The Hidden Blessing

  1. Eliphaz continues and finishes his first speech.
  2. He says more true and good things.
  3. He says, for instance, that you should accept the Lord’s discipline and know that it is a blessing. He says that the Lord wounds and shatters, but He binds up and heals.
  4. Job will experience this.
  5. We see those things in Scripture.
  6. Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
  7. Isaiah 30:26b The LORD binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
  8. Those are Scriptural things he is saying.
  9. He’s just applying it wrong.
  10. He lists at the end things you can count on. This is reminiscent of the blessings and the curses. If you obey, you get everything good. If you disobey, you get everything bad.
  11. One of the blessings is a long life. Jesus was sinless and died young.
  12. Paul was left cold and hungry at times.
  13. Where’s the blessing?
  14. It’s there, of course.
  15. The blessing is in the obedience to die on the cross. He purchased the ransom of the many and has and will receive His reward. His name is exalted over every name. Everyone will show Him honor and He will receive the reward of having won all our souls to Himself!
  16. God is a big God. He is doing more than we can ask and imagine. We’re thinking of ourselves and our little world around us. God is looking at all time and His whole plan of salvation and how this moment fits into redemptive history.
  17. There is blessing in redemption. There was untold blessing never known to Job in how his story has been used by God in the lives of billions of people.
  18. The blessing is there for the child of God. It’s always there.