The Book of Job: Chapter 5

There is a lot to unpack in Job chapter 5. It is a continuation of Eliphaz’s first speech to Job. At times, Eliphaz comes across a little higher-than-thou, in my opinion, but if we break apart what he’s saying and put it in the light of Christ, the revelation is extremely important.

Discipline

Behold, how happy and fortunate is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise or reject the discipline of the Almighty [subjecting you to trial and suffering].

Job 5:17 amp

What is the point of discipline? At its base, it is the act of training us up in the way we should go. (Prov. 22:6) When God disciplines us, He does so to correct our course, to point us in the direction of righteousness and uprightness. This discipline comes in many forms.

As we see with the Israelites, God sent warning after warning through the Prophets of what would befall Israel should they not turn from their wicked ways and replant their hearts in God. When Israel didn’t listen, they followed the path God warned them about and ended up in captivity once more. We can see that there was an increase in God’s action in disciplining His people. They did not heed it and became so wicked in their inner beings that they could not be in God’s presence any longer. While that’s a discussion for another day, we see in summary why we need to be disciplined. As Eliphaz says in Chapter 5:

For affliction does not come forth from the dust, Nor does trouble spring forth from the ground. For man is born for trouble, [As naturally] as sparks fly upward. (Job 5:6-7 amp)

Affliction and trouble was not part of God’s design, they do not come from His creation. But Man, who is born into the curse of sin, is born into these things. We need His correction, His discipline and we are joyful for it because His correction turns our heart back to Him.

The Wonder of Redemption

As for me, I would seek God and inquire of Him, And I would commit my cause to God; Who does great and unsearchable things, Marvelous things without number…You will know also that your tent is secure and at peace, And you will visit your dwelling and fear no loss [nor find anything amiss].

Job 5:8-9; 24 AMP

Okay, am I the only one who thinks Eliphaz sounds a little pretentious here? “As for me…” Anyway. He does actually say something worthwhile.

God, Who does great and unsearchable things.

God, Who redeemed us through Jesus in ways incomprehensible to the curse of sin. God, Whose ways and thoughts are higher than our own, (Isaiah 55:8) redeemed us, bringing us out of that cursed trouble. Because of that, when we seek God and accept His redemption, our life will be secure and complete in Him. We will dwell in His completeness, needing for nothing because He meets all of our needs. By knowing and relying on God, we will have everything.

This completeness isn’t limited to spiritual or physical; worldly or heavenly; temporary or eternal. It applies to all parts of our life.

When we know God, when we have true relationship with Him, we can dwell in His fullness, His completeness, His Peace. We don’t have to live among the troubles and fears that try to plague us. We can choose to dwell in God’s tent.

That does not mean we will not suffer in this life. Jesus did not pray that we would be taken out of this world, but that we would come to the Father through Him, that the Father would protect us, and grant us joy. (John 17:11-15) That being said, we do not have to bow before the trials and attacks of the enemy. Instead we go before the Father, finding our refuge, our strength, our confidence in Him. We sit at His table and we receive of His nourishment for us.

Your Descendants…

You will know that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.

Job 5:25 AMP

Another thing is that, in God, the fatherless will be fathers. In his lifetime, Abraham had only two sons, and only one son was bestowed the promise of God’s covenant with Abraham. Yet God told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, that He would establish His covenant throughout the generations of Abraham’s descendants for an everlasting covenant. (Gen. 17:5-7) We are part of that everlasting covenant, brought to us through Jesus Christ.

As a mother, one of my greatest hopes is that my children will come to know and establish themselves in God. It is something I pray over them every single day. Yet what hope is there for the childless parent? In God, our children are not only counted among the natural. We can have spiritual children as well. Paul considered Timothy his son in the Spirit.

Our descendants and our legacy does not begin or end with our natural children. We can be fathers and mothers after the Spirit. We should not ignore children in the natural, but we must also realize that we have a duty to children in the Spirit as well. By knowing God and having a relationship with Him, even our children, natural and spiritual, for generations to come will be blessed.

No Weapon…

He frustrates the schemes of the crafty so that they have no success.

Job 5:12 CSB

There are two words used for crafty, Arumim and Arum, which is the same word used to describe the serpent in Genesis. It is used in comparison for the word Arummim which means “naked” or “innocent”. Arummim is used to describe Adam and Eve before the sin.

God frustrates the plans of the enemy, of those who would rise up in attack against the innocent, the ones who are His children. This applies to the wicked man, whose works will crumble, but it also applies to a deeper, spiritual level.

In this we have the confirmation of No weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isa. 54:17). The plans of the enemy will not prosper. Why? Because God frustrates them. The attack of the enemy will come, but it cannot last. Satan’s schemes against us cannot be fully carried out because God has intervened on our behalf.

From the very first attack in the Garden to the very last ever, God has frustrated, and intervened against completion, the enemy’s plans.

What about Job?

Through the above revelations, we can see how these words and promises apply to us, but how do they apply to Job?

Remember, Job is in the first steps of his grief. We don’t know how long it has been, exactly, since he received the first news of destruction. Definitely a week since he sat for seven days in silence with his friends. Yet if we take them apart one by one, we can apply hope to Job’s story.

No Weapon:

From the first conversation with the enemy, God frustrated his plans for Job.
“Do not touch him.”
“Do not take his life.”

Sometimes I wonder who God was really testing, Job or Satan.

But also, there could’ve been a lot of damage to Job in the discourse with his friends. Yet God uses wisdom from another to bring Job His word and direction.

Your Descendants:

We know in the end Job has more children, but Job doesn’t know that yet. So what descendants could Eliphaz be speaking of?

Remember how Eliphaz spoke of all the people Job has helped? (Job 4:3-4) Those people were under Job’s care in some form. They are the ones he provided discipline and an example for righteousness. At some point, he was their mentor, their father. We don’t know how many lives Job touched within his own, but there were probably at least a few who saw him as their spiritual covering. Job’s descendants were also of a spiritual nature.

Redemption and Discipline:

These two go hand-in-hand for Job. You see, Job does seek the Lord and what he finds is far greater than he imagined. He does not curse God, but Job sees himself as he truly is. Through God’s discourse with Job in the final chapters, He disciplines and redeems Job.

God also bring peace and security to Job in the end. I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but we are assured in knowing the basics of the story that Job is recompensed for all he lost. Because of God’s discipline, Job found far more joy than he had in the beginning of his story.

In reading Job chapter 5, was there anything you learned?

How has God brought discipline and redemption into your life?

Do you have spiritual descendants? I encourage you to ask God to bring about someone who needs you in their life and be a spiritual mentor to them.

Happy Friday

The Book of Job Chapters 1-2
The Book of Job Chapters 3-4

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