This is, in my estimation, the most withering of Job’s comebacks to those miserable comforters introduced to us as his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (2:11). The statement is made by Job in Job 12:2 at the end of the first cycle of speeches by these friends, in all of which are accusations and insinuations that Job was suffering due to sins he had committed. They were wrong, but they were certain they were right.
Aren’t there more than a few Eliphazes, Bildads, and Zophars today? There are those who act as though they believe civilization has been holding its collective, bated breath in great anticipation of their arrival. So many complexities, mysteries, and intellectual quagmires have sat stubbornly, mystifying their forebears, but pliably come forward as mere child’s play for them. Or perhaps they purport themselves to be experts, demonstrating academic or professional credentials in support of such. They may even move or speak with the air of unmistakeable confidence. It might be that they have substantial followings and impressive venues to spout their philosophical triumphs.
But, as the case was for Job, the proof is in the pudding. God’s Word proved these men wrong. Job 42 shows that their claims and theories, however confidently asserted, were at odds with His mind. They spoke words of man’s wisdom. It may have sounded right on the surface, but it wasn’t right.
Consider Paul’s message to Corinth. He speaks of preaching, the foolishness of God, coming in the wake of men’s inability to grasp His wisdom. Then he writes, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” (1 Cor. 1:25-29).
Humility, teachability, and submission are three indispensable quality traits we must possess when it comes to the Bible. Our theology must be formed by the latter (the Bible) and our character is formed by the former (the quality traits). Let us forever be less concerned with being judged right by others and be consumed with a desire to be right with God.