Hello, Scroll Eaters! Let’s meet Job’s friends.
In wisdom thought, the older you are the wiser you are. So, they are introduced in order of age. Eliphaz is the oldest. He’s more of a visionary than the others, a mystic. He mentions angels and spirits more than the others. Also, he’s the gentlest. Bildad is the middle man, if you will. He’s not too gentle, not to harsh. He’s the traditionalist of the bunch, holding the “Divine Retribution” stance. He never uses “I,” “Me,” or “My” – he has no original thought. Zophar is the youngest, and therefore the harshest. He’s the most dogmatic and passionate.
Everything starts out well. “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, … and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes at a distance, and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe, and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky. Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.”
I find it amazing every time I read it. They just sit there with him for a week, without speaking. I head a preacher mention it just this weekend and say, “What a ministry!” They truly had the right to be called “friends.”
They messed up when they opened their mouths. How’s that for a lesson?
Tomorrow, read Job 14-17.
The Lord bless you and keep you.