Job Chapter 4: A Friend’s “Comfort”

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A Friend’s “Comfort”

Now Eliphaz could give his scathing report with conviction and assurance because he was not speaking from his own mind, no, he was talking as one taught by a “vision in the night.”

“A word was secretly brought to me amid disquieting dreams in the night . . . fear and trembling seized me. A spirit glided past my face . . .The hair on my body stood up . . . but at first I could not tell what it said and then I heard a hushed voice saying, ‘Can a mortal be righteous before God? Can a man be pure before his maker?’”

I don’t know . . . that spirit-form sounds more like the devil disguised as an angel of light than the Holy Spirit. Satan, who had accused Job to God and asserted that in a time of deep trial he would renounce his faith, would never leave any means untried to achieve his desired end.

When you read Job’s story, you have to remember the forces that lie behind the surface. Satan had set his heart on Job, and his tactics did not stop with stripping him of all his possessions and health until he laid on the ground broken and in despair. He attacks him through his wife’s words, then by dangling before him escape in the grave; again through the counsel of the three friends, particularly at this stage by Eliphaz. Every point is a direct attack against the integrity of Job, his faith in God, his assurance of fellowship with him, and most importantly the testimony of the Lord concerning him.

Eliphaz asserts that he has learned through his spirit-vision that no mortal man can be just and pure before God. He says, in effect, “Job, you better let go of your confidence that you have walked with God in integrity of heart. Your present situation proves that you are just the same as other men. You thought that God had protected and blessed you, but after all, you are reaping the consequences of sin just as everybody else does. You say that you shun evil and seek to walk uprightly; but no man can be counted just before God. No man can be pure before his Maker.”

“If God places no trust in his servants, and if he charges his angels with folly, how much more those who live in houses of clay?” The Spirit-voice whispers to Eliphaz. This was given to Eliphaz, at the very moment the Lord was giving his rave review of his servant Job and looking at him with the fullest confidence He could have placed in him. Instead of charging him with folly, He was declaring before the council of Heaven that in His sight Job was “blameless, true, and Godly, abstaining from everything evil.”

Satan is always accusing man to God, and God to man, maligning His character and misrepresenting His attitude toward His people.

“Man is only like a moth,” said the spirit-voice, “he is crushed in one brief day, he perishes and no one regards it.”

This lying spirit has totally misled Eliphaz, deceived him with a half-truth. It is true that mortal man is not pure before the Holy God. However, he never mentioned the burnt offerings that Job continually offered—a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, which causes a man to be accepted before God.

It is also true that a man’s life on earth could be said to be as brief as a moth but that God lets him die without notice is a lie! Jesus, who came to declare the Father, said “even the very hairs of your head are numbered, so don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Your life before Yehoveh is cherished and scripture tells us that your salvation is Yeshua’s gift to His Father. You never realized you were a gift to the Father? And a treasured gift at that! When you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, Jesus took you all wrapped-up in a bow (a robe of righteousness) and gave you as a gift to His Father! The Father gasped with joy at receiving such a gift and to this day rejoices from your laughter and weeps when you are cast down.

If you are interested, you can download the whole study of Job.

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2 thoughts on “Job Chapter 4: A Friend’s “Comfort”

    Jeff said:
    February 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Well written and much appreciated. Thanks.


      nhiemstra said:
      February 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

      No, I thank you. That was very kind of you. Of all the studies I’ve written, this one is still the one most from my heart. I began the study back in 1984 and still review it and receive new insights. Here it is 25 years old and it’s as fresh and alive as the first day the Lord began to open the book for me . . . I thank Him for His treasured Spirit and Teacher.


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