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14 To him that is afflicted [mac] pity [checed] should be shewed from his
friend [rea`]; but he forsaketh [`azab] the fear [yir'ah] of the
Almighty [Shadday]. KJV-Interlinear
14 'For the despairing man there should be kindness from his
friend; Lest he forsake the fear of the Almighty. NASB
Job's friends first decided to visit Job, their intent was to bring comfort
into an otherwise desperate situation.
when they arrived, what they saw was beyond their expectations and
comprehension. Jobs condition was like
seeing something that had crawled out of a monster movie.
first reaction was to come to a consensus regarding Jobs situation.
can expect that they spoke to each other, out of the hearing of Job, and they
concluded that Job was in the wrong.
What his crime was, they did not know, but clearly Job had crossed the
line with God, and was under this horrendous punishment.
first action toward Job was to remain silent for a week. This was a deathwatch, or a courtesy of
friends who come to the side of the dying, and remain there with them until
they finally pass away.
this week of silence, Job as thinking about his situation and how he could
escape it, or at least bring it to an end.
His friends, on the other hand, had decided that what he needed was some
now Job charges them not with being friends, but with being critics. Here he is anguishing over his own terrible
state of health, which had followed soon after losing his children and
wealth. A big giant dog had doo-dooed
all over Jobs life, and the first thing out of his friends mouths, was that it
must have been his fault.
unkindness only served to aggravate Jobs calamity. If Job was to be criticized in the midst of
his suffering, then wouldn't he want to die all the more. What pleasure or comfort is their in being
is a place for lecture and criticism, but it is not generally appropriate while
a crisis is unfolding in ones life.
of time for analysis after the events have ended.
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. NASB
A man of many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer
than a brother. NASB
is often said that you never really know your true friends, or loved ones,
until adversity strikes. Then is when
the pretenders and those who have ulterior motives, vanish into the night.
Eliphaz and the others should have done, was to come as they had originally
planned, and offered their sympathies to Job, to help his wife, to perhaps do
some chores, to sit with Job and talk of the good times, and how this will soon
pass, that there is always hope in the Lord, and such things like that.
could have done these things until Job either died, or got better.
type of approach gives comfort and encouragement to a person who is under
suffering. This type of approach gives a
boost in faith to even the immature, because they can look to some hope of
relief. At least they have the
compassion of their friends for the moment.
to come in to someone who has been in an accident, and immediately begin
criticizing them for what they did wrong, or did not do right, only aggravates
the situation. A Christian who offers
such criticism speaks only from his self-righteousness, in judging over an
event. And whether he knows the facts of
not is irrelevant.
person, especially a new believer or an unbeliever, will tend to turn against
God and Christ, when even believers demonstrate such coarse and rigid attitudes
place in adversity, is to help someone in need, to get out of, or get through,
their predicament, not to begin lecturing when it is clearly too late to change
who is hurting, knows only of their pain at the moment. If they are reasonably intelligent, they will
already be racked with grief over what they did or did not do. Nothing is gained by further condemning them.
who sees pain and suffering, looks for and expects to find help. When they receive their help, then they are
encouraged by the source of that help.
when they see the source of help, and that help turns out to be someone who is
self-righteous, or someone who doesn't want to get involved, then they will
have a tendency toward hating the source of what could have been their help.
can be the best of people, and they can be the worst of people. And when you get into celebrities and politics,
whether they are Christians of not, then these tendencies become magnified to
greater extremes, because their opinions receive more publicity.
first duty of a comforter is to be compassionate. If for no other reason, because any one of us
might very well find ourselves in a dire situation. So don't allow hypocrisy to become the ruler
of your beliefs.
someone is under affliction, then everyone alive becomes indebted to them for
compassion at the very least.
one has the right to take advantage of someone who is down on their luck. You would not want to be taken advantage of,
if your life was compromised.
is the environment, which separates those who have true compassion and the
desire to help, from those who pretend friendship, as well as those who serve
only to criticize the oppressed as well as those who try to help them.
offer help and make an effort toward solutions, and at the same time promote
offer criticism, and never offer solutions, and at the same time try to
separate themselves from the problem.
They never really want to be involved, and would exit as quickly as
possible. They promote evil concepts.
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