Job – Chapter 22: Eliphaz

In Chapter 21 we heard from Job, and in Chapter 22 the conversation switches back to Job’s friend, Eliphaz.

“Can a man be of benefit to God?  Can even a wise man benefit Him?  What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous?  What would He gain if your ways were blameless?” – Job 22:2-3

So let me get this straight.  I understand an all-powerful God could not benefit from man, but these verses read as if God doesn’t care if we are righteous and blameless.  If so, why worship God?  What’s the point if God doesn’t care and doles out punishment to whoever He wishes regardless of righteousness?

“Is not your wickedness great?  Are not your sins endless?” – Job 22:5

What the hell Eliphaz!?!?!  Job is the “greatest man in the east.”  If Job is wicked and full of sin, then Eliphaz is filled with MORE wickedness and sin.  Yet Eliphaz is not punished by God, only Job.  Justice reigns!

“You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry…” – Job 22:7

Eliphaz begins to list off Job’s sins, but these sins are news to anyone reading the Bible.  This is the first mention of Job, the greatest man from the east, and his sins.  If the Bible is trying to show the power of God, why is this crucial information not included?  As it stands, it simply appears that Eliphaz is making stuff up to prove a point.

“Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Does He judge through such darkness?’” – Job 22:13

Again, why are none of Job’s sins listed in the Bible?  If they were, a case might be made against Job.  Instead, we are told Job is a great man.  That’s not to say great men can’t sin, but it still makes no sense to punish Job.  Punish others who have sinned more, such as Zophar, Bildad, and Eliphaz.

“Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” – Job 22:21

Um…Job DID submit himself to God.  We learned this in the very beginning of the book of Job.  Despite submitting to God, Job was still punished horribly.

“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored…” – Job 22:23

Again, Job never left the Almighty.

“You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.” – Job 22:27

Sigh.  Job was praying to God, and Job continues to talk to God, and thus far God has shown no signs of ‘hearing’ him.

That concludes Job Chapter 22.  Apparently Eliphaz has paid no attention at all to Job’s life before and after being punished by God.  I have to say that Eliphaz has few qualities of a good friend.

Coming Soon:  Job – Chapter 23:  Job

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