Lord!