Job 15:1-12- “Have You Heard the Secret of God?”

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Study Aired April 1, 2012

Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
Job 15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
Job 15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
Job 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
Job 15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
Introduction

Eliphaz asks Job, “Have you heard the secret of God?” The Jews sought to stone Christ because Christ said that God was His Father’s Son. There is nothing that will make you more hated by more people than for you or me to say that we know God and we know the voice of the True shepherd and we know the Truth. Is it really possible to know the Truth, the voice of the True Shepherd, and thereby know God?
According to the mother of the orthodox Christian world, Pharisaical Judaism, and according to the orthodox Christian world, it is not possible to know that you know the Truth. But what do the scriptures themselves teach us concerning this question “Do you know the secret of God?”
Here are Christ’s own words in answer to this question:

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Joh 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

In his first epistle, the apostle John is not shy about telling us that he too, knew the Truth and was able to ‘try the spirits’ to see whether they were of God and His Truth:

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

All who have the spirit of Christ within them will automatically “try the spirits to see whether they are of God” because all who have the spirit of Christ living within them will know His ‘voice’, His words, and will have no problem “knowing the spirit of truth and the spirit of error”. Such confidence they have that they will have no hesitation saying with the apostle John:

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Christ and His words are the standard for what is and what is not Truth:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Christ did not say, ‘I know the Truth.” He said “I AM… the truth”. Now if you and I claim that we know Christ, then we are saying we “know the Truth” and have been set free by that Truth, which is Christ within us. If we deny that we know the Truth, or if we say with the whole world that it is impossible to know the Truth, we will be denying Christ and saying with Peter “I know not the man”.

Mat 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

Like Peter, we all live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. At our own appointed time, we all deny our Lord. By condemning God, Job in type, is denying Christ, even though he has never heard of Jesus Christ. What is the automatic result of denying Christ?

Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

When we say we do not and we cannot know the Truth, we are admitting that we do not know Christ or His Father and that we do not therefore have life eternal:

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Such an ambivalent, fearful spirit will always lead us all in time to the ‘fire’ which will burn that timidity out of us. Peter, as a type of us all, felt those flames burning up the “wood, hay, and stubble” that was still in him the night he said he did not know the Man who told us “I am the… Truth”. Here is where saying we do not know the Truth will lead us all:

Mat 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Christ, who is the Truth, has promised this to all who would be His disciple and who would walk in His steps :

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

Nothing will bring persecution and hatred upon a disciple of Christ quicker than for that disciple to affirm that he knows God and His Son, that he knows the secret of God, and that he is able to try the spirits to see whether they are of God and whether their words are the words of the true shepherd. Here is why they do so. The reason why is right here in the very next verse:

Joh 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Those who “know not” God will always tell you that you cannot know God or the Truth of His Word. This is made so clear as we see how both Job and his friends confess that they do not know the secret of God. The thought that one might think he knows more than any of the others will bring the wrath of all down upon the one who thinks he knows the truth or “the secret of God”. Bildad speaks for them all when he says:

Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

This 15th chapter is the second time we have heard from Eliphaz. Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar have all had their turn attempting to show Job that he is a sinner who is obviously a worse sinner then they are. After all, it is Job who is suffering, and it is reasoned that God afflicts only sinners.
Even the disciples of Christ were of that same judgmental spirit.

Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

The disciples of Christ, are also types of us while we believe the doctrines of Babylon, because Babylon teaches us that mankind responsible for his own sins.
So both Job and his ‘friends’ who think so little of him are types of us as we compare ourselves among ourselves in the wilderness of Babylon.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

“Comparing ourselves among ourselves is not wise”, and yet that is exactly what we find ourselves doing through the types and shadows of Job and his friends. Instead of asking, “What is ideal according to scripture”, Job and his friends keep telling each other “I’m just as well informed or more so than you”. There is absolutely no edification for either side in such childish comparisons, nevertheless, this is who we are while we are dividing Christ and comparing ourselves among ourselves as Babylonian denominations of men do.
Look at how childish we appear:

Eliphaz:
Job 4:6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. [ Job]

Bildad:
Job 8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? [ Job] and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
Zophar:
Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should [ Job] a man full of talk be justified?
Job 11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
Job 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
Job 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

What is Job’s answer to these three men?

