Job 15: Who is the blubber king?
Eliphaz pictures Job like a fat warrior king lumbering toward the Almighty to attack, with a flimsy shield, expecting victory.
In this second attempt to reach Job, Eliphaz says, “His face is covered with fat and his loins with blubber” (Job 15:27 JPS).
Eliphaz is comparing Job to a blubber (and maybe also blubbering!) king, appalled that Job could vent at God. The blubber may represent to Eliphaz the sin of Job, the excesses and sin Eliphaz believes Job has committed to deserve this punishment.
“That you could vent your anger on God, and let such words out of your mouth!” (15:13 JPS)
Are you appalled at people who vent at God? Does anger, doubt, confusion, uncertainty, human honesty bother you when you hear Christians or any religious person spout such things? This question is not for Job but for Eliphaz. What bothers us about honest doubt, confusion at trying to understand the mysteries of God?
Now the question is for the Eliphaz in us. What bothers us about hearing someone express doubts, confusion, trying to understand but failing to understand the mysteries of God?
And what do you do? Do you try to correct like Eliphaz did with Job? How’s that going for you? Do people respond like Job responded to Eliphaz? "Quacks, all of you!"
LORD, how is it that we can show you honor, respect, glory but still vent our confusion, doubts, fear, anger at the mysteries of life and injustices we face?
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.