|Job 22 |
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 "Can a man be profitable to God, as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?1
4 Does he reprove you because of your fear of Him? Will he enter with you into judgment?
5 Is not your wickedness great? Are your iniquities not infinite?2
6 For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given water to the weary to drink, and have withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he possessed the earth; and the honorable man dwelt in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are all around you, and sudden fear troubles you;
11 Also darkness, so that you cannot see; and an abundance of waters [spiritual waters of darkness] cover you.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13 And you say, 'How does God know? Can he judge through the dark clouds?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he does not see; and he walks on the vault of the heavens.'
15 Have you marked the old way that wicked men had trodden?
16 Who were cut down before their time, whose foundation was washed away with a flood [of Noah's time].3
17 Who said to God, 'Depart from us,' and 'what can the Almighty do for us?'
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things, but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20 Surely our adversaries are cut down, and the fire consumes the remnant of them.
21 Acquaint yourself with God and be at peace; by that good shall come to you.
22 Receive, I pray you, instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.4
23 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tent [your body].
24 Then you shall lay up gold like dust, and the gold of Ophir like the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty shall be your defense, and you shall have plenty of silver.
26 For then shall you have your delight in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.
27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows.
28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light shall shine upon your ways.5
29 When men are cast down, then you shall say, 'Lift him up;' and He shall save the humble person.
30 He shall even deliver one void of innocence; he is delivered by the pureness of your hands."6
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1 Yes! If you are righteous, it definitely gives God great pleasure. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Mat 5:6. When a man has become righteous through obedience, Rom 6:16, then he produces the fruit of the spirit, which is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness [or meekness], and self-control, Gal 5:22-23.... When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine, John 15:8. If you make your ways perfect, it pleases the Father and Jesus greatly. To make your ways perfect is to repent from sin completely: I tell to you, there shall be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance, Luke 15:7.
Is it gain to Him, that you make your ways perfect? Yes! It is a gain to the Lord because it is necessary for a man to perfect his ways before he can be reconciled with the Father, and that is exactly the job of Jesus Christ our Lord: having made peace through the blood of his cross, to reconcile by him, all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they are things in earth, or things in heaven. Col 1:20. And the sole purpose of the ministry is for the perfection of the saints: And he appointed [explicitly gave gifted offices with his authority to] some as apostles; and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, Eph 4:11-12... Therefore, be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect. Mat 5:48.
2 Is not your wickedness great? Are your iniquities not infinite? Job has maintained his innocence; he said he was not guilty of sin. But Job's friends do not believe it is possible for a man to be righteous, even with the help of God; so they are now accusing him of being an evil, sinful, rich man — all based on Job's afflictions. But God twice said Job was perfect and upright. And if you seek God with your whole heart, you too will be afflicted by God; and your friends will think you are being punished for being evil, not that you are being persecuted for the sake of righteousness — Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, Mat 5:10.... All who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, 2 Timothy 3:12.... Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin, 1 Peter 4:1-2.... It is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God, Acts 14:22-23.
3 Have you marked the old way that wicked men had trodden? Who were cut down before their time, whose foundation was washed away with a flood [of Noah's time]. Notice, he is talking about the "old way" of evil men who were destroyed with the great flood. Obviously this is more evidence that this was shortly after the flood of Noah.
4 Receive, I pray you, instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. This is the key to their learning!!! Listen to God, receive His instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart; listen, hear, believe, keep and obey. Jesus said: Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep [obey] it; Luke 11:28. Whatever commands you receive, continually lay them to heart, and obey them and repent. Rev 3:3. And Hebrews says: And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and founder of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him; Heb 5:9.... and John: But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 1 John 2:5.... Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls, James 1:21.
Note! Job and his friends had no scriptures, yet they knew far more than Christendom does today — how? By listening to the word of God in your heart, having faith that it is Christ speaking to you, and obeying any commands or laws given to you.
5 the light shall shine upon your ways. More knowledge displayed about the light, which Christendom knows nothing about. When a man's spirit is lit by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which anointing is Christ in great measure, then a man knows all things; then a man's way is marked out as a path before him; then God's light is his heritage.
6 you shall say, 'Lift him up;' and He shall save the humble person. Even one void of innocence shall be delivered by the purity of your hands. Indeed, a mysterious statement! But look what the New Testament tells us about this mystery: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 1:23....and Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 1 Tim 5:22. Clearly this is a power of a perfected man; the power to transmit the Holy Spirit to a man, when, and only when, prompted by the Holy Spirit's voice within. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Mat 16:19.
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