Job 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

That 12th chapter is what we say to those who dare accuse us, when we know we are very righteous, Babylonians who have done “many wonderful works…”

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

This is the second time Eliphaz tries to convince Job and all of us, that misfortune falls only upon those who commit particularly egregious sins. His target is Job of course. Eliphaz, who is showing us more about ourselves in this situation, is much more direct and aggressive in his attack upon Job’s assumed sins in this second time around. With absolutely no evidence of any particular wrongdoing on Job’s part, this is what Eliphaz has to say to ‘comfort’ his friend Job:

Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
Job 15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

Eliphaz does not call Job’s words in his own defense ‘lies’. What he does call them is “vain knowledge”. It is interesting that the Hebrew word translated ‘vain’ is ‘ruach’. This word appears 378 times in 348 verses. Of those 378 entries it is most commonly translated as ‘spirit’. It is so translated in the King Jas 227 times, according to e- sword’s King James Concordance.
The next most common translation is the English word ‘breath’, 27 times, and the word ‘winds’ 11 times, ‘mind’ 6 times, ‘side’ 5 times, ‘spirits’ 5 times, ‘blast’ 4 times, and ‘vain’ only two times. It is translated as ‘air, anger, cool, courage, quarters, sides, spiritual, tempest, whirlwind, [ and] windy’ all one time each.
Job, in the spirit of Babylon he portrays in us, throws this very thought back at Eliphaz in the next chapter:

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

In that one sense, it becomes clear that none of these men nor Job at this point have any use for spiritual words. Notice how this Hebrew word ‘ruach’ is used in these verses of Ezekiel 11:

Eze 11:1 Moreover the spirit [ Hebrew – ruach] lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD’S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:
Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.
Eze 11:5 And the Spirit [ Hebrew – ruach] of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind [ Hebrew – ruach], every one of them.

How does God “know the things that come into your mind” and mine and the minds of all men of all time? Here is how God does that:

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Our very thoughts are given to us “from the Lord”, via the ‘ruach’ the Lords sends upon us. For example:

1Sa 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
1Sa 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

Why did King Saul seek to kill David?

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Pro 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

The hearts of Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, are also “in the hand of the Lord”. All these men are the types and shadows of how our own lives are “in the hand of the Lord”, and are being ‘worked’ by Christ Himself “after the counsel of His own will”.
So it is the Lord who through an evil spirit which has no compassion for Job’s wretched condition, takes Job’s humiliation as an opportunity to castigate him with these words…:

Job 15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

… and it is true. We cannot pray to God while we are in the process of ‘contending with, reproving and condemning’ our own Creator.

Job 15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
Job 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

There are many things in life which are true, but not every truth must be uttered before the whole world at all times. When we see our brothers and sisters in Christ in severe straits, or our brothers and sisters who are not in Christ who are suffering severely, the best thing you and I can do at that moment is to simply commiserate with them as we would have them do with us under such circumstances.
God Himself agrees with Eliphaz. His own words condemn him. Job is all of us:

Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Neither Eliphaz nor we are God, and even if our suffering friends are condemning their Creator, it is not necessarily our place to condemn our suffering friends. There is a time to ‘place our hands upon our mouths’ and simply commiserate with our suffering friends. It is words which are “fitly spoken” which are “as apples of God in pictures of silver”.

Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Nothing is more harmful than the truth when it is being abused and misused by all of us at our own appointed time. If Peter’s sword represents the word of God, just look at how he was abusing that ‘word’:

Joh 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
Joh 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Peter, too, typifies us all while we know of Christ but do not yet truly know the fellowship of His sufferings.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

While we are following Christ and are “yet carnal” (1Co 3:1-4), we all tend to cut off ears with the sword of Christ’s word. That is who we are as Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.
Eliphaz continues his assault on poor suffering Job:

Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

So now we can add these barbs by Eliphaz to our list of carnal comparisons of men with men. Let’s notice now how important it is to all of us that no one else knows more than we know. Let’s look again at just how childish we all are at this stage of our walk:

Eliphaz:
Job 4:6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. [ Job]

Bildad:
Job 8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? [ Job] and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
Zophar:
Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk [ Job] be justified?
Job 11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
Job 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
Job 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

Job’s answer to these three men is of the same self righteous spirit which keeps them from acting out of love for and commiserating with suffering Job. He tells them sarcastically:

Job 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
Job 13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
Job 13:2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

This is the childish fruit of the doctrine of ‘free moral agency’ hidden within a watered down confession of God’s sovereignty, which really does nothing less than deny that God is sovereign over the evils of our ‘free moral agency’. Remember Job and his friends are us as we “look behind us” to see the voice which is revealing all of this to us.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

The very thought of someone knowing more than we know is an affront to our self righteous pride:

Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar loath the very idea that Job might think that he knows more about God than they know. Job had been more highly regarded than they before his destruction:

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Job feels the same toward them. What this reveals about us all is that if you or I say we know God and His son, or that we know Christ’s voice and His thought processes, then “Ye shall/ br />

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

This world does not know God. They will tell you straight faced that you cannot know the Truth, and if you say you can and that you do then the world and its leaders will want you dead.
So have we “heard the secret of God”? Has that secret been revealed to you and me, but hidden from the multitudes who claim to be believers in Christ? What is the truth concerning this question posed by Eliphaz?

Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

What do the scriptures teach us concerning this question?

Mat 13:9 Who hath [ been given, verse 16] ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

But Bildad, as the world within us, tells us that we know nothing and cannot know the truth:

Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

Eliphaz agrees telling Job that there are those with them who are older than Job’s father:

Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

But length of days does not equate to spiritual wisdom or having the mind of God. The scriptures actually tell us that God has revealed his secret to babes, and has kept it hidden from the wise of this world.

Mat 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and suckling s thou hast perfected praise?

Contrary to how Eliphaz thinks, this is what the scriptures teach about those who seem to be so prominent in this world:

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

That is what the scriptures reveal concerning what is given to God’s elect in answer to Eliphaz’s question:

Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

So the answer to Eliphaz is Yes, we have “heard the secret of God”, and while we have not “restrained wisdom to ourselves… we [ do] speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory“.

Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
Job 15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

“Are the consolations of God small with thee?” Eliphaz apparently thinks that his words, and the words of Bildad and Zophar, falsely accusing Job of imagined sins, is God’s words of consolation for Job. Yes, it is true that Job is just as carnal at this point as any of his “miserable comforters”. but this whole discourse has served to demonstrate that mankind, you and I, resent anyone who has been given favor by God to know “any secret thing.”
It was Able’s good standing with God that cost him his life, and the same murderous spirit was barely restrained by twenty pieces of silver, to sell Joseph instead of killing him, simply because his father loved him more than any of his other children:

Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

“When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him”.
That is the spirit that is being displayed in all of these men, including Job, himself, who insists that he is as knowledgeable and anyone, and is inferior in knowledge to no one, even as he condemns his Maker. This is the spirit that was in the Jews and the Pharisees in Christ’s day, and this is the spirit with which God’s elect always have and always will be living if ever they dare to proclaim that they “know the Truth”:

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Joh 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Conclusion

So there is a reason why Christ has fairly warned all who will follow Him:

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

It is the claim of simply knowing Christ and His Father, of knowing what is and what is not Truth, that will cause this world to want to stone us:

Joh 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
Joh 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Joh 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
Joh 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Joh 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Next week, if the Lord wills, we will hear a little more of Eliphaz as he “comforts” his friend, Job.

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Job 15:17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
Job 15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
Job 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
Job 15:20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
Job 15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
Job 15:22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
Job 15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Job 15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
Job 15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
Job 15:26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
Job 15:27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.

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