I'm in a new book today! I'm doing a chronological reading plan, so I'll be jumping around the Bible a bit, but I thought it would be interesting to read things in the order they actually happened.
Poor Job. Poor poor Job. In addition to a lifetime and legacy of bad puns thanks to an unusually spelled name, he gets tossed right into Satan's ugliest bag of tricks. In our world all Job's friends would be sending him copies of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," but that wasn't on the Old Testament bestseller list, so we get some original material from one of the best friends I believe the world has ever seen.
Eliphaz the Temanite is such a dear. He approaches Job gently and lovingly and with all the wisdom of a man consumed with the Holy Spirit. I particularly love this:
"Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?" (4:6)
"Resentment kills a fool and envy slays the simple" (Because come on! Job must be on the verge of resentment and envy aplenty!) (that was 5:2 by the way)
"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted" (5:8)
What a great buddy. What a Job well done.