• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 4, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 11-13

Job 11:3

Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

Zophar's turn. He didn't do much better. In fact his blunt criticism of Job seemed to be emboldened by the previous accusations of his friends. He flat out tells Job that he is a liar, that his lies should not make them be quiet, that he was mocking them (how dare he), and that Job seemed to be beyond the ability of being shamed. But Job was shamed! Read his comments, he is ashamed of his situation, even wishing that he was never born (3:3).

But Zophar. He did something astounding. He uttered a statement that was both true and false. Yes, he did. This is difficult to do. It is found in chapter 11 verse 6 ...Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. In a general sense this is true. It is true for me, and it is true for you. God, through His mercy and grace, exacts from His children less than they deserve. Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits!

But on the other hand, specifically, this statement was not true about Job's current situation. All that befell Job was not because of sin on his account, contrariwise actually. Reread chapter 1 and 2 again. Zophar spoke a truth, but applied it falsely. This truth did not apply to Job at this time in his life, although it was a true statement about Job as it is for all who sin, which is everyone who ever lived. It was a truth misapplied. Of a surety Zophar did not know of the events of chapter 1 and 2. This, however, is no excuse for wildly casting about unfounded accusations that neither edified Job, nor glorified the Lord.

Enemies often do this. They take a sweeping generalized statement and grossly misapply it. Job called Zophar and his friends on this: But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value. (13:4). He stood his ground. There is no doubt that Job did not understand all the why's of his great losses, but he seemed to know that it was not chastisement from God because of hidden sin in his life.

Herein is the lesson. Be careful of taking broad generalized truths and misapplying them.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today, and rightly divide His Word by properly applying it to all situations.

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