Job’s First Defense (Job #6)

Text: Job 6-7

What has gone on in Job until now (Introduction).

During a test the teacher says everyone be quiet and no looking at someone else’s paper.  You know the Lord’s tests are like that. No response from God, He’s waiting to see what you’re going to do.  And you can’t cheat off someone else.

Job will call his “friends” miserable counsellors and God will agree with Job.  So here is what miserable counsel looks like.

Miserable counsel lacks compassion (6:1-14)

  • Weight of grief (vss 1-3)
    • Crushed by the weight of unbelievable grief and you expect me to keep quiet?!
    • Grief is a real thing.
    • Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.
  • Arrows of the Almighty (vs 4)
    • Hunted by the Almighty and you expect me to keep my mouth shut?!
    • How am I supposed to draw close to God when I’m being shot by God’s arrows?!
    • Except Job is not being hunted by God Almighty, he’s been hunted by the devil.
  • Appetite of the afflicted (vss 5-7)
    • I’ve been made to eat things I wouldn’t have even touched before and you want me to go about my day?! (5-7)
    • Under affliction and the doctor says you’re going to have to drink this.  You’re going to have to eat this.
    • Appetite changes under pressure.
    • Children in Ecuador taking bones out of the trash.
  • Death as a promotion (vss 8-13)
    • Job longs for death (6:8-13)
    • He wishes that God would kill him (8-10)
    • How long can he endure this (11-13)
  • Common sense of compassion
    • Eliphaz should comfort the afflicted, that’s just common sense (vs 14)
    • Good Samaritan parable. Jesus Christ is the good samaritan.  You understand that story because when others pass by the man who clearly needs medical attention that strikes you as unreasonable and selfish.

Miserable counsel amounts to nothing (6:15-30)

  • Job’s “friend” is worthless (vss 15-21)
    • He’s like a stream of water that is dried up when it’s sought after.
    • Apparently there was an account of some armies dying of thirst because they went to a place they thought had water, but didn’t.
    • Verse 21 Job says Eliphaz has no idea what’s going on and that’s why he’s scared.
  • Job had not asked for financial help from his “friends” to ease the burden (vss 22-23)
  • Job says show him his error and he will be quiet (vss 24-25)
    • Job is honest.  He really wants to know what his sin is then at least there will be a reason for this.  If you tell me what I’ve done wrong I’ll fix it, but you’re just name calling.
    • Devil will make you feel worthless, Holy Spirit will tell you what you did wrong.
    • Devil gives you no hope, no solution, just walls closing in.  Holy Spirit gives a course of action.
    • 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
  • Still no charge of sin (vss 26-30)
    • Eliphaz is piling sorrow upon sorrow
    • Job says Eliphaz “wisdom” has no practical value.
    • Job says take another look and you won’t find any sin to indict (28-30), yet you continue with your indictment.

Miserable counsel is critical without cause (7:1-21)

  • His life is one of hard servitude, with months of futility and wearisome nights (1-3)
    • Life is like a job. You sweat, toil, labor, then you get paid wages.
    • Wages of sin is death
    • Who your boss is makes all the difference. Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
    • Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  • The condition of his flesh makes him toss all night (4-5)
  • His days swiftly go by with no hope of ever seeing good again (6-8)
  • He expects to descend to the grave and soon forgotten (9-11)
  • Job says Eliphaz acts like the satellite data that monitors the sea or tracks fish (12)
    • Are you spying on me? Has it become your goal in life to find fault with me?
    • Am I so important to you that your purpose is now to observe every movement and element in my life to make judgments on it?
  • Job says Eliphaz tries to scare him with his ghost story (13-15)
  • Job tells Eliphaz to leave him alone (16-21)
    • Job is still talking to Eliphaz as he becomes increasingly sarcastic.
    • Job says all Eliphaz has come to do is criticize.
    • Which leads Job to wonder if he is that bad of a person to Eliphaz, why is Eliphaz going through the trouble to be with him?  Why are you throwing stones at someone who is nothing? Why are you beating a dead horse? (17-18)
    • Furthermore, if you have something against me, deal with it or leave me alone since I’m dying. (19-21)