If you can’t meet a person’s arguments, you pour scorn and derision on him – so the world teaches. Eliphaz gets very hot as he seeks to make Job admit his sin. We, the audience to this drama, know that what has happened has nothing to do with any sin of Job’s. Have you ever been falsely accused?
Eliphaz fires back at Job, calling his logic “windy knowledge” and “unprofitable talk”.
He cannot see past the restrictions his own mind has – That bad things can only happen to bad people for the bad things they have done.
There is wisdom in some of what Eliphaz says.
In v31, speaking of the wicked man who defies the Almighty, Eliphaz proclaims rightly that, “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.”
This is true! Empty is the payment of the wicked, all that they do comes to nothing (Proverbs 30 v20, “… for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.”)!
We can often be so profound and righteous in our (I want to say pontificating, because I see that in me) discussions, and yet miss the point completely of what is in front of us.
Job’s friends were missing the point. They were friends, they had intent to help, but couldn’t get past their own limited theology.
Praise God we have His word, including the book of Job, to teach and admonish us, to convict and rebuke us.