You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
12 Is not God ['elowahh] in the
height [gobahh] of heaven [shamayim]? and behold [ra'ah] the
height [ro'sh] of the stars [kowkab], how high [ruwm] they are!
13 And thou sayest ['amar], How doth God ['el] know [yada`]? can he judge [shaphat]
through the dark cloud [`araphel]? KJV-Interlinear
12 'Is not God in the height of
heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are! 13 'And you say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness? NASB
Job has made clear his opinions. Job has tried to base his opinions on facts.
Eliphaz, and the other two friends, have made
inferences from Jobs words, disregarding the facts, but presuming that because
Job has stated his opinions, that he can only hold those opinions if he
believed in something that they conclude.
Job is not responsible for their incorrect inferences.
Now here, Job has already stated that God resides high
in His heaven. That sinners live their
entire life seemingly without punishment.
And both statements are true facts.
Job never offered a suggestion as to the why's.
Eliphaz infers from Jobs words that he must think that
God cannot see the sinners and that is why they escape punishment, because God
cannot see them because He resides in heaven, which is further away than the
Job made no such statement nor even that
inference. And yet Eliphaz takes what
Job has said, and twists it to a conclusion which no normal thinking person
Have a conversation with a blonde and you will
understand this concept. No matter what
you say, the blondes' answers will seem as though they originated from some
other planet. This is a stereotype, and
jokes are made for such things, but this describes this concept which is exactly
what is happening here with Eliphaz and Job.
Over these many years I have written thousands of
daily studies, and I still get e-mails from time to time from people who read
just one lesson, perhaps something that I have written years ago, and they will
chew me out because of something they perceive I have said. Statements are
usually taken out of context, and often times I have no clue as to which study
they are referring to.
People who are not objective, will inevitably draw
inferences that are incorrect because they are not interested in a thorough
research of a matter, but are impatient to express their own beliefs rather
than learning truth.
People should always approach their Bible study from
the position of an open mind, and from a position of wanting to learn and
consider how to improve their spiritual lives, rather than defensively
defending whatever it is they already believe.
Your spiritual life is between you and God, not
between you and the many opinions or circumstances in this world. If you are truly objective and genuinely
motivated to advance in your spiritual life, then God will make all truths
known and clear to you. If you are not
genuinely interested in truth, then God will allow you to believe whatever you
want to believe. And we have already
seen, the repercussions of this attitude, in the last few days.
Eliphaz presumes, that Job is saying, that because God
resides in heaven and that He is so far away, that He cannot see earth, nor the
wickedness, which exists on the earth.
Eliphaz uses the stars as a means of measuring the
extreme distance over which God must view planet earth.
The nearest star outside of our immediate solar system
is four light-years away. One light-year
is some six trillion miles, and four light-years are well over twenty-four
Some of our best rockets can travel at only about
twenty-five or thirty thousand miles an hour.
That is only seven or eight miles a second. Light travels at over 186,000 miles a second.
Far faster than seven or eight miles a second.
To travel to the nearest star at our present speeds
would take us about 25,000 years. Most
of us would get really bored on a trip that long. 'Are we there yet?'
To travel across the galaxy, which is a hundred
thousand light-years across, would take us hundreds of millions of years. And travel to distant galaxies would be
The estimated distance to the fartherest parts of our
known universe is around fourteen billion light-years. The universe is probably much, much larger.
Anyway, the distance to get to Gods heaven is a very
long way. We cannot travel there by
conventional means and certainly we cannot even see heaven.
But God can see the earth. God knows every thought, hears every spoken
word, and sees every action of every human being in all of history.
26 'And in that it was commanded to leave the stump
with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to you after you
recognize that it is Heaven that rules.
12 Then He said to me, 'Son of man, do you see what
the elders of the house of Israel are committing in the dark, each man in the
room of his carved images? For they say, 'The Lord does not see us; the Lord
has forsaken the land.'' 13 And He said to me, 'Yet you will see still greater
abominations which they are committing.' NASB
Jesus Christ controls history. Nothing can be hidden
from Christ. Even if people try to hide
in the shadows and work their deeds in secrecy, God knows their wickedness and
Even though people in ancient times knew that the
stars were a great distance away, Job never suggested that God was handicapped
due to distance. Eliphaz was just not
Pay attention in your spiritual life, and do not stray
off into left field, or get distracted by the many other things that are
occurring in this world.
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.