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A Silver Tongued Judge

Job 22:21-30 :

“Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace.
By it, good will come to you.
Please receive instruction from his mouth,
and lay up his words in your heart.
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up,
if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
Lay your treasure in the dust,
the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
The Almighty will be your treasure,
and precious silver to you.
For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and will lift up your face to God.
You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you.
You will pay your vows.
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established to you.
Light will shine on your ways.
When they cast down, you will say, ‘be lifted up.’
He will save the humble person.
He will even deliver him who is not innocent.
Yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

It is amazing to me that God took pages of His book to expose the fact that men who claim to speak for Him will sometimes give long and detailed speeches that are completely inappropriate, all the while sounding like they know what they are talking about. Eliphaz was telling Job that if he would just turn to God, He would forgive him and help him. By exposing Eliphaz' behavior, God shows us how elaborate and good sounding a judgmental person can be. It's interesting that Eliphaz is urging Job to be humble when he is far from it himself.

I also noticed that Eliphaz told job to lay his treasure in the dust, and his gold in the brook and God would be his treasure. God doesn't tell people to get rid of money and be poor. That comes from people like Eliphaz. God does tell us to give to the poor, but he doesn't tell us to be poor. This passage makes a case for the fact that you can use poverty as means to show how righteous you are, when it really doesn't mean that to God at all. We will find out more about what God actually thinks about Job being poor later.

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