Eliphaz’s questions

In addition to the suffering he experienced, Job had to endure the belief by his friends that his suffering was the result of some sin he had committed.  Eliphaz the Temanite asked these questions, “Who that was innocent ever perished?  Or where were the upright cut off?” (Job 4:7)  The implication was that the innocent and upright never suffered, so Job’s suffering was evidence of his guilt.  Eliphaz clearly had no idea what the right answers to his questions were, but we do because of what God has revealed to us since then.

“Who that was innocent ever perished?”  The only innocent person who ever lived was Jesus Christ.  The rest of us are sinners who deserve death.  Jesus didn’t deserve to die but chose to do so in our place so our sins could be forgiven.

“Where were the upright cut off?”  At Calvary, where Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice to atone for our sins.

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