God Gets Angry

March 27, 2014

Job 42:7-9 ESV   After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer.


Job’s friends presumed to speak for God and in defense of God. Their “comfort” was anything but comfort to Job, and their self-righteousness reminds me of some people I have had to deal with in the past year. Like wolves at the door they were....  


The Lord’s anger is directed against Eliphaz the Temanite and the other two friends (Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite). This contrasts with Elihu who had presumed to speak, though harshly, on God’s behalf (36:2), and whose anger had burned against Job as well as his friends (see 32:2–3). When I see Him, I’d still like to ask about Elihu and why the LORD did not include him in this.


Another point that struck me this morning as I finished this profound OT book: Throughout the book of Job, Job’s words certainly expressed deep anguish and frustration; but God does not count these words sinful. "This is probably because Job never lost his earnest desire to appear before God, and his words are testimony to that" (ESV Study Bible).


In the past eight months or so I have expressed some very deep, raw emotion to God. Inflamed, angry, and skinned alive, I pounded on God’s front door looking for answers. I never lost my desire to appear before the LORD though, and his grace became abundantly and supernaturally clear. But unlike Job, I had circles of friends who were straight as an arrow and true to the Word of God. They spoke truth and flooded my life with grace. Now I get to do the same.

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