When God tested Job to prove his loyalty three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, came to him to comfort him. They assumed that Job’s suffering was the result of some sin he had committed. Eliphaz asked these two questions,
“Who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?”
When Eliphaz asked the questions they were unanswerable because Jesus Christ had not yet appeared on earth. Now that he has come we know the answers.
“Who that was innocent ever perished?”
Jesus Christ. He was the only innocent person who ever lived. Because he was innocent he didn’t have to die, but he chose to die in our place so we could be forgiven.
“Where were the upright cut off?”
He should have asked, “Where was the upright cut off,” because Jesus was the only truly upright person. The answer is: At Calvary, where Jesus was crucified.
Eliphaz didn’t understand that all of us are evil and can never achieve the righteousness that God requires by our own efforts. We can be made righteous because Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.