Today’s passage: Job 6
- Chapters 6 and 7 contain Job’s response to Eliphaz, who believes Job’s suffering is a form of discipline from God because of sin.
- It is clear from Job’s response, he feels that Eliphaz’s rebuke has now added to his suffering.
- He had not withheld information. He does not believe he is under discipline (Which, he wasn’t).
- Therefore, Job returns rebuke to Eliphaz.
- With everything he is enduring, Job desires death and sees it as mercy from the Lord. However, he knows that if it is to come, it must come from the Lord.
Questions to consider:
- What kind of comfort does it appear Job needed and desired? What does it look like Job wanted his friends to allow him to do in his suffering?
- What does Job think Eliphaz is accusing him of doing (Verse 28)? If these men were friends, what would Job have already told the men if this suffering was a consequence of his sin? How might they have comforted Job even if that all were true?
- With this challenge from his friends, and now with the conversation taking on a horizontal plane (Between people), what will Job need to be carful he doesn’t forget? What is the most important relationship at stake here and in every conflict we have with others?