The Lord’s Command
So the friends were to offer to God a sacrifice of seven bulls and seven rams as a confession and acknowledgment of their sin. Not only that, they also had to humble themselves and go to Job that he might pray for them; thus admitting that they had wronged him.
It was true they had never known God like Job had. It was true that their intentions were probably honorable in their desire to help him. Nevertheless, the Lord’s severe rebuke shows that He considered them guilty of hardness to their brother in affliction. The Lord makes it very plain that it would only be for Job’s sake that they could escape some severe dealings. Why? Because of their foolish and shortsighted judgment of a man whose character should have commanded their absolute confidence, even if they did not understand his path. Also, for their self-complacent assumption of knowledge of God’s way.
If you have come to the same point in your trial as Job, listen: “The Lord says, ‘See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger . . . tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk over you’; and you made your back . . . like a street to be walked over” (Isaiah 51:21-23).
This same story has been replayed many, many times, as God dealt with His people throughout history. Look at Joseph and his brothers. Remember how his brothers had used him and abused him but eventually had to bow down before him and receive bread from his hands? Jesus himself was rejected and yet, eventually, every knee will bend before Him.
Remember how Job’s three friends stated that God was giving him less than his iniquity deserved? Well, the Lord said “My servant Job will pray for you and for his sake I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.”
Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar “did what the Lord commanded them to do,” and “the Lord pardoned their sin for the sake of Job” (Septuagint version).
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