Job 15:2 Eliphaz tells off Job:
Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
And fill himself with the east wind?
What is Eliphaz saying to Job? He is saying, "Job, you are full of hot air!" Is that nice? No!! And it gets worse. Eliphaz goes from "not nice" to very very rude. Listen (or read) what Eliphaz says next.
Job 15:8-9 Eliphaz puts Job down:
Do you hear the secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we do not?
In my own words, Eliphaz just said, "You don't know anything in the Bible that we don't know, and we are just as spiritual as you are!" Is that nice? No!! It makes me blush to read the insults of Eliphaz toward poor Job.
Do you know why I feel so bad reading this? Because I have seen this very thing happen several times in my own lifetime. Both men and women have spoken insultingly against genuine servants of God. They always use the same argument as Eliphaz. Here it is:
It is embarrassing to watch this, but I could write the script each time it happens. I was going to say this happens especially in the United States, because we have done away with reverence and fear, but it is the same rejection of reverence that Korah showed against Moses.
Numbers 16:3-4 Korah speak shamefully to Moses:
They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" When Moses heard this, he fell on his face.
What can I say? Don't be an Eliphaz. Fear God. Put fear in your speech and thinking. Be afraid to lift yourself above anyone. Think before you speak. This is one of hardest lessons in life, and I am still learning it. I have a hard time remembering that I am not the center of the universe, God is. A fear of God and a love for the Lord Jesus helps check my heart before I open the door of my lips and dump out words.
For me to live is Christ.