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When the Smart Man Rebukes the Wise
By Linda Settles
Tuesday, June 09, 2009

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The Zophars have increased among us.

I opened my Bible randomly this morning to grab a few words of wisdom before I hit the sky (my husband flies a private plane) and headed out for Michigan. 

I read the words of Zophar the Naamathite addressed to the patriarch Job.  You may remember Job had recently lost his children, his wealth (a familiar story in today's economy), and to top it off had a nagging wife that seemed to have been spared so she could try his patience.

Zophar undertook to instruct his suffering neighbor who was sitting among the ashes scraping his boils (yep, health often flies out the door when the rest of our assets go).  I was nodding along with Zophar when he said, "Can you (Job) search out the deep things of God?  Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heaven--what can you do? (True Zophar, God is omnipotent and we are not.)Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?  (True, also, Zophar.  God is Omniscient, and we outgrow knowing everything by the time we're thirty). 

Then Zophar turns judgmental, "For He (God) knows deceitful men, He sees wickedness also, will he not consider it?" In few sentences down he says, "If you would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; then surely you could lift up your face without spot..."  Everyone needs a friend like Zophar.  Job had just lost everything dear to him, was sitting there in the ashes scratching at boils, and his friend Zophar undertakes to rebuke him (for his own sake I'm sure) and reveal to him the cause of his misery. 

God, whose sense of humor amazes me, turns the tables on Zophar at the end and requires him to apologize to Job.  He was smart enough to do it.  He probably kept thinking about boils and ashes and didn't want friends like himself sitting there with him and diagnosing his spiritual maladies.

Sandwiched in the middle of Zophar's intelligent discourse and his apology, Zophar makes an amazing observation:

"For an empty headed man will be wise when a wild donkey's colt is born a man."

Is that something like saying, "when hell freezes over?"  Zophar, the smart man had no business rebuking the wise man, but unfortunately, my friend, Zophar was exceptionally procreative and his offspring have multiplied upon the earth. 

So...when you run into one of the Zophar tribe, don't get too upset.  His time is coming.


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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/10/2009
Great write, Linda; well penned!

(((HUGS))) And much ove, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Cryssa C 6/9/2009
Your article made me laugh and smile... It never ceases to make me smile when I read something that reminds me how great the Lord's sense of humor is. My favorite (humorous) verse is in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 3... where it talks about busy bodies... hee, hee... I didn't know that word even existed way back then... but it is right there in black and white... It just makes me giggle... hee, hee...

Cryssa :~)
P.S. I often am amazed at how much the Lord obviously knows me when I open up my scriptures and find answers to the very questions which had been plaguing me. My husband on the other hand doesn't believe in my form of finding answers... hee, hee... the last time he tried just opening the scriptures randomly he opened to the last page...the VERY LAST page... as in the cover page... it is of course completely blank... His comment... hee, hee... "I'm drawing a blank on this one..." hee, hee.... Sorry... I found it incredibly funny. :~)
Reviewed by Susan Smith 6/9/2009
Zophar was smart and said lots of things that were true. Unfortunately, he did not understand Job and he did not understand God. And he sure was one miserable comforter! We all know many of those.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/9/2009
unfortunately the work of the enemy is everywhere at all times in ones life, a constant choice to contend; everbearing with an all eye watching to grab a moment of intrusion upon our spiritual goodness
always trying to breach the rock of our strengths

I enjoyed reading this story Linda & I also believe "his time is coming"

Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 6/9/2009
Uh... I know a few of them. lol. or maybe not. They seem to come out of the woodwork when you are down. Bless you, J'nia

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