The Obscure Biblical Character is… Eliphaz the Temanite! And his lesson is:
Are you the first man who was born?
Or were you made before the hills?
Have you heard the counsel of God?
Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not in us?
Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Much older than your father.
Are the consolations of God too small for you?
Why does your heart carry you away,
And what do your eyes wink at,
That you turn your spirit against God,
And let such words go out of your mouth?
This is the classic, “Do you really think you’re the first person to experience this?” Job was in his temporary ‘poor me’ state, and this friend was talking him through it.
This kind of reminds me of that series we just finished about the character of Christ. We have a quote from someone who knew what they were talking about and they knew what to say. His words are the lesson: we are never the smartest, we are never the wisest. God has put people around us who know what they are doing (most of them, anyways). We are never alone. Someone has already experienced what we are experiencing right now.
So next week’s character:
-is a prophet (yes, I know, that narrows it down to thousands)
-had a very faithful sidekick
-went to heaven in style (and you thought flames on the side of your car was cool!)
He is in Kings (end of first, beginning of second). This is a character (unlike Eliphaz) who you probably have heard of.
I pray that my words on this blog be pleasing to God and a blessing to each of those who read it.
In His Service,