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21 For now ye are nothing; ye see [ra'ah] my casting down [chathath],
and are afraid [yare']. KJV-Interlinear
21 'Indeed, you have now become such, You see a terror and
are afraid. NASB
the winter caravans, the overflowing wadis were appreciated, but not
needed. When summer came along, and
these same caravans traveled their same trails, the empty and dusty dry wadis
were a shock. How could so much turn
into absolutely nothing in so short a time?
now, Job too declares that his friends are as nothing, just as the dry wadis
are nothing. They offer nothing, they
offer no help, they are a total waste of time with their opinions.
reveals one more thing as well. His
friends are afraid of him.
But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference
to me; God shows no partiality) well,
those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. NASB
friends came with good intentions, initially, but when they arrived and saw the
extreme degree of his misery, they became standoffish.
did not engage in conversation from the beginning. They did not offer their sympathies in their
opening words. They did not offer help
or aid of any type.
someone has lost all that they had, and are deathly ill, the first things that
should come to ones mind when you see their dire situation, is to offer them
cool water, or a damp cloth, or something to ease their suffering. If you are financially well to do, then you inquire
if they need any financial assistance or food, or clothes, or anything that you
can do to help them in their situation.
someone suffers a loss of some type, like a house fire, then his neighbors
should naturally come by to offer help in many forms. The obvious things that will be needed are
food, clothing, immediate shelter, a phone to call family and insurance, toys
for the kids, and such things.
one expects neighbors to come by and immediately begin lecturing them on not
having a battery in their smoke detector, in not mowing the lawn recently,
questioning their private life to see if there is some sin that might be the
cause of the fire. 'Should have stopped
smoking. What did I tell you? Now look at your home.'
more than that, Job was repulsive to the eyes.
He looked really bad, and anyone who saw him might not want to get too
close, lest they catch the disease themselves.
Job was presumably under judgment by God, so their inclination was to not get
too close, lest they might become the recipient of Gods wrath as well. 'Heaven only knows that we don't want God to
get mad at us too!'
don't want gang thugs to get mad at them, so they don't get involved. Politicians, celebrities, or liberal minded
folks don't want to get too involved in the Middle East, lest the terrorists
might get mad at us.
same principle of responsibility, grace, and courtesy in life applies in all of
Bildad, and Zophar, all three, knew a great deal of doctrine, the teachings of
Gods Word. They were men of the world,
their world. They had a great deal of common sense about them. And yet, they seemed to lack the common
courtesy common sense that is necessary when it comes to adversity.
who know the teachings of the Bible, but lack their proper application in real
world situations, are worthless people.
having life, but lacking salvation, makes your life worthless fuel for the Lake
of Fire. Having salvation, but lacking
knowledge for spiritual growth, makes your life useless in the spiritual
realm. Having spiritual knowledge, but
lacking the application of that knowledge to your daily life, makes your life
as useless as the dry wadi.
all believers are useful folks. Many
know the general principles of life, but far too many lack an in depth
understanding and wisdom when it comes to interacting with others.
first inclination? Me first. Make a show for whoever is around, but
otherwise don't get involved. Try to
bring blame, correction and analysis to a situation, rather than bringing
relief and understanding.
words were pointed at Job, but Eliphaz was more impressed with his own words
and lecture, than he was interested in Jobs affliction. Eliphaz was impressed with himself, and with
hearing himself speak. He had a captive
audience and he was going to give his lecture.
that is the way lots of folks are. They
like to hear themselves talk, and they will dominate a conversation, because
they are impressed with what they have to say, and they believe that others are
impressed as well.
Eliphaz, politicians and celebrities will usually fit this pattern of thinking. They want to be seen and heard, but they
don't want to get involved, nor do they want to advance any form of solution to
the problem, except something that might perpetuate the problem. Which in that case would continue the
dependence of others, on themselves.
then is the foundation that drives their thought pattern. Job calls it straight here. His friends are afraid. Job represents something that is beyond their
comprehension, beyond something that they cannot resolve, beyond something, which
they have no answers for. Yet they feel
qualified to criticize the situation.
one can live their life successfully, by being afraid of those things that are
greater than they are. Whether this is
unemployment, or an illness, a social issue, or a global war, makes no
get involved means being responsible, and accountable, and that means that you
will be under the scrutiny and criticism of those who don't want to get
to offer aid and a solution, and even try and fail at something, than to sit on
the sidelines and fill the role of worthlessness.
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