Friends-the Book Of Job Essay

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Friends

The book of Job has many messages that are so relevant

to society and to man. For instance Job’s friends that came

to him in his time of need to sympathize but stayed to

accuse. Were they simply influenced by the Devil to create

doubt in Job’s lowest time or are they a representation

typical of man. To accuse and judge without due cause or

need for proof.

Upon seeing Job Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar see his

suffering so great and pain so deep. They sat in silence for

seven days and nights. Once the silence is broken the

comfort they had to offer took the form of doubt and blame.

Eliphaz subtly suggests to Job, that a man of wealth and

prosperity must have sin. Elephaz accuses based on his

personal beliefs not based
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Job spoke out after each of his friends but not to

defend or justify himself. It seemed he was praying aloud to

God. Questioning the reason for his suffering but never

wavering. His faith in him self was shaken and yet Job just

assured God of his faith in him, but wondered what Gods plan

was. Job understood that life was brief and no matter if you

were a servant or a king your faith in God should be the

same. The friends not seeing the remarkably strong faith Job

possessed. They could only accuse and cast their lines of

judgment upon Job much like our society today. Our laws

state innocent till proven guilty, but in our mind it

usually stands to reason guilty until proven innocent. We

often make a judgment based on where there is smoke there is

fire. A mans faith can not be measured by man. We can only

see the actions that he commits before our eyes. We can not

see what lies in a man’s heart. That is only for God.

The fact that these three men were tools of the Devil or

spoke on their own free will may not be a clear fact.

Unwillingly or not they sought to undermined Job’s faith at

the cost of their own. God did command that they respect Job

for they had spoken wrongly and in vain, but how often in

our world dose God come to rally for the wrongly accused in

such a blatant manner. So when our friends or neighbors cast

judgment upon us or we judge them. Are we not simply showing

a lack of faith in our fellow man, wouldn’t it stand to

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