Eliphaz the Temanite Replies (Job 22)

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Job 22

1. (To those of you old enough to remember them), do you pay attention to advice columnist like Ann Landers and Dr. Ruth? If you did submit a problem to them, what do you fear might happen? How would you have to qualify their counsel?

2. Likewise, with applying the case studies from self-help books, when have you misapplied truth that didn’t really fit your situation?

3. Chapters 22:1 – 26:14 constitute the third cycle of dialogue. Compared with Eliphaz” first speech (see chapter 4:3 – 6; chapter 5:17 – 19, for example), what kind of friend has he become? Why the change?

4. What is Eliphaz saying about the character of God and humanity in verses 2 – 4? What irony is Eliphaz unwittingly contributing to the story of Job (see chapter 1:8 – 12; chapter 2:3 – 6)?

5. In verses 5 – 11, why is Eliphaz claiming Job is evil? Is he being fair, or libelous? (For Job’s reputation, see chapter 1:1 – 5; for Job’s refutation, see chapter 29:11 – 17.) What concerns do they share in common?

6. In verses 12 – 20, in what ways has Eliphaz overstated his case?

7. In verses 21 – 30, in what ways is he theologically “correct” in his last attempt to reach Job? How does this speech of Eliphaz compare with the song of David in 2 Samuel 22:20 – 28?

8. Good theology can be harmful if applied to the wrong situation. How are the situations different for David and Job?

9. When have you misapplied truth in counseling another?

10. What does it mean to “walk a mile in the moccasins of another”? Have you? When and with whom? How did it change your attitude toward the other person? How did it affect the other person?

11. Eliphaz and Job agree on at least this much – the appalling treatment received by the fatherless, the widowed, the hungry. How can you help the single-parent household in your neighborhood?

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