Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
In the Job scenario, there were three men that are referred to as “friends” of Job. They were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. When the great crisis Job face initially unfolded into his life, they came to him to comfort him. When they saw the horrible state of affairs he was facing, especially when they could not recognize him because of his physical condition, they even wept for him. I believe they considered themselves to be friends, even when their words to him became critical of him. You see, true friends will speak truth, but there are times when people speak what they believe to be truth when, in truth, it is not truth. That was the case with Job at this point in his life. We do not attack Job’s friends, but we do seek to identify their errors in judgment. Even Job often spoke in error. But in each case of speaking in error, whether it was Job, or one of his friends, the error is speaking was because of deception, religious thinking, or an attempt at self-justification. We still deal with those things today, but dear reader, today, we are without excuse, for we have the completed Scriptures. We can read the end of the story before the story is complete, a luxury Job and all those around him did not have.
Once again, I am convinced that these three men were true friends of Job. It does not appear that they came with pre-conceptions of how or why all this came upon Job. In fact, we read at the close of chapter two that they sat with Job seven days and nights while Job grieved about his situation. But it seems that was the point that Job’s friends ran dry of compassion and moved into what I call the diagnosis-and-fix-it mode. As soon as Job began to speak of his plight, Eliphaz answered him first. He began by acknowledging Jobs good works, but immediately began to pass judgment based on his sense perception. The Scriptures declare that one should not judge after his own sight, neither reprove after his own hearing, but should rather judge righteous judgment. This is what all three of Job’s friends did throughout their speeches, and Job’s response to them was always on the defensive to justify himself.
That is precisely what is happening today as ethnicities, races, and political parties attack one another. There is a charge of blame followed by often caustic defenses. Out of such behavior will NEVER arise any solution or healing, but only more bitterness.
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; Job; John 7:24; Isaiah 11:3