7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”
Keywords: Angry, folly
Angry: To burn or be kindled with anger. Strong’s 2734
Folly: Senselessness, disgraceful. Strong’s 5039
Questions to have in mind before interpreting the Scriptures.
- What do you really know about Jesus?
- Are you tainted with someone else’s understanding of God?
- Do you know that a contradiction only occurs when one disagrees with what the Bible plainly says? Are you contradicting what the Bible says about a particular teaching for the one that you prefer?
Free yourself from any stumbling block that will keep you from interpreting the Bible correctly.
Below are two examples of a folly trying to explain the Scripture:
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Explanation: Well, Jesus doesn’t really mean that you cannot lose your salvation because in other passages I feel that it is saying you can so John 10:28 must be reinterpreted.
John 1:1;14, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Verse 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Explanation: Well, God wasn’t really talking to Jesus (the Word) but was thinking about Him. I know it says that the Word was with God and was God but it just means that Jesus was with God in thought. How can Jesus be God? That just doesn’t make any sense to me. So since that doesn’t make any sense, I think it is best to believe in what I just explained.
Do you see how a person can contradict what the Bible plainly says and lie about who Jesus is?
When we don’t tell the truth about who Jesus is and what He said, God burns with anger and we become a disgrace, unfit or useless for planting God’s Word in people’s heart.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding when reading the Scriptures and just let it tell you what it is saying. The Bible is not a code book to decipher but it is understood through God’s Spirit. The Scripture is very plain, meaning simple. We are the ones that make it complicated. That happens when we are trying to read it through someone else’s lens and not through the lens of the Holy Spirit’s.