Mixing truth and error

Job Bible Background

07.01.2016 Old Testament: Job 22.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 21–22 on July 1, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

As Eliphaz debated with Job about the reason for his suffering, and as they debated about the nature of God, and how He deals with the wicked, the Bible records Eliphaz,

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“Can a man be profitable to God,
Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous?
Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?”
(Job 22.1–3) 

No, man cannot provide something for God that He does not already have. A man’s wisdom may help himself, but it does not help God.

Is it any pleasure to God that we are righteous? Yes, it is, and it baffles us as to why Eliphaz would hint that it is not a pleasure to God.

Eliphaz spoke rightly on somethings, but he missed the target on some other issues. We do the same, but we have the completed written word to digest that we might always say what pleases God. Eliphaz did not have that benefit. Therefore, God holds us more accountable for knowing the right thing, especially about Him.

Questions:

  • Do you spend much time in the word?
  • Do you change your thinking when you discover that it is not inline with the Scriptures?

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