Is there pride in your counseling? The danger for this intrusion of pride comes from the very nature of counseling. Someone comes who is needy and we are there to help. It may be assumed that we know more. It may be assumed that we have more experience. It may be assumed that we have things together. These assumptions are terrible assumptions, and they are just that–assumptions.
Eliphaz and his friends have made assumptions about Job. They appear to be innocent and well-meaning. They have some wonderful things to say about God. They have some good advice that we may need to follow at some points in our lives. But they are wrong about Job and it is because of their assumption.
Eliphaz and his friends have also made assumptions about God. It is difficult to say where those came from either. It seems they have learned from the traditions around them. Perhaps they have reasoned them through themselves. It doesn’t really matter where they came from–they are still assumptions and they are terrible assumptions.
Chapters 4 and 5 form the first of Eliphaz’s 3 speeches. He seems to want to help Job and to get him back on his feet, but his counsel is devoid of knowledge about who God is. His counsel is void of life experience. And most importantly, his counsel betrays his own pride.
We have two players together because this lesson was split over two Sundays.
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