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5 But ['uwlam] oh that [nathan] God ['elowahh] would speak [dabar], and open [pathach] his
lips [saphah] against thee; KJV-Interlinear
5 'But would that God might
speak, And open His lips against you, NASB
Beware, beware, those who raise their argument to the
next level, and actually invoke God into the picture. And why not.
When one has nothing significant to say, then always raise your own
status of wisdom and power by using God, and claiming God to be on your side.
Have you ever heard school yard arguments? One child begins the contest with a
challenge, then the other child raises the challenge. Before you know it, one of the parents is
being used to reinforce ones position in the debate. 'My dad is this.' Or, 'Your momma wears army boots.' Or something like that.
Then you know that the argument is really getting
serious when the 'dare' is brought into the argument. That is when things are
really getting feverish. First one dares,
and so as not to be outdone, the second dare is thrown back. Everyone is safe thus far and all can back
down without dishonor.
But when the double dare enters the picture, well, you
just know that this is beginning to cross the line of no return. All those spectators will gasp when they hear
the first double dare. But wait, the
double dog dare launches everyone into an emotional panic. What to do now?
Then the triple dare and finally the triple dog
dare. The ultimate dare from which there
is no backing down. Everyone looking on
knows that this is the dare that threatens the very fabric of the space-time
continuum. To fail in this challenge
means eternal dishonor. One could never
even go back to school, let alone the playground and face all of the other
And don't adults play this same game? 'If God were here right now ' 'If Jesus knew what you were up to ' 'He would be so shocked.' 'He would be so disappointed.' 'He would never do this or that.'
Didn't I hear this kind of rhetoric in the news from
'If God would only speak right now, He would take my
side. Surely that must be obvious. And, He would rip you up one side and down the
other with His scathing rebuke.'
And if the argument is really on its top 'When Jesus
gets finished with you, you won't be able to tell your face from where you
Ha! Triple dog dare. Check-mate.'
And of course you just have to be shaking in your
boots when you have been hit with the 'God' argument arsenal.
Now, a mature believer never has to invoke the 'God'
Only those who lack any legitimate or useful or
applicable argument, need the help of God in their vocabulary. In their mind, it somehow gives them an
advantage, credibility and power, which they otherwise would not have. If you cannot win based on truth, then win
with rhetoric. How does that saying
go? Dazzle with brilliance or baffle
with bull something or other!
Zophar demonstrates his weakness. First, he judges. Second, he takes personal offense. Third, he twists Jobs words. Fourth, he uses anger. Fifth, he presumes that his opinion is the
same as Gods.
Zophar is shallow, sensitive, easily offended, and
judgmental. Zophar does not listen to
anything else being said, an especially anything that does not agree with his
Zophar is so confident that Job is wrong and that he
is right, that if God were to appear, He would side with Zophar and not Job.
Of course, we already know, because we have read ahead,
that God will in fact support Job and not his friends.
Those who invoke God in their conversation, as well as
those who attempt to impress with 'holy' words, 'praise the Lord,' 'brother
this or sister that,' 'amen' and so forth, are not necessarily strong in their
If you are growing up in your spiritual life, then you
will discover that you have no need to impress or convince people with your
'holy' vocabulary. Life is far more fun
with casual and comfortable conversation.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.