Job Vs. Friends
Analysis of the Arguments
a.) Job vs Friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar)
Issue: Questioning God’s divine right in sanctioning a man’s deeds
Background: After having studied people of the earth, Satan comes before God. God points out the righteousness of Job (a man in the land of Uz), but Satan argues that human righteousness wouldn't exist if God did not reward the righteous with his protection. Satan presumes that the only reason any humans love God is to get something in return. Satan predicts Job would actually curse God if God allowed him to lose all he had worked for. God gives Satan the power to test that theory. All on the same day, Satan wipes out Job’s children, servants, and livestock. Debaters/ Arguers: Job and God
I. Job is inconsistent.
Evidence: Eliphaz accused Job of ...view middle of the document...
c.) The wicked, like him, is weakened, ensnared, diseased, insecure, forgotten, hated, and alone. 18:1-21
d.)Wicked may be blessed but they will then lose their riches. 20:1-29
IV. Job is hopeless because he’s just a man.
a.) Proclaiming God’s disinterest in Job for his social deviations and spiritual defiance, Eliphaz urges him to repent for God is great 22:1-20
b.) God is great and man is small and impure, there was no hope for Job to be just and clean 25:1-6
I. His suffering was causing his rash desire to die.
a.) Desire Not to Have Been Born: 3:1-10
b.) Desire to Have Died at Birth: 3:11-19
c.) Desire to Die: 3:20-26
Rebuttal: Eliphaz’s response has disappointed him, and by asking for forgiveness if he has sinned 6:1--7:21
II. God has no fair judgment because he doesn’t know why He is against him.
a.)Job responds by affirming God’s wisdom and power, asking why He is against him, and requesting to die. 9:2-34; 10:1-22
III. What you know is what I know.
a.) Job responds by criticizing Zophar for not telling him anything new, not helping him, and not representing God well, whereupon, he again asks God to let him die 12:1--14:22
b.) His friends are just miserable comforters. Job responds rebuking his friends for being no help, desiring to plead his case with God, and affirming is situation of despair 16:1--17:16
c.) Job rebukes his friends for tormenting and insulting him, affirms that God has wronged him, urges his friends to have pity on him, and affirms that God will prove his innocence after his death and judge his friends 19:1-29
d.) Job retorts that his impatience is excusable and reminds Zophar that the wicked prosper and live (unlike him) 21:1-34
IV. I know where and how to talk to God.
a.) He longs to plead his case before God 23:1-17;24:1-24
Job’s Conclusion: He concludes the discussion by continuing to proclaim his innocence and the hopelessness of the wicked 27:1-